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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Hand-cast pewter charms on: March 14, 2016 01:03:42 PM
These are really cool!

Since I am a member of the SCA, a medieval recreation group, I decided to do this the only way I knew how - the hard way.

Hahaha!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Birds & The Bees Shadow Box Collage on: March 14, 2016 01:00:38 PM
I've had a block for a while and this is the first thing I've made in months.  Whew.



It's a wooden cigar box, painted haphazardly with green acrylic and then the inside was covered with various ephemera, commercially produced papers, etc. 



I also made a bee hive texture with gel medium and spray inks, then covered areas of the collage with gold metallic and clear encaustic wax.  Some metal embellishments, moss, sticks from my hydrangea, tiny beads, and hopefully the result is an interesting piece with natural elements.

I left the paint pretty rough with some areas of the box coming through.



Upside down.  Oops.


Nestled in with some of my other stuff.
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Found Sculptures: Portable Protection Shrine & A New Friend on: October 28, 2015 10:31:43 AM
Awesome!  Thank you!
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Found Sculptures: Portable Protection Shrine & A New Friend on: October 27, 2015 08:47:01 AM
Thanks all!  I really enjoyed these projects and the class as a whole.  The instructor will be doing a kinetic sculpture class next fall and you better believe I'm going to be in it.
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Found Sculptures: Portable Protection Shrine & A New Friend on: October 26, 2015 12:47:53 PM
I recently took a Found Sculpture class and *loved* it.  These are two of the projects we completed.  The first was a wearable found sculpture.  I started with a sardine tin and used broken jewelry pieces, an iron spike, wire, bottle caps, and part of a steamer basket to create a protection shrine that can be worn as a necklace or on a belt.  It's inspired by a sci-fi book (A Canticle for Leibowitz) which is about a futuristic religious order that makes relics out of everyday items from contemporary culture.



The steamer basket "shield" lifts up to reveal a golden cross and the Latin word for "safe" or "protected."


The second project is a face.  We made faces to construct a family "photo" at the end of the class.  I made the family pet.  The steamer basket segments appear again, this time riveted to some kind of metal flower holder?  A wooden checker, watch face, finger cymbal, and more jewelry finish up the features of the face.

HALLO I AM FRIEND


6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Gothic Tombstones on: October 26, 2015 12:39:38 PM
I made a set of tombstones for Halloween!  These are prefab tombstone blanks (paper? cardboard?) from JoAnn that I painted and embellished with a variety of findings.  Several of the ornamental pieces are paper clay molds.







7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A Curious Cabinet of Curiosities on: October 11, 2015 10:53:35 AM
My version of an Apothecary Cabinet done with miniature bits and bobs.  Many of the paper goods, bottles, and labels came from Alpha Stamps.  The cabinet itself is part of a Melissa & Doug toy that I picked up at a thrift shop.  It was originally bright green with stars and hearts all over.  The jar of eyeballs is paper clay balls in yellow-ish resin.



8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Our Lady of the Waters Shrine, Frida Shrine, Octopus Treasures Box on: August 26, 2015 07:05:35 AM
Awesome!  Thank you!  Grin
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Our Lady of the Waters Shrine, Frida Shrine, Octopus Treasures Box on: August 17, 2015 11:16:06 AM
Thanks!  I work more with archetypes than particular deity.  Our Lady of the Waters is the second in a series of elemental/nature-based shrines.  The next one (currently in progress) is based on the archetypes of creation/destruction goddesses from the Neolithic period.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Our Lady of the Waters Shrine, Frida Shrine, Octopus Treasures Box on: August 17, 2015 06:57:02 AM
Instead of making three different posts I'm putting all of these together.  This is what I've been working on lately.

Our Lady of the Waters Shrine (thrift store cigar box, old spoon, findings, paper clay)



Face detail


Top detail


Message in a bottle


Octopus Treasures Box
Small wooden box, painted black all over.  Embellished with metal bits and paper clay octopus.
(I didn't show the inside; it's boring)



Frida Shrine
Frida is my #1 inspiration for art and life.  I just saw some of her pieces at a special exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts; my first time seeing her actual work in person.



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