And the nativity scene is just the beginning ... Armando Ramirez has turned recycled auto parts into everything imaginable, including figures of a Web Programmer, Piano Man, Helicopter, Chess set and Bulldozer.
Mexican artist Armando Ramirez grew up inventing toys, and has turned that hobby into his craft. He started by turning figures from scraps and discarded mechanical parts from cars and bicycles. All parts are soaked in cleaning solution to remove impurities, and then soldered together until he achieves his final product.
Every piece he makes has a description of what recycled parts have gone into them. This description below describes what went into his Nativity scene:
"Mary, Joseph and the angel are fashioned of metal plate and spark plugs. Another spark plug rests in a manger of connecting rods from a car motor lined with galvanized wire. Balance beams, washers and wire become cows that kneel before the Christ child. Melchior rides a horse, both figures made from a transmission chain, wire, metal sheets, a spring and a spark plug. Riding a camel, Balthazar and his mount use a balance beam, a rocker arm, spark plug, washers, cogs and wire. Tubes, a half sphere, spark plug, balance beam, metal bits left from a die cutter and wire become Caspar and his elephant."
They are very rustic in nature and very impressive. See the entire collection of Armando's products at Novica.