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Friday, April 11, 2014

Ship Ahoy! - Tutorial & New “The Sea Calls to Me” Collage Sheet

This is the first of multiple nautical and summer themed pieces I have to share with you.  Titled “Ship Ahoy” the overall size of this piece is 5”x 8 ¾”.  It’s unique feature is a ship’s mast with rigging which I think makes a great embellishment for any nautical themed project.  In the tutorial below, I’ll walk you through how to make a mast and how I assembled the piece

Just in time for the summer I have a new nautical themed collage sheet titled “The Sea Calls to Me” which is available at Alpha Stamps.  The sheet is packed with sea faring women and nautical ephemera.

To make the mast and rigging you will need string, a wooden skewer, flat toothpicks, stain or paint and hardware to serve as rigging.
Start by staining or painting the three toothpicks and the wooden skewer.  Cut 6 long pieces of string (better to have extra than too little).  Tie each piece of string to the ends of the toothpicks.  After snipping away the excess sting from the toothpick, add a little dab of glue to the knot to help keep it in place.
Stagger where you tie the string on each skewer.  Note in the picture below that the strings are closer together on the top toothpick then they are on the toothpick below it and so on.
Glue the toothpicks to the wooden skewer using strong glue like E-6000.
The base of the piece is made using a frame from my Antique Frames Digital Image Set.  For support, I backed the frame with lightweight chipboard.  The background is a piece of chipboard covered with decorative paper (front & back).  The size of the background is slightly smaller than the frame.  
To accommodate the string, I added hardware to the bottom corners of the frame.  I selected pieces that I thought looked like rigging but are actually used for making jewelry.  The pieces include lobster claw clasps (3 on each side) attached to a three hole connector (from my stash) using jump rings.  
The combination of clasps and a connector is attached to the frame with a brad.
The frame is attached to the background using double stick foam core tape.  This pops up the frame adding depth and also creates space for the mast.  The mast is glued into place behind the frame and in front of the background.  I waited until this step to trim the end of the skewer thereby insuring that it was long enough.
Next, thread the string through the clasps.
The ends of the tread are attached on the back of the piece.  
The strings on the right side of the frame are wrapped around a handle before attaching it to the back.
I used tape to hold the string in place while adjusting it on the front.  Once you are satisfied with the placement of the string, glue it in place on the back, trim the excess and cover the ends with more decorative paper.
I further embellished the piece with a woman, anchor, ship’s wheel and flags from the “The Sea Calls to Me collage sheet.  The final touch is 3 brass seagulls.
Alpha Stamps Supplies Used in this Project
Brass Seagulls - Used 3
Junkyard Findings – Handles & Turns – Used for the rigging
Raw Brass Box Feet-Used at the top of the mast


claude said...

très bel ensemble

bobbie said...

Fantastic! I love how you used the jewelry bits for rigging!!

johala said...

Hi Laura!
This frame is SUPERBE! I love it!
Hugs and kisses

Karen Mallory said...

Another stunning project Laura!
hugs Karen

Vintagelady said...

Gorgeous, I love the sea feeling, it can be a dream from the next holidays. Thanks so much for the
detailed description!! Realy inspired!! Hugs, Kerstin

Birgit said...

One word, Laura -- WOW! :)

Happy creating,

Coco said...

Wow, a new fabulous make Laura, yippee!!! :) Thanks for sharing, I love how you did the mask it's amazing!! Superb seaside creation! Hugs Coco xxx

Jeanne Draachreider said...

I LOVE this Laura. It's one of my favorites. Definitely making this one too!

Theresa said...

wow. This is really something. You are SO talented! I love this and nautical is not usually my "thing". I just love this....