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The Junk Thief

Meet the Junk Thief. I call him that because I made another crow similar to this one last year. He is wearing fancy, (fake) diamond encrusted wings and a jewel tail, and I named him the Jewel Thief.  Remember him?

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Look at him, hogging this post that doesn’t belong to him!  He’s shameless.

I more recently make this poor thing in the pictures below. I knew he was ugly and unfortunate from the moment I called him finished. He was kind of sad and strange, and I just had to laugh, because he is sort of the opposite of my Jewel Thief. Thus, he is the Junk Thief.

Junk Thief

-Measures 2 1/2 inches tall by 4 1/2 inches long by 1 3/4 inches wide.

-Made with mostly 19 gauge dark annealed wire, as well as some silver wire for the feet. The tail is some random piece of old jewelry I had, and the wings are from a metal flower pin that I took apart to “build” wings. The beak is a cone-shaped bead from an art store. Like I said, he’s sort of homely, but that’s just how it goes sometimes.

But don’t despair, the Junk Thief has just as much dignity and self-esteem as his rival, Jewel Thief. 😉

Thank you for looking.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2016 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Squirrel

If you were to explore my embellishment boxes, you would find many feather-esque pieces.  I’ve used them for “doo-dads” in horse’s manes, I’ve used them for animal ears, I’ve even used them for – you guessed it – feathers on my bird sculptures.

Last fall at Junk Bonanza, I spotted a feather-shaped pin.  This was no ordinary pin.  Picture a feather that you might see being used for a quill pen.  Large and a bit droopy in its shape.  The very moment I spotted this feather, I saw a squirrel tail.  A perfect, bushy squirrel tail.  So I bought it.

Here is the result.

Squirrel

– Measures 5 inches long by 3 & 1/2 inches tall by 2 inches wide.

– This piece is made with…I believe it was some 19 gauge, 22 gauge, 26 gauge, and 30 gauge steel wire.  I’m not completely certain, as it’s been a little while since I made this piece.  The tail is that cool feather pin, and the ears are tiny leaf-shaped pieces that I had on hand.  The squirrel is holding tightly to an acorn, which is an embellishment I purchased at a card-making shop.

I am happy to say that this little fellow sold at my art show earlier this month. 🙂

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Posted by on February 15, 2016 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Pelican

I have to admit that I like water birds.  We have a long-running joke in my family that any time we’re on a vacation by the Great Lakes, someone has to take a picture of a seagull.  My dad thinks seagulls are bothersome and homely, and he’s right.  However, I love their call and their presence when we visit Duluth.  Duluth, MN is one of my favorite places in the world to visit.  My parents honeymooned in that area, and they took us kids there when we were very little, and it’s been a favorite place ever since.  I’ve never seen any ocean, so Lake Superior is as close as I’ve been to such big water, and I must say, I don’t mind.  It’s such a majestic place to be.

Ah, but I’m getting all nostalgic now.  Let’s get back to the topic of this post, shall we? 🙂

This is a sculpture I created for Ashley for the Arts.  The inspiration for this piece started at a “barn sale” I went to back in May.  It was essentially a thrift sale that was held in a shed.  Unfortunately, I didn’t find too much, but I did find a massive bag full of vintage hair pins and curlers.  Among them, there were dozens of these old hair rollers.  In other words, beaks!

I don’t usually put my sculptures on any sort of base or stand, but this guy is pretty front-heavy, and his feet were not sufficient to hold his weight, so I had to think outside the box to make him sturdy.

Pelican

-Measures (with wooden base) 8 1/4 inches tall x 5 inches long (this is the length of the bird from beak to rump) x 3 inches wide (this is the wooden base).  The bird, itself, measures 5 1/2 inches tall.

-Made with 17 gauge steel fencing wire (some silver wire again, at last!), some 20 gauge steel wire, and some 22 gauge steel wire, I believe.  It has been some time since I made this guy, so I’m not positive about the wire gauges anymore.  The beak is an old hair roller, and is even marked with the brand name Goody, which is cute, don’t you think?  He has caught a fish, as you can see.  It’s a small metal charm of some sort, which I wired into the pelican’s beak.  Oh, and his beak is workable, by the way.  You can open it like a clothespin.  The neck and body are solid wire, and the spindly legs are made of metal pieces I harvested from a necklace.  They’re ridged and shiny, and I liked that they were so slender, because those water birds seem to walk on toothpicks!  The feet are antique metal pieces I purchased in a lot online.  The feet are screwed to the wooden base so that they’ll stay put.  The base, by the way, is a furniture “foot” that I had on hand, which was painted it with a turquois paint.  Despite having the feet screwed down, the pelican still wanted to sag forward from his weight (it must be that giant fish), so I had to figure out a way to stabilize him.  In the end, a hole needed to be drilled into the wooden base, and a thick wire inserted into it, covered in strong glue. I clipped off the wire so it reached the base of the pelican’s neck.  I then wired the stabilizing wire and the neck together so the pelican could rest its weight there.  To disguise the wire, I then went all-out nautical and wrapped that stabilizing wire in jute so that it looked like rope.  And finally, I hung a little sign on the post advertising fresh fish.  Very fresh, in this pelican’s opinion.  I found a free-use fish illustration and typed the Fresh Fish sign, and printed it on a natural, sandy background, cut it out, and put it into this glass window frame that I bought at an art store.  Ah, at last, I think I’ve covered all the materials for this sculpture.

Finally, I have to share this photo.  As I was doing my photo shoot of the pelican, this dainty little fly landed on its head.  I thought it made for an interesting shot.

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Posted by on October 11, 2015 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Big Ellie

You’ve met Little Ellie, now meet Big Ellie.  Larger, chunkier, and a little more flashy about her accessories, her ears a bit too large, her trunk a bit too long, Big Ellie is not to be outdone.  🙂

Big Ellie

-Measures approximately 7 inches long x 4 1/4 inches tall x 4 1/2 inches wide.

-Made with 17 gauge steel fencing wire (silver colored, which only shows in a couple of tiny areas…this was strictly the “skeleton” of the sculpture), 16 gauge dark annealed wire, 19 gauge dark annealed wire (I’m on a black wire kick, I guess! 🙂 ), and fine black wire for embellishment attachment and detail.  Her ears are a pair of large, heart-shaped earrings that I picked up recently, and her trunk is made with chain from the same necklace that I used for Little Ellie’s trunk.  Unlike Little Ellie, Big Ellie’s trunk swings freely so that you can move it around as you please.  In the photos, you can see that I had fun putting her trunk into different positions as I photographed her – it seems to alter her expressions.  Her tusks are made from a single hoop earring.  I only had the one earring (found in a lot of broken jewelry), but really liked the look of it.  For whatever reason, I decided to pull it sort of straight – I do a lot of random tinkering to see how a material holds up – and found that this earring was actually a hollow tube.  It twisted just so when I pulled it, and I liked the new shape of it.  I snipped it in half with my wire cutter, pinched the ends closed, and there you have it – tusks!  There is, as usual with my elephant sculptures, a bit of chain for the tuft of the tail.  And finally, Big Ellie is wearing a pretty green and pink flower on her head, which is a pin that I wired into place to doll her up a little.

Thank you for looking. 🙂

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2015 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Little Ellie

I’m on a bit of a roll posting my sculptures, so here’s another.  Little Ellie was my second elephant sculpture, after making one as a commission for a friend.  There is a third elephant sculpture that I’ll also be posting soon. 🙂

I call her Little Ellie because the third elephant I’ll be posting is larger, and thus, she is Big Ellie.  I thought I’d share the little one first.  She’s on the petite side, and her butterfly-wing ears seem to make her kind of girlish.

Little Ellie

-Measures 5 inches long x 3 inches tall x 2 1/4 inches wide.

-Made with 16 gauge dark annealed wire, 19 gauge dark annealed wire, and black fine wire for attaching embellishments and adding details.  The ears are made of a butterfly pendant that I clipped into two pieces.  The trunk is a heavy, thick chain from a necklace.  It is naturally a pretty stiff chain, so I curled it up to give Little Ellie a cheerful, happy pose.  Once happy with the placement of the trunk, I used fine wire and attached it to the head so it stays put.  The tusks are made from a single hoop earring which I broke into two pieces.  There is a bit of chain on her tail, as well.

Thank you for looking. 🙂

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2015 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Pretty Bird

Among my smallest sculptures, this little bird is still quite showy.  With her glamorous wings and elegant, slim tail feathers, she is happy and full of cheer.

Pretty Bird

– Measures 2 1/2 inches tall (to tips of tail feathers) x 1 3/4 inches long x 1 inch wide.

– Made with 19 gauge dark annealed wire, and fine black wire for the body, and fine silver wire for the legs.  The wings are leaf-shaped pendants, and the tail feathers are, indeed, slim feather pendants.  The beak is a little silver embellishment that is the shape of …for lack of a better term…a chocolate chip. 😉

Thank you for looking!

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2015 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Blue Roan Gypsy Vanner

Here is another of my sculptures which is overdue to be posted…but, it’s better late than never!  I’ve become ever-more enthusiastic about decking out my sculptures with embellishments…I love the character and beauty found objects can add to a piece.  I’ve been wanting to make a horse whose mane and tail would be chock full of found item goodies, and this is the result.

Blue Roan Gypsy Vanner

– Sculpture measures 10 inches long by 5 1/2 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches wide.

– Made with 17 gauge steel fencing wire, as well as fine wire for detail and attaching embellishments.  The ears are brass pieces that I bought in a lot, and according to the seller, they are over 40 years old.  Cool!  The mane and tail are made of black chain.  I added many, many things to the chain to add detail, though.  As you may notice, this horse has a bit of a rose theme.  There are at least seven, perhaps more, roses in the mane and tail, as well as metal feathers, leaves, beads, and other things throughout the masses of chains.

It was fun to make this one a bit gaudy. 🙂

Thank you for looking!

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2015 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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