Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hearts Galore

Many of you have seen a number of different hearts over the past years.  Twisted steel, glass, bike gears, and other recycled steel parts were welded into wonderful sculptures.  I was fortunate to discover a haul of various colors of recycled metal shelving.  Green, red, blue, and orange all in about 10 foot lengths.  What a find!

There's going to be a number of significant changes with my work that you'll see at some of this year's shows.  Many shows will feature the same work that I love to do that many of you have been enjoying for what is now decades, and the fine art shows will feature work similar to the hearts below and other new work that I'll be featuring here over the next few months getting ready for 2012.

This first heart features a three inch side with alternating horizontal green and red slats.  It's approximately 16 inches tall by about 12 inches wide.

The second heart is similar to the one featured above with the metal running vertical.  I like this one a lot.

Number three is my version of what's hanging around inside our hearts.  It's also about three inches thick, and I've created a variety of plumbing interconnected with bicycle gears.  Now that is some pacemaker!  Note the stitching across the front, and it's also all around the outside where the heart front meets the heart's sidewalls.

This is the fourth and last one for tonight! It has some serious plumbing work, and I've added the metal at different levels throughout the heart. Imagine as if the heart's skin is pealed back to reveal its inner workings. 

A lot of things are changing this year with my work.  You can keep up to date by subscribing to my blog for the latest additions.  See you soon!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

New Video

I discovered a great stop action film program for my Android, and it's great for making short videos to add to my youtube site.  I've embedded the video that I shot this morning and edited down to about one and a half minutes.  Windows Live Movie Maker on my laptop was used to edit the movie.  It's amazing how easy everything was.

This is going to really speed up the video making and editing process and will allow me to get the latest greatest videos for everyone's enjoyment!  Please let me know what you think.  Joe

Thursday, November 3, 2011


Our Adopted Page on our website at www.cliftonmetalworks.com/adopted.htm is really starting to fill up.  Thank you everyone for all the great photos that you're emailing in.  Here's the latest addition to our growing family.

Teri's New Friend

William Woods adopted this young lady for his daughter and is in her backyard in Salem, Oregon.  She's really brought new life into what is already an exciting vibrant yard.

 Dr. Dave's Stork

I've created a number of works for Dr. Dave over the past few year's with this fellow being the first.  He commissioned this piece for his office and his staff and clients just love it.  It really breaks the ice when new folks come in!  Currently, I'm working on a new office piece that is being created of medical instruments that he provided last summer to me.  Hmm.  Wonder what they could be???