Leg lamp From a Christmas story
I just wanted to make this one. A friend of mine gave me the leg, and the rest was goodwill hunting! The box was made from an old pallet, and the electrics and shade I pulled out of a different lamp. Not movie accurate, as the leg was only a half leg. But a much better gift than little dinky ones they sell online.
Above: Final detail work on individual dragon heads. The eyes were large glass gemstones we had on hand. The heads were then added to 1 inch dowel so they could be individually moved by kids. Looking back on this project, i would have documented some of the final steps better, as the photos I was hoping to use I can not for legal reasons with working at a children's summer camp.
Above: Rough Cuts of Dragon Heads for She Kills Monsters. Heads were modeled after the DnD dragons, and the styling of each color lines up with each of the chromantic dragons from that lore. General framework, slices were measured and cut with a hot knife, glued together with wood glue, and then carved with hand tools down to a rough shape.
Below: The next step was applying drywall compound to give it texture, to smooth out the corners, and to provide a surface for painting.
Scenic Design for Eurydice. The Concept being, the Pier. The columns that make the living world (SL) are mirrored in the underworld (SR) as if we are seeing both the top and the bottom of the pier.
Above: More detail on barnacles and seaweed. Lighted Orb in use on stage with the umbrella.
Below: Some more images of the globe, rope was tied to emulate a Japanese fishing lantern
Mary Poppin's Umbrella. Carved a parrot shape out of a spare piece of 2X4, painted it in the color scheme of the original parrot, and attached it to the base of an umbrella with a snugly fitted hole filed with super glue.
Reupholstered Chairs Before
Old twead mid century chairs in a cracked ice vinyl
Reupholstered chairs After
Some bunching, especially on the back in the channel, but very content with the result for my first work with vinyl.
Savanarolla Chair Repair
Broken back on antique hand carved throne
Inlay cracked in the separation was glued back into place after clamping
Several small fractures were caused by poorly placed former repair nails, small breaks were allowed to glue up first before total assembly
Glue up went smoothly as the ridges of the chair offered many good holds for clamps. I used hide glue, and remaining gapes were filled with a melting wax stick.
Above: Two Carved Gargoyles for Beauty and the Beast. Hot knife on a foam block, glued to wood so it could be drilled into place. Painted in grey scale to match gargoyles.
Below: Shots from Tech Rehearsal. Both Sides were carved as the set was one large rotating piece
Standing Bar for Art Gallery, made in such a way that the front panels can be removed by pulling the bedspring boards and loosening two screws on one side. This way, artists could tag or paint on the panels and they could be replaced and displayed between showings.
Standing bar, final finish.
Above: Rough Idea Model for 1/2 size foam indy car for local Express Employment branch parade float. For availability and timing reasons, polystyrene sheets were used. Each slice was measured and cut with a hot knife. glued together with the addition of some wooden shards to prevent slipping. Once glued a layer of drywall compound was applied to smooth out imperfections, to round corners, and to provide a layer for painting.
Final Product. The back wheels were attached to drills that were attached to the float floor, and zip tied in the forward position so the back wheels were moving. The float was also lifted in the front to give the illusion that it was "going so fast that it pulled a sick wheelie."
Looking back on the project it would have been good to have a hot wire attachment for my tool to help smooth out the edges between the slices. I also would have made a better jig or a template for the wheels so they were more consistent.
Trick Doll for Cloud Nine
Script called for a head that was cut off and sand to pour out of it. For safety the director changed it to the head being ripped off. Made two dolls, one that was just a normal doll. And a second, that had a PVC pocket on the inside, and a detached head with extra cloth on it.
Preshow, the PVC was filled with sand, and the extra cloth was taped to the dolls body under the clothes.
The actor grabbed the dolls legs and head, pulled apart, and sand poured out. The cross piece over the top was added to elongate the sand pouring time.
Final Look from Blood Wedding . The rose petals were simply bought online, however to get the proper dispersal and timing of the petals we tried a few things. Originally we tried a rotating tube with openings for the petals to come out of, however it ended up that a specific trash can, packed loosely with petals and overturned from the cats by a stagehand provided the most satisfying look.
Above: Initial construction of cart, intended to be reused for multiple different shows. It was designed so that the door panels can switch sides easily, and is sturdy enough for a child actor (or in this case assistant props master) to be wheeled on and off in the cart.
Below: The cart being transformed into Mrs. Cory's Cart for Mary Poppins. Although the front wheels are functional, casters were added to the cart to provide ease of movement since the cast of the show was much younger than initially anticipated.
Looking back I would have painted the word 'conversation' on the front panel as opposed to making separate letters, and added more words across the fronts and sides of it since the end result still seemed a little bare.
Before image on Rolltop desk
Needed repaint, refinish, as well as two missing drawers.
After Image of Rolltop Desk
Redone in light grey with natural wood stain. Two simple drawers were also made.
Chair from the street, water damage and gross peeling vinyl
Light sand, happened to have a matching stain for the water damaged parts. I redid the vinyl with extras from another 70s job.