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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Unfinished Wood Boxes repurposed

By Janet Hickey / March 18, 2014

Unfinished Wood Boxes repurposed The second installment of repurposed bedroom furniture… Supplies: Two wood storage boxes purch online at – $30 ea with coupon TTL w/shipping $60 Four glass blocks used for bases (2 per base) – purchased at Lowes – $5 ea Total for both night stands:  $80 Finished Product: I couldn’t find…

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Privacy Screen repurposed into a Headboard $0

By Janet Hickey / March 17, 2014

Privacy Screen repurposed into a Headboard $0 First things first – two finished products (headboard and night stand)…. I just finished making the side table from an unfinished wood box – that’s the next post. I absolutely adore the color we painted our bedroom – Palladian Blue (look the color up on – they…

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Cutting Board Storage

By Janet Hickey / March 16, 2014

Cutting Board Storage I’ve been busy trying to get the house comfortable. The remodeled kitchen is almost complete.  We selected backsplash tile this past weekend and hope to install within the next few weeks.  I’ll post before and after pictures when we’re finished. In the meantime I needed a place to store my cutting boards…

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My GLASS bottle tree has bloomed!

By Janet Hickey / March 7, 2014

Spring must be around the corner….my GLASS Bottle Tree has bloomed! I couldn’t help it – I got a bottle tree for my front yard hoping the folks passing by will get as much of a  kick out of it as I do. My daughter saved up and collected wine bottles for me.  They prefer…

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Angel Inspired

By Janet Hickey / January 30, 2014

Angel Inspired   Sometimes my art is intentional (if it were more so I’d get more done).  More times than not my art is inspirational – meaning my hands just start creating. A few months ago I was attempting to use up the last of my B-Mix clay (porcelain content – fired to cone 6)…

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1 Inch Book Pendant

By Janet Hickey / January 29, 2014

Hi – just messing around and made a 1 Inch Book PendantI put this post together on Valentines day 2012! and it got lost in my drafts folder.  This is great if you have old correspondence that’s dear to you – you don’t want to part with it AND you don’t want to share the…

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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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The Past IS My Present

By Janet Hickey / April 24, 2012

Another one of my gifts (to myself 😉 was a weekend art class… A serendipitous search of the Internet led me to a weekend class being taught by Sandy Webster ( only 1 1/2 hrs away from my home at The Creative Arts Center in Dalton, GA.          “Building Boxes:  Creative Spaces for Small Collections”    Two…

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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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The 3 T’s are Finished

By Janet Hickey / December 20, 2011

That’s TRUNK, TIARA BOX AND TU TU’S… The descriptions, techniques and supplies are lengthy so I put them at the end of this post with more pictures… Aluminum Trunk Tiara Box Magic Princess Tu Tu TRUNK (as pictured on it’s side) 26″ wide  x 16 1/2″ high x 10″ deep: This is an aluminum salesperson’s trunk we…

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