I was absolutely thrilled with the progress that I made yesterday on my "Scary-Go-Round" painted carousel project! After all the thinking and planning, I think it is coming together rather nicely. I was debating on whether I was going to put it aside for a little bit and do some other work, but I can't help but keep moving forward and forging ahead. As each element is completed, I find myself wanting to hurry and get to the next part. It is wonderful to see my ideas turning into reality.
Yesterday I finished the work on the canopy top. The canopy is made from Roc-Lon fabric, which is a dream to use with projects such as this. Roc-Lon is a coated, almost canvas-like fabric that is used for lining draperies. It is very inexpensive (about $6 USD per 50" wide yard) and is excellent for things like banners and other home-dec applications. It is not quite as thick as canvas, and you can cut it to any shape without worrying about it unraveling or fraying, so it needs no edge seam. It holds up wonderfully in outdoor applications and takes paint beautifully. And it is absolutely wonderful to paint on. I usually roll on a neutral base coat with a small paint roller and go from there. I know I will be using it lots more in future projects.
As of yesterday's post, I had the main colors of the banner base coated and partially shaded. Yesterday I finished the shading, and added gold metallic division lines between the stripes. I also painted eight different silhouettes on each of the canopy overhang sections, and I couldn't help but add some wonderful brass hot-fix nailheads that I got from Rhinestone Canada. You see me recommending them all the time, and I will continue to do so. Their products are absolutely amazing and the cost is so reasonable! (The 4mm hot-fix nailheads were $ .55 per gross and the 6mm nailheads are $.90 per gross!) You simply place them with tweezers and touch the wand to them for about 4-5 seconds. The adhesive on the back melts them into the fabric (or wood or whatever) and they are on for GOOD. I seriously tried to pick one of the nailheads off, and I would have destroyed the fabric doing so. I can't believe that they adhere so well! But what is nice is if you touch the heat wand to them, you can re-position them by gently sliding them around a bit while the adhesive is hot. They are awesome and really made the canopy look incredible!
Initially I had painted the red dots for eyes in each of the characters, but I decided to add some 2mm crystal hot-fix rhinestones to make them look even better:
Next was the issue of the stands. Each of the six haunted figures is created from 1//8" plywood.
I wanted them to stand on the carousel and be held into place. This was one of the most challenging things for me to figure out. So what I decided to do was this -
Each figure would have a 'spider web' stand created out of two tiers. The thicker, 1/4" tear on the bottom would be drilled out to hold a small, but strong Rare Earth magnet. This will make the pieces easily removable for storage. The top tier will be scrolled to accommodate the 1/8" pole that each figure rides on. I loved the spider web shape, as it was fun and would certainly add to the 'spookiness' of the vignette.
I am thrilled at how balanced and solid these feel – even without the magnets in place. Wouldn't these look fun along a mantle?? Or even on a shelf draped with those stringy spider webs? I plan on selling a pattern/ornament set of just the figures for those who are not as ambitious to create the entire carousel. I think they would make wonderful stand-alone figures!
I had a ball painting them, too! I used a new product (new to ME!) from Jacquard called "PearlEx Powdered Pigment".
I know it has been around a while, and this is the first time I had the opportunity to use it. I got mine from another great company that I discovered called Dharma Trading Company. You can find them here: http://www.dharmatrading.com/paints/pearl-ex-pigments.html I have ordered three times from Dharma in the past six months or so and I find them to be a wonderful company. Their prices are really the best around and they ship the same day. I had a question about a product and I was answered within a very short time. I am sure that I will be purchasing from them more often. I hope you check them out.
In using the Pearl Ex, you need very LITTLE to achieve an amazing result. I wound up buying the Pearl Ex "The Works" Set and a couple of larger jars of colors that I will use more, like the clear pearls and a couple of metallic colors as well. I probably used a QUARTER of the size of a PEA of powder in about a teaspoon of paint to get this amazing effect. These little powders go a LONG way! I added them to the DecoArt Glow In The Dark paint and painted a thin layer over each web piece.
The color I used to get this eerie glow is called “Interference Blue”. It is a duo-tone that looks pearl from one angle and has a beautiful blue shimmer from other angles. Just the spooky look I was going for. (They also have Interference Green and I was going back and forth as to use that. I may swipe a thin coat on the ‘bones’ of my figures before I call the project done. We will just have to see!) As a final touch, I added a small spider on each web, with a hot-fix 2mm crystal body. Doesn't it look cool??
Today I am drawing up the central pillar and I will be working on that, the ceiling and the two remaining benches, as well as the floor over the weekend. As each piece comes to life, I am more and more excited.
Thank you all for your kind comments so far. I am really pleased that you are getting as excited as I am about seeing this project finished.
I wish you all a wonderful weekend and a happy Friday! I hope you have fun and do something that will feed your soul! :)
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"