The Steampunk Clock Anniversary Gift

Anniversary-Gear-Steampunk-Clock-tn-150I love it when a client commissions a piece, gives me a few guidelines and then lets me run with it.  As most clients don’t know my full skill set (sometimes I don’t either!) they don’t know what I’ll create.  In this case, the client wanted an anniversary gift for her parents who were kind of into steampunk and liked the gear motif.  With a budget in place, my mind wandered to my collection of odds and ends and a plan started to come together. Continue reading

Elephant Art Carved From a Pencil Lead

Elephant-tn-150This is my most recent commission piece.  I was asked to carve an elephant from a pencil lead, but as usual… I got a little carried away!  This elephant art piece was actually carved from a few pencils and then assembled onto the pencil you see below.

I was able to get this level of detail thanks to my new trinocular microscope (my new favorite toy)!

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Saw Art – Plasma Cut Hand Saws by Cindy Chinn

saw art by Cindy ChinnHere’s a look at some of my recent Saw Art. I started working in metal a little over a year (June 2015) and in an attempt to learn how to use my plasma cutter I started making designs on some old saws I bought at a yard sale.  Little did I know that these would end up extremely popular – both locally and internationally.

I ended up having to build a new website just for saw art.

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Public Library in Deshler Mural

Libary MuralI have been commissioned to paint a mural for the new Public Library in Deshler in Nebraska.  The area I’m painting is a reading alcove for the kids, so I designed a fun, bright scene with a ‘storybook’ look to it.  The style for this library mural is different from my usual work, but so far it’s been a lot of fun!

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Brass and Copper Metal Wall Art

Brass and Copper Metal Wall Art - SculptureWelcome, I was commissioned to create a large brass and copper metal wall art metal sculpture for a residence in Lincoln Nebraska.  What a fun project this was! I used a lot of techniques from my past and created some new ones.  I have a lot of in progress images and videos to show how this was done.

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Earth Tones Theremin for sale

Conductor Cindy Chinn and her Eatth Tones ThereminWho knows where these kinds of things come from… Grandpa’s Attic? Is it a relic from some lost Music Society? or is it the make shift communication device of an Alien Traveler… We my never know the true origin of the Earth Tones Device. We can be certain however, that it has a secret language of it’s own and that a special bond between the Earth and the Conductor grows stronger with every tone.  This Theremin is for sale!

View the video below to see “Earth Tones” communicate with the outside world during its world premiere in the art center of Chester Nebraska. Continue reading

Commission a Portrait Painting

I’ve been commissioned to paint a portrait.  It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but had never had the chance.  I’ve done a lot ‘Journey‘ portraits, but not one in the traditional sense of closer head and shoulders portrait.  This post will show the progress as I work through the painting.

If you would like to commission a portrait, please contact me.

As usual, I start with the background and work my way out to the foreground.  The background contains part of the subject’s journey as he traveled from Rochester New York to Scottsbluff Nebraska.  I show this with the two landscapes over each shoulder. Continue reading

Cement Truck Pencil Carving

Another happy Client

Another happy Client

After I posted some of my other pencil lead carvings, I was contacted by someone in Florida who wanted to commission a pencil.  He was one of the those dream clients we get now and then that are super-excited and give me free reign.  😀

All I knew was that he was in the construction industry, but that gave me a wide range of ideas.  He wouldn’t let me ask him any questions but did answer one, which confirmed what I had already planned – it was to be a cement mixer!

THANK YOU JS!!!!

Contact me if you would like your own custom carved pencil!

Below are some image of the final piece.

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Glass Mosaic – Unique Converse Chuck Taylors

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Glass MosaicI’ve been wearing ‘Chucks’ (Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star sneakers) for a long time.  But it wasn’t until recently that I looked at them as a subject for my art work.  It started with a pencil carving – a 1/8″ tall sneaker carved from a pencil lead.

This project is a 12″ x 20″ (30cm x 50cm) glass mosaic mounted on 1/4″ plexiglass.  It’s been a long process working on this as I’ve taken a lot of time to select the best colors and textures for each area of the design. Continue reading