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 want 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)

Samen knutselen / Crafting together - August

Last wednesday we had our monthly crafting afternoon. Though the weather outside was so bad, it looked more like a crafting evening ;)
We worked on our windows and brick walls. After a few enjoyable hours we agreed to finish the windows by ourself and do something different next month. Like making a macrame cushion for the garden bench or a small curtain for window or door ;)
After Jolinda and Wil had left I finished the bricks on the back wall and stained the door and window

Ready for the ladies to join me :)

I've choosen a pine wood-stain for this project.

Really like it so far :)

maandag 28 augustus 2017

Doors for the Hogsmeade Cottage, part 2

Just a short update on my doors (well 'short'; it took me a few days to write this ^^). I've been feeling rather poorly the last week, so I couldn't do much, and what I did ... well poorly crafted doors were the result. But you can only learn from mistakes, right? :')

I'd started with a closed door (above, on the left) and went very well. Untill, I noticed that the jamb and the frame of the door were for the opening between the entrance hall and the kitchen, and I wanted a door with a small window there :')
So, thought I could save that door for the attic and started the next. But ... glued the whole door instead of only around the window opening (above, middle) *sighs* Maybe I can used that part if I can remove the 'glass' and make the second solid door?
Well, third time's the charm, isn't it? So, this time I did everything right, and I was very proud of the result. Untill ... I saw that the door was just a few mm too small, so it just fitted between the doorstop instead of against it :(


But, on the positive side; I love the way the window turned out the second time :) 
I used two sheets of gelatine and moved them just a bit sidewards to create smaller diamond shapes.

Fortunately, the jamb and frame also fitted in the opening of the attic wall.

I decided to see if I could make a better fitted door by added a thin slat of wood. Another benefit would be that I could use that for the hinges, and figuring those out without damaging the door :')

Using masking tape before glueing things is my secret :)

 It nearly fitted, so I could just cut a slice from that slat of Balsa.

 The nails will get in the door after I'll glue it all together.

So, I guess it's time to stain the frame, attach the hinges to it and then fit the door a final time :)

maandag 21 augustus 2017

Doors for the Hogsmeade Cottage

After I finished the first set of windows, it became real quiet around the cottage.
I did manage to make a door and felt quite proud about that, even though I'd forgotten to add a treshold, and I couldn't open it more than a few centimeters before the tiny nails came loose.

And then summer (holiday) started, and the 1:1 world got a bit hectic when my son suddenly decided to move to the place where he's going to study after all :')
So, with everything settled down, I thought it was the right moment to continue this house building project (a)
But I needed to figure out the problem with the door first. Well, it turned out to be a rather silly mistake; my hinges were on the outside on the door instead of in between the door and the frame.
My second attempt was better, still on the wrong side of the door, but in the end I finally got the idea :)

Unfortunately, the door didn't look very decent after all the alterations, so, I decided to start from scratch.

  Both sides are now in one piece and I can slide it in the opening after staining it.

I also made a different door. It's based on the doors in my own old house so I hope it'll fit a cottage too ^^

The only question is, do I choose the doors closed or with a little window, or maybe solid for bathroom and bedroom on the firstfloor/attic, and open for the living room and kitchen below. (I have both in my home)

So, though I'm still not sure about those hinges, I feel more confident about getting the job done :)

P.S. A tutorial from 1inchminisbykris had got me started with the jamb and the frame of the door, though I had to make lot of changes in the end. Her door opening was 1 cm, mine 4 mm, she used cardboard instead of Balsa, and ... she used pin hinges instead of real hinges. And that's why I forgot the treshold and placed the hinges the wrong way at first :')
But the tutorial was still very usefull!