Materials

Sometimes folks ask me about materials. Originally, I wanted things to actually work: the pencils, the matches, the slingshot, the shotgun, the bass guitar, but this is beyond my skill (and not too safe). the slingshot is made of stretchable material (old nylon stockings and bookbinding glue) but I doubt you could throw a pebble very far with it! I made the pencils early on, and stuck real graphite and real erasers in there so they'd "work", and it satisfied me at the time. A few months ago I replaced one eraser with bubble gum. thanks to Steve L and Demetri K for the idea, and to Brian B for his comments. I'm glad I did it, it's more consistent with how the project is now. 

But I don't need everything to be what it isn't. I don't want to hinder the process by strictly avoiding "things that aren't what they are". If I do that I will never finish, and it won't be fun. Ultimately they're just props in a story. For instance, the beer can is aluminum, but it's cut from flashing, then painted, rolled, and glued. The envelope is paper, but it's an envelope shape cut from a larger sheet of paper, then painted, folded, and glued. The "toilet paper tube" in the Trophy is cardboard, but it's cut, painted, and rolled bristol board embellished with blotter paper. Next pencil I make will likely have burnt wood for a tip and, yes, bubble gum for an eraser, but the crown will still be aluminum, just like in a real pencil, because it's fun to shape and emboss and affix, and because it's such a beautiful material. I try to find a satisfactory balance with each piece.

Materials

Acorn 
Paper maché, paper clay, gouache, paper, colored pencil, oils, ink
A Trophy 
Polymer clay, wire, cardboard, paper, ink, paint pen, cotton, cut and rolled and dyed Bristol Board with blotter paper
Bed (in progress) 
Cut and glued cardboard
Bird's Nest 
Grass: Acrylic ink or gouache on cut paper 
Twigs: Acrylic ink on cut, glued and twisted paper
Birch Bark: Ink, pencil and gouache on cut and rolled paper 
Torn Grocery Bag: Acrylic Ink and pencil on glasseine
Bird Block 
Sculpted and painted air-dry clay
Bookshelf 
Cut, glued and painted cardboard
Bread Tie 
Colored pencil and ink on cut plastic
Boxer Shorts Package 
Acrylic ink on cut and heat-sealed plastic
Buttons 
Acrylics on carved and drilled wood
Calipers 
Polymer clay with epoxy over armature, colored pencil, ink
Card from Alma 
Pencil, colored pencil and ink on cut paper
Car Shard 
Colored and glued Shrinky-dinks
Chevaline Beer Can 
Acrylic, graphite and shellac on cut and shaped aluminum
Chickadees and Cheese Jar Lid 
Acrylic ink on cut, embossed and shaped aluminum, colored pencil on paper with foam tape
Clotheshook 
Acrylic, pigment, air-dry clay, wire
Cleveland Cup Co. Coffee Cup 
Acrylics and ink on cut and formed Bristol Board, wax
Dead Yellow Jacket 
Polymer clay, wire, oil pastel, plastic film 
Desk 
Desk: Cut and glued cardboard, paint, pen
Handles: painted clay with wire, wood and glue
ABC Gum: painted glue
Diary (in progress) 
Pages: Colored pencil, pencil and ink on paper
Covers: Ink on gessoed board
Doorknob 
Polymer clay over metal armature
Fingerjoint Box 
Colored pencil on cardboard with polymer clay and shaped plastic
Flattened Coin 
Acrylic on air-dry clay
Flexible Form 
Bristol Board, colored pencil, ink, paper, glassine, smooshed erasers
Flying Saucer Postcard 
Ink on paper and Bristol Board
Fur-tide Bottle Cap 
Acrylic, shellac and hot glue on cut and shaped aluminum
Git Up N' Go Defibrillator Co. Label 
Acrylic ink on paper
Gum Tucker Toothbrush 
Ink on polymer clay and hot glue, hair
Hangman Napkin 
Ink and pencil on embossed paper
Hinge 
Painted Shrinky Dinks
Keys 
Painted air-dry clay
Library Paperwork 
Ink and pencil on paper
Li'l Vinny Paintbrush 
Wood, wire, painted air-dry clay, hair
Maple Leaf 
Paper, acrylics, wire
Mosspocket Fernulated Spittle Tabs 
Bottle: Painted polymer clay, pen on paper
Pills: plaster with pigment
NESSO Clips with grip 
Cut, filed and folded wire inside cut, folded and painted board
Note from Brian 
Pencil, colored pencil, ink, holes on cut paper
Note from Tammy 
Pencil, colored pencil, holes on cut paper
Oak Smokes Cigarettes 
Package: Colored pencil, ink and acrylic ink on paper, aluminum leaf on paper, silverpoint, cellophane
Cigarettes: ink and burnishing on handmade paper, oak leaves
Pencil 1 
Graphite, paper maché, wood putty, embossed aluminum, acrylics, eraser
Pencil 2 
Graphite, paper maché, wood putty, embossed aluminum, acrylics, bubble gum
2B Pencil Box 
Gouache, pencil, ink and paper on cut, folded & glued Bristol Board
Pine Wisp 
Paper, acrylics, nylon, thread, wire
Poem 
Colored pencil on dyed paper (Based on “Space is Deep” by Hawkwind)
PRO me-thee-us Lighter Fluid Can 
Cut, folded, glued and painted aluminum with polymer clay
Puppin Spool of Thread 
Paper clay, acrylic ink, colored pencil, ink, paper, cat fur 
Rabbit's Foot 
Wire, shaped plastic, polymer clay, air-dry clay, aluminum leaf, milkweed
Razor Blade 
Painted air-dry clay
Rug (in progress) 
Folded and painted newspaper, twine
Security Envelope 
Ink on cut, folded and glued paper
Sewing Pins
Painted air-dry clay
Shiny Time Cake Balls 
Tube: Acrylic ink on taped and glued plastic 
Balls: spray-painted air-dry clay
Cap: Acrylic ink on polymer clay
Sling n' Smite Slingshot (in progress) 
Branch: wood, wire, painted air-dry clay
Sling: painted glue on nylon, ink on glued paper
Box: ink on cut and glued board, painted and embossed paper over paper maché, ink on blotter paper, acrylic on Shrinky Dinks, acrylic ink on rubber, hot glue, wire
Pebbles: air-dry clay
Snowbuddy with Ear Mates Hunting Cap (in progress) 
Cap: Sewn fabric and embroidery
Tuft Club Badge: Polymer clay, sharpened wire
Sock 
Cut and sewn fabric
Sparkleton Crier (in progress) 
Pencil on cut paper
Stuffed Chickadee 
Bird: polymer clay, wax, wire, vellum, pencil, ink, frayed dental floss, pink styrofoam
Base: air-dry clay, acrylic ink, shrinky dinks, glitter
Sunset Walking Shoes Box 
Box and Lid: Colored pencil on cut, folded and glued cardboard
Tissue Paper: Colored pencil on tracing paper
Swab 
Paper clay over wire, gouache, paper napkin, amber resin
Toy Car 
Painted polymer clay, ink, steel, rubber
Trod-Alot Sneakers 
Foam, rubber, canvas, acrylics, sewing, polymer clay, woven string, ink, colored pencil
Trouser Time Pair of Pants 
Glued yarn on cut fabric, embroidery thread
Twisty-tie 
Acrylics on paper, glue, wire 
Vine 
Pigment on paper clay
Woodcock Waste Can 
Cut, worked and glued aluminum flashing painted with acrylic ink
Whiffle Ball 
Painted paper maché
Wooly’s Dinor Matchbook 
Colored pencil, gouache, paper, cardboard, sandpaper, wire, pigmented ash
Wisdom Teeth 
Acrylic ink and colored pencil on air-dry clay
Yo-yo 
Acrylic inks on clay and paper clay over armature, woven thread