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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Not Bad for a First Try....

OK....I took the canvas off of the bottle and dome. I decided to work on the one on the bottle first. Work a little. Learn a little.....

The shape turned out just like I expected it to. I have done lots of chairs out of the canvas before, so I knew what to expect. I have never attempted a modern chair with it before though.

After I got it off of the bottle, I noticed that the grain of the fabric was not completely straight. Probably nobody else would notice, but I do.

I also noticed that the seat needs to be longer from front to back. It's not bad, but would be very uncomfortable if I had to sit in it.

I took a piece of wire and ran it around the edge, gluing and wrapping with the canvas as I went. Trusty Fast Grab worked well.

When this was dry, It allowed me to bend out the arms and shape the back.

I then took it outside and sprayed it black with a couple of coats.

What to do for legs? I took four pieces of black annealed steel wire and folded them all into narrow Vs and bent the ends to a 90° angle. Then I glued these to a piece of cardboard at each corner.

I glued another piece of black cardboard over the top and clamped it in place to dry.




This whole thing was glued to the bottom when it was dry.
I cut out a piece of cardboard the shape of the seat, padded it and covered it with fabric.
Before it was even dry, Tessie descended and zapped it away. It is now in the living room of the townhouse.

It's not bad for a first try. I think I have worked out all of the kinks now.
I will be spending the rest of the day doing the old, "Try, Try Again" thing.

I think that this has definite possibilities....All I have to do is find bottles, jars and whatever else comes in the right shape for what I want to do.

As I said.....Not bad for a first try.....Oh and there is an added advantage. Since there is a newer chair for Tessie to linger over, Zar is able to sit on the orange lounge without fear of being turned into a warty toad or a sock monkey...

See you tomorrow.

20 comments:

Pan said...

Very interesting to see how you achieved this. I think the result is a lovely chair.

MiniKat said...

Very cool! Which bottle did you have that one formed on?

I was pondering the mesh chairs last night and wondered if you had considered crocheting with fine wire?

Norma said...

This is AWESOME Casey!

rosanna said...

You are incredible. You see possibilities out of everything! Again,it's incredible! Rosanna

Caseymini said...

Kat, that chair was on the Listerine bottle.

No, I didn't consider wire because after It is finished it is not rigid. With the canvas and hairspray and paint method the finished product is quite hard. A am going to do further experimenting. I didn't like the Penelope canvas and the mono 18 is really to fine for the look I want. I need to dig up some 14 to 10 to the inch.

Daydreamer said...

Casey, as usual you are amazing! That is your FIRST try! It is fantastic!

Mini Me said...

I love it! It looks very professional!

Caseymini said...

Not my first try at canvas based chairs! Just my first try at this particular style. I have been making chairs from different types of canvas for many years. They have been much more traditional until now.

Katie said...

OK...I'l bite, I dont get it!! How did you get that amazing little chair from wrapping canvas around a listerine bottle? The form is really neat! Love that little pad you put in there! :)

Kathi said...

Cool chair. I don't understand how you put the wire around the edges and kept it looking so neat?
You should open a mini-modern furniture shop!

Lainie's Little Things said...

Very wonderful and modern! Thanks for another great tutorial! I love it as much as Tessie!
Hugs,
Lainie
P.S. Don't tell her! I don't want to become the next sock monkey!

Caseymini said...

OK gang. I started another one and will take better photos. It looks like full tutorial time.

April said...

That is a cool chair! I am envious!

miniacollection said...

I love your chair.
Geneviève

Josje said...

Great chair and an interesting process!

Lyssa and James Bowen said...

Casey, this really is a fabulous chair! I am glad you are going to do a tutorial. I would love to have some of my own!

That Tessie sure is sassy. Zar didn't try to get near the new chair?

Chris P's Minis and More said...

This is wonderful and inspiring good job!! Thanks for showing us how to!!

Poff said...

Like it a lot! :D

Clara said...

Es un primer intento perfecto. Me encanta.
Besos Clara

Sans! said...

Not bad??? It's just blinking brilliant, Casey! I love it!