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Rusty Wire Upcycle – Spring Wreath

“Found Object” and “Upcycle”, ahhhh, words dear to my heart.  I’m constantly tuned towards the potential of discovering the ‘found object’ that will be a treasured addition to my art supplies. Case in point:  on a recent dog walk I found a jumble of old wire. Old wire, and that’s wire that’s been outside for… Continue reading Rusty Wire Upcycle – Spring Wreath

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Niche Shrine/Shadow Box – Finale

I left this project in Part 1 with just having painted the interior of the box so it would bring it forward out of the shadows. After much deliberation, I went with Tim Holtz Ideaology Wallflower 12 x 12 inch paper pad.  These pads always have multiples of the patterns, and more importantly, in various… Continue reading Niche Shrine/Shadow Box – Finale

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Vintage Treasures and Upcycle Possibilities

BUT FIRST… The latest from my cat – Smokey.  Cats, being the total Prima Donnas that they are, how does one explain a cat finding comfort laying on shoes for a nap? She did open one eye in disdain for me interrupting the snooze.  I slunk away in shame and left her to her beauty… Continue reading Vintage Treasures and Upcycle Possibilities

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Oriental Bell Temple Shrine

I came across this brass pagoda-style bell (pictured above) at a second hand store recently.  It’s dimensions are 7″ x 5″ x  2″.  It was missing a brass knob screw (top of left post) but it did still have it’s original ringer/striker, that’s it hanging on the right side. I really like making Shrines and… Continue reading Oriental Bell Temple Shrine

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Steampunk Stag – Part 2

Last post I left off with embossing sheets of silver foil. Using Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks, I give the embossed sheets some color and patina of age.  Once alcohol inks go on and dry, they’re pretty much there to stay.  They won’t wipe off with water, won’t smear and they’re translucent. Lots of videos out… Continue reading Steampunk Stag – Part 2