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Thai designer crafts beauty from waste

With goals of art and sustainability Pin gives new life to steel scrap

Thai metal sculptor Saruta "Pin" Kiatparkpoom stands between her two welders at her workshop in outer Bangkok. (Photo by Pattrica Lipatapanlop)

BANGKOK -- Saruta "Pin" Kiatparkpoom's workshop in Bangkok rattles and clangs to the sound of crashing metal. Great big steel grills are bent, twisted and welded together under a fountain of sparks and smoke as Pin gives life to her newest creation -- a 3-meter-wide chandelier that will hang in a high-end beauty shop in downtown Bangkok.

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