Sunday, 27 July 2014

Mannequin Finished

Yes, such a relief my customer loves her Mannequin. So lots of pictures for you all to see what has kept me busy.

All original hand cut images, paper napkins, PVA, ribbon and roses. 

Happy Sunday every body.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Mannequins Rule

Seems having done several mannequins periodically they get popular again. Working on this one for a client. 
A 1920's or 1930's model was our guess as she is fairly flat chested and slim all over to suit the slim mode that was the style in those days. All mannequins are styled to suit the clothes of the day.

Tatty old cloth body cover is removed.

Revealing a paper mache surface underneath. There is some indistinct writing on it.

 Now I've covered it with Hymn Book pages this dates from 1910 - 1930's. Nice thin paper so it moulds well to the shape of the mannequin.

Now she has had two layers of napkins. Had to do the two layers as this set were very thin and too much of the music showed through.

Lots of PVA. I mop up puddles and drips as they form.

When dry you can just see the hymn music and words peeking through. 
Now she has to sit overnight to finish drying.
I am run out of PVA, Craquelure glazes and used nearly a whole pack of napkins.

Onto cutting out all of the lovely French adverts, fashion illustrations and typography.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Paint, Paint and yet more Chalk Paint.

Well with a vets' bill  and a car service bill its paint brushes at dawn and every other hour of the day. A girl has to raise funds somehow.

The chair stack is gradually getting transformed from treacle tarts to Prince and Princess thrones.
 Henrietta paint, script and leaves fabric, roses decoupage.
 Paper napkin decoupage for her.
 French Linen paint paired really well with copper leaf and this super map fabric.
 Quite a task to get your straight lines straight!
Map of the world and copper leaf for him.

Some old favourites are starring on eBay. Last of the Diva Dolls, vintage cushions and Happy Scrappy Dolls. Sad to see them go but my art always moves on at a pace. It keeps me fresh and customers really do get unique items.

Molly has been at the vets again, with a nasty bout of colitus, inflamed large bowl, yup not a happy time here. She's now on chicken and rice as a diet, eating better than me! The car has had a service and its tax time next month too. Plus time to buy winter oil whilst prices are low.

Nine chair seats on my workbench for re-upholstery. Three will be in this fab seaside themed fabric.

The other six will be in a new fabric that I am deciding on at the moment. They are very lovely chairs, with nice wide webbed upholstered seats, carved backs with what's called a fiddle back. If we are being posh they are Chippendale style Fiddle Back Dining Chairs with Wheatsheaf  carving.

Hope all you craft guru's on Handmade Harbour have had a good week.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Dying using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Today I have been covering a dressing table stool with vintage fabric. On looking at my trims box I only had cream which looked pretty naff. So.....................................  of we go on a dying adventure with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Here's what you need, Chalk Paint in your colour, Emperor's Silk for me and your item to be dyed vintage trim off some curtain pelmet. Looks like a cotton/man made mix. .

Warm water and I put in about two tablespoons of paint to 1/3 washing up bowl of water.

Swish your mix around well with an old knife or you may get dyed hands. Check on your item. Longer its in the more dye it will take up. Well that's what I found, it took a couple of minutes for the item to wet evenly.
Rinse in warm, then cold water.

Hang out to dry, nice handy neighbours fence.

Are we liking it yet?

 Or is this one better? It will be a bit paler when it dries. If its not bright enough I will pop it back into a stronger mix.

Here's the stool with its 1950's vintage curtain material. Stool legs painted with French Linen and dark wax. They were originally white plastic, with the (Yawn) pink dralon cover.

Where do they sell third hands? It's very hard to hold fabric, stop stool from moving , squash down padding and use a staple gun. I need that third hand now.

Photo's of the finished item to be added.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Cinderella Bureau to Upcycled Shabby Chic Star

It does feel rather like being a Fairy Godmother when you up-cycle items. They are horrible, broken, ugly shapes, faded, veneer peeling, woodworm, or just plain forgotten in the corner. Then I wave my magic paint brush and izzy whizzy they are new and useful again. (Come on some of you must remember the phrase Izzy Whizzy Let's Get Busy?)

A wonderfully stylish bureau, but so damaged by damp and mis-use. Standing all alone in the outside auction, another bidder liked the look of her but I won. A lot of filling, sanding, painting waxing, more sanding, curses, sore fingers, sweat and tears and six weeks later she is transformed. Oh and to make her really pretty I used some gold leaf, first time I've done this and it is so easy. Expect gold bling on everything from now on!

I've left things like the marks on the drop down from the supports, years of use have left slight groves. Its part of the items history, so those had to stay, like wise the drawer that still sticks a bit. I sanded and sanded but it still sticks, almost like it contains a secret never to be let out.

She's now for sale on ebay. I will miss her it has been an emotional journey for us both. For her she never thought she would look so glamorous again, for me I never knew I could achieve something like this.

I'm onto chairs again and this one has been salvaged from a church or village hall. It has a number stamped at the back where the seat pad goes. Another dark treacly wood, brought back to life by Henrietta paint, some paper napkin decoupage and pretty script fabric. Still got the waxing to do and some more distressing.

Had a bit of deja view this week, there I was hammering tacks into a seat pad for a chair. When I was transported back to childhood and my hands became my Dad's hammering nails into shoes. I was back in his shed where he used to mend shoes to eek out our meager income. I used to sit on a high stool watching him. Really knocked the wind out of my sails and I had to have a good cry. I really still miss my Dad he died when I was nine, I'm sixty one now. In those few short years he taught me so much, how to garden, make and med things, to love and respect others, but most of all how to cope with adversity in life and just get on and keep on going. You just never stop missing loved ones do you?

Molly has been under the weather with colitis. Its an inflamed large bowl, making her have an awful upset tummy. But worst of all is the foul wind. She can't even stand it herself. Yesterday we were driving back and she was sitting in the front seat, foul smell arrives and Molly exits right to the back of my large estate car. I mean right to the back as the seats were down. Not only that she gave me the most awful look as if to say "Did you do that?" She's on a diet of chicken and rice, with horrible bitter tasting pills from the vet.

Answer:- It was Sooty.

Big thank you to all of you who leave lovely comments. It means a lot to have your love and support. 

Now what have you all been doing this week.?