Saturday, 31 December 2011

Happy New Year.

In my last post for 2011 id like to take the opportunity to thank all my followers both new and old and the friends i have made since i started this journal back in June 2011 and wish you all a happy and prosperous 2012.
                                             Happy New Year ☺ 

This tiny container for holding buttons sits perfectly inside one of the removable sections of the sewing box. Its made from ivory and the lid is Lapis Lazuli the handle on top is from a vintage Swiss watch.

The container is 8mm wide and 10mm in height . I have also managed to construct the draw for the bottom section of the box all that's left to do is face it with ivory and attach a handle then i can start to work out which implements are going to sit where in the draw.
Have a wonderful New Year everybody and thank you all again for taking an interest in my work and  for sharing yours with me.                              Tony.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Sewing Accessories.

So today i dosed myself up with flu tablets and sat in front of the fire all day carving what you see in the photo out of 2mm cocktail sticks, I've left them still attached to the stick itself to give you an idea of scale. The piece at the far right once detached from the stick itself will become a thimble, some of the others i have also added thread to so i could get the overall effect of what they would look like.

These have all had a coat of wax to enhance the wood and protect. Just a few more items to complete now before hopefully i feel up to standing outside and making the draw.
A warm welcome to my new followers and many thanks for taking an interest in the pieces i create.
Hopefully i shall have one last post this.         Tony.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Sewing Box Update.

Ive been finding it difficult to concentrate on this piece these past couple of days as it feels like I'm coming down with the flu or something, i tend to usually work outside but its been so cold what little i have done has been accomplished while sitting next to a log fire indoors. Ive managed to build the two box sections that fit inside the main box originally i was undecided if i should make these removable or fix them in place but i opted for making them removable.

The centre section has been lined with black velvet as this was the only material i had enough off to complete the whole box so the bottom draw will also be lined with this to.
Both ivory lids are now complete and fit perfect over the boxes when in place inside the main box. The main box has also had the inside covered in gold leaf. I'm going to spend the rest of this week making more tools and such for the inside while trying to shake off the flu.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and got everything they wished for.
                                                 Have a great week.            Tony.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Seasonal Greetings.

As im working from now until boxing day this will be my last opportunity to make a post before christmas so i would like to take this moment to wish all of my new and old friends and followers a wonderful safe and happy christmas.

                                                   A Very Merry Christmas.


Sunday, 18 December 2011

Sewing Box Accessories.

These are some of the accessories that will be part of the sewing box once complete. Ive tried where possible to use as much of the ivory offcuts as possible to construct these pieces.

To give an idea of scale the pin cushion in the centre is 5mm in width, the needle holder which is stood up was a challenge as i decided i wanted the top to be removable which i eventually achieved after several attempts of the ivory splitting. Theres also on the far left a clamp and the implement at the front I'm not sure what this would have been used for as i copied this from a full size sewing box.
Its been a challenge to make some of these pieces but I'm sure once the box is complete it will all be worth it.
Have a wonderful week everyone.            Tony.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Sewing Box.

Ive managed to make a start on the sewing box i wrote about in my previous post, i started off by making the carcass from walnut then i spent a whole afternoon cutting the ivory to the required thickness some of which split once i started cutting but hopefully i will be able to use these pieces for making the tools which will fit inside.

The lock plate is  meant to resemble a face, the mouth being where the key will be inserted, the timber that is visible in the photograph will eventually all be covered in gold leaf . The centre section is where a rare little object will sit and the two end sections will both have ivory lids fitted one side for silk thread the other for sewing implements. The bottom draw will also contain a variety of sewing tools and implements hopefully made from ivory and will be lined with either silk or some other material once complete.Still a long way to go yet but I'm happy how things are moving along.
A warm welcome to my new followers and many thanks to my regular followers who continue to support my blog and leave comments on my posts it is greatly appreciated.
Have a wonderful week everyone and take care.         Tony.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Rainy Days

I started today off walking the dog in the rain i always find this very therapeutic and relaxing and the dog enjoys it too, it gave me a chance to think about what i am going to do for my next project and work out in my mind the best way of going about it.
most of the materials i require to build this piece i already have so next is to make a few rough drawings to confirm my ideas will work.
If you remember in a earlier post i made a Tudor sewing box that contained a genuine Tudor button this time i want to make another sewing box but include all of the implements,  scissors, needle case and such but also include a little treasure!

Without giving to much away the piece i make will have a draw which will contain most of the implements you see in the box above, but also a place where silk thread can be stored to.

I just love the tools and implements in the photo above so I'm going to try and recreate as much as i can in bone/Ivory even the needles if possible. The box itself will be walnut with an ivory overlay so making the tools in the same material makes sense.Hopefully this project will keep me occupied between now and the new year and i shall post weekly updates on how things are progressing.

A very warm welcome to my new followers and many thanks for taking the time to follow and read my blog.
Have a great and safe week eveyone.           Tony.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Keeping Organised.

I decided this past weekend that i would have a general tidy up and take account of what materials and objects i have for future projects so I've not really been working on any pieces.
With a little help from my son i soon managed to get things back in order and know exactly what materials i was keeping and what i would throw away, ( i have a bad habit of keeping the smallest offcuts of wood!).
Well to cut a long story short while i was finishing up my son had been sat down for a while playing around with a small piece of wood and to my surprise produced this tiny carving of a goblet.

Needless to say i was pleasantly surprised! The goblet is carved from Oak and measures 3/4 inch.
I'm hoping in the future that maybe we can create some pieces together.
A warm welcome to my new followers and many thanks for taking an interest in my blog.

Have a great weekend everyone.            Tony.