In the last few days or so getting towards Christmas I turned to panic presents. Couldn’t post this till after Christmas ‘cos …
Decorative sewing kit
(click on an image to find out what’s going on
and reach the link for larger image – below right of each gallery image)
Intended more as a room ornament than for any serious use, this semi-steampunk inspired item is thrown together from various hoarded bits and bobs and an empty box.
I bought a lovely empty box on-line, a little like a pencil box inside and with this lovely print on the lid.
The first addition to the box is a collage of period images on a background of period jacket pattern. I’d like to have stenciled this on fabric but no sooner had I printed this try out one on paper than the printers (plural) died.
Used soft leather from an old suede skirt buttoned with mini beads onto cardboard backing for lining.
Odd sewing thread bits on Meccano
and one sewing machine spool all held by two painted curtain tie-back hooks
Tailor’s chalk jammed into a piece of copper plumbing with cog on base and looking a bit like a lipstick. A modern rubber fitted into sewing machine foot looking a bit the worse for wear already.
Elastic, ribbons and safety pins fitted into mini radiator
Redecorated mini box (used to have pink flowers) with very old mother of pearl buttons inside
Used a new card box, sanded down and decorated and added old type needle/pin yellow lint fabric for needles
Old Cash’s name tape box with original name tapes. No idea who ‘LC’ was, I’m afraid
and my favourite bit
the pin cushion. Looks like some horrendous medieval torture. (That by the way is not why I like it!) Have stuffed mini diving helmet with cherry coloured sleep suit fabric for the pins. (With a reflexion in helmet thrown in 🙂 )
Contents in place
Made a padded inner cover to hold items in place when lid down and added the essential sewing machine.
The reverse side of heavy buttoned pad. The pink tongue of leather on previous image is for lifting the pad.
Busy, busy – many hands make
for a headache
For some reason I thought that doing a few sets of hands would help the learning process along. So far, not so good. However, during a tidying up exercise before lunch, I came across the hand armature pair that were made at the time I did the ‘bunch of bananas’ hands a couple of postings back. Hmm, to keep or to chuck?
I didn’t fancy wrapping them in clay a piece at a time – not after this morning’s run in with clay and lack of co-ordination. I didn’t feel like chucking them, but definitely didn’t want to store them.
Aha! I could play with them.
I’ve made slurry of the Kipper-clay. Not an easy thing as the fibres are big, so not so much a slurry as an extremely slushy, wet pate. The bits of shaped wire are already coated with this and that to help the clay to stick. So dip them I did. In the pate.
A very lumpy substance
Front of hand
Back of hand
Spreading of the splurge
I used a fine paint brush to move the fibres around more equally and redefine the shape. It will need another dip when thoroughly dry, assuming that the first coat doesn’t fall off in the meantime.
I did a similar thing with plastic coated garden wire in the Steampunk style model. The hands on the clock mechanism were dipped for alternate coatings of Vallejo water texture and pewter paint and produced what looks like a rather shapeless pair of rubber gloves.
One rubber glove to the fore
Not the smoothest item ever seen. I’m hoping that if the clay stays stuck on the dipped wire that it might withstand a small sanding down or two(?)
I’ll let you know.
Meanwhile – less mucking about and back to the hands and more hands.
Done and seated
Wired down a seat on the gantry
and stuck him to it – there he can push levers all day long
I ruffled up some more of the wool for hair and added back the flying mess I’d previously chopped. Is it just me or do the specs give him a bit of a look of Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller?
All together now
(or the backcloth in need of a good iron)
Done as a sequence of images as the connection is so slow this evening I can’t get slides to run for checking. Hope you don’t mind.
North – inner spilling over onto outer
From the west
From the south – will enlarge
From the east
Across from east – will enlarge
The idea and design
Dreamed up possibly as a shout re the passing of time and aging, possibly re the grinding of the ‘soul’ from the printed book by electronic media, or none of the previous. I do have, and read electronic literature and a good tale or line of reasoning can draw me in, but I rarely feel as though I ‘own’ it and thus feel less of a relationship to the word being offered.
I do know that the clod-hoppingly named “Time Techs” contains fleeting thoughts and references from many books that passed through my mind whilst working on it. Images of characters and incidents: cheese (wrong cheese) – Treasure Island etc, etc.
And I do like steampunk.
I hope you enjoy some aspects of it as much as I’ve enjoyed doing it.
Now I can get back to the model and finish the Long Gallery – three cheers!
Ah, I do feel so much better for that 😉
There’s no accounting for dress sense
Possibly needs spectacles or monocle?
This afternoon’s workings
Caught in the light
Buttons to the left and button holes to the right – that’s yours not his
Cuff links so small I didn’t know if I had hold of them
Padded upper back and stuffed it down upper arm too
Pondering on image of self
Adapting the pattern for man’s coat from “Dolls House and Miniature Scene” (December 2014 issue) I assailed a blazer design. I shortened it and cut out some of the skirt widening, added a back pleat, a leather ‘W’ cut collar and a breast pocket.
I hadn’t realised how narrow shouldered the figure I’m working with is. I had filled out the skinny bits on tum and bum but failed to pad the upper torso at the back. So I stuffed stuffing across from arm hole to arm hole once the blazer was in position. His hair is a wool mohair mixed yarn and I should have left it longer – drat.
There are still ‘things’ to do, but top of my list has to be darkening the beard to match the hair.
He now looks like a shady dealer in something we might not want to know about – most unfortunate.
ps: the strange mousetrap shape on the hat is the spring from a clothes peg