Watson Mill - circle library, part 3

by brae  

Continuing work on the circle library.  The wood veneer buckled on the outer surfaces of the circle supports.  I didn't have enough to redo both circles, so I redid only the smaller one.  I hope once the books are in place it won't show.  I also will have straight shelves abutting the large circle, so that might help, too.

The original inspiration had 18 dividers, but my version has only eight for balance and fit.  I used scrap wood to try out the look first.

I cut the angled details for between the circles from 1 1/2" trailing edge balsa, cutting it down to fit.  I don't usually work in balsa since it damages so easily, but this comes precut at a good angle and you can find it in varying widths.  I get my supply from my local Hobby Town USA.

Here they are before being cut down to fit.  You can see the damaged areas, but it won't matter in the end.  I basically needed a skeleton for the final finishes.

I used graph paper to help align the sections.

I covered the sides of the angled inserts with peel and stick wood that I had left over from the Model T Van build.  I used additional adhesive just to make sure the bonds will hold over time.  I again used the Elmer's stainable wood glue.  To finish the front edges, I cut shapes from 1/32" basswood to match the laser cut circles.

I think this is a good approximation of the original.  :]

Next up, the long straight shelves.

Walnut Bay Light - vintage photo

by brae  

I finally gave FotoSketcher a try - it's a software a Greenleaf forum member showed us not too long ago.  You can make drawings, paintings, etc. from your regular photos.  I took a photo of Walnut Bay Light and played with the settings.  I love the vintage photo effect. :]

Mod Flowers rug - restart

by brae  

I often restart needlework projects, and the Mod Flowers rug has fallen into that category.  I worried about the outcome when the iron on transfer spread as much as it did, but I didn't listen to my inner voice.

I completed roughly 12 hours of stitching and realized I had to start over.  The black lines were wide enough that it wasn't easy to get uniform and straight separations between the white outlines and colored petals.  I was concentrating too much on a simple design.  The circles and curves weren't turning out well since I was essentially doing things freehand with the rough, thick guidelines.  Had it been a smaller rug, I might have just put up with it.  Considering the size and time investment, I knew it would drive me batty. Great texture though, so I know it will be lovely in the end. :]

I did some research and found fine tip transfer pens at Sublime Stitching.  I love the decorated mailer.  :D

I bought blue and black.

I decided to use blue on the redo since I noticed it was not easy to cover the black lines with the white knots.  I still used the same paper - Aunt Martha's Tracing Paper - for the redo, but while I was at it, I decreased the diameter to 7 1/2" from 7 13/16" for a tighter design that will still be large and modern but more flexible in mini scenes.

The transfer didn't spread very much if at all.

Here you can see how fine the Sublime Stitching pen lines stayed compared to the spread that happened with the original Sulky Iron-On transfer pen, which has a thicker tip to start.

Early Summer Sale

by brae  

I'm having an Early Summer Sale in my etsy shop through May 31, 2017.  Use coupon code OTTERINESHIPFREE for free U.S. shipping on orders of $20 and up.  I am also offering a $4 discount on international shipping on orders of $20 and up, but you'll have to send me an email through etsy so I can set up a custom order for you.

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Also, Baxter Pointe Villa is still listed for sale on eBay.

Watson Mill - circle library, part 2

by brae  

Continuing work on the circle library.   I added more cardboard around the circle supports to increase the depth to 3/4" since I determined my 5/8" depth was too narrow for the books I've been making.  I was able to use the existing supports since they were shallower than the new depth and will be fully enclosed by the new outer strips.  I then covered the cardboard with peel and stick wood that I had leftover from the Model T Van build.  I used additional adhesive just to make sure the bonds will hold over time.

I put the joins at the bottom, covering the upper one that will be seen with a piece of peel and stick wood.

Cyd helped me out by cutting laser cut circles for finishing.  I sanded away the charred edges and then glued it to the support structure.

My supports are not uniform circles, so the laser cut trims help disguise any imperfections.

Books will help, too.  :]

I know I've gotten glue on the wood, but I was smarter later and used Elmer's wood glue that's supposed to be stainable.  We'll see.

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