Wednesday, July 16, 2008

This guy was kind of hard to get a good picture. It is a book, with an altoid tin and a rusty something or other.

This is a stainless steel serving tray that I covered with an unusual modeling material and painted. I used golden acrylics and pinata alcohol inks.

Locked in time

This is a hollowed out book covered with modeling paste. The wire is from a wire basket I got at a garage sale recently. The rusty thing on the top edge is part of a mower, I think, that I found on the grounds of the high school. The eye shaped thing is the handle to some kind of silver bowl.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Prom Girl

She didn't seem to mind that her prom dress was made from a plastic grocery bag.
Time and Again not cropped so closely.
It was suggested to me that these pieces would look better in photos if I did not crop them so closely. I tried it, and I think it helps.

Monday, June 30, 2008


detritis, originally uploaded by Omabluebird.

de·tri·tus (d-trts)
n. pl. detritus
1. Loose fragments or grains that have been worn away from rock.
2.a. Disintegrated or eroded matter: the detritus of past civilizations.
b. Accumulated material; debris:

I love this term, detritus, and keep thinking of it as I go through all the accumulated junk I have. I hope to do a series of pieces with this in mind. This first one is about stuff that we throw away regularly. It contains a couple of computer boards, an old cd, bottle cap, can lid, car door handle, styrene foam and plastic packaging from something.

Miss Plastic

miss plastic , originally uploaded by Omabluebird.

This girl started after I was looking at some pictures on line of Dada Dolls. I used a tiny chocolate tin and an old doll. Her top is a plastic bag melted with a heat gun right on to her body (ouch! she said) the bottom is a recycled tea bag.

Book people

book people, originally uploaded by Omabluebird.

This started out with the drink mixer thing in the center and was going to be a doll. I was never satisfied with the way he looked. I had the book that had been glued shut. textured and had buttons glued on. I decided to combine the two projects and thus created Book People.


finished charms.jpg, originally uploaded by Omabluebird.

These are some charms that I made for a swap. Some are made with ironed plastic bags or old cd's. Some are made with polymer clay beads that I made years ago in a class I was teaching.


rock.jpg, originally uploaded by Omabluebird.

Based on a piece of metal can that I rusted this is my first experiment with melting styrene foam packing with spray paints.

Recycled cd

recycled cd, originally uploaded by Omabluebird.

Not such a great photo. This is one of a series of recycled cd's that I made using little items that I have accumulated over the years.

Time and Again

time and again, originally uploaded by Omabluebird.

This is yet another RD condensed book. It is closed and glued together. I hollowed out a large space in the middle. In it is a little Japanese box, a discarded watch that someone sent me (it was still ticking the last time I looked) and some metal found objects.


giraffe, originally uploaded by Omabluebird.

A friend gave me some old jewelery and buttons that she wanted to discard. In the box was this wonderful giraffe. I decided to honor him with a shadow box that housed an old spice men's gift in a former life. Old encyclopedia pages covered the back and I added some occotillo skeletons to the jewelry from the box.

Book Series

untitled book, originally uploaded by Omabluebird.

Again, this started with a RD condensed book, opened, folded an pressed. It is painted with nickle azo gold highlighted with some red and purples. I used furniture tacks and some wire for the finishing touches.

Book series 2

book series 2, originally uploaded by Omabluebird.

I started with a Readers Digest Condensed book opened flat to the middle, Then I folded pages in the center and glued and pressed them down. I painted with azo gold and some interference blue. Then I added some metal goodies that were lying around the studio.

Green and yellow Can Man

green yellow man, originally uploaded by Omabluebird.

With an old book for a base, this can man features some interesting beads and a styrene foam hat.

Ship of spoons

shoeship , originally uploaded by Omabluebird.

Made with a wooden shoe form, old silver plated spoons and a bracelet that I started in a Susan Leinert Kazmer workshop