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Monday, August 27, 2012

We're Off To See The Wizard

I did not add these photos in any particular order.  I just copied them out of the file I had them in and I will explain each one as I come up to them.  The first photo is of the side of the shoe showing you the lion in the shoe. Next to the lion are a couple of lolly pops. Under the shoe is the feet and legs of the Wicked Witch of the East and a few apples on the Yellow Brick Road.

The second photo is showing you a close up of the star want that Glenda the Good Witch had.  There's a few apples on this side of the shoe. You can see the road is doing the spiral twist thing.  That was very hard for me to do here.  I probably should have done the spiral smaller and there would have been more showing.  But you get the idea with out more spirals anyway.  And in this photo is my favorite part of the whole things, the melted witch.  I TOTALLY enjoyed making it too!  The broom was very fun to make. I took a tiny sprig off our honeysuckle bush and tied some dried "something" to it. I had a decorative broom that I bought years ago and I keep cutting pieces off it for crafting. It has come in very handy and I will miss it when it's all chopped up!  I tied the bristles on using brown thread.  Then I trimmed them and lastly I burned them.  Did that ever stink but the effect is what I was going for.  I HAD to burn the broom.  When the witch was melted her broom had been burnt so I had to stick with the story!  

The third photo is more of an overview.  The hot air balloon was made using a Styrofoam ball and some paper clay.  There are 4 pieces of wire going from the tea light to the balloon.  The balloon piece is not attached to the shoe.  It couldn't be because I needed it to come out to turn the light on and off.  I just tilt it forward a bit to take it out and put it back in place.  It's really hard to see here but behind the characters I put in quite a few poppies.  

I forgot to tell you, the shoe was a white child's shoe I had gotten at the Goodwill.  I removed the strap that went across the sides.  I sprayed the shoe red.  That was a nightmare.  I sprayed it a month back when it was SO humid.  I had sprayed it in the garage and left it there all night.  I should have just sprayed it and brought it back in the house.  So when I did bring it in it was sticky.  3 days later it was still sticky.  I found some stuff in the linen closet that is suppose to make your nail polish dry faster so I put that on it and it wasn't sticky anymore but it did need a second coat.  I sprayed it again and immediately brought it indoors.  It got sticky again so I had to put more of that polish on it.  When that was all set I took some Crystal Lacquer (Crystal 

Effects works too) and covered the shoe. I immediately sprinkled it with the red glitter.  While that was drying I took some Real Red grosgrain ribbon and made the bow.  I covered it with the lacquer and sprinkled it with glitter.  Once that was dry I glued it in place on the top of the shoe.  Now I know the real Ruby Slippers had sequins on them but there was no way I was going to do that!  I did add one final coat of lacquer to the top of the shoe and bow so the glitter would stay in place.  Oh and the base of this is made using 6 CD's. I added 1/4" grosgrain ribbon and added the glitter like I did for the bow.  Yup, that simple to cover the edges of those CD's!

The final photo shows the Tin Man with his axe.  For a fun little touch (that my neighbor suggested) I added a tiny crow on a wire behind the scarecrow.  You can see it better in the last photo.  I did not take her advice about adding Toto.  I just didn't have it in me.  I have never been able to sculpt animals so there was no way I was even going to try. But I've got most of the "things" represented.  The Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, the apples from the tree fight, the Ruby Slipper that Dorthy wore, the bad witches and even the wand from the good witch.  The lollipops and the poppies along with the hot air balloon. And of course the Yellow Brick Road!!  Monkeys would have been fun but I was limited with space and talent!  

So there you have it.  This is going to be ending up in the hands of a very special friend of mine!  I doubt she reads my blog but I know Mary is going to be very surprised to get this.  She LOVES the Wizard of Oz.  She is such a nice gal with a SUPER sense of humor and I am going to enjoy giving this to her. Oh and Mary, if you do read my blog you just ruined the surprise!!! LOL

So now it's back to cards and paper crafting!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,


lisa808 said...

OMGosh--this is unbelieveable! What an awesome project and gift!

Joyce said...

I love the Wizard of Oz! This is incredible! Fabulous work!!

Stampin Deva said...

This is so awesome. Mary is one very lucky woman to have a friend like you!!

Even though I thoroughly enjoy your cards and paper crafts I love it when you mix it up a little, TFS.