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Halloween Train – The Engine

I had been hoping that I would get my “Engine” post up sooner but events conspired against me.  Floors. There have been three floors in my home that were the last to get a face lift, and believe me they had to wait a long time to get it, too. I knew I wanted to… Continue reading Halloween Train – The Engine

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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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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 3

In Part 2 I left you with the thought of heat embossing on paper mache.  Does it work – oh yeah. These are the embossing powders I was telling you about.  They are Allure Powders and I bought four colors:  Oil Rubbed Bronze, Hammered Metal, Charred Gold and Burnt Copper Leaves.  I like to quickly… Continue reading Steampunk Stag – Part 3

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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