Fire-Painted Garden Stakes

Ellen Sullivan takes a torch to mesh screen and "paints" them with fire, creating kaleidoscopic patterns.


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Ellen Feldman Sullivan

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So Fly

If you've ever chased after a dragonfly or butterfly, chances are they out-fluttered you. But Florida artist Ellen Sullivan has managed to capture one thing: the insects' shimmering beauty. Her handcrafted garden stakes have marbles for eyes, slim copper rods for bodies, and dazzling wings made of stainless steel mesh. Sullivan takes a torch to the mesh screens and "paints" them with fire, creating kaleidoscopic patterns. The wings are designed to flap gently in the wind, bringing movement and radiance to outdoor spaces. Handmade in Florida.

Due to the handmade nature of this item, each is unique and will vary.


Made in Florida

We’ve all been told not to play with fire. Fortunately, Ellen Sullivan hasn't heeded that advice. In addition to sculptural sprinklers, fountains and outdoor showers, the Florida-based artist makes whimsical copper garden art, which she “paints” by using a blowtorch to add color and patterns to the metal. But it’s more than a fun process—since the color is torched, it doesn’t fade in either the sun or shade, allowing her sculptures to retain their beauty despite exposure to the elements. As for why she designs with gardens and outdoor spaces in mind, Sullivan credits the blue skies, sunshine, and ocean views that greet and inspire her nearly every day, saying she only strives to enhance nature’s beauty with her work.

Handmade Made in the USA
Made from
copper, glass, stainless steel
Butterfly: 9.5" L x 8.5" W; Dragonfly: 12" L x 18" W; Stake: 40" H
Designed to be left outside year-round, which will result in a natural patina over time. To limit patina, the artist recommends applying a clear protective lacquer.
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Better the 2nd time around


My sister bought this for me for my birthday. It was sent directly to my house and was missing the garden stake and the eyes were placed vertically instead of horizontally. I didn't want to bother my sister with the problems so I contacted uncommon goods myself. They quickly responded and sent me one that was like the photos. I'm in love and happy but that should have been the first product I received.

Las Vegas, NV


This was a truly lovely gift


I will put them in my herb garden

Chapel Hill, NC


The dragonfly garden stake was absolutely beautiful


Adds to my collection in the garden

Toms River, NJ


Exceeded expectations!


My Mom has an area of her garden which honors my deceased son. I love the story of the dragonfly as a symbol for loved ones who have passed on. I wanted to get her a unique piece for my sons garden that would remind her of him.

Mpls, MN


Love these!


We just put our stake in the ground so unsure how it will weather but it's beautiful and unique. Will definitely buy more!



This is a special product and I really like it. What a


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San Jose Ca


This was a gift for a dear friend of mine. She LOVED it!


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Mesa, AZ


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