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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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What is it about pigs?  They are lowly, they are odd, they are a bit homely, a bit hapless, yet you can’t help but find them charming.  This is Ham.  His head tilts to one side, as if he might have balance issues, yet he seems happy just the same.  I think he’s just hoping to get a little attention.


– Measures 5 inches long x 2 1/2 inches tall x 2 1/2 inches wide.

– Made with 16 gauge dark annealed wire, 19 gauge dark annealed wire, and fine black wire for details and setting the embellishments.  The ears are antique brass pieces, and the nose is also an antique metal piece taken from a necklace.

Thank you for looking.

Oh, and good news!  I just stocked up on all sorts of new goodies, doodads, found items, and junk jewelry at Junk Bonanza yesterday, so I have all kinds of new inspiration for upcoming sculptures.  Stay tuned, and don’t forget that I can make a sculpture for you if you have something in mind that you don’t see on my Sculptures for Sale page!  Sculptures make great, one-of-a-kind gifts!

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


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This is the first time I’ve done a sculpture of a rabbit.  In fact, it’s one of the first times I’ve incorporated a rabbit into my art, period.  I’ve obtained a sort of accidental collection of all different metal feather-shaped pendants.  While I expected to use them for bird sculptures, I held up a pair and thought of rabbit ears.  This little guy is the result.  I think I may be making more of these rabbits in the future.


– This is a slender little thing, measuring 3 1/2 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches long by 1 inch wide.

– Made with pretty fine steel wire, 22 gauge mostly.  The ears are, as I mentioned, little feather pendants.  The legs are made with little drop pendants I got from a necklace.  I intentionally made the legs small and spindly…I wanted the ears comically large, so I de-emphasized the legs.  The little tail is a white bead held there with wire.

Thanks for looking. 🙂


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


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Brown Pig

At last, I’m going to post a new sculpture.  Well, not exactly “new”…this sculpture was done way back in January.  I had such a hard time getting decent photos of this one…in outdoor light, the color looked whitish, and in indoor lighting, it looked black.  It took some doing to get the colors right.  I ended up using this brown faux leather fabric that was on hand and a warm lamp and I finally got the colors right.

This brown pig is large, like my two silver ones.  He also used my last beloved set of “leaf” pendants for ears.  I have been unable to find more anywhere, and I’ve looked for months.  So this is the end of a piggy era.  However, I’ve collected a few other things that should work as pig ears, too.  I’ll miss these ears, though…they were ideal!

Brown Pig

– The center of this sculpture is made with 17 gauge steel fencing wire, and all the wire you see is dark annealed wire.  Most of it is 16 gauge, and some is 19 gauge, and then there is a little black craft wire by the ears and nose, and for the base of the tail.  The ears I’ve already explained, and the nose is, of course, a button.

– The sculpture measures 7 inches long by 3 1/4 inches tall by 3 inches wide.

Thanks for looking!


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Posted by on April 1, 2015 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media


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A Pig, a Peacock, and a Giraffe

The title sounds like the start of some lame joke, doesn’t it?  Here’s the thing, I’ve done quite a few new sculptures, and I just haven’t had the time to make a post for each one, so I’m doing a big bundle of sculptures in one post.  I hope you don’t mind. 🙂  So, let’s start with…


A friend of mine once generously sent me a box of “junk”, embellishments, buttons, beads, and etc.  In this delightful package of goodies were a stash of wood beads.  The more I looked at these beads, the more I could picture those stubby horns that giraffes have on their heads, so I went along with the idea and this is what came of it.

– Made with 17 gauge steel fencing wire, as well as finer wire for the face and for attaching embellishments.

– I used numerous embellishments for this one.  The wooden beads, as mentioned before, made great horns.  I used beads from an old necklace for the sort of oval ears (it was no easy trick attaching these beads either – wire, glue, finesse, and luck were all needed to get them in place).  The mane is a twinkly beaded chain, the same as I used for my draft horse sculpture, if you remember.  It seemed to suit this giraffe nicely.  The tail has a short length of chain to animate it a little bit.

– Measures 8 inches long by nearly 11 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches wide.


I’m not sure how many of you have seen a peacock in real life.  There is an exceptional beauty living at a local wildlife park.  I’ve seen him a couple of times this year, and have many photos of him.  What a display they have when they fan their feathers!

– Made primarily with 17 gauge steel fencing wire, as well as finer wire for the details of the head and for attaching the tail feathers.

– I used random pieces from a necklace for the tail feathers, and a metal gear embellishment (which I cut down to the right shape) for the crest feathers.

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


And finally, we have the pig.


I’ve been doing a lot of pig sculptures lately.  There’s something charming about the stout little humble creatures, isn’t there?

– Made with 17 gauge steel fencing wire, as well as finer wire for the face and tail.

– The leaf pendants I used on my original pig sculpture seemed so right for pig’s ears, so I used some more for this lady.  Yes, I think this is a lady pig. 🙂  The nose is a pink button, and the tail is simply wire wrapped and shaped.

– Measures 7 1/2 inches long by 3 1/2 inches tall by 2 1/4 inches wide.

I hope you like these three sculptures.  Thanks for looking!


Posted by on September 7, 2014 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media


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