Sunday, June 24, 2018

Building the Airship Noir Ship

For Maker Faire KC 2018, I wanted to remake the ship that hangs over our table at Maker Faire

I started off with polystyrene boards -

Dow (Common: 2-in x 4-ft x 8-ft; Actual: 1.875-in x 3.937-ft x 7.785-ft) R10 Faced Polystyrene Foam Board Insulation

cut down to 4' x 2' and Gorilla Glued the layers together - keep the amount of glue to a minimum, the glue will seep out when you weight everything down to and it is helpful to clean that up when you see it.

Then I started sculpting.  I used an electric chainsaw.

To make sure every was symmetrical I made a paper pattern.  Besides the chainsaw, I also used an orbital sander  

It's messy - the Shop-Vac made many repeat appearances.

Starting the cut down 

Masking up is important - I used saran wrap to protect my eyes from all the super fine polystyrene dust

More cute down and sanding

Starting to add the planking -  I used Wood Grain Floor Mats Foam Interlocking Mats Tile 3/8-Inch Thick, cut into one piece for the bottom and top, and two inch wide for the sides 

I ended up using about 4 boxes of 1-lb-Gauge 1.25-in Bright Steel Underlayment Nails

I used a small amount of Gorilla Glue for each plank, and nailed the planking in.  The planking conforms to the shape of the ship that way and the nails won't pop later on.

I decided to "tar" the ship to fill in any gaps, to give it a proper blacked and weathered appearance.

I used a small amount of black oil paint, Tile Flooring Adhesive, and then after it set, I covered it with Mod-Podge

Because I wanted the ship to hang, I added Heavy Duty Picture Hangers with D-Rings - One, Two, and Three hole ones - and used 3 inch long smooth 16-gauge sinker nails so that they would hold weight.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Hanging Black copper leaf

I like doing leaves in copper.  It's almost meditative.  I buy sheets of copper and for this one, I used a 26 g copper sheet 8" x 11".  I folded my sheet in half, did a rough trace, got out my tin snips and cut out the shape.  About an hour of fine grinding later, I started hammering.  I applied heat with a torch, opened up the leaf, did more hammering, and fired up the torch again.  

chemical patina and heat to the outer side

Now the inner side looks like mother of pearl a little


Sunday, August 28, 2016

American Duchess' Pompadour shoes - my transformation

Here's my "How I" blog on how I customized my "Pompadour" French Court Shoes from American Duchess. 

The final look: 

How they arrived: 
I used Angelus Leather Shoe Painting Kit to mix a dark purple I liked well enough. After I had de-glazed the white heels, I painted the heels and the leather all around the base purple, and sealed them.  Each layer was given an overnight to dry and cure. 
I used a touch of purple acrylic paint to give me the purple I was aiming for, plus some additional depth of color, and sealed.  
Next, I mixed up the golden color for the fabric body using International Professional Fabric Shoe Dye Kit (Pastel)and jars of 2005, 2006, and 2007.  Tested the colors as I went along.
Cleaned the fabric using the cleaner that came with the kit and used the wool daubers to apply the color. I took it slow; tiny, almost barely there daubs into my color mix. It really only took one application, except where I needed to touch up by eye-balling the saturation.  Made sure I got all the nooks, crannies, and edges
After the fabric dried overnight, I sealed the dye job using Angelus Water and Stain Repellent.

Ordered golden gimp braid trim, and turquoise appliqués from House of Adorn. I ordered a whole bunch of appliqué styles so I could mix and match.  Ended up selecting two of the appliqués as they came for the backs and tops, and cutting up another for the sides.

Here's the top and back testing to make sure the fit and look was what I wanted.
I used Aileen's Fabric Glue and all the pins in the house, plus some random string to help me hold down all the edges while the glue set. I left each appliqué to dry overnight before I started the next one. 


The braid was attached starting from the start of the seam and going all around in one length - I used a flame to seal my edges, and lots of glue to make sure the edges looked well tucked.  I did the braid in stages for more control.

Last gluing steps were adding the braid to the tongue and adding tiny pearls and crystals.




Final shoe with purple ribbon to complete the look