The Haunted Lamp

Conjuring the Glitter Storm….


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Curiosity Critter Cabinet

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I gave myself six months to get settled in after my move, but it may take a little longer…. I have recently unpacked and gathered together most of my little vintage and antique toys/figures into one cabinet. They aren’t entirely set up, but the cabinet is coming together. There are lots of animals and figures in a constantly changing collection. They span several decades and are in a range of conditions. Some will eventually end up in my quirky projects.

My favorite little friends are probably the vintage composition animals from the 30’s to 50’s but I also have lead, chalkware, wood, porcelain, cotton, and some plastic (although most of my celluloid is a little out of scale so it is on a different shelf.)  Most were intended as toys, but there are also decorative figures, cake or holiday decorations, advertising pieces and random other things. I keep them grouped by subject for easy reference, but occasionally they like to escape their expected location for displays or photo ops….

Farmers and a scarecrow

Farmers and a scarecrow

Giraffe, yawning hippos, and lions

Giraffe, yawning hippos, and lions

Bears

Bears

Bunnies

Bunnies

Men....there are almost as many as there are......

Men….there are almost as many as there are……

......dogs. Lots and lots of canines.

……dogs. Lots and lots of canines.

Birds. (Note the birds wearing fez hats!)

Birds. (Note the birds wearing fez hats!)

Deer. (Although some deer and polar bears are with Christmas decorations.)

Deer. (Although some deer and polar bears are with Christmas decorations.)


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Happy New Year!

 

 

(I am marching like this at this very moment!)

(I am marching like this at this very moment!)

This giant, vintage card/centerpiece sums up my excitement for the new year! I am marching into January with some big plans and goals. (Just picture a slightly older/chubbier guy with a goatee in the same pose.) I am grateful for the support I have had this year in my ever-expanding endeavors, and I hope to bring a little more glitter into a few more lives this year.

xo

(P.S. Giant card available on Etsy.)


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Pinky the Deer gets a Makeover

Pinky before

Pinky before


+This is Pinky.

+This is her story….

+I believe she is a late 50’s store display made in Japan. She was an Ebay bargain, but in very rough shape when I found her. I could tell she had potential, but it was going to be a project.

+I generally don’t believe in “restoring” vintage or antique pieces, but Pinky had very little going for her at this point. The legs were cracked and the arm was completely broken off. Her antlers were damaged and partially missing. The paint and glitter finish was dirty and flaking off the composition body. Her accessories (the bottle brush wreaths and tiny glass beads) were faded, worn, and coming off.

Pinky in process

Pinky in process

+As I began taking off the all the loose pieces,damaged parts and flaking finish, I realized the broken arm was meant to be “up”, the eyes (one of which was loose) had been glued above the indentations where they were meant to be, the antlers were real branches (albeit poorly glued in with lumpy paper mache on the head), and the wreaths and beads were probably red and pink at one time.

+I glued and filled the structure, found suitable branches for the antlers and mixed a paint that matched the original perfectly. I also found the same vintage, Japanese bottle brush wreaths and small bead trim in better condition. It helps that I have a fairly extensive (translation: obsessively-hoarded) collection of old craft supplies.

+The greatest challenge was actually matching the beautiful snowy effect of the original coarse, flake, glass glitter. I found a modern flake glitter (from Japan as well,) but after testing it I realized it was a good size for the reflection I desired but was too “thin” and lacked the texture I needed. I finally settled on a blend of mostly the flake glitter with some very coarse German glass glitter mixed in. It gave the right “grit” to the finish and seemed to “lift” the flatter flakes off the surface. It sparkled in the same, magical way I could see the original once did.

+(Have you noticed I take my glittering very seriously?)

+Finally, I thought the single loose wreath may have been in her upper hand originally, but I decided vintage, pink, mercury glass garland and an old teardrop shaped ornament (both 50’s period Japan production as well) captured the spirit of the pose much better.
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