I did a lot of finishing touches on my haunted carousel yesterday. It was time to do finish up the final touches that I wanted to include before the final assembly and what I call the 'presentation' photographs. These were odds and ends and somewhat 'afterthoughts' that came to mind after finishing certain sections.
I had intended to show all the final photos today, but by the time I finished getting everything ready, it was after 10pm last night and I was just too tired to do any quality work. I thought I would be able to quickly take the photos this morning for the blog here, but when I did take them, they looked rather crummy. I really need to take the time today to do it "right".
I was able to take photos of the elements that I added in, so you can see at least some progress today. I promise that by tomorrow I will have some better 'final' pictures of the project. But at least you can get the idea here of what I accomplished yesterday.
First off – I thought that the bench backs were just a little plain. So I added some crystal rhinestones around the star cutouts of each back as well as some white pearl comma stroking:
I did this to both the inside and the outside of the benches. I think that this little touch added a lot:
I also painted the bat above the door on the central pillar, as I mentioned I would do yesterday. I love how he came out. He has two crystal eyes that sparkle in the light:
I had these adorable skeleton shaped metal nail heads from Rhinestone Canada that fit perfectly just at the top of each of the pillar sections. I thought this was the perfect spot for them, as they brightened up the area underneath the ceiling of the carousel:
I then decided to also add some 2mm red crystal rhinestones in the eyes of each of the carousel animals. This gave a beautiful 'spooky' look to them. (Sorry – the photo is a little blurry!):
And finally for today – I am showing the carousel without the canopy top on so you can easily see the characters. When I took photos with the top on without my lights, etc. it was too dark for you to really see and appreciate, but this will give you an idea of how the bottom will look finished:
I am going to work on the photography today and then start working on the pattern and kits. I have the supplies for the pre-orders and will probably start cutting them by this weekend. I should have the products for this (pattern, ornament kit, full kit, etc.) up on the site in a day or two. I really appreciate eveyone's enthusiasm about this project. I think it is going to be pretty cool.
Thank you all for all your encouragement. I am really thrilled that you all like it so much. Your encouragement was what really got me through this build.
I wish you all a wonderful Tuesday. Have a great day and have some FUN!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"