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March 08, 2011

Skulls and Castles

I've finished two new projects since I last posted.  The first is a wood box purse.  I've made a lot of these for myself and as gifts through the years but I haven't made any for my shop yet.  I love them but there is the drawback of every time I open one to get something out I have to make sure it's lying flat and I don't lose anything.  So I wanted to make one that was fully lined and opened like a traditional purse.  It took me more than a few days (read a week) and two trips to the fabric store before I figured it out.  But now that's it's done I love it!  I will be making some more if not to sell in my shop than definitely to sell at the Bats Day Black Market event.  If you want more information about this event here's a link to their website: Bats Day.  Enough of the chatty chatty, here's some pictures:
My other project is a new shadow box called The Vampire's Castle.  The idea started with a great castle graphic that I got from Altered Artifacts.  I used images from the 1931 Dracula for the vampire and his brides.  I also used a quote from Bram Stoker's Dracula on the back of the shadow box: "...the walls of my castle are broken.  The shadows are many, and the wind breaths through the broken battlements and casements."  This was a fun project and I'm trying to think of some other themes that I can use the castle front with.  I'm thinking dark fairy tale like maybe a gothic sleeping beauty.
This week I'm working on a carnival freak show shadow box.  Stay tuned for the research pictures for that project!

7 comments:

Leila said...
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Illustrated Ink said...

Lovely job lining the skull purse!

The Dracula shadow box is awesome!! I love the old Bela Lugosi Dracula.

I think a gothic sleeping beauty is a great idea! You could do so many pretty things with it...

ALTERED ARTIFACTS said...

This is just beyond words and back again!!! It just doesn't get better than this!!! Just love the spooky characters... you did good girl!

Nacreous Alchemy said...

Thanks Leila, the lining was a chore but I'm glad I finally figured it out. :)

And thank you Inka, I couldn't have made the castle without your great graphics. :)

BlacknickSculpture said...

I love your Dracula shadow box! You perfectly captured the look and atmosphere of those great old Universal horror movies. Great job!

tarayvonne said...

Every time I see your work, I think to myself-you should try miniatures. You have every knack you could possibly need to do them and they are very collectible. I'd love to see you alter a doll (make it spooky) and make a room box! You have such great style.

Nacreous Alchemy said...

Tarayvonne, thanks so much for the compliment. Eventually I may try my hand at the minatures. I love the work. I look at some of those houses and room and am just amazed at the deatail and work that goes into it.

BlacknickScultpure, thanks again and I love those old horror movies they were the best. :)