Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Iron Craft 2016 Challenge #18--Leftover Stained Glass

Challenge #18 was a UFO challenge--Unfinished Object Challenge. I had so many options but I decided to do something with the leftover paper stained glass pieces that I had from challenge #17.

To be able to assemble a stained glass project, there needs to be seven identical cutouts made of the same design. One design is done in black (to resemble the lead lines) and one design for each of the colors used. So in essence, if I am careful, I can obtain six pieces from each set of patterns (if I cut out an additional black design). In other words, if I cut out six individual black pieces, and one pattern for each of the six colors, I will have six total pieces by alternating the color patterns for each individual piece.

By using each of the pieces, I have the unused colored outlines. The color palette chosen for these pieces are usually two color groups divided into a light, medium and dark shade of the same color. So, I decided to mount three of the color outlines using the purple family.

Here I mounted the dark color on bottom, the light shade in the middle and the medium shade on top. I staggered them so it gives the design a shadow effect. I then mounted them on white paper.

I made a paper mat with black paper. The frame is 18 by 18 which is the outer dimension of the paper mat. I usually make paper mats at home to decide how I want to mat a project. Once I have decided, I then take it to a framer to cut the real mats if I am selling or giving the piece away. If I keep it for myself, I will usually just keep the paper mat.

All that is left is to put it in a frame.

I always find it hard to take a picture of a framed item.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Iron Craft 2016 Challenge #17--Paper Stained Glass

For Challenge #17 we were asked to contribute to the State Fair. I decided to do category 697--Paper Cutting. The basis of the entry is a paper stained glass project. These are stained glass patterns found in the Moorish castles in Spain. They are are a mix of Christian and Muslim iconography.

I have re-created them in paper. Each piece must be cut out and then must be glued in place like a jigsaw puzzle. I am using traditional color palettes of the Mediterranean.

Hopefully, between the two entries I will be awarded a ribbon.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Iron Craft 2016 Challenge #16--H is for Horse

For Challenge #16 we were given the theme "H". I really struggled with this challenge and was succumbing to the heat wave that has hit New York City. Finally, with no ideas of a project, I decided to do a Google Search for "H Crafts" and voila--the first entry was horse.

After having an idea, I need to do a quick project so I went to my comfort zone and did a cutout.  I still haven't glued down the image because I still don't know quite how I want to finish it. I might cut out a duplicate and mount the second layer on top with spacers between the layers to give it some dimension.

For now, this will have to do.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Iron Craft 2016 Challenge #15--Cool Water Sea Horse

For Challenge #15 we were prompted with the word "Cool." When I think of cool, there are two thoughts that come to mind--snow/snowflakes and water. I decided to work with the second option. So I thought that I would do a cut out of a sea horse in a sea of cool water.

To begin, I started with the cut out. This is another in my series of Paper Stained Glass. I designed this particular pattern using an image from shutterstock. I tweeked the image a little and added the "lead lines" to the background.

Step One
The second step is to design the stained glass panels. I thought about adding color to the sea horse using the background colors or even adding a contrasting color. In the end, I decided that to keep the sea horse with just the background paper (white) showing through.

The third step is to apply the first color. To be able to add color to the background, you must cut the identical pattern for each separate color. After cutting the pieces, you glue them to the background paper similar to fitting a jigsaw puzzle. You will know immediately if your cutting is offline.

First color
 You keep on cutting and adding colors.

Second color
Third color
Fourth color
The colors in the background were supposed to replicate the color of the water from the surface to the deep sea blue.

I then double matted the artwork and placed it in a frame.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Iron Craft 2016 Challenge #14--Faeries

The title of Challenge #14 was Copy Cat. I really struggled with this challenge because I just wasn't finding any inspiration that truly inspired me. As I was reading through my weekly feed, Susi from our very own Just Crafty Enough blogged about the British Invasion. In her stockpile of goodies, she showed some woodcut fairies and some paper fairies and I said--I can do that.

I found an image from Dover Productions and set out to cut my own. The beauty of doing it yourself that you can pick your own colors (classic black--above) or a salmon colored fairy.

Or you can cut a smaller one out of a pastel purple.

You can see the two different sizes below.

Or you can cut it even smaller out of a pink card stock. Although, it does look like she is about to eat a corn dog.

Medium vs Smaller.

So thanks Susi for the inspiration.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Iron Craft 2016 Challenge #13--Picnic Napkins

BBQ Napkins

For Challenge #13 we were challenged with the theme Stars and Stripes in deference to the 4th of July holiday in the United States. Along with this holiday is the always present BBQ and picnic so I decided to make some quick napkins.

Years ago, I was in the fabric district in Manhattan and came across some fat quarters of some lightweight duck cloth. I don't know if that is the real name but it is the name that I always knew it by. I had never seen it in stripes so I bought some and put it in my stash.

For me, it was a very easy material to work with (I think it was the lightest weight available, possibly 7 oz) and it is like working with a cotton canvas. I simply steamed a seam allowance and pivoted on the corners. I should have mitered the corners or cut away some of the bulk but since these were for friends and were being used for a picnic I decided not to get too fussy with it. I simply sewed a running stitch so I don't know how long they will last but it will be an easy repair should I need to fix it. Maybe a zigzag stitch next time?

They were a big hit.
Don't look too closely at the sewing.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Iron Craft 2016 Challenge #12--Parade Hats

My Stetson

For Challenge #12 we were tasked with the theme of "animals." I struggled with this challenge but a buddy of mine bailed me out of trouble with a special project with which he needed my help. The last weekend of June is Gay Pride Weekend in New York City. There are two celebrations--the Gay Pride Parade which happens on the last Sunday in June. On the Friday night preceding the parade, there is a costume parade that happens in the heart of Chelsea/West Village. During the costume parade, people dress up and walk through Chelsea. It is one of the two big "hat parades" in NYC. Similar to the celebration of hats at Ascot, NYC celebrates hats at the Costume Parade and the Easter Bonnet Parade in NYC.

My friend had a hat that he wanted me to adorn for the parade. I had an old Stetson that I bought from a thrift store for $10 that needed reblocking and adornment. So, I went to the fashion district and bought feathers.

The first hat is mine. The Stetson was worn and curled. I resteamed it, added a leather cord and simply stuck some feathers under the leather cord. Total time--five minutes.

The second hat is my friend's hat. He gave me the basic brown hat and asked me to "fix it" to make it something "fabulous." I took some old trim, a leather weaved belt and some feathers. and Voila-- a fabulous hat for him.
My friend's hat
and trim
yes, and an old belt and buckle

To say the least--he is VERY, VERY pleased.