Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Bring On Da Funk!!

Recently, I traveled to an art event/retreat with an small group of women.  Even though there were only 12 of us, two swaps were offered for us to participate in.  Exciting!! You say "swap" and I am all in!!  The theme for the one that piqued my interest was to create a  working clock blinged out according to the taste of our partner.  Contacting my swap partner through email, I learned a lot about her.  One sentence in particular clearly gave me a true picture of the direction her tastes ran in. "I like bling, but not a lot.  I'm the kind of person that when people visit my home, they look around and ask, "why do you have that???"  I translated that to read, "bring on da funk!"

And did I have fun with it!! With the wheels turning inside my head.. and with the excitement of creating something different... I knew exactly the direction I would take this!    The result?  
See for yourself!

I just love it! A funky working clock, with composition doll's hands, set upon a vintage tobacco tin complete with rolling wheels.  I liked the concept of turning it into a pull toy!
A battery powered clock face, purchased at Michael's, that I recessed into a papier mache egg. Enhancing it with just a bit of bling, just like she asked for.
The composition doll hands were also set into the papier mache egg.  And of course, neither hand was facing in the correct position.  That's the beauty of funk!
As you can see from all the photos, I first glued down a layer of pages from a vintage spelling book. Then, I added bits and pieces of laces and trims, some embellished with tiny pearls.  I just love the mix of soft with hard, don't you?
A touch.. not too much... of burlap, tulle, and vintage flowers enhanced with large pearl centers that I had glued on.
And the top was secured with a ribbon made from coffee-stained muslin.  That way, when the battery died, my swap partner could untie the ribbon, detach the front from the back, and easily replace the old battery with a new one.
On the one hand, I placed a tiny tag made from a vintage french music card.  On the back?  I wrote, "Time flies when you're having fun!"  The fun comes with the whole piece being attached to a tin with workable wheels!
Old rubber car wheels screwed into the sides.  Embellished with nuts, screws and a hubcap-like thingie.  Thank heavens for the sweet man at the hardware store guiding me on what pieces I needed in order to make it actually roll along.  I will definitely be back again to seek his expertise as this project was so much fun I want to do more!  I mean, seriously... using electric drills to drill holes in the metal??  Way cool!!!  I am soooo lovin' da funk!!!
This project was literally completed at the 11th hour.  Now you know why the pictures are grainy.  A weary artist, I quickly documented every angle before tucking it into a box, leaving for the airport.  Phew!!  I know you all know what that's like at some point or another in your creative life!  Tickled pink, and anxious to present this to my swap partner, I gently placed the box in the overhead bin and nestled into my seat.  All the while feeling very contented knowing it was on its way to a good home!!

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23 comments:

  1. Fun, Fun. I am sure she will love it! Di

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    1. Yes, she did! She even sent me a photo of it sitting on her mantle. Makes me feel so good to know it's in the right home!

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  2. I love your artistic creation! How fun!

    Anne

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    1. So good to see you here, Anne! I've been having a bit of hard time getting to everyone's blogs with all the activity going on around here. But I sure do miss it! Glad you liked my project... oh, how I want to do more!

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  3. Oh my this is super fun! I love the fact that it functions as a real clock and would so love something so unique on my bedside table. It looks like you had a great time making it. Thanks so much for sharing. It is wonderful!

    Hugs
    Caroline

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    1. Hi, Caroline! You're making me blush!!! So glad you liked it and if I ever find more hands like these I plan on making more. Now... off to the hunt!!!

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  4. You got da funk! Those chubby little baby dolls arms peaking out on the sides made me smile.

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    1. They tickled me too, Beth! Funny how you start a project and you think it's going in one direction only to find out that won't work! That is what happened with this one. But once I gave up on trying to make it work.. you know, square peg in a round hole mentality.. this is what happened! So happy it worked out!

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  5. I LOVE this! You know I am all about some doll parts!! You did a fabulous job Kadee!!

    Love,
    LuLu~*xoxo

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    1. Knowing you like it, makes me know I hit the nail on the head. Hmmmm... nail on the head! Another idea coming to mind? Crazy funky is getting into my blood! LOL

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  6. Now this is art! What a great creation.. Bravo!!

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    1. Ahhhhh.... your comment makes my heart sing! Thanks!

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  7. That is SO cool! Seriously funky cool! I love it!

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    1. So glad it tickled you, Heather! Now I am obsessed with finding composition doll arms or hands! I think I found them on one of my trips to California but I sure don't remember which one! Thanks for dropping by!

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  8. I am sorry you had to give up your knitting, but you are so right.. If we can no longer do one form we move on to the next..
    Thank you so much for your kind words.
    Blessings,
    Penny

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    1. It's always something but if we keep a positive attitude the next thing will be an even better adventure!

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  9. This is so funky and fun made me smile
    Kris

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    1. Kris, if you see arms like this at Junk Bonanza would you buy them for me? And trust me, I know that something this small will be hard to zero in on with all the eye candy you will see there! How I wish I could go. Keeping my fingers crossed that I can go in the fall! Thanks bunches!

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  10. Oh I am so happy that you left a comment on my blog so I could find you ! I love your blog and your creation. That clock is hilarious, I love the whimsy combined with the gorgeous lace. I am now a new follower and look forward to reading your posts. Blessings from Australia x

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    1. Thanks so much, Melanie, for becoming my latest follower! So glad you're jumping on board my adventures with me! And glad you liked the mix of fancy with funny. It still makes me smile, too!!

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  11. This is so cool Kadee. I am envious of your swap partner! So creative!

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