Sometimes you just need to emphasize the obvious. Sometimes I think I'd be happiest making props all day long if I could make a living at it. Then again, I also love art directing... and make-up... and design... sigh. Does a person ever really know what they will be when they grow up?
Back to props. I recently decided that I needed to make antler angel wings, kind of an Artemis hunter-goddess thing, I guess.
I found some antlers on my favourite prop source of all time, Craigslist, and Fred and I made the journey to Langley to get them. As it turns out there were several sets, so I picked through the choices, weighed and squinted, until I was satisfied I had selected the "ultimate" rack. Larry, the antler source, told us they're whitetail (lighter colour, denser/heavier material) and that he'd acquired them from an estate sale of some old fellow who had them in a shed. So, they're vintage, which is even better! :)
|Value Village was the first stop to find a matching pair of |
genuine leather belts to construct the harness.
|An internet search recommended Barge contact cement for leather to |
leather, so a second trip to the stores for that, plus some leather laces.
|Every good project involves chocolate and cappuccinos.|
|I glued the cut pieces of leather together and Fred helped me |
clamp them to set overnight for maximum hold.
|After scraping the dried icky bits and cleaning, then oiling the |
antlers, I took a rasp file to them to flatten the back and remove
any sharp parts that might be felt through the leather.
|The glued harness as it appeared once I removed the clamps... |
sadly the glue was still gooey, so I needed to rivet the straps.
|Fortunately, Fred had the tools handy for me to drill holes and |
rivet the harness. I also drilled holes for strapping on the antlers.
|Here is the riveted harness with antlers strapped on.|
|And the final antler wing harness after I painted on some |
"antiquing" white paint to blend better with the antler colour.
|Fitting the harness to Kristy before doing the hair and make-up.|