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Handmade Butterfly Box

Butterfly box designed and hand made by Snazzie Designz.

This is a one-off custom made butterfly box which was made for the Summer Craft Competition promoting collaboration between stock photographers and craft makers on deviantArt.

Butterfly box designed and handmade by snazzie designz

I really loved the idea of this project, and the promotion of photographers and crafts people working together to create something altogether new. I also love to collaborate with other inspiring people. So this box was inspired by the wonderful monarch butterfly stock photo by Egil21 on deviantArt.

The box and lid were cut in four layers with a scroll/fret saw to a pattern that I made from tracing the photo. I then wood burned the wing pattern on both sides of the lid because monarch butterfly wings are patterned similarly on the underside. I then added colour and finish to it.

Butterfly box designed and handmade by snazzie designz - Work in progress Butterfly box designed and handmade by snazzie designz - Work in progress
Butterfly box designed and handmade by snazzie designz - Work in progress Butterfly box designed and handmade by snazzie designz - Work in progress

Butterfly box designed and handmade by snazzie designz - Work in progress

I then cut out the middle body part (which I’m sure someone will tell me the scientific name for) and added antennae made from copper wire and beads spray painted dark brown. It sits on a layer of felt which is the fluffy hair on the butterfly, but it doesn’t come out too well in the photo.

Butterfly box designed and handmade by snazzie designz - Work in progress

Butterfly box designed and handmade by snazzie designz - Work in progress

The wings of the butterfly act as the lids of the box and open up to reveal the contents within. It went against my nature to then have to cut its wings off, but of course I would be re-attaching them via small hinges so that they would rise up and down like butterfly wings, and act as the opening lids of the box.

Butterfly box designed and handmade by snazzie designz - Work in progress

Butterfly box designed and handmade by snazzie designz - Work in progress

The box is lined with felt in the same pattern as the wings, which meant painstakingly cutting out tiny pieces of felt and trying not to glue them to my fingers instead of the box bottom! Never again!!!! 😀

Butterfly box designed and handmade by snazzie designz - Work in progress

Oddly the hardest part of this entire project was painting the base of the box. I nearly threw it out the window on several occasions. At first I couldn’t get an even coat, so I put an acrylic base on it as a primer. This was a disaster, and the acrylic started to peel off. So I sanded it all back and started all over again. This time I used a proper oil-based primer, but it didn’t cure properly and after several attempts to patch it up I ended up sanding the whole thing off again and starting all over.

Butterfly box designed and handmade by snazzie designz - Work in progress

Finally after some online research I discovered that particular raw woods such as pine are notoriously difficult to get an even coat of spray paint on. Also I discovered that you can get a spray primer which I got and hey presto! It filled in tiny holes in the grain, and provided a sooth and solid foundation for the spray paint. I decided to use a textured spray paint on the base just to tone it down and blend into the background more because I want the butterfly to stand out.

Butterfly box designed and handmade by snazzie designz - Work in progress

Butterfly box designed and handmade by snazzie designz - Work in progress

Handmade Chequering Tools Box

Chequering Toolbox with Dragon Pyrograph Decoration.

Chequering Tool Box

I bought some chequering tools which came in an awful cardboard box which looked awful. So Aldwarke very kindly and most expertly made me a wooden tool box for them. As you can see below it took some precision measurements and cutting to get the hollows the exact size for the tools.

Chequering Tool Box Chequering Tool Box

Chequering Tool Box

Chequering Tool Box

Chequering Tool Box Chequering Tool Box

So when I got hold of this beautiful box I obviously wanted to decorate it with something that would do justice to the wonderful craftsmanship that went into the box itself.

Chequering Tool Box

Initially I had planned to decorate the box with hand cut and carved swamp dragons based on the marvellous Paul Kidby illustrations of swamp dragons for the Terry Pratchett Discworld series. However they were too bright and orange to match the more golden wood finish of the box so I cancelled that idea and tried some hand cut and burned traditional Chinese twin dragons

Chequering Tool Box

The Chinese twin dragons were too small and detailed to work well on the box lid. so I decided to cancel that idea too and instead go for one bigger Chinese dragon in gold which would match the colour of the golden wood finish on the box.

Chequering Tool Box

WellSnazzie Collaborations Logo by snazzie-designz

For a full list of all of the WellSnazzie Collaborations please click here.

To see more of Harry’s remarkable craft work check out his gallery on deviantart here.

Handmade Case Bound Essential Oils Journal

This is a completely one-off A5 Essential Oils journal case bound with hand marbled end papers, and with six oil blend recipe cards for quick reference.

Handmade Case Bound Essential Oils Book Journal by Snazzie Designz

Every page is fully illustrated and lined and the page edges have a decorative wave-cut edge to them.

Handmade Case Bound Essential Oils Book Journal by Snazzie Designz

Handmade Case Bound Essential Oils Book Journal by Snazzie Designz

Handmade Case Bound Essential Oils Book Recipe Cards by Snazzie Designz

Hand marbled end papers>

Handmade Case Bound Essential Oils Book Journal End paper by Snazzie Designz

Handmade Case Bound Essential Oils Book Journal Background by Snazzie Designz

Potion Bottle Design

Handmade Case Bound Essential Oils Book Journal Inside Page Design by Snazzie Designz

Coptic Bound Wind in the Willows Journal

Coptic Bound A5 Journal Inspired by “The Wind and the Willows”

Coptic Bound Wind in the Willows A5 Journal

Coptic Bound Wind in the Willows A5 Journal

Handmade, and hand sewn and bound A5 Journal with pyrographed (wood burned) covers inspired by the book “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Graham.

Coptic Bound Wind in the Willows A5 Journal Coptic Bound Wind in the Willows A5 Journal

The back cover wood burning is based on a map drawn by Kenneth Graham and the front cover is based on the sublime artwork of Inga Moore who exquisitely illustrated “the Wind in the Willows”.

Coptic Bound Wind in the Willows A5 Journal

Coptic Bound Wind in the Willows A5 Journal

Coptic Bound Isle of Skye Handmade Journals

This is a pair of hand made hand bound (sewn) Isle of Skye inspired A5 journals with wooden covers and pyrographed(wood burned) artwork on the covers.

Coptic Bound Isle of Skye Loch Fada A5 Journal

Coptic Bound Isle of Skye Loch Fada A5 Journal

This is what the cover looked like with the pyrography (wood burning) complete before the colour was added.

Coptic Bound Isle of Skye Loch Fada A5 Journal

The first journal is inspired by a photo of Loch Fada on the Isle of Skye taken by the wonderful photographer Lawrence Cornell

If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing his photos before I urge you to visit his gallerywhich is a treasure trove of breath-taking scenery and other gems.

The second journal is decorated with an olde map of the “Isle of Skie” as described in the “The Western Islands Of Scotland” 2nd Edition from 1716 an excerpt of which has been photographed by Lawrence Cornell.

Coptic Bound Isle of Skye Map A5 Journal

Coptic Bound Isle of Skye Map A5 Journal

The title and placenames using the Old English archaic long “s” “ſ” which looks like a letter “f” with no cross bar. I had to study carefully a very complex list of rules as to where and when the “long s” ſ should and should not be used. I should say “rules” loosely because even amongst printing houses of the 1700s and 1800s they all seem to have had their own rules to follow, which were only just shy of including things such as “except on a Tuesday if it’s been raining”.

Coptic Bound Isle of Skye Map A5 Journal

This fascinating article on the long s is a wonderful and informative read: http://babelstone.blogspot.com/2006/06/rules-for-long-s.html

Aslan Box

Aslan Pyrograph

Aslan Box Pyrograph

I was very lucky to get my hands on this beautiful handmade box by Harry Wells. The edges of the lid are hand scalloped with a chisel to reveal a beautiful striped pattern from the ply layers. It reminded me of bite marks, which inspired me to use a lion for the lid decoration.

I’ve always loved the poster for “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” film and I thought it would be perfect for the lid. Also the scalloped edges look like rays of light coming out of Aslan so they seem doubly fitting.

This was also my first time experimenting with blending bottled inks on wood. If the blending is done properly the ink allows for seamless blending as you can see with the background which goes from dark navy, to blue to aquamarine to amber. Unlike paint which masks the wood, hides the grain and hides the burn lines, ink soaks into the wood, enhances the grain and allows the burned shading to come through.

The lid with the wood burning done, before the colour was added.

 

Aslan Pyrography Monochrome

WellSnazzie Collaborations Logo by snazzie-designz

For a full list of all of the WellSnazzie Collaborations please click here.

To see more of Harry’s remarkable craft work check out his gallery on deviantart here.

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Handmade Violin Coffee Table

Handmade Violin Shaped Coffee Table by Snazzie Designz

This table is of my own design. I purposefully designed the neck of the violin to bend downwards over the edge of the table in a melted fashion reminiscent of a Dali painting so that it wouldn’t stick out and catch in people walking by. The strings and f-curls are burned into the wood. The table is made from sapele wood and it shines like copper in the sunlight.

Violin Coffee Table

Violin Coffee Table

Violin Coffee Table

Handmade Koi Coffee Table

Koi Coffee Table

Koi Coffee Table

This is a handmade wooden coffee table with hand carved and pyrographed (wood burned) koi fish in multiple layers “swimming” in the table. (The legs are shop bought additions.)

Koi Coffee Table

It started off as a raw tree slice.

Koi Coffee Table

I had to make a router jig to cut a hole in the wood for the fish bowl.

Koi Coffee Table

Koi Coffee Table

Once the hole was routed, I poured the base layer of epoxy resin with blue glow in the dark pigment which goes right through the cracks in the wood down to the bottom. It was my first time working with resin so it was a learning process. I initially sealed the cracks with duct tape but it went terribly wrong. The resin leaked all over the place and made an awful mess, not to mention wasting a lot of resin. :( I had to redo the resin pour, this the second time using brown packaging tape which worked much better.

Koi Coffee Table

Koi Coffee Table

I hand carved and burned several koi fish. Some are made of veneer as they were flat for the bottom layer. Again part of the learning curve of working with resin, I didn’t glue down the fish and they started floating to the top!!! Not good for real or wooden fish! So wood floats in resin. In subsequent layers I remembered to glue down the fish. :)

Koi Coffee Table

Koi Coffee Table

Koi Coffee Table

Koi Coffee Table

After the first layer of resin was sanded down I added in stones, glass beads, coins and several of the hand carved and pyrographed (wood burned) koi. The koi were added in layers with multiple pours of resin in between so that they are suspended, and layered over each other. Each layer of resin takes 24hours to cure fully, so it was a long process.

Koi Coffee Table

Koi Coffee Table

Koi Coffee Table

Koi Coffee Table

Koi Coffee Table

Koi Coffee Table

Koi Coffee Table

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Handmade Clay Leaf Bowls

These are hand made and hand painted bowls made from paper clay.

My first clay leaf bowl was a small bowl (about 15cm diameter) inspired by a blackcurrant bush in the back garden.

Clay Leaf Bowl by snazzie designz

Clay Leaf Bowl by snazzie designz Clay Leaf Bowl by snazzie designz

Family Clay Leaf Bowl

This inspired me to make a bigger one suitable as a fruit bowl. The key thing about this bowl is that EACH MEMBER OF THE FAMILY MADE A LEAF for this bowl. I then made them into the bowl shape and hand painted them in autumnal colours.

Family Clay Leaf Bowl by snazzie designz

Family Clay Leaf Bowl by snazzie designz

Family Clay Leaf Bowl by snazzie designz

Family Clay Leaf Bowl by snazzie designz

Family Clay Leaf Bowl by snazzie designz

Family Clay Leaf Bowl by snazzie designz

Family Clay Leaf Bowl by snazzie designz

Handmade Yin-Yang Box

Handmade Yin-Yang Box

This is a wedding ring box of my own design inspired by the ancient Yin Yang symbol representing perfect harmonious balance between male and female, and it was handmade by me from start to finish.

Handmade Yin-Yang Box work In Progress

The main part of the box is made of solid oak.

The Yin wood was an off-cut piece of Ipé wood which is rock solid and almost impossible to cut or drill. It took a lot of very slow and patient cutting on my scroll saw to cut it out.

The Yang wood is pine and was much easier to work with, but I was not careful about placing the design on the wood the first time around and the grain of the wood was cutting across the very narrow tail end of the shape. It snapped off when I went to sand it. So I had to re-make the Yang piece this time I placed the shape over the wood so that the grain curves around the tail end of the piece (as circled above) making it nice and strong.