I've been busy this week jazzing up some props for the INYB's forthcoming production of Alice in Wonderland. The heart just needed some new paint, so I gave it 2 coats of acrylic and then some Stickles to make it sparkly - it's carried by the Queen, so she needs a bit of bling I thought, to go with her red and gold tutu! The white rabbit's pocket watch was made from a paper plate that had seen better days and when the wardrobe mistress asked me if I could make a new one I was more than happy to oblige.
The design evolved as I went along, and also became gold instead of silver. I had a circular thin silver cake board that I used as a starting point, but then realised that it would look much better as a gold watch and so I sprayed the whole thing gold when it was put together. The back is the cake board and the front is a piece of cardboard with a sandwich of polystyrene in between. I had to cover the edge with brown paper so that the polystyrene wouldn't do weird things when I sprayed it with paint or varnish (I've seen it melt before!). Then I had a brainwave for the top of it to make it look really watch-like.I used 2 empty cardboard ribbon spools stuck together and a curtain ring stuck on the top. Then I cut out a face from mounting board, which I painted white to make it brighter (it was a bit too cream for my liking. More acrylic paint for the numbers and the rim and voila! Lots of fun and a very messy house......but sure the housework will still be there tomorrow!