Hope your day has been awesome. It sure has been good getting back into the routine of things!! It seems like I haven't seen my studio in a month. Well, almost a month. It was so good to get in there and start creating, It was also good to get back to my job. I've been there collectively 6 days in the past 3 weeks! I also missed my drive to work. Why? With my hour commute to and from work, I call this, "ME TIME"... It's my time to be alone and think about what my next move will be, what I want to work on, what I need to do and so on.... so today I thought of a few cool projects... some that I can't wait to start and some that I already have in the works.
Tonight, I had my usual 3 projects going on and I was happier than a pea picker in a field full of Lima Beans! LOL! I had so much fun! I finished a couple tonight, but will show you one tonight and the other tomorrow. This evening, I also did several short YouTube videos on the techniques I covered on Ustream last night. So go catch them if you would like.
For now, I wanted to show you the Steampunk Dress Form...Here she is....
Here's how I made it...
I cut the bottom of the dress form from my pal, Eileen Hull's Vase 3-D from Sizzix out of chipboard. You can find the die HERE. I turned the vase upside down and covered it with Tim Holtz Idea-ology tissue tape. I then punched holes in the scallops of the vase and added eyelets at every scallop. I placed jump rings into the eyelets and added charms to each.
Next, I took a toilet paper roll and cut it in half and rounded off the top corners. I notched out the center into a "V" and then glued the center to form an upper torso. Once again, I covered the tissue roll with tissue tape and adhered the upper torso to the vase forming a dress form.
Then my favorite part...adding the metal! Love that part! Chain and a locket around the waist, wings held by hinge clips, gears, and a few clock keys. Yep! I love that part!
Last, she...or shall I say, the dress form needed to stand on something! GUESS WHAT...Eileen Hull's Cupcake Stand fits the bill perfectly! You can find the cupcake stand die HERE. I cut the base part of the die from chipboard and painted it black and glued it to the inside of the vase.
Done! That was so much fun! I think she came out pretty cool! If you need a fast and easy dress form, try this out and think of the possibilities.
Hope you found some inspiration from this project! So neat to think of things you can do besides what something is meant for. Finding more than one use for a tool makes it a great investment.
Have an awesome day everybody! Thanks for coming by!
The Gentleman Crafter