Tentacle candle shade

Octopus candle shade

Octopus candle shade

Back when the maker studio was open, I started a few different projects that I ended up putting aside when the pandemic shut everything down. I ended up filing a bunch of them away, but during spring cleaning came across one of them – this cute paper shade for an electric candle.

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Making Miniatures – wooden showcase shelf

Miniature bookshelf for my friend's 2020 Christmas gift

Miniature bookshelf for my friend’s 2020 Christmas gift

Last year, you might remember that I made a few little furniture/decorative pieces for my friend who collects and displays fashion dolls. (Like the Asian inspired shelf, or some of the other Making Miniatures posts)

Well, before covid shut everything down, I used the maker studio’s laser cutter for a few other things as well, and for Christmas 2020 I ended up finishing them off and giving them to my friend as well.  (Her Instagram, @CanadianFashionDoll isn’t really being used currently, but maybe she’ll be up and running again?)

One of the pieces I wanted to make was a mid-century style showcase shelf – the kind of shelf not just for books, but to display artwork, vases, or maybe even to hang favourite clothing?

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Teal cuffs for my Byzantine costume

Collage showing my new teal Byzantine costume cuffs and matching hat

Collage showing my new teal Byzantine costume cuffs and matching hat

Back in 2016 I made a Byzantine costume for an event/competition (where I won first place in the advanced category!) and part of that was a pair of beautiful red silk cuffs.

As you read in my earlier post, when I made the teal hat, I also made a pair of teal embellished cuffs.

I was gifted this amazing teal top embellished with silver beads, sequins, and French wire… and the ONLY thing I could see in my mind’s eye for this were elements for another Byzantine accessory.

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Teal Propoloma – The fan-shaped hat

New blog post! I made a heavily embellished teal and silver hat for my Byzantine costume wardrobe

New blog post! I made a heavily embellished teal and silver hat for my Byzantine costume wardrobe

Back in 2016 I made a Byzantine costume for an event/competition (where I won first place in the advanced category!) and part of that was a gorgeous, fun, huge fan-shaped hat called the Propoloma. My pattern was speculative, and I could see two different ways to accomplish the hat – but liked the idea of a very packable hat, especially considering how often SCA events are well out of town and require costumes that will pack up into a suitcase or duffle bag easily.

The first hat was golden, which worked well with that first costume I made (blue, with red and gold accessories) and it also worked really well with the second Byzantine costume I made too (green with gold)…

…. but then I was gifted this amazing teal top embellished with silver beads, sequins, and French wire… and the ONLY thing I could see in my mind’s eye for this was elements for another Byzantine accessory.

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Making Miniatures – Painting frame

Miniature bookshelf for my friend's 2020 Christmas gift

Painting frame on the miniature bookshelf

Over the past month I’ve shared a bunch of photos of the little miniature furniture and things I made for my friend for Christmas 2020. This is the last post from that series, and it’s going to be a short one!

As I mentioned when I posted about the bookshelf, I designed it, but think that there’s a chance I didn’t cut out all the pieces I needed (or left some behind by accident…) so it wasn’t quite what I had originally designed once I put it all together.

This meant that there was a VERY large space at the top of the bookshelf. I didn’t HATE it… but I also wasn’t 100% sure how my friend would use that much space.

So…. with a few days before Xmas… I decided to add another element to the collection of little things I’d be giving her – a large picture frame to place in this large space.

The frame is constructed of card, with spacers made of leftover mat board at the bottom and sides, backed with more cardstock lined with printed scrapbook paper. Then the whole thing was covered with tissue paper – to separate the joins between the papers. I should have added the plastic sheet to the frame before adding the spacers and back – but… didn’t. LOL

Mini frame work in progress with the tissue covered in dimensional magic

Mini frame work in progress with the tissue covered in dimensional magic

After the tissue, I covered in Dimensional Magic, in a sort of ‘dotted’ pattern which isn’t supposed to look like anything in particular – just texture. Then the whole thing was painted with black acrylic, and then once that dried, I used silver rub n buff over the surface. (I used this on the “treasure chest” I upcycled a little while ago too.)

Then into the top is a sheet of clear plastic – and for the “painting” I cut up a blank note card as a temporary option – I don’t know what kind of setting she’ll put the painting into – and while I could have cut something out of a travel magazine… I opted for this instead.

The scrapbook paper is also the same as the back of the shelf… so the “painting” could be take out too and it would look really neat!

Want to see all of the other things I made for her doll diorama set?  Click the “miniature” tag to see all of my other posts!

 

 

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Miniature bookshelf for my friend's 2020 Christmas gift

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