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Madman
Mar 13, 2010 11:41 PM CST
Name: Al Harvey
Calgary, AB. Canada
this is only a small portion of what i had started there is much more to show you,

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ImageUniQueTreasures
Mar 14, 2010 12:03 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I like them alot. Each one has a personality. Big Grin

Do you plan on letting the get a patina? Or do you use any products to keep the copper pretty and shiny?
Madman
Mar 14, 2010 10:31 PM CST
Name: Al Harvey
Calgary, AB. Canada
i like the oxidation process its like watching a moss grow
ImageUniQueTreasures
Mar 14, 2010 10:46 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Big Grin Certain things I really like the patina look. Others, like our sculptures, I prefer to see them with the torched colors we add to the copper. We use denatured alcohol to clean them with. Then we spray on a product called Everbrite. It's specifically designed to keep copper from getting that green patina. The sculptures we have created that are still in my back yard have gotten a bit darker with time, but they haven't turned green. Even after being outside all year long for 3 years now.

I hope you've had a great weekend Al. I got so much accomplished today, but we didn't get to play with any copper. We got a nibbler recently and I'm itching to get it out and see what we can cut out with it. We've been using a huge pair of tin snips to cut the sheets of copper. Of course, it curls and cuts you as you're trying to work with it. But the nibbler cuts that copper like it is paper!

By the way, if you look at the very bottom of this (or any) page, there is a link called (Random Cubit?) If you click on it, you can check out some of the other cubits to see if there is something else that interests you. If you like something, you can join the cubit and then it will show up on your home page when you come to Cubits. Just thought I'd share that. This site has only been open to the public for about a month. Already there are about 1100 members here and Lord only knows how many cubits on every subject imaginable. Lots of gardeners here. And I can tell you now that you'll never find a better group of folks. I haven't met anyone I didn't like a whole lot here. Just my 2 cents, since you are new here. :-)

Feel free to post as much of your work as you'd like. You can use this as a blog and talk about what you are creating next. Just make yourself at home. This is your studio! Smiling

My eyeballs are drifting now Al. I'm off to bed. Talk to you soon!

G'Night Al,
Janet
Madman
Mar 16, 2010 10:32 PM CST
Name: Al Harvey
Calgary, AB. Canada
thanks for the tip, i'm still learning this thing computer that is,(believe it or not) and sometimes it takes a while to find things
I'll do my best on posting more. "burning bush"

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ImageUniQueTreasures
Mar 16, 2010 11:12 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I could see that parked in my yard with multi colored portulaca all around it. That is beautiful!

How do you come up with the names for your trees Al?
Madman
Mar 17, 2010 10:35 PM CST
Name: Al Harvey
Calgary, AB. Canada
in most cases they just happen
ImageUniQueTreasures
Mar 17, 2010 11:37 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I know what you mean. It happens that way with some of our sculptures too.

I like your Burning Bush very much. I would imagine Moses was seeing copper colored flames when he saw THE Burning Bush!

Have you thought about embellishing your trees with other objects such as beads or jewelry, symbolizing the leaves?
Madman
Mar 18, 2010 8:31 PM CST
Name: Al Harvey
Calgary, AB. Canada
I have in some cases done that. The Burning bush was one of my first peices, and it was a reproduction of the tree in my front yard. Unfortunately however as in a few of my earlier pieces (and not knowing how to sell them) the recyling yard is where they had to be sold. Grumbling So that said its time to get to business and that is the question. I'm new in the art world not new in desiegn but I don't have the first clue on how to market art. I've been asking questions placing adds and get very little feedback, other than the normal "thats nice" in many forms. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Madman
Mar 18, 2010 8:49 PM CST
Name: Al Harvey
Calgary, AB. Canada
sorry above MINI HIPPY MONKEY'
ImageUniQueTreasures
Mar 18, 2010 9:23 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Have you made a page on Facebook? For the Madman's Forest of Copper Trees? :-) A PAGE on Facebook can gain you some exposure. Whenever anyone does a search on Facebook and puts in Copper, your name will come up (or whatever you want to call your business, Madman's Forest of Copper Trees was just as an example.) That is how I found Bill Squires. I searched Facebook for Copper. That's when I saw your question there. I didn't see an answer to you (he could have answered you privately for all I knew) but I knew what you were looking for and so I wrote you with the answer.

Any time we try to market ourselves, we must take steps to get our name out there. Listen to others who are successful and forget the rest of them. Make business cards. Check out your local office supply place. Small quantities of cards are fairly inexpensive. Leave those cards everywhere you go. Never leave home without a hand full of them. Give them away at the grocery store. A photo of one of your trees will leave a lasting impression once you are no longer there to sell yourself.
Madman
Mar 19, 2010 2:08 PM CST
Name: Al Harvey
Calgary, AB. Canada
I plan on making a facebook page once I learn how, the link was an accident, and I still don't know what i did. I've given out almost a thousand cards(they don't have pictures). My registererd trade name is A Madman's Metallic Foliage. My work of my biggest advertisement was one peice that a store had purchased. It is in a head shop however. Yes thats right it is a marajuna plant I called it "MOTHER NATURES REMEDY".

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ImageUniQueTreasures
Mar 19, 2010 3:08 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I like the name "A Madman's Metallic Foliage" Suits you very well! HAHAHA

That is a great pot plant you have there. Art is art, even if the subject is illegal in the states. Don't know about Canada's laws on Marijuana. I'm sure the folks at the head shop love it and get comments on it all the time. Did you leave them a big stack of business cards?

The page on Facebook was fairly easy to do. You start at your home page and there is a link on the left side that says Ads and Pages. Click on that and I think it will give you an option of creating a page. You can put all of your information there and load up your photos. Once you get it like you want it, send me a link and I'll see what I can do to get you some exposure. :-)
Madman
Mar 19, 2010 9:19 PM CST
Name: Al Harvey
Calgary, AB. Canada
There will always be contriversity on that subject. But yes and I have dropped more off twice but with no serious inquires so far. are these facebook pages free? and I still have't figured out these links they keep doing them thierselfs(lol) Confused If you liked burning bush you may like "CAPTURED SAGE". It was made in an old icecream maker. I'll post a second shot.

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Madman
Mar 19, 2010 9:21 PM CST
Name: Al Harvey
Calgary, AB. Canada
"CAPTURED SAGE"

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ImageUniQueTreasures
Mar 19, 2010 9:44 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Yes the Facebook PAGES are free. This isn't the same thing as the ADS. I'm pretty sure you have to pay for those.

They are on the same TAB though on your home page.

What links are doing themselves? I'm not understanding what you mean.

Captured Sage is a very nice shrub. I like the recycled ice cream maker. I have one of those up in my attic! :-) Haven't made ice cream since the kids were little. My Dad used to hook it up on the wheel of the car and in no time we'd have ice cream! Hilarious!
ImageUniQueTreasures
Mar 21, 2010 6:48 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
You did a great job on your page Al! I found it this morning and posted a link to it on my own page. You might just be surprised to see some link love going on. :-)

Janet
Madman
Mar 21, 2010 3:58 PM CST
Name: Al Harvey
Calgary, AB. Canada
I'm not sure what link love is. but its probally a good thing I'm guessing, I agree Thanks for all your help I never would have thought of pages otherwise. I'm still not sure if I was able to get a link to me there, but its a start Big Grin
ImageUniQueTreasures
Mar 21, 2010 4:10 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Link Love is a sharing of links through the art community on Facebook. It's something YOU can do to promote your name and help others promote theirs too. It's free and easy and before you know it, hundreds of people have seen your page. You just never know where that will take you and who's path you'll cross. :-)

Do you have a website where your work is posted? I can add a link to it here in the Artisan's Nook.
Madman
Mar 21, 2010 10:43 PM CST
Name: Al Harvey
Calgary, AB. Canada
I only have that web page, I'm going to try to get some help with this link thing .I've made two by accident and can't seem to get the one I want. Lol. I'M going to look into the "love link" as soon as I'm able.

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