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The Bumblebee

Shockingly, I forgot to post this wire/junk sculpture.  I made it quite a while ago, and how I never got around to posting it, I don’t know.

When I buy old, broken and discarded jewelry, I often buy big bags-full of it for a good price if I can.  It’s much better than buying new “fake old” embellishments at art and craft stores, because you never know what you’ll find in bags bulging with tangled chains, jewelry, and so on.  In one of these big bags full of junk jewelry was this large plastic flower pin.  It was a bit time-worn, a bit gaudy, and I just didn’t know that I could use a piece like this.

As you can see, it found a home.  The pin is probably about 2 inches across, and I decided to just let the flower be a flower rather than try to incorporate it into anything else.  I used wire to make the stem and leaf, and attached it to a furniture foot base, which I painted a sunny yellow.  The addition of the bumblebee came to me after the flower was made, and I wanted him to be one of those chubby, adorable bees that dip in and out of flower gardens all day long.


– Made with 17 gauge steel wire, finer craft wire in silver, black, and gold for the bee.  I also used a furniture leg/foot for the base, and of course, the bright orange flower pin.

– I did not remember to measure this, but I believe the bee itself was about 1 1/2 – 2 inches long, and the whole sculpture probably measures approximately 8 inches tall.  That’s just a guess. 🙂

As you see, Norman made it into the photo shoot.

Thanks for looking! 🙂


Posted by on October 27, 2014 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media


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Monarch Butterfly Scratchboard

Here is my latest drawing.  I did this as a gift for my friend’s mom, who has been facing a lot of struggles lately.  My friend thought something with a butterfly theme would be a good subject matter for her mom, so this is what I ended up doing.  It was really different for me, because I rarely draw flowers and almost never have done butterflies.  It served to challenge me, but I enjoy that.  This is the second time I used the Ampersand inks to make a full color scratchboard.  The first time was for my commissioned Big Tree.  Once again, it was some trial and error, but what fun it was!

Monarch Butterfly on Flower

– 5×7 inch Ampersand Scratchboard

– Tools used were a #11 X-Acto blade and a fiberglass brush.  Ampersand inks were applied with a small round brush.

Jana's Mom's Scratchboard FinaleCR

Below are some progress shots.  I began with the flower petals.

Jana's Mom's ScratchboardCR

And here is the completed drawing before I added color.  It’s always a bit scary to add color because it changes the piece so quickly.

Jana's Mom's Scratchboard 5CR

And here is when I first added color.  It must be built up in layers to really glow, so it looked a bit muddy at this point.

Jana's Mom's Scratchboard 6CR

I hope you enjoyed the piece.  Thank you for looking. 🙂


Posted by on October 20, 2013 in All Artwork, Scratchboard


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