Saturday, May 22, 2021

Schrader the Air Hog

Here is my next robot in the Michael deMeng online workshop, Ramshackle Robots and Antiquated Androids

This robot began with a Listerine plastic bottle. I have worked with plastic bottles as bases before and I find it best to fill the bottle with Great Stuff in order to have some firmness to the whole thing before I start adding on other bits. 

After that part was done I auditioned the rest of the parts to be used. I had picked up the Air Hogs walkie-talkie at an estate sale specifically for this class. 

I managed to get all the stuff stuck on without falling off which is not as easy as it sounds.

After much painting, the robot is finished. 

Thus we have, Schrader the Air Hog, a Ramshackle Robot. 


Monday, May 10, 2021

The Messiah of My Unhappiness

My friend Robin Larson stopped by for a driveway gathering in these Covid-19 times and brought me a gift she could not pass up at a flea market. I love masks and this little mask was so intriguing and painted so colorful that I immediately decided to make a piece based on it.

Last year when I was making paper in the driveway I made two things: an old tin pan full of paper pulp that I intended to use as a substrate and a baking mold of a heart that I used to make a pulp heart.

I decided also to take the plunge on another thing I wanted to try: resin.

So I painted the heart. The substrate got painted and stamped to my satisfaction. Then after laying a bed of nails, I poured the resin into the tin and let it sit. 

I also painted the mask, highlighting the colors it was already painted. I added two chair back posts and some shredded cardboard into the mix as well.

At this point I thought the piece was done...but something still bothered me about it. I found some wood trim in the basement along with another chair post and added them to the tin. This was much more the direction I wanted this piece to go. 

Thus we have The Messiah of My Unhappiness. It is 20"H X 24"W X 5"D and weighs a ton! The title is from the poem Wrong Question by Tony Hoagland.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Jerry the Bellboy

This is my second Ramshackle Robot made in the online Michael deMeng workshop Ramshackle Robots and Antiquated Androids.  

The base of this robot is a Mr. Potato Head mechanical purchased at American Science and Surplus in Milwaukee. 

As I added the bits to him to robot him up, I started to think of Jerry Lewis, a comedian I have enjoyed since I was a child. The movie, The Bellboy (1960), was the inspiration. 

After all the construction was completed, it was time to paint, paint, paint. 

His bellboy cape hides the battery box so batteries can be replaced with ease. 

Thus we have, Jerry the Bellboy, we below stars in his own version of The Bellboy.

Saturday, May 1, 2021




Here is my first work to come out of the new Michael deMeng on-line workshop, Ramshackle Robots and Antiquated Androids. This one is called Potpourri-Bot.

The project started with these basic ingredients. I knew from the start that the mixer was going to be converted into a potpourri jar right from the start. What I did not realize was that the idea of using a baby doll head made this robot to human like and was quickly rejected.

Denice got me addicted to Starbuck's Chai Latte and having a lid around on this day proved perfect timing to create the base I needed to have.

I found this pool cue in my stash and screwed off the handle to use for the bot.

Dang! these dang bottle caps will make perfect hubcaps.

Have a stash of fans helps when you need to power a bot.

I decided that this one is going to start black. After many hours of painting, painting, painting--I completed The Potpourri-Bot.

Thus we have, Potpourri-Bot which still has live, rolling action.