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Time to Stretch and Grow

October 30, 2014

fairy wheel1

Yesterday Maxine and I took the wolf and raven wheel to Kent for its trip up to Anchorage by barge.  Parting with a special piece of my life is always hard, but it will find a good home with Cathy, I’m certain.  While it was in the testing stages I started a new project and these photos will give you a glimpse into a different spinner’s dream.  She love fairies and dragons and this wheel will be inhabited by both, I’m hoping.  I’ve never crafted a fairy before and it will be quite a project.  I decided to build the fairy’s house first.  It fits snugly onto the lower frame between the treadles but is easily removable.  There are three little LED lights at play here – one under the porch canopy and two will be affixed in final position after the fairy takes up residence.

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The house itself springs from an object my wife found at a yard sale weeks ago.  It is a brass cuff and when I saw it I immediately saw its potential for the roof on the little cottage.  I pried it open to the right degree and built the house under it.  The canopy is designed to look like a flower blossom.  The windows are stained glass.  The door is not made yet as my craftiness has not kept up with my ideas.  I also accidentally found a small bag of brass decorative tacks.  They surface in my shop every few years and then go back into hibernation.  This time I was ready!  There are four caps around each window and more on the back of the house.  Behind the house closer to the big wheels is a small shed addition.  This houses the switch and battery and who knows what else.  So far I am really pleased with the progress. When my older daughter Rebekah saw it she told me that this is just the kind of thing she would love to have had as a little girl.  She and her brother would have put little Lego people in there!

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One Comment
  1. Very fantasytastic!

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