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Wine Bottle Lamps

The very first lamp in the slideshow was the prototype for my wine bottle lamp series. I was inspired by a friend who had been making jewelry out of wine bottles and thought, “What else can i do with this? I own a couple of tile saws, let’s try this out!”  The base is European Beach Wood.  The brass doorknobs were from a construction job I did a while back, my client was just going to throw them out.  The copper tubing is from a jacuzzi I replaced.  The exterior switch was also found on a job site, the lid was broken but I saved it anyways. The frosted globe gives it a semi opaque look rather than the stock glow you get from the bottle.

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The second lamp in the series is called the Ogre Lamp (the Shrek ears!). For this one I used the same European beach wood from the first model, except this time I grounded all the finish off of the wood and splashed it with spray paint to make it look a little more urban.  The switch is an exterior light switch off the barn I built 12 years ago, the same barn I later built into an apartment and found the birch bark for the Olympic Spider Lamp. The bottles are matching champagne bottles.

Next is the Rex Goliath, the 47 pound rooster! This one is my favorite. For this I said let’s do one where I don’t frost it, cut it in half and see what happens.  Again using the same European beach wood.

Lastly is the Olympic Spider.  While I was remodeling a barn (the same one I salvaged the switch from for the Ogre Lamp) into an apartment I saw that the neighbors of my client had this group of birch trees.  So I grabbed the bark on the ground. I tested it out on a wine bottle at first, made a solid circle with the birch bark. And it sat in my shop for about 6 months, I couldn’t figure out how to light it. Around Halloween time it finally came to me. The birch bark is wrapped around a plywood base. I used a left over electrical conduit and connectors. The copper wiring for the web in the center came from when I was working on the Boys and Girls Club in Hollywood. The wine bottles are stuffed with mini lights, the short stranded kind. In the center of the web is a hand cut and pounded sheet metal spider. I call this one the Olympic Spider because the positioning of the bottles remind me of the Olympic rings.

The greatest thing about these lamps is that I can make them again and again and they will never be the same each time, and people love that, having something no one else will ever have.

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Style Fashion week Palm Springs .

Billy’s first public show was a great success, as well as my first showing in Palm Springs since becoming a resident. What a great show, met wonderful people, saw beautiful fashion and interacted in a spectacular environment.

Billy is getting closer to completion, hands and head. Of course the hardest parts are what’s left. I’m excited for the detail work on the head. I’ll post the hands later, just got started working on them. Thanks for looking

Muzeo visit

So I get busy and forget to post events. Donny and Reggi just got back from a stay at the Muzeo Museum. I have been lucky enough to be invited to the Museum for a.trash art show the last two years. A great honor to be considered. Thanks for looking.

Billy

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I have been so bad about posting on my blog and website. But here is a new friend I have been working. Billy the dwarf is the last project moved from the old office. He started there and hopefully will be finished by end of summer. Thanks for looking

New art collector

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It is always so great to have new collector. Timothy came to my home artwalk last night and decided that he had to have three of my pieces. So happy to find forever homes for some of my favorite selections. Thank you for looking

Downtown Santa Ana Artwalk

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I was invited to bring Donny and Reggi to the Artwalk in DTSA. It was so much fun. Thank you Yenny Bernal for inviting me, all the people and artist were so friendly and happy to chat. What a great time, I hope to be invited back again soon. Thanks for looking

New art owners

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Two new art owners Burtons bloom and Uprooted in there new forever homes. Thank you so much to my collectors, new ones added all the time.  Thanks for looking 🙂

New art owners

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Its been a busy couple months but I have moved a lot of art. I have had five piece of art find permanent homes. I have even been paid for my work, often an odd thing for an artist being that we are often asked to give our work away. I’m really happy that my art has made it to places where the owners love it and it brings a smile to their lives.  That it creates an emotion in people is the best payment I could ever receive for my art. Love it or hate it if it causes a reaction then I have done my job. Thanks for looking