zaterdag 14 oktober 2017

Fair in Rijswijk - fall edition :)


Today I went to the fair in Rijswijk again, for the fourth time in a row, and I'd had a wonderful time
Again I could get a ride with Jolinda, and we arrived at a quarter past nine. While Jolinda went through the back entrance to join the Minidoor team, I got in through the front of course and had to wait till the fair opened at ten o'clock.

In the train back I discovered that I'd forgotten to take photo's while at the fair, but I guessed that would have been the seen pictures I showed you in earlier blogs about Rijswijk ^^
So, let me just show you the many pretties I bought. I have to make new listings for my Etsy store soon because I'm totally broke lol

My precious xD

For new crochet projects

Very nice embroidery fabric and special needles

Already thinking about Christmas xD

Couldn't resist them. 1 euro each. Will find a purpose.

Never worked with a mold, so ... And more gorgeous fabric.

Christmas fabric and the black for new Halloween cushions?
 
Finally I can start making flowers (a) and some nice kits.

And last but not least, treasures from Georgia Marfels!

Very hard to choose but I love this Cornish Pixie <3

Besides looking at all those wonderful miniatures at the fair, it is always great to see familiair faces, met new people, either from (web)shops of from FB groups.

Today I enjoyed meeting Wendy, Stefan, Louise, Georgia, Thea, Anja and many more. And it was great getting to know Esther (All 4 dolls) in person after all the FB messages :)

So, I feel like a very happy, exhausted, but grateful person!

donderdag 21 september 2017

How to make an Hogwarts steamer trunk part 3

 (for part 2: here)

The metal looking details for the trunk were the most time-consuming part of the process. Especially glueing them :') I started with Tacky glue but that didn't work well enough, so in the end I used Super glue.



I made them from aluminum small and large tea light cups. Could have just drawn and cut them but for the first parts I used brass embossing stencils I had.


I cut them, made same tiny holes at both ends by piercing them and glued them. Super glue was needed ;)


Four on the front, four on the back and on to the next parts.


I forgot to show before, but this is how I tried to make them look less shiny and new. First I sanded the aluminum, I added a bit of black nail polish and then dabbed it with a paper towel before it dried completely. If there's still too much black, you could use some sand paper as well.


For the corner parts I drew the shape with a pencil on the aluminum and cut it with sharp siccors. Repeated that multiple times before I had a shape that fitted the corned and looked half way decent (a)



After a cut the parts for the eight corners. A bit too much black so I sanded them a bit. 


I punctured then on all three corners (with the silver side up), and made the holes for the side of the trunk a little bigger.


I've forgotten to take photo's when I made the longer metal strips but the process is the same.


The only thing missing are the locks but for those I'll look in Rijswijk at the fair next month :)


All in all, I'm very happy with the way it turned out. And though I normally need a tutorial or something to get started and make my own version of something, it was once trying to work this out on my own with only the movie stills for inspiration.

I hope you like following the process and if you want to know something about that, don't hesitate to contact me, here or on my Facebook page :)

maandag 11 september 2017

How to make an Hogwarts steamer trunk part 2

After part 1 it was time to start adding bits and pieces to the trunk.

First I cut the died fabric cord in four equal parts of approx.
20 cm. I glued two in the lines I drew in the middle and two 
on the outside so they cover the wood seams. Once that had
dried, I glued the ends on the front and cut the excess cord.

I made two equal paper templates for the handles,
glued them with Tacky glue to the back of a
scrap of thin leather.

After I cut them out carefully, I made some very small strips
for aluminum and folded it around one side of the leather.
I used part of a matt silver coloured paper fastener,
but you could also use an aluminum tea light cup.


Before I attached the handles to the trunk I coloured the back of
the handles. Just to hide the paper. And I also decided to give the
outside of the trunk a coat of matt varnish first.


I resized and printed the Hogwarts logo.

And added Draco's initials :)
Here's also a look at the handles.

The further I got, the more I felt that the
greenish cord wasn't what the trunk needed.
So I cut 5 mm strips of black leather but
they just looked to new and shiny.

So, I decided on this brown leather.
A bit snake-like, so that seemed appropriate
for a Slytherin ;)





I found a nice green paper with a classy pattern
and glued that with wood glue on the inside of
the trunk. From the brow leather I cut four
strips and glued two together twice. I added tiny
pieces of aluminum from a tealight cup on the ends.

So, almost done with the inside. In the next part
I'll show you how to add the metal details on the outside
and show you the finished trunk :)




donderdag 7 september 2017

How to make a Hogwarts steamer trunk

To avoid those pesky cottage doors, I continued making items for Draco's bedroom (a)
So I started with a replica of the steam trunks you can see in the Harry Potter movies. No tutorial or starter point other than the movie pictures.



And because I hadn't been able to find a tutorial anywhere, I figured I should make some extra photos while working and take more meassurements than usual, in case someone wants to make a trunk as well :)
Since it's a work in progress, I hope things will work out right the first time.

For the base I used 3 mm Balsa:
  • 2 x (7,7 cm x 4,6 cm) for top and bottom
  • 2 x (5,2 cm x 1,8 cm) for both under side panel
  • 2 x (5,2 cm x 1 cm) for both top side panels
  • 2 x (7,7 cm x 1,8 cm) for both under panels front and back
  • 2 x (7,7 cm x 1 cm) for both top panels front and back

Glue the parts together like this.
The longer panels fit between the smaller ones.

Sand the edges and corners untill
they look all rounded like this.

I also sanded the two parts together so they'd fit better.

I cut two strips from 1,5 mm Balsa,
approx. 0,4 cm x 5 cm and cut two corners.

I sanded the edge a bit rounded and then
glued it to the top of the trunk, like this.

Be sure you can still close the trunk :)


Next, I drew two pencil lines all around
the trunk so you'll get three equal parts.

I took approx. 80 cm fabric cord, and because
it was a bit too white, I made a mixture
from oil paint and rubbed it onto the cord.

After I'd stained the trunk (walnut), I used that
same greenish oil paint, mixed it with same white
Gesso (I know, weird xD) and lightly dabbed some
on the corners and other spots on the trunk.

And this is the result so far.

I love the aged and worn look!

Tomorrow I'll continue with all the bits and pieces.

I hope you liked it. Please, contact me if you have questions!

zaterdag 2 september 2017

Het hemelbed / The fourposter bed - part 3

Remember the fourposter bed I made last year from some picture frames? I used it a few times to show a bedcover or my house elf, Juvie, but otherwise it was only collecting dustbunnies while I was crafting all kind of other items ;)

And then I saw Julie Warren's tutorial on bedding and I just wanted to do that. But not for the cottage beds since I'll obviously change my mind about colours and fabrics at least a dozen times before the bedroom will be even finished ;)
And then the fourposter bed crossed my mind. I had already bought some nice fabrics.



So pretty <3 Let's hope Draco loves it too ;)

I already had the white and beige fabric.
The beautiful damask looking fabric for the sheet
and bedcover are from Jan van den Doel and
the other fabrics are from Minidoor.


 The bed runner has two different sides.

Originally, I planned drapes around the bed ...


.. but I might just decide against them :)


edit: And just for the fun of it, a photo with my favourite couple (a)