'Do You Know The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe?" "Well Yes I Do!"

4 Materials
6 Days
  • I get all sorts of requests but this one peaked my interest.
  • I was contacted by someone in Norway to make a jewelry box armoire to look like the one in the books.
  • I love the Narnia Chronicles and a challenge.
  • The customer had very specific ideas but first I had to find the perfect wardrobe to work on.

  • I trudged around my favourite Goodwill stores, you can pick up old jewelry boxes for just a few dollars.
  • This one had a great shape and with a little imagination I Knew this could work
  • Using Photoshop I set to work to plan my design.
  • I love having artistic freedom and it seemed like my customer and I were on the same track
  • I knew I wanted to create a woodland scene with lots of texture

  • The ring drawer was not what my customer wanted.
  • It was deconstructed and a new drawer made
  • I took out the mesh on the doors and cleaned the old box ready for its makeover
  • It was decided down the line to remove the right hand door so you could see inside
  • Using Durhams Wood Putty I created a woodland scene with stencils and a palette knife. I love this product as you make what you need by mixing water into a powder. It dries fast so you have to be quick!
  • Once the putty was dry I painted the whole box with Copper Pearl Effects paint by General Finishes
  • The following day I used Van Dyke Brown Glaze also by General Finishes to age the paint
Inside image
  • The inside was given a complete makeover, I used Lamp Black milk paint from General Finishes and Copper Pearl Effects paint through a stencil.
  • A snowy scene was created with white velvet.
  • The top was also given the same treatment.
  • I designed the feet and printed them on a 3D printer. Now that is magic!
  • The beautiful finished wardrobe.
  • I was actually quite sad to part with it!
  • And at night it glows.
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  • Here is the finished Wardrobe with the snowy scene.
  • I am thrilled to tell you that my customer was over the moon with her new treasure.
  • An heirloom in the family
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  • Ashley Ashley on Jan 10, 2020

    Could the type of legs you printed be bought online, or in store? If not I'm curious what 3D printer you use...?

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  • Mary McDonald Mary McDonald on Jan 05, 2020

    You just broke the DIY internet. I am stunned by its beauty! You are an amazing artist, with awesome vision! Your woodland scene in putty is like a handcarved antique!

  • Ashley Ashley on Jan 10, 2020

    This is seriously inspired...I wonder if air dry clay could be used, or even a glue gun, to achieve a similar effect...🤔

    • Hi Ashley. I thought about that but I think it is hard to control hot glue, air dry clay would work I think but you would have to make the design off the surface and then stick it on.