I made a great deal of progress on the skating pond sets yesterday. It was the first day in several that I really felt like I had accomplished a great deal. I finished the last of the characters, and now I only have the trees and lamp posts to complete, and then the stands for everything and I will be finished.
I say that, but I am thinking about how I may want to store and present the pieces for my own set and the set I am giving away as a gift. Somehow I don’t like the idea of just wrapping the pieces in tissue and stuffing them in a box. I really need to look into it. The pond itself will be a rectangular piece of 1/8” plywood about 18” x 20”. I have some wonderful specialty paints that have pearl and metallic finish and they work wonderfully to make the pond look like ice. Since I want to keep the pond in one piece, I think that should mean that the box will need to be at least that big to house the entire set.
I am going to make the stands of a material called “Paper Clay” which is, as it sounds a light clay material that made of pulp which air dries and then can be painted and finished. I toyed with the idea of doing little paper-doll type stands, but I wasn’t able to figure anything out that didn’t look obtrusive and out of place. By using the paper clay, I mold little snow mounds and stick the bottom of the figures into them. I then allow them to dry and then I paint them and apply the Sno-tex and they look fine. If necessary, I glue the pieces to the stands. For most of the pieces in my sample set, I didn’t feel this was necessary, as I pinched the clay around the pieces and it dried quite firmly in place, but the taller items such as the trees and light posts sometimes wanted to wobble a touch and I found the glue really kept them stable. I think from the get-go I will be gluing each piece just to be sure.
Back to the box . . .
I may try to find some foam that I can fit right into the box and lay the pieces flat on and create layers if necessary to hold the pieces in the off-season. I would, of course need to cut out a void for each stand so that the pieces would still lay completely flat and be protected. This will be the best way I am sure. I need to get back to Halifax and see what kind of foam is available. When I lived in the Chicago area I was able to obtain foam of various thicknesses and density fairly easily at many of the different fabric stores. I need to look into it here though, as I haven’t done much sewing since I came to live here. I will need to do some homework before I go and scout out where I will be able to get some.
As I sit here writing about it, I am imagining that if I really want to do things proper, the box in itself will be quite the project on its own. I can see building it and painting it and making it something really special. Hmmmmm . . . .
So now I will show you the final character in our vignette – Eric:
|From SLDP103 Skating Pond Figures|
I am quite excited about finishing this all up. It will be wonderful to get all the instructions into the pattern packet and I will be ready and waiting when I am able to sell the patterns after the project is published in a couple of weeks. Considering that I started working on this in January, it is quite exciting.
I am getting close to the unveiling of the entire set. I think that all together they look quite nice. I am sure there are more characters that I could do and I may do so in the future, but for now I need to stop somewhere and this seems like a good point.
The day will be spent painting again and perhaps beginning the work on the stands. I found there is much organization to do with getting everything into packet form and it will be quite fun to see it all come together.
I hope you all have a wonderful day too.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"