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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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The Basset Case

Hi there,

Here is another of my recent sculptures.  I came across a pair of glitzy, sparkling earrings that were soft and dangly.  They made me think of the giant, supple ears of a basset hound.  So here is what I came up with.

The Basset Case

– Measures 8 inches long by 4 & 1/4 inches tall (at the tail) by 2 inches wide.

– Made with some 17 gauge steel fencing wire, as well as paddle wire of various sizes from 22 – 30 gauge.  The ears are those big, soft, fake-diamond-encrusted earrings. The nose is a rectangle/square-shaped glass bead that I had in my stash.  I debated using that bead as it looked so enormous, but what good is a hound dog without his giant nose? 🙂  I pulled wire through the hole in the center of the bead and “sewed” it onto the end of the dog’s face, wrapping wire until the bead was nested tightly in the wire and the head looked like that of a dog.  The tail is a white glass pendant in the shape of a tusk or tooth.

I hope you like this sculpture.  Thank you for looking!

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2016 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Andalusian

Dear readers, I finally have something new to post here on my blog.  It has been quite a while since I made a post; the Christmas card has taken up a lot of my time.  I will be posting that on Christmas Eve, so stay tuned. 🙂

I love horses, and I always tend to go back to them in my work. This one was slow in coming together, because I was in need of black chain for the mane and tail. It must not be fashionable to wear black jewelry/chain right now, because I had a very hard time finding any. I spent literally an entire day in town going everywhere I could think of from Michael’s Art store to Maurice’s Clothing. I finally did end up finding some very black chain that worked nicely for this horse. I was surprised it was so hard to find chain in black…last time I checked, it was everywhere. It shows how out of the loop I am as far as the fashion world!

I wanted to try and capture some movement and spirit in the horse, so I have her head turned and her ears angled in an inquisitive gesture. I wanted to make her look kind of playful, and hope that comes through in the sculpture.

Andalusian

– This measures 8 1/4 inches tall by 8 inches long by 4 inches wide.

– Made with 17 gauge steel fencing wire, 19 gauge steel wire, and various smaller gauge wires for attaching embellishments, adding details, and etc. The mane and tail are made of black metal chain, and the embellishments within are leaves from an art store and the small, spear-like pieces attached here and there are from an antique pair of earrings I bought at a garage sale. The ears are “wings” that came in a pack of various pieces I bought.

I hope you like this.  Thank you for looking!

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2015 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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Thank you for looking!

 
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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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