Small Art Work... Studio Sketches, Pocket Sculpture and key chains. 

by Roy Mackey



 

           Here is some of my smaller artwork or "Pocket Sculpture" as it is sometimes called. Often these works are "sketches"  so to speak for larger works I want to do. No so much that I am going to enlarge the piece but sketches as far as avenues to play with techniques I will be using for them. Some that are not priced below are either sold or not for sale. The rest are free game. The farther down you go the older they are.

     I should point out here that typical studio sketches by a normal artist require only a pencil and napkin or paper scrap. Pretty cheap. I have thousands of dollars worth of metal working equipment here that I use to make this work. No normal person in their right mind would even think of buying this much equipment and then using it to make useless little things like this. It is partially why I myself don't make a lot of them. Also some of the small works here required as much time and effort as my larger sculpture that I have sold for thousands of dollars. Thus needless to say these are going to be a lot rarer than most artist sketches are. These works are the best deals on my site.

     Every so often I will be updating this list with older works I have dug out of storage and new ones recently completed.

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Copper on Queen     $97.     2015




small sculpture, roy mackey,

Copper on vintage wrench    6" long      $225.

available on eBay




Steel on Steel keychain     sold     2.5" long     2015




small sculpture by roy mackey

Copper on antique wedge     $225.      3.5"     2015

available on eBay




pocket sculpture, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey

Copper on chime ball     sold     2.5"     2013





steel sculpture, roy mackey, flamingsteel.com,

Copper on antique nail     sold     5" long     2013




steel ball, roy mackey, steel sculpture, flamingsteel

Small Sculpture     $95.     2"     steel ball with holes     2013




strange sculpture, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey

Small sculpture     $225.     3 x 2"     copper on found object     2013




strange objects, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey

Strange Object      $175.     steel and copper sculpture     2.5"     2013





Strange objects, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey

Object 1     $275.     Odd steel sculpture     9" long     2013





pliiers sculpture, flamingsteel.com, roy mackey

Pliers Sculpture     $95.     7"     2013





steel ball sculpture, roy mackey, flamingsteel.com

Steel Ball Sculpture     $60.      .75"     2013





eat food key chain, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey
eat food key chain, steel sculpture, steel art, roy mackey, flamingsteel.com

Eat Food key chain     $95.     2.5" long     2013





mystery box, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey, steel art

Mystery box     $225.      2.25" square     2013





copper on vintage spike, flamingsteel.com, roy mackey, steel sculpture, steel art

Copper on Vintage steel spike     $275.     2013





key chain series, roy mackey, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture

Rough key chain     $SOLD    7" long     2013





magic key chains, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey

Copper on Hollow steel key chain     $.SOLD     2" aprox.     2013





copper arrow head, roy mackey, flamingsteel.com, steel scultpure

Copper on hollow steel arrow head     $SOLD     3.5"     2013





copper on steel star, roy mackey, steel sculpture, flamingsteel.com

Copper on hollow stainless steel star     $195.     2.75"     2013





copper on pliers, steel sculpture, roy mackey, flamingsteel.com

Copper on vintage needle nose     $195.     6" long     2013





copper on steel key chain, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, steel art, roy mackey

Copper on vintage cotter pin     $95.     3.5"     2013





copper chime ball, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, steel art, roy mackey

Copper on chime ball     $195.     2"     2013





key chain, roy mackey, steel sculpture, flamingsteel.com

Found object key chain     $49.     4.5" long     2013





copper steel key chain, roy mackey, steel sculpture, flamingsteel.com

Copper on vintage steel tool key chain     $125.     4" long     2013





copper on cotter pin, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey

Copper on vintage cotter pin     $95.     3.5" long     2012





key chains, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey

Hammer Key Chain     $125.     3" long     2012





key chain, roy mackey, steel sculpture, steel art, flamingsteel.com

Keystone key chain     $95.     4.75" long     2012

This one is free to anyone connected to me on Linkedin

before July 19/2016  includes shipping to anywhere in Canada and the US





brass on steel sculpture, flamingsteel.com, roy mackey, steel sculpture

Time     $125.     1.75 x 3.75"     2012





Copper on steel, flamingsteel.com, roy mackey, steel sculpture, steel art, New York Affordable Art Fair, New York Times

Copper on steel ball     $149.     1.375"     2011


     Here is another one of my favorite pocket sculptures. This is a 1.25" steel ball wrapped in a bead of copper. These pieces have a delicious feel to them and great if you are limited in space. Because they have a great feel in your hand they are more than something to just look at. Copper is a magic metal. As a young boy I was always carrying around "neat" things that I thought were cool. That is the feel that these have. No particular value to most but bits of magic to you!



 

 

useless thing, roy mackey, steel sculpture, flamingsteel.com

Useless thing     $65.     5.5" long     2011





small sculpture, roy mackey, flamingsteel.com, steel art, steel scultpure, Vancouver Affordable Art and Sculpture

Copper on pliers     $SOLD     6" aprox.     2011


     Here is a strange little piece I did using a vintage pair of pliers. I am a real fan of small hand holdable sculptures as you can see. It seems you can really get into them a lot more. Larger work is great but there is something about holding unusual art in your hands. Small is the new Big. This one is signed dated and documented but no longer available....



 

 

Pocket Sculptures, flamingsteel.com, roy mackey, steel art, steel sculpture, investment art, canadian sculptor

Pocket sculpture     $SOLD     3" aprox.     2011


     Here is a very unusual piece I recently did. The piece of metal is a found object and like nothing I have seen before. Not sure what the hell it was for. I wrapped it in a bead of copper and polished it. It has a great feel in your hand, partly because of the copper. This piece is only about 2.5" long. Of course is signed, dated and documented.


 

 

Pocket sculpture, roy mackey, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture

Small copper on polished steel sculpture (rattles)     $125.     2 x 1"     2011


     I often make a lot of my smaller sculpture hollow so that they can rattle. This one has a heavy weight inside it so it has a more clunky feel when you shake it.





copper worms, flamingsteel.com, roy mackey, steel art, steel sculpture, cheap sculpture, New York Affordable Art Fair

Very small pocket sculpture     $45.     1.65"     2011


     Here is a strange little copper sculpture that looks like two worms. It is really small... just over an inch and a half long. Solid copper and of course signed dated and documented.



 

 

copper star burst, flamingsteel.com, roy mackey, steel sculpture, steel art

Small shelf sculpture     $95.     2.75"     2011


     Here is a little copper sunburst. It is only about 2.75" across. Another little studio sketch as I like to call them. Of course signed dated and documented for your collecting pleasure.


 

 

Copper sculpture, roy mackey, flamingsteel.com, steel art, steel sculputure,

Copper pocket sculpture     $195.     1.75 x 1.25 x .5     2011


     Here is a small copper sculpture I did using part of a thIck plate of copper I picked up. A neat little pocket sculpture that is about 1.75" high. Like all my work... signed dated and documented.


 

 

copper on steel marble, roy mackey, steel sculpture, flamingsteel.com

Copper on steel marble      $95.     1'     2011





Key chain, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey
key chain, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, steel art, roy mackey

Key Chain     $SOLD     2011     stainless steel





Copper and steel sculpture, flamingsteel.com, roy mackey, steel sculpture

Copper on Star     $325.     3 x 5.5"     2011





aluminum business card, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey

Aluminum business cards     $25.     2 x 3.5"     2010





magic key chain, roy mackey, steel sculpture, flamingsteel.com

Hollow star key chain     $50.     2.5"     2008


     This key chain is slightly thicker than the nickle shown and yet is still hollow and rattles when shaken. I started making these back in Nanaimo eons ago. I made a lot of them back and sold quite a few. I am guessing most hit the landfill but not sure. I am thinking I may make some more again. These are all welded using an oxy/acetylene torch.




wendyd, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, steel art, roy mackey

Wendy's key chains     $SOLD     3" aprox.     2008





Brazil Nut Sculpture     nfs     2008





strange sculpture, flamingsteel.com, roy mackey, steel sculpture

Strange Steel Sculpture     $SOLD     aprox 2" x 2.5"     2008





Hollow Flaming Key Chains     sold     2008





small sculpture, roy mackey, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture

Small Sculpture     $10. local pick up only     2 x 1"     2008





small cnc dice, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey

Steel Dice     $149.     1.75" square     2007





steel dice, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, steel art, roy mackey

Pair of Dice     $     4" square aprox     2007





stainless wand, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, steel art, roy mackey

Stainless Steel Wand     $149.     Polished stainless steel. Hollow inside, rattles     2007





magic key chain, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, steel art, roy mackey

Ricky's replacement key chain     $SOLD     3" aprox.     2007





Pocket sculpture     $35.     2 x 1.25 x 3/16"     2007

          Here is another one of my pocket sculptures. It was done using 1/4″ cnc cut plate steel and tig welding. Just under 2″ long.



 

Pocket Sculpture Key Chain     $45.   3" long approx.      2007

     Here is what is left of a perfectly good, brand new 3/4″ wrench, turned into a keychain, pocket sculpture and handy dandy wrench. Multi-use for multi-tasking.





steel dice, roy mackey, steel sculpture, flamingsteel.com

Small cnc dice     $145.     1.25 square    2007





spikeball, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey

Spikeball     $SOLD     1.5 aprox.     2006





tin dice, roy mackey, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture

Gas welded hollow steel dice     $SOLD     1" square aprox.     2006





small sculpture, roy mackey, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture

Small sculpture     $SOLD     1"ish     2006





          For this one here I used one of my arrow heads I use to make my arrows with. The arrow head is also hollow and will rattle when shaken. So far I only made one of these and it now belongs to the famous painter Jordon Roberts. By shear miracle we were able to score a couple of his amazing paintings. I may do some more of these in the future but not sure.





CNC cut from .25″ plate steel 3.75″ long.



 

          These fork ones are cnc cut out of 10 gauge plate steel. The CNC cut ones do not rattle of course.  They are 4″ long.



 

          I only did a few of these ones. Did not really like them… more of a dodge hemi guy. Just under 3.75″ long.



 

flaming dice, steel sculpture, roy mackey, flamingsteel.com

Small flaming dice     $ 





          Here is a variation of the first one. These ones are also around 3.5″ long



 

money sculpture, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey

Small sculpture  stainless steel on steel     $SOLD     2.5 x .25"     2007





          These are some of my most recent ones. They are cnc cut using my new PlasmaCam machine out of 10 gauge plate steel and are about 3.5″ long. They are signed and dated



 

 

R2D2S key chains, roy mackey, steel sculpture, flamingsteel.com

R2 D2's key chains     $SOLD     1.5" aprox.     2006





small sculpture, roy mackey, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture

Small Sculpture     $149.     aprox. 5" x 3/4"     2005





is this you, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, steel art, roy mackey
is this you, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, steel art, roy mackey

Is This You thin hollow key chain     $149.     3 x 1 x .25"     2005





ARC, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey
ARC, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey

ARC key chain     $145.     3.25 x 1 x .25" aprox.     2005





small cnc sculpture, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey

Small cnc sculpture     $40.     aprox. 5" across     2005





fuck it, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey

FUCKIT!     $SOLD     1.5 x 4" aprox.     2005





rachel Bermans key chain, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, steel art

Berman's key chain     $SOLD     3" aprox.     2004





          After I got to Vancouver and scored a tig welder I started doing some in stainless steel. I have not done a lot of these since they take a couple of days to make one…. too much work and I am lazy. This is also hollow and will rattle when shaken. This is one I made for myself. My older key chains had too thin an eyelet so now I have made the eyelets on them thicker.



 

steel coffee cup, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, steel art, roy mackey

Modified Stainless Mug     $SOLD     2004

     A new stainless steel double lined cup with the word coffee welded to the side of it and polished.





stainless steel sculpture, roy mackey, flamingsteel.com, vancouver bc

Small stainless lined sculpture     $225.     2.75 x 4 x 1/2"    2004





stainless steel star, roy mackey, steel sculpture, flamingsteel.com

Hollow stainless steel star     $SOLD     2.5" long     2004





Stainless hollow key chain     $175.     3.75"     2004

          This is one of my newer hollow key chains done in stainless steel and polished. This one is about 3.5″ long. Unfortunately these are too much work for me to make many of them. I really do like the clean feel of the stainless for a change. Stainless is also a very tough steel.



 

Odd pen holder     $195.     aprox 6" high   





Pen holder     $195.      4 x 2 x 2" aprox.     2004





pen holder, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey

Pen holder     $195.     gas welded steel     4 x 2 x 2" aprox.     2004





coffee, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey

Coffee     $75.     7.25 x 2 x 2"     2004





Pocket sculpture, roy mackey, flamingsteel.com

Pocket Sculpture     $65.     3.75"     2004





flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, steel art, roy mackey

Signature piece     $     8" aprox.     2001





candle holder, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey

Early Vancouver candle holder     $195.     5" high aprox.     2000





welded steel key chain, roy mackey, steel sculpture, flamingsteel.com

Steel key chain     $NFS     3.5"     gas welded steel     2000


     There is a chance you may have one of these if you were one of my supporters when I first moved to Vancouver. I am not sure how many I made but I believe around thirty give or take. There were all similar in appearance but were all individually welded and signed. Given only to very special people



Vintage works from back in Nanaimo

          About ninety six years ago or so while living in Nanaimo I started making key chains in my spare time. They were usually just small stars welded out of sheet steel. The one unusual thing about them was the fact that they were all hollow and would rattle when shaken. Anytime someone bought a large piece of my artwork I would custom make them a key chain that reflected some aspect of who they were. I never made a lot since I never sold much artwork but just the same they got interesting. The pic below is of a few key chains belt buckles and small bottles I had welded up. This shot was taken back in 1995. I finally got out of Nanaimo and just in time. I always wanted to make up a t-shirt after I left that said: "I lived in Nanaimo because I was too spineless to shoot myself"  Now that I look back just moving was easier.

 

          The most common were the plain small stars. I must have made hundreds of them but they are all long gone now except a few I may have stashed away. I had set up at a BC Place gift show one year and sold a pile to different gift stores around BC. In fact years later when I moved to Vancouver there was a gift store in gas town that still had a couple in their store. I guess no one really wanted the dam things. Eventually I guess they gave them away or threw them out maybe.

 

eye belt buckle, roy mackey, steel sculpture, rlamingsteel.com

Eye belt buckle     $     6.5" wide     gas welded sheet steel, hollow/rattles     1997



steel key chain, roy mackey, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture

Odd key chain made for an art buyer     $SOLD    



steel moon, flamingsteel.com, roy mackey, steel sculpture

Steel moon     $     5" aprox.     1996



weird steel bottle, roy mackey, steel sculpture, flamingsteel.com

Weird steel bottle     $     2.75 x 2"     gas welded steel     1996



odd key chain, roy mackey, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture

Odd key chain     $     1"     steel and brass



key chain, roy mackey, steel sculptor, flamingsteel
Pocket sculpture, roy mackey, flamingsteel.com

Hollow pocket sculpture     $     2 x 1/2"     1996



          This one here I did back in about 94 or 95 also. It had inlaid brass in the center. It of course was also hollow and would rattle when shaken. I used this one myself for years before finally wearing out the eyelet part. This pic was taken after I had just fixed the eyelet part. All the key chains I did in Nanaimo had thinner eyelets. Back then I could not afford the thicker rod I guess.

 

small brass and steel bottle, roy mackey, steel sculpture, flamingsteel.com

Small brass inlaid bottle     $     2.25 x .75     1996



magic key chain, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, steel art, roy mackey

Special key chain     $SOLD     3" aprox.



          The top one in this pic was a custom one for collector of my work and the lightning bolt was bought by a friend of mine who gave it to her famous musician friend as a gift. These were done about 1993 or so.

 

hollow belt buckle, flamingsteel.com, roy mackey, steel sculpture
hollow belt buckle, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey

Flaming steel belt buckle, hollow     $     5" x 4" aprox     1997



          This is another one I did for myself. Of course it is also hollow and rattles. I converted this one over from a key chain to a pocket sculpture when I moved to Vancouver.

 

pocket sculpture, roy mackey, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture

Pocket Sculpture     $     2"     1998



star key chain, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, steel art, roy mackey

I made a lot of hollow small stars but only one like this one. Most were flat this was a one of a kind hammered out to be more three dimensional.



pocket sculpture, steel sculpture, roy mackey, flamingsteel.com
pocket sculpture, steel sculpture, roy mackey, flamingsteel.com

Pocket sculpture, hollow     2" 1/2" ish

          This is one of the first pocket sculptures I did back in Nanaimo around 1993 or so. I thought they were great since you could easily carry some art with you. Plus they gave non smokers a chance to keep their hands busy while talking to people. I was going to invent one that would stink the more you handled it, sorta like cigarettes, but did not think it would go over well even though it did sucker in a lot of smokers for a long time. I just figured I did not have the marketing money, time and smarts to convince people it was cool.

 

pocket sculpture, roy mackey, steel sculpture
pocket sculpture, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey

Pocket sculpture     $     2" aprox.



pocket sculpture, roy mackey, steel sculpture, flamingsteel

          Here is another pocket sculpture with inlaid brass. The back side had inlaid brass also. This piece was done in 1996.

 

          This one was made to look like an old time popsicle. Of course it rattles also.

 

          Here is another steel ring I did that is also hollow inside and rattles.

 

cures hair bottle, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey

Cures Bad Hair steel bottle     $sold     7" high aprox     1997



antique steel bottle, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey

Antique bottle I did for my Uncle     $SOLD     8" high aprox.



steel bottle, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey

Steel bottle,     $SOLD     5" high aprox.     1996



magic key chain, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey
magic key chain, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey

Magic key chain     $     1.5"



steel bottle, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, steel art, roy mackey

Steel bottle     $     4" high aprox.



          This is one of the thinner ones I did back then which also rattled. All the above ones here were hand welded using a gas welding torch and 20 gauge sheet steel.

 

welded steel key chain, roy mackey, steel sculpture, flamingsteel.com

Steel key chain, hollow rattles     $     gas welded steel     2 x 5/8"



          You can see on this one the eyelet which was too thin. I guess it was all the steel wire I had back then since money was tight in Nanaimo. This one fit your finger tips perfectly. There used to be two of them. I would meditate with one in each hand between my finger tips. It gave you a very strange zen like feel. People would laugh until they tried it themselves.

 

steel ring, roy mackey, steel sculpture, flamingsteel.com

Steel ring     $...my own    



pocket sculpture, roy mackey, steel sculpture, flamingsteel.com

Pocket sculpture     $     2"



steel lips, flamingsteel.com, roy mackey, steel sculpture

Lips ashtray     $SOLD     5" wide aprox.



           This is the one and only pipe I ever made. I had lots of ideas to make more but still have not gotten around to it. I no longer smoke myself but will still probably make more at some point. I was always nervous about them since it has been my goal/dream to move to the States. Of course since it is now an almost a military type police state down there which strictly bans smoking anything other than government taxed brands I have avoided making pipes.  I just did not want to take the risk of ruining my chances of moving down there.

 

          Here is one I did back in 95 or so that was not hollow.

 

key chain, roy mackey, steel sculpture, flamingsteel.com

Odd shaped key chain     $     1.5" long or so     Nanaimo



steel book, flamingsteel.com, roy mackey, steel sculpture

Book of Life     $sold     10 x 20" aprox.     1989



 

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