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Shading and Blending Pencil lines with a Clay Shaper

By Janet Hickey / June 17, 2014

Shading and Blending Pencil lines with a Clay Shaper I watched a YouTube video on working with colored pencils last week.  The artist (sorry I didn’t make note of the artist) used a Clay Shaper to shade her graphite pencil lines.  It’s been on my mind and I needed to give this technique a try…

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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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Bead & Small Things Storage

By Janet Hickey / October 30, 2011

Years ago I was lucky and acquired a 10 drawer flat file – 43″ deep x 54″ wide (actually, by now I have 2-10 drawer & 1-5 drawer flat files). The one below holds beads, jewelry in progress, findings, jewelry for repurposing and flat storage for prints and game boards (bottom two drawers).This 5 drawer…

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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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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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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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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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Book Sewing Frame – (Not your ordinary)

By Janet Hickey / January 28, 2011

Well folks – I spent the better part of today visiting with the boys. Michael, Dick and HL (Michaels Art/ Craft Store, Dick Blick Arts and Hobby Lobby). It’s been awhile since I’ve walked every isle to see what’s new and what could be used for something other than it’s original intention. It was a…

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Tools and Storage

By Janet Hickey / January 27, 2011

The SUN is out today! I want to share a storage idea that works for me. My three work tables are 4′ deep by 8′ wide and waist high. I put wheels on repurposed wooden file trays to help me organize my work space. My hand tools are assembled in the trays by use. This…

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Japanese Book Drill (screw punch) – bit holder

By Janet Hickey / January 17, 2011

OK – here goes – first post… Japanese Book Drill (screw punch) – BIT HOLDER Keep in mind that I like to change/improve/build things to fit my work style. To that end, when I purchased my Japanese Screw Punch (one of my top three – can’t do without – tools) from Bonnie’s Best Art Tools…

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