Wow, I've had a blast with this challenge. I have had this mannequin for quite a while and kept looking at it wondering what to do with it, well I suddenly had a brainstorm the other night. My beloved hubby has been away for a few days and I don't sleep very well when I am alone in the house, I know at my age its ridiculous! So while lying there listening to the house creek I started to plan out what I was going to do, by morning all I had to do was get on with it! I wish all projects went like this.
So to start: - As the mannequin is made of pressed fibreboard I coated it in two layers of white gesso and allowed it to completely dry overnight. I then consulted the Compendium of Curiosities page 51 and applied the technique to the mannequin.
The next thing to so was to make the fake leather for the coat. I learnt this in a workshop with Sheena Douglass. Spritz a sheet of kraft card with a solution of glycerine in water until it goes soft and pliable. Then put the card into an embossing folder and put through an embossing machine, then allow to dry. Once dry add some distress ink, I used a combination of vintage photo, spiced marmalade and a little pine needles. Then dry thoroughly with a heat gun and then seal with Glue and Seal, gloss finish, to give a nice soft leathery look. To give added strength to the 'leather' back the sheet with fabric stuck with a strong glue.
My sister is a fashion designer and made me a pattern for the coat. I used this to cut the coat, a bit of a struggle out off a single sheet of A4 but just about managed it. I then assembled the coat on the mannequin.
I added a key to one lapel and an assortment of cogs to the other . I made a key chain using a key, a fob watch and a wing and attached it to the coat using some jump rings.
To finish off the bottom of the mannequin I added some beaded fringe from a local haberdashery and the head and arms are door knobs from the local DIY store.
At the back of the mannequin I added a half belt with two mini fasteners, one at either end, and finished with a selection of tiny cogs from some assorted watch parts I had bought online.
As the surface of the mannequin is not flat I stamped the Top Hat image from Stampers Anonymous Mini Blueprints set 6 onto tissue and applied it to the surface with Glue and Seal matt.
The base of the stand was covered in torn paper from an old dictionary, (Ive always had issues with dictionaries if you cannot spell a word how can you look it up?) then inked with the same inks as the coat. I then raided my stash, yes I have actually used some of my precious things!, and added lots of treasures to the base including the plaque that says Treasure, which was swiped with picket fence distress paint.
If you have seen any of my previous blogs you will have already guessed that my daughter has claimed this for her room at University. Hey Ho!
Thanks to Linda, as usual for organising this fabulous challenge and do check out the wonderful examples from the Curiosity Crew on her blog. Some fantastic work there. Also thanks to The FunkieJunkie for sponsoring this challenge.