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21  Halloween - Star War's C3PO costume in Halloween Costumes by chek101 on: February 14, 2012 07:08:16 PM
 ... the following Halloween I used the same boots and gloves from Rockin Robot, to make C3PO from Star Wars, only I repainted them gold.

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22  Rockin Robot Costume - all cardboard in Halloween Costumes by chek101 on: February 14, 2012 06:41:16 PM
I made this for my youngest a ways back. It was made from 2 cardboard boxes. I fixed a battery operated light to the top box. I put a door in the front of the bigger lower box so he could open it up to receive larger treats. I also installed a slot that allowed for the smaller candy to be put into it which would then slide down inside the box and caught inside a plastic bag; that way he could munch out from inside the box. Those are not his hands that you see on the outside; they are false hands made from fat cardboard tubes and stuffed gloves spray painted silver. His hands are naturally on the inside. I painted a scene from another planet on the front door of the box just to break up all that silver coloring. I used and old pair of pants and boots for the bottom  half, also spray painted silver. He had a ball with that costume!

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23  The Cannon - Replica of the widely used Civil War Cannon in Completed Projects by chek101 on: February 11, 2012 05:37:40 PM
Are you ready for this one? .....
I built this cannon for no other reason than that I am a big Civil War buff and had visited almost every major battlefield there is. This is a replica of the 1857 Bronze Napoleon 12 pdr. This cannon was used extensively throughout the Civil War and of course it fired a 12 lb cannon ball.
For your information - the barrel is 6 ft long and each wheel weighs 95 lbs a piece.

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24  mailbox house - replica of my old house in Completed Projects by chek101 on: February 11, 2012 05:00:16 PM
I built this mailbox which is a smaller version of my house. 

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25  Dracula's Coach for Halloween in Halloween Decor and Parties by chek101 on: February 10, 2012 11:08:13 AM
This carriage was made the year after I made the Four Horsemen. I used one of the horses from the Four Horsemen for Dracula's coach. Drac rode up top driving while his two lovely lady vamps rode inside. The coach was built by following a photo I got from a library book - that would be the drawing photo. The carriage is full scale; I would sit in it at night and pretend for a moment that I was back in the horse and buggy days. It was pretty neat.

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26  In Her Hands in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by chek101 on: February 09, 2012 11:10:21 PM
I did this one in oils. It's of my daughter-in-law and my grandson Christian. Christian is a twin and when one of them asks me (individually) which of them is in the painting. I would whisper in his ear, YOU are!!"

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27  The FOUR HORSEMEN in Halloween Costumes by chek101 on: February 09, 2012 10:37:02 PM
Ok, I think this goes here? Anyway, it certainly was a project, a fun project at that!! One of the things I used to love to do was build stuff for Halloween. And what I built was always built to full scale like these horses which are also built to full scale. They were built for the "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" theme.

was able to enlarge one of the photos:

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28  A Stork Bassinet in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by chek101 on: February 08, 2012 06:14:47 PM
I made this bassinet for my first grand daughter. It was built strong so no need to worry it would collapse. However the leery could use it for baby gifts. Took me a day to make.

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29  Going COLD TURKEY!!! in Thanksgiving by chek101 on: February 08, 2012 05:50:09 PM
Going cold turkey?? Why not? No need to cook that turkey when you can make this one with no cooking whatsoever!  I made this one last Thanksgiving.

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30  finished 10-09-13 Jelly Bean painting in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by chek101 on: February 08, 2012 01:21:51 PM
October 9, 2013
The painting is in its new home at the Mid Island Y in Plainview, NY. The facility is going thru some massive improvements, so I will have to wait till all is settled over there before I can get a good picture to post of it in its new home. They absolutely LOVE the painting and are planning on doing a big unveil when it is presented to the public. I can't wait to see it again! I miss it!

It is FINISHED! Finished it a couple of days ago but got too busy with other things and finally got to take pictures this morning. This is it! All done...well except for that seam in the middle but there is nothing I can do about that until I get it downstairs and put the two sections together permanently. Then it gets varnished and framed. I also fixed that other problem I mentioned in my August 14th update. See if you can figure out what it was. It is kind've obvious! The next time I post here will be the last time because then the painting will be in its permanent home at which point I will post a picture of that event.

September 11, 2013

August 14, 2013
Most of the sky done! Got the light blue in so that will be end the sky problem. But I DO see another problem. I won't tell you what it is till I fix it, then I'll show you the difference it'll make. But you will need to first compare THIS foto to the NEXT foto I will post after it's been fixed. Notice too that the sun is gone!
But you DO see the difference now, don't you? The light blue is way better than the dark blue. Scroll a bit (a few fotos down) to still see that dark blue sky...yikes!

August 14th foto:

July 19,2013
Been tearing into the painting for the last couple of days...stuck waiting anyway. Been working on areas that annoyed me. Got rid of the sun, too. Loved it, but it had to go.

July 11, 2013
Working on redoing the sky. Looks lots better (so far). Getting itchy fingers tho and am wanting to redo some other things as well. I don't want to make "that" mistake again - ignoring my instincts.

July 7th, 2013
I started taking out the dark blue and am feeling better about it already.  Now that blue sky is in the trash bin.  Just a wee bit more to go!  

July 5th, 2013
Decided that dark blue sky simply MUST GO! And so I have decided to go with the lighter blue even tho there are things about the light blue that I don't like...but...so be it!

July 4th, 2013
Finally - completed! Yaaa! Ummm...make that a "no."  The sky is way too dark. Ugh!
From the beginning:
To start, the photo above is a photo of the completed project which is painted with actual jelly beans. There are lots of photos posted of the work in various stages of development.  I hope the photos work. I take lots of photos during its making and thought you might enjoy to follow along. My apologies for the few lousy fotos posted here; the majority of them are pretty decent. I need a better camera or may actually have to learn how to use the thing properly.






                                             NOW IT BEGINS:












FOTO 11  

FOTO 12 - May 16, 2013

FOTO 12a - areas to be reworked

FOTO 12b - area rework completed

FOTO 13  

FOTO 14 - the "SEAM" --- how it irks me!

FOTO 15 - current

FOTO 16 - completed but decided to rip out all that dark blue sky ...ugh!

Foto 17 - new sky

Foto 18 - FINISHED
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