Spring Fling chimney, part 3

by brae  

The chimney has been painted and grouted (I used Mini Mortar) for awhile now, but today I got around to making the topper.

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I did a quick google search for chimney toppers and found a fabulous photo from Mountaintop Construction (third row, on the right).

I decided to emulate the style using wood and aluminum mesh.  First, I cut a piece of 1/8" thick basswood to serve as a base.

I painted it with a mixture of Slate Grey by Americana and Mushroom by Folk Art.  I then painted the inner portion black.  When looking into the topper, I wanted it to look like there was a chimney opening.

To build the actual topper, I started with 1/8" and 3/16" bass wood corner trim.

I used an Easy Cutter to make 45° cuts in the 3/16" corner trim to form two frames.

I cut a cover for one of the frames from 1/16" thick bass wood and glued it on top.

I cut 3/4" lengths of the 1/8" corner trim and glued them into the four corners of the frame.

I then added 3/4" lengths of 1/16" x 1/8" strip wood in the center of each side of the frame.

While the glue was still drying, I checked the fit of the bottom frame to make sure the corner pieces were straight and level but did not glue the two assemblies together.

I painted both the upper and lower portions Pure Bronze by Apple Barrel.  It was a little glitterageous after the first coat, so I sanded that down before putting on a second coat.  Once the paint was dry, I finished it off with three coats of Delta Ceramcoat Gloss Varnish.

The aluminum mesh I used is by Scale Scenics.  It's old stock I bought at the recent Bishop Show in Chicago.  Sometimes it pays to dig through dusty bins of old miscellaneous materials.  :]

I cut the pieces of mesh to fit inside the assembly.

I then spray painted them flat black.

I glued the painted mesh pieces inside the frame at the corners and sides.

Then I painted the inside black.

I glued the bottom frame onto the assembly.

And, finally...I glued the topper on top of the chimney.  :]


Comment from: Keli Minick [Visitor]
Nice! I like it. So that's what you had planned for your mesh. I'm going to something more boring and usual with mine. The bronze color is fantastic (love your new word &#59;) it's going to play great off the robin's egg blue. I'm using touches of copper and baby blue in my spring fling. I love how the brickwork on the chimney turned out. I've got to try egg carton bricks one of these days.
05/23/11 @ 04:32
Comment from: Jeannette [Visitor]
you are so clever!
05/23/11 @ 08:01
Comment from: Julie [Visitor]
Love love love your chimney! and love how you tell every item you use...by the way, where do you find your (water based) delta varnish....i have been to every craft store in over a year, hobby lobby etc....and it seems that every store i go to no longer carries it! It is such a necessity!!!! I do not think i will have one sparkly thing in my spring fling...LOL think it is more "dirt" colors :o)
05/23/11 @ 08:12
Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]
♥ That is all. You amaze me and all these hints might cause my head to explode with anticipation and curiosity. If that happens before the deadline, I will be most displeased. ♥ Love it.
05/23/11 @ 08:24
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks so much! Lyssa, do not explode...we all need to see your fling as well. If you explode, we will all be displeased. Julie, I get the varnish at Michael's or Joann Fabrics since both regularly send out 40% off coupons. You might be able to find it online, too.
05/23/11 @ 08:35
Comment from: Julie [Visitor]
Thanks for the info! any craft store is in the big city 2 hrs from me...so dont get there enough!! LOL
05/24/11 @ 08:57
Comment from: kathi [Visitor]
Gorgeous work! I'm sure this Fling will be another winner! Thanks for the tip about the wire mesh. I've been looking for somthing like that.
05/29/11 @ 16:21
Comment from: Tati Sierra [Visitor]
best work I found, you just made my day, and to keep working in a project that was giving me hard time for days. un millon de GRACIAS
03/07/12 @ 20:54

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