C&W Design and Technical Challenges

By Janet Hickey / July 19, 2011

You can see why I posted these design and technical notes separate from the finished project. Design: I knew I wanted to put legs on the ATC can – that’s it – I wasn’t sure where I was going from there.Design thoughts: The legs had to have flat feet. Then tall legs or short legs?…

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Pack Up Your Cares and Woes…

By Janet Hickey / July 18, 2011

Metal Medley Challenge #5 Cares and Woes (C&W for short) is 12″ tall and is for the person who jots things down on scraps of paper. For those of us that don’t journal this is a place to drop notes, thoughts and concerns. There’s a slot in the back of the body for the scraps…

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We Interupt This Broadcast…

By Janet Hickey / July 16, 2011

Metal Medley challenge #5 has created a firestorm of possibilities – I thought I had the basics pulled from my stash . . . – but me, myself and/or I had ideas floating to surface as we woke up this morning. We’re thinking of adding green beads, ice resin, tree bark, copic markers – aw…

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While I’m on a "Roll" – Pun Intended

By Janet Hickey / July 14, 2011

I recently started using the Scor-Tape. I like it a lot. What I don’t like is that I have to have two hands free to use it (just a reason to build something). Desire: Design a box that would hold all of the various size rolls of Scor Tape I use that would let them…

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Metal Medley #4

By Janet Hickey / July 14, 2011

I knew right away what I was going to use the title plates for. Many years ago I made a foam core cabinet for melmine dessert trays I found at a garage sale (when I was young – they used these trays in our cafeteria – so I know they’re vintage). I glued wooden beads…

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Something Old – Something New

By Janet Hickey / July 13, 2011

While I’m working on Metal Medley challenge item #4 I thought I’d share a pin I made and the story behind it (sorry – but everything I do has a story). My Dad was 17 when he enlisted in the Navy (he lied about his age). During WWII he was in the gun turret on…

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Calendar

By Janet Hickey / July 12, 2011

Even though I don’t write down appointments or many other dates that I need to remember – I love calendars. There are so many design opportunities with calendars. Soooo – Surprise! Item #2 of my self imposed Medley challenge was a 7 1/2″ x 5″ calendar. My thought was that with the stand being able…

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Pan

By Laura Phillips / July 12, 2011

18″ high x 11″ below the neck The Muse: Who knows. This is what came out of my hands (with help from Debra). Color: Eyes and shading fired in

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Thankful

By Laura Phillips / July 12, 2011

12″ high x 11″ wide at the shoulders The Muse: Part of an Austrian crystal chandelier. I went to an estate sale of an 84 year old woman that had passed away. Her daughter told me that she and her husband were at her mother’s house trying to convince her to evacuate. She refused to…

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Faux Wire Wrapped Necklace

By Janet Hickey / July 11, 2011

OK – I’m posting finished item #3 in front of finished item #2 of the Metal Medley challenge (in case you missed the previous blog – it’s my own challenge)this is easier to photograph. I’ll post #2 tomorrow.Supplies from the Medley: 4 diamond shaped and 4 triangle shaped paper clips, 3 picture hangers, 7 eyelets…

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Off With Their Heads!

By Janet Hickey / July 10, 2011

I got a Metal Medley kit that Bonnie’s Best Tools had just posted on their web sitehttp://bonniesbest.com/mostly_metal.htm as a challenge to myself to use all the metal pieces. I separated all the pieces into a tray I had handy (the ATC tin and box of small bits aren’t shown here). Many of my Mother’s sayings…

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Larks Book

I won 4 LARK BOOKS !!

By Janet Hickey / July 10, 2011

I like to stay on top of what Lark Crafts is doing. Their website, in addition to their books, has a lot of useful information and fabulous projects. Their 500 and Master Series books are simply incredible. Visiting their site a few weeks ago I came across their offer to win their new “FOCUS” book…

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Storage – Love, love, storage.

By Janet Hickey / July 9, 2011

I’ve been stuck lately – hence the delay in posting. Hoping straightening up my studio would get me creating again I began by making a storage unit for my variety of miscellaneous pens that weren’t organized. My current pencil/pen storage units sit out on my work table and are made of three cut up heavy…

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Mother was a Hoot!

By Janet Hickey / May 17, 2011

It’s way past Mother’s Day but this was scheduled and in the que Google held on to it. I hesitated to share this but figured what the heck – any artistic endeavors I share with you came to me through her. This was the first Mother’s Day in 59 years I haven’t been able to…

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Humpty Dumpty Had a Great Fall

By Janet Hickey / May 12, 2011

This is the last scheduled post Google held on to. I’ll get to current stuff next. Man – I really did a good job on Humpty. He got a collar, legs, boots and hands. I knew I should have taken a picture before I left the clay studio last week. This Tuesday Humpty got out…

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New Tool – Compressor and Copic Markers – YA HOO!!

By Janet Hickey / May 11, 2011

Sorry for the delay in posting – my birthday week turned into three weeks (my husband refuses to extend it another month) and I got lost. More about my new mini compressor mentioned in my previous post… first, this can be an expense you may not want to add to your tool box but I…

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Batman IV Audition

By Janet Hickey / April 28, 2011

I had a vision and instead of coming to my senses – I ran with it. A clay bird I made needed a Batman Cape. From here it goes a little sideways… I got a new Toy – I mean tool – a mini compressor. First I played with Copic markers and painted the bird…

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Find The Key, Win My Heart – Finished!

By Janet Hickey / April 23, 2011

My sculpture “Find the The Key, Win My Heart” is finished! I apologize for the pictures – but you get the gist. It hangs on the wall: 13″ tall / white earthenware clay / underglazed / bees wax on face and hands / Minwax over hat, shirt & shoes / vintage metal key hole /…

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Germany Trip – Good reason as any to make a book.

By Janet Hickey / April 21, 2011

Time has passed by so quickly in the last few weeks and I don’t have much to show for it other than the three days (three FULL days) it took to clean my half of the garage. Just cleaning the garage (only my half) and taking care of some of the last of Mother’s things…

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Simple Saturday

By Janet Hickey / April 20, 2011

I have to share – Saturday was serendipitous. Our daughter Laura visited Saturday – my art room gives her hives but it’s usually the first place I take her to show her what I’m working on (then we quickly leave ;). I uncovered the clay sculpted head “Heart Strings” (first picture on the left) to…

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