Refinerii

Amber Conger, Boise, ID, US
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Im a full time artist & sculptor from Idaho; I work with salvaged metals, reclaimed industrial materials, & found objects. I have a love for all things with an industrial look & feel; especially concrete, steel, & other metals...

my personal website:
http://www.refinerii.net

Gender: Female

Birthday: 10/22/1977

Member Since: 12/17/2008


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Boise Hyde Park Curb A'Faire Trophy: chicken approved

A trophy created for a new event here in town; all about creative thinking, performance, fun, quirkyness, etc.

Idaho Power Junk Trophies

Trophies made for Idaho Power; they invited me to come dig through their scrap yard & come up with something fun for their company picnic.

NASCAR AW 300 Trophy

I was commissioned to design & build the trophy for the AW 300 NASCAR Race: had about a week & a half to get it done & shipped :)

Centerpieces

2013 Corporate Event (Engineering Firm) that I was asked to coordinate decor & entertainment for.

Industrial Trophies made from left-over junk :)

Some of the trophies I made this year :)

Industrial Junk Decor

A little glimpse into my apartment makeover: I live in a tiny apartment that is attached to my steel work-shop :)

Altoids Tinstallation Project

Altoids tin turned wall hanging; part of a gallery show for the month of January: art created out of tins: Tinstallation.

Bearing Bookends

Bookends created out of salvaged bearings; each one spins within the other for a cool look/effect :)

Harley Junk Sculptures

This summer, a friend brought a big box full of Harley motocycle parts to my shop... He asked me to transform them into 2 tabletop sculptures: one for himself & one for a friend. The parts came...

"Absinthe Wings" Necklace

A one of a kind necklace made from vintage green glass beads, an old brass lipstick tube, a vintage rhinestone charm, & other bits & pieces. Up for auction at the Idaho Botanical Gardens...

Copper Wedding Bouquet & Boutineer

Copper Wedding bouquet & matching boutineer: for the bride who really wants something different :) Upcycled copper with a tuquois patina, adorned with hundreds of sparkling cyrstals & glass...

Industrial Junk Trophies

Every year I make trophies for the Idaho AGC year end awards; each year is a new design---I think these are my fav. so far!!   Made from scrap bearings, gears, nuts, bolts, cable, etc, each...

Industrial Romantic Junk Jewelry

This is a new line of jewelry I've been working on; made out of bits & pieces of old jewelry, vintage rhinestons, pearls, buttons, etc, & little accents of industrial stuffs like little...

Old Letters to Make a New Entry

I found a ton of old sign letters the other day; I couldnt resist adding a Welcome to the front entry.  I think it adds a nice contemporary touch, to contrast with all the funky metal stuff I...

Old Letters & Glitter

Found these big old sign letters at the scrap yard the other day, & made husband drag them home for me.  They are big; 13 inches tall, and 3 inches deep; I thought they would be the perfect...

A new addition to the front yard

A cute sculpture I made a few days ago....   Salvaged steel parts including bearings, bolts, chain, gears, a plow disk, & glass insulators.  I think it's a nice addition to the...

Leafy Sail Sculpture

A cute sculpture created this spring; made from some old gears, a big bearing, brass, copper, stainless steel, & a few rivets & nuts & bolts.   The top portion spins freely on the...

RE Boutique Sign

A set of signs made for a cute little boutique in downtown Boise--that my cousin just opened this summer.  I used left over copper, re-claimed steel, cable scraps, & other metal...

Steel Spring Table

New dining room table I made today; for the whole story behind it see my blog at http://industrialrevelations.blogspot.com . A huge, heavy train spring, with a concrete saw for a top.  Base is...

"Tools"

I was given a bucket full of tools & an old jack; & this is what came out of it!!  I must say, I was sad when he came to get it last night; it was a nice addition to my little sculpture...

Industrial BirdFeeder

I couldn't resist sharing this project; made for my bro-in-law: a funky bird feeder created out of a salvaged aluminum square tube!! It turned out pretty cute, I think: he will get a kick...

Another Bird Feeder

A cute bired feeder that the squirels are convinced I made especially for them; they fit perfectly into the little hopper under the roof & help themselves to only the best seeds (and scatter all...



Recent comments


Re: Centerpieces

Thanks so much! : )

Re: Bearing Bookends

thanks for all the positive comments :)

Re: Industrial Junk Trophies

Wow, thanks for all the comments :) It's been a crazy year--been busy working on a new workshop---photos to come...

AGC stands for Associated General Contractors of Idaho: all sorts of construction related companies/biz.

Re: Industrial Romantic Junk Jewelry

I dont have them listed on my Etsy yet; most of them have gone to a local gallery for now, but I do have some letters listed; http://www.etsy.com/shop/REFINERII

Will be listing the jewelry in the next month :)

Re: A new addition to the front yard

Thanks for all the great comments; I'm liking this one too; I think he may be moving to the gallery soon, though...

greencolleen---I just hung the insulators from a loop; they come just like that; each glass piece is attached to the steel & has a loop & pin: all ready to go :)---the power company has the coolest scrap yard, btw---

vangogh_sister----yep, welding required: you should definately give it a try; it's lots of fun. And, if you have a husband/boyfriend: he will love all the tools that go with!

Amber

Re: Leafy Sail Sculpture

Wow :) Thanks so much!!
Amber

Re: Ironing board daisy

Very cool; love large scale projects like this :)

Re: Birds of a Feather Grandfather Clock Birdhouse

Love it!!

Re: RE Boutique Sign

Thanks so much for all the comments :) It's great to get some feedback; most the time for these projects: they get installed & I don't really hear much afterwards :) Will post more soon...
Amber

Re: Steel Spring Table

Thanks for all the comments!!

monakent--Yep; it's been awhile since I posted: have been taking care of familiy stuff since spring; just now getting back into work/biz.

oldnews---this type of saw blade really never is sharp; the very outer edge has a line of diamond dust coating that cuts through the concrete. All I had to do was clean it up with a wire brush :)

RustyDiva---I got the spring at Pacific Recycling; they have them quite often in different sizes. All train cars have them; they are like the shocks/struts on your car :)

Will post more projects soon...

Amber

Re: "Tools"

Thanks for the compliments :) bre67--yes; towel rack would be cool; I have some left-over wrenches & was going to make a coat hanger :)

Re: Industrial BirdFeeder

'giggles' Yep; I think the squirels would have a time with this one!! I'm going to post another one I made for the birds for my parents, but the squirels have claimed it :) They do make me laugh, with all their pesky-ness...

Re: Shotgun Shell Lights

That's funny : )