Friday, November 28, 2014

Ned Kelly Model

Creating a model of NED KELLY's Armour
I researched on the internet to find a picture of Ned Kelly's armour and I was unable to find a template that I could print.
So using the a picture as a guide I created my own template.

As the picture is 2D I added extra to the width of each piece to allow for the sides that wrap around the body.

Next I gathered up the supplies.


  • Armature wire
  • Thin wire
  • Tin Snips
  •  Hammer
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Ruler
  • Template
  • Pictures
  • Spray paint (red/rust and black)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Nail Punches
  • Marker texta
  • Block of wood with a hole to put wire  into
  • Aluminium flashing (used for roofing / guttering)
Now I was ready to begin.

1.  Using the template draw around the pieces on the flashing and cut them out using tin snips.

2.  Put a fold in the middle of the front plate and the breast plate so that it looks like the Armour has been joined.  It is easier to do this using a ruler to create a fold line.

3.  Put the Holes into the Armour for wiring (as in the picture).   Originally it would have been leather straps but wire is easier.  A nail punch can help with these.  Square up the hole with the tip of a pair of small scissors.

4.  Use the nail punches to mimic where the bolts would have been.  To keep it curved you can curve it around a can or a rolling pin.

5.  Create a cross with armature wire and place into wooden block ready to hang the Armour on.

6.  Now start wiring it together using thin wire and pliers.  Once you are happy with the placement start work on the helmet.  I used 2 pieces of flashing to create this.  I joined the pieces together using hot glue and then mimicked the bolts using the nail punch again.  Excess wire can be removed with pliers.  I curved the armature wire to add the shoulder plates to rather than worrying about wiring them to the Armour separately.

7.  Now it's time for the spray paint.  I used a metal paint in rust/red colour for the first layer and then did a layer of black (not completely covering the red) in a plain enamel whilst the first layer was still wet.  This gave it the steel, rust, old look that I was after!

When I compared the original armour to my model I was pleasantly pleased with the results.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Mixed Media Canvas City Scape

Logsy's City Scape Mixed Media

My son is almost 6 now and he loved making this one.

What you will need:

1 x Canvas
Gesso or white paint
Other coloured paint of your choosing
Ink Pad
Pastel Black Pencil
Stencils (or whatever you want to use to add texture)
Old book (mine was from the op shop with yellowing pages)
PVA or Gel Medium
Baby wipes or wet cloth
Card Stock


1.  Rip some pages out of a book and glue all over the canvas.  It doesn't matter if it's completely covered or if there are a few gaps between pieces.

2.  Cover with a light layer of Gesso or white paint.  Rub some off until you like the way it looks.  Now add some other paint colour(s) doing the same thing until you like the way it looks.  We used fingers to add it in small circular motions and then used a baby wipe to remove the excess.

3.  Add some different elements such as stamping on the background with ink and stencils or similar with different patterns.

4.  Now cut or rip some city / house building shapes including windows and doors using card stock.  Rub the edges of each item through the ink pad to add some black to all edges.  Glue the items onto the canvas in a pattern that suits you.  Cut out other things to add to you picture such as a sun or clouds, birds etc.  If you want to add some more black go around the edge with a black pastel pencil and rub the edges for a bit of a "smudged" "shaded" effect once glued and dried.

5.  Finally cover with a layer of PVA, Mod Podge, Polymer varnish, Gel medium or whatever to seal it.  

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did :)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Recycling Cd's

This is the first time I have posted using an iPad so we will see how it goes :)

The kids and I had some great fun on the weekend decorating some cd's for a school art project.  They turned out really great and really the photos don't do them justice.  It's been a while since I shared so I thought this was a good one to break the drought........

So how were they done?......


Cd's different colours
Sandwich toaster or oven
Aluminium foil
Tea towel
Sharpie permanent markers
Hot glue gun
PVA glue
Scatters, glitters, buttons etc
Optional: mod podge


1.  Colour on the shiny side of the cd with sharpies in any pattern.  (For the flower we just used the cd's as they were, no colour added)

2.   Turn on sandwich toaster and put cd on wire rack (use aluminium foil underneath cd to prevent it melting over rungs...unless you want that look).  Mine doesn't have a temperature control, just a bake option so if using an oven I guess you would turn it up quite high).  Keep an eye on it.  It only takes a few minutes until they start warping and this is when you can mould them into shapes if you want to but be careful they are HOT.  Use tongs and a tea towel.  On the flatter cd's we used some glitter during the melting process.  If you do this watch CLOSELY.  The glitter can burn quickly.  You just want the colour of the texta to be absorbed slightly and the glitter to melt a little.

3.  You can use a bottle, bowl or jar to place underneath the cd to use as a mould and create the shape you want but work fast.  They re harden quickly!

4.  Once cooked and shaped you can decorate.  We just used PVA and stuck on the scatters etc.  You can finish it by adding a layer of clear drying PVA over the complete surface or a layer of mod podge.

5.  Hot glue on wire for stem if making the flower.  I coloured the wire in with a Sharpie.  I used another Cd to cut out the leaf shape.  Keep in mind a Cd is easier to cut when it's still pliable from the oven.

I hope you enjoyed this one.  I know we did! :)