Handmade Museum-Quality Hanging Art Mobiles + Stabiles

Portland, Oregon | 272 Sales


Handmade Museum-Quality Hanging Art Mobiles + Stabiles

Portland, Oregon 272 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Announcement   Welcome! Please enjoy my selection of handmade one-of-a-kind lightweight all-metal hanging art mobiles designed to last a lifetime, indoors or out. Most of my mobiles are made custom to order. Beat the holiday rush. Get yours now.


Last updated on Nov 15, 2018

Welcome! Please enjoy my selection of handmade one-of-a-kind lightweight all-metal hanging art mobiles designed to last a lifetime, indoors or out. Most of my mobiles are made custom to order. Beat the holiday rush. Get yours now.

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-----------Fun Stuff That Moves--------Handmade Mobiles, Stabiles & Swirlgigs by Mark Leary

Hey, thanks for stopping in!

I have always been fascinated by stuff that moves (and other people's garbage, but that's another story ... see to see what I mean).

Having lived in Bend, Oregon, for 10 years, where the high desert air is constantly twisting and twirling, and now in Portland, Oregon, I've pretty much found the perfect muse to inspire my swirly adventure with mobiles.

I enjoy bumping up against our relationship to place, particularly the place of nature in our lives, and this is reflected in the shapes I choose to work with and the designs that emerge implying feathers layering on a wing, leaves rustling in the wind, or bubbles rising into the air.

The results range from works of peaceful simplicity, featuring repetitive shapes spinning hypnotically on an air current, to whimsical jumbles of bright colors and bouncy motion that vibrate with energy and joy.

Because my mobiles are made of all metal and durable premium paints (rather than foam or plastics), they can spin indoors or out and will last for years to come.

All of my mobiles are hand cut, shaped, sanded, primed, painted, and assembled one at a time from metal. No templates, no mass production, and - despite the rumors - no team of elves.

It's just me in the shop with Buddy the Cat enjoying good tunes while creating some fun art for you.

If you're interested in learning how to make mobiles, watch my latest How-To videos at

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  • Mark Leary

    Owner, Mobilist

    I say: “Keep it simple. Keep it real.” I hope in some small, yet wonderful way my mobiles will help you remember to do the same. Oh, and don't forget: it's okay to laugh, too. Cheers!

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Last updated on Nov 10, 2018
Frequently asked questions
I have an idea for a mobile. Do you do CUSTOM orders?

Yes, I absolutely love working with you on your custom hanging mobile. It's a real pleasure to collaborate with mobile lovers to create the perfect hanging art sculpture for you.

Even if you just have a rough idea for your mobile, please feel free to message me and let's discuss how a custom mobile can come together. The discovery process is always rewarding and a neat way to have you be a part of the final mobile.

Can you make mobiles in a different SIZE than listed?

I handmake all of my hanging art mobiles from scratch. There are no pre-made pieces or templates. That said, the sizing you see in the listings is approximate. That also means I can (usually) make any mobile design in any size you want.

Some designs don't translate well to different scales, but most of my hanging mobile designs can go bigger or smaller just fine.

If you have any specific size questions or requirements, please feel free to message me BEFORE you order. We can discuss your needs and go from there.

Do you ship internationally?

Yes! Si! Oui! Hai! Ja! Joo! I love shipping my mobiles around the world. You can find them spinning with modern mobile collectors from Spain to Germany, France to Finland, Mexico to the UK, and Japan, China, Canada and beyond. If you have a question about shipping costs to your fabulous region of the world, please feel free to message me before you order.

Do you take WHOLESALE orders?

I do offer wholesale opportunities for galleries, museum stores, design outlets and more to carry my modern hanging mobiles.

If you are interested in my wholesale rates, please contact me to discuss your needs.

What are your mobiles MADE from?

All my mobiles are made from metal.

The arms are made from stainless steel wire of various gauges depending on the size of the mobile.

The blades of my hanging mobiles are made from galvanized sheet metal that has been sanded, primed, and painted with Belton Molotow Premium paints.

The o-rings that join the arms of each mobile are handmade from stainless steel wire as well.

Read my post on the 13 steps of every mobile here:

Can I change the COLOR on a mobile?

Yes, absolutely! The paint I use on my modern mobiles comes in 251+ colors. Yep, you read that correctly!

Since I custom make all my orders, you can choose any color for any design. If I have the color in stock, there's no extra charge. If I do not, there's a small additional cost (usually around $5). Message me for more details.

Are your mobiles SAFE to hang in my nursery?

Great question! My mobiles are made from metal and paint - neither of which are fun to digest.

In other words, they are not intended to be hung anywhere that baby can access them with anything other than their eyes. Please keep mobiles hung safely out of hand, mouth, and body reach.

Can I hang a mobile OUTSIDE?

Yes! All my painted mobiles are painted with Belton Molotow Premium paints. Originally developed for graffiti artists, these paints are extremely durable and they hold up well under most weather conditions and keep their vibrancy.

Plus, because the arms of my mobiles are made with stainless steel wire, they are rust resistant, too.

If you have questions about your specific environment or the location you're considering hanging a mobile outdoors, please feel free to message me and we can discuss.

I need a mobile fast. How quickly do you SHIP?

I ship all my domestic (US) hanging mobile orders via USPS Priority Mail. The average shipping time is between 2-3 days depending on your location and distance from Portland, OR.

Internationally, I ship via USPS International First Class. Shipping time varies by region.

I handmake your mobile from scratch when I receive your order. Typically, I can have your mobile made, painted, assembled, packed and ready to ship in 3-5 days.

If you need your mobile sooner, please message me to discuss options BEFORE you order.

Is there any ASSEMBLY required?

Your mobile will arrived 100% assembled and ready to hang.

In addition to hanging instructions, I include an already-secured clear hanging filament (similar to fishing line) and a screw eye hook that allows you to quickly attach your mobile to most ceiling types.

Of course, if you have any questions about hanging your mobile once it's arrived, shoot me a message.