Clamshell Box

Clamshell Box For My Friend

By Janet Hickey / January 11, 2015

I made this box housing a tray and journal for my friend Bonnie who is fighting a battle with cancer. Of all the book jackets I have in my stash I didn’t have one I felt suited my vision.  Most of the thick books useful in this type of box with a tray are generally…

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Vintage Cupcake Pic

Vintage Cup Cake Pics Holder in Foam Core

By Janet Hickey / January 10, 2015

I don’t love everything I make.  Sometimes I have an idea I have to get out of my head AND once I do I’m good to move on – not trying to make it perfect. For example: I must have gotten a bag of vintage cup cake pics at a yard sale for a $1…

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Zombie Book and Clam Shell Box

By Janet Hickey / January 4, 2015

Short story… I wanted to make something different for a special, incredibly talented, artist. I went to her blog and found a post titled “Things To Do Before The Zombie Apocalypse” – things rocketed on from there. I lead a rather boring life and am not too familiar with Zombies. I’m more afraid of not…

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Clamshell box – repurposed Lawyers Reference Book

By Janet Hickey / August 23, 2014

We’ve moved my web site and blog to WordPress.  While still in the process of updating categories and tags, etc., I realized I hadn’t posted one of my favorite boxes (or if I did I can’t find it 😉 I bought a few lawyers reference books from the yearly local library book sale.  This one…

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Tool Storage

By Janet Hickey / April 16, 2014

Tool Storage This a quick post… This is an ice tray used for making ice that fits in small mouth water bottles.  I’ve gotten three of them so far at thrift stores for $1 – $2 each.  New, they sell for about $4 at hiking and athletic stores. 10 1/4″ w x 3 3/4″ d…

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Recycled Eyeliner = Fine Line Travel Paint Brush +1

By Janet Hickey / December 26, 2012

Sometimes I just can’t help myself.  When I get some clear head space, no TV, no Radio, no people, no books (usually in the shower, brushing my teeth or driving) – ideas just start popping.The latest is this.  I was thinking about the collapsable box.  If you took two of them with you when you…

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Wood Book Cover from Hardwood Flooring

By Janet Hickey / August 15, 2012

At the next Atlanta Book Arts Collective’s monthly meeting one of our members is teaching us how to make Coptic Endbands.  The word went out that we needed boards. Picture a spinning top that has swirls of color – that was my mind.  Never mind what the intent was – I heard boards.  To me,…

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Beach House Book from Drink Coasters

By Janet Hickey / July 26, 2012

This, with a bottle of wine, would be a cute hostess gift. 4 5/8″ from floor to peak of box 5 1/2″ high at the center of the house with book inserted 6″ wide from roof edge to roof edge Materials: 2 Coasters – 4″ x 4″ thick cardboard coaster (restaurant kind) Empty tea box –…

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IPad Stand using a Book Cover Repurposed #2

By Janet Hickey / May 23, 2012

PART 2 – A Rewarding project.  IPad Stand:2 –   1937 / New Standard Encyclopedia Volumes IV and V (I bought 6 volumes at a yard sale years ago)        The covers are a very nice, embossed, burgundy cloth.Scraps of Chipboard 3 –     Silver Grommets15″ – 1/2″ black elasticPVA Glue TIP: The stand could also be made using…

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IPad Stand using Book Covers – Repurposed #1

By Janet Hickey / May 23, 2012

Having a hard time separating myself from the books that don’t have a “near future” purpose and don’t have much of a redeeming value that anyone else would want them. To reduce the length of the post I’m sending this in two posts. #1 shows the finished project. #2 shows the process. Stand as assembled. The elastic serves…

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Book Repurposed – Fast and Way Too Much Fun

By Janet Hickey / May 12, 2012

Having finished the portfolio I was feeling pretty good about getting back into cutting and gluing stuff together again and wanted to get right back into another project. I save scraps – can’t help it.  Some time ago in an effort to clean out my side of my husband’s garage I started to throw out…

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Metals – I’m just playin

By Janet Hickey / February 17, 2012

These are projects I made for the Bonnie Art Tools at the recent Stamp Festival (the black display cards are made from pre-cut chip board (same boards used for the Flower Press).  Black paper was glued to one side and then edged with various paper tape, holes were drilled, grommets set and ribbon inserted to use as a hanger): Frame…

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Vintage Floppy Disks = Jewelry

By Janet Hickey / December 15, 2011

We had dozens of floppy disks (they weren’t really floppy – they were 4 x 4 hard disks). I hesitated to throw them away because although we couldn’t get information from them anymore some clever thief might find them in the trash, have a relic of a computer laying around the den and get all…

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13 More Sleeps Til Christmas

By Janet Hickey / December 12, 2011

A lot has happened this month… My long list of “firsts” without Mom is at an end (first Birthday, Easter, Mother’s Day, etc).  She passed away December 3rd, 2010.  I could hear her talking to me as I was lamenting my need to make this year’s Christmas cards.  First she would tell me how pretty…

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IT’S OFFICIAL (I’ve seen it with my own eyes)!

By Janet Hickey / November 22, 2011

My book is featured on page 57 of the Premier Issue of Cloth Paper Scissors “PAGES” magazine.  Woo Hoo!! The book featured is my SmARTaleck Studio book made from a vinyl store banner.  I use it to sketch sculpting ideas and take notes in class.  It’s a little worse for wear – schlepping it back and…

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Woven Star from Vintage Book Pages

By Janet Hickey / November 17, 2011

Stars made from pages of books, magazines, cloth, ribbon – just use your imagination for an easy, fun, rewarding, project.  Technique for “making stars come out at night” is towards the bottom of this post. This is the first star I made using 1″ x 8″ strips cut from an old dictionary. After that I reduced the…

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Ideas I haven’t Shared Before

By Janet Hickey / October 31, 2011

I picked up the Flea Market Style magazine at the hardware store. Holy Cow! There were some really neat ideas in there. Below are pictures of some of the things I’ve done with “other” things.1958 Chevy fender wings ($1 ea at a car swap meet) = coat, bag hanger Fireplace Mantel ($8 at garage sale)…

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Weiner Dog – Metal Letter Stamp Storage

By Janet Hickey / October 24, 2011

I’m rearranging work areas in my Studio.I consolidated my metals work to one table, dedicating the other work table to sculpting. Moving things around usually means I come across something I haven’t had my hands on in a little while and then I’m off. Finding and reviewing some of the videos on got me…

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Some of This and Some of That + Wire Storage

By Janet Hickey / October 20, 2011

Some of This: (Just an FYI – I rescued you from a rant, this post was a page. I let it marinate and cut it back to the important basics…) – Searching the internet for a disc cutter I found Folks, if you have a question about the proper use of a tool –…

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100 Bottles of Beer on Wall, 100 Bottles … you get it

By Janet Hickey / October 17, 2011

What a hoot! My friend and I spent more time visiting the WonderRoot Creative Reuse ( table than we did any other table at the recent Brookhaven Art Fair (a fabulous fair by the way). WonderRoot Creative Reuse does many things regarding environmental awareness and arts and crafts in the community but what interested me…

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