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This Year’s Christmas Design

The 2017 Christmas decoration came out like this.

I was not very excited about it this time. The design usually comes from the forms of recent artwork projects.

This year more time was spent packing and moving art than making it.

So, it makes sense that this is an old shape with a little holiday add on.

The good part is no one hated it and a few thought it was the best yet!

 

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Fifteen Years of Christmas Gift Making

Somehow the Christmas gifts for last year were not documented in this blog.

They were done on time for distributing to their various locations. There were about 50 made this year.

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Santa’s workshop!


This week there was some time to get ahead on the Christmas gift design for this year. The next idea is pretty much chosen. Being this far ahead of the game is rare and helpful.

Looking back at past productions it became clear that there were no records of last year’s gift.

This post attempts to remedy that.


Fifteen years of making stuff instead of only buying things has helped balance the experience of the whole gift frenzy season.

When a design works and the gift is received well it feels really good for multiple reasons.

 

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Lisbon Roosters

Finished prototype of kinetic wire sculpture of rooster

Roosters seem to be everywhere.

Recent trips abroad have proven the popularity of the rooster motif as seen in homes, shops, advertisements, graffiti, glassware, jewelry, sculpture, painting…..

Yes, even ChristopherPollockArt has made and sold a few rooster pieces.

During this trip to Lisbon, Portugal, there is time to do some artwork while my wife meets with some coworkers (The main reason for the trip).

Tools and materials are limited basically to wire and pliers. So why not ad a new spin on the rooster design?

There was this rooster design.

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There were a few incorporated into mobiles like this. (Notice the rooster on the wall paper in the background of the home the mobile is installed in.)

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There were some others in mixed farm scene mobiles as well.

The inspiration to make a kinetic rooster design came from seeing this large moving sculpture in Lisbon.

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These hands have bent many kinetic birds that stand and move like that rooster.

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Mixing the rooster and bird designs seemed like it would be a good project for Lisbon.

So it began.

Some of you kind readers have asked to see more of the process, so here goes.

It starts with an coming up with an idea, as just described.

Then there is usually some doodling.

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Then the prototype is started.

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The prototype stages are where you really learn the most. This one has not gone well from the start. First of all it should have been larger. Small is very nice, but it is much harder to do, so it is a bad idea for a prototype.

Step by step you go. (I forgot to mention the use of image searches like you see on the computer.)

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Just keep bending, bending,bending….

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At this stage it was clear that the wings were too small to counterbalance the design intended for the head and eye part.

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There was to be a slightly different beak and a “waddle” hanging below the balancing loop of the head and eye piece. Larger wings should add enough weight for that to work in following attempts. You see the rejected part in the foreground.

There you have it!

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13/14 Years of Christmas Gift Artwork. Dancing Santa

Santa Christmas Ornament Mobile

Last year’s Christmas ornament art project was this dancing Santa mobile. (if you click on the full WordPress article there is a video)

They are painted sheet metal and wire.

About 50 were made.

I think I will have to make more of these Christmas decorations because people are asking to buy them.

That makes me happy!

Santa Christmas Ornament Mobile
Santa Christmas Ornament Mobile
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4/14 Years of Christmas Art Ornaments Snowboarder Ornament

This sheet aluminum and wire mobile ornament was from around the time the kids got my my wife and me into snowboarding.

Our kids have been instructors for years, and they had talked us into it that year so it seemed like a good design.

Good decision!

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Snowboarder Ornament Christopher Pollock Art
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5/14 Years of Christmas Gift Art. Glass Ball Mobile Ornament

One of the favorite Christmas gift art ornaments was this mobile in a clear glass ball.

Wire and snowflake charms with a Christmas tree at the bottom make up the mobile part.

Glitter glued to the glass ball with silver ribbon to hang it from and there you have it!

Everyone loved it! But, mailing this object failed a few times.

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6/14 Years of Christmas Ornament Gift Art

This Christmas ornament design comes from spiral mobiles I have made.

The mobiles are larger with more  pieces than this little ornament.

It is brass sheet metal with brass wire and about 3 inches.

40-50 were made.

 

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7/14 Years of Christmas Gift Art

8/12 Years of Christmas Gift Art Jingle Bells Ornament

Year eight was this mobile ornament made from brass wire and jingle bells. 

I made 40-50 of these and one larger piece as well as some earrings using this design. 

The middle wire (I call the wires of mobiles armatures) shape has since become an often used design element in my wire sculptures and Christmas gift artwork.

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