My first commission as a fine woodworker… This one was requested by my 3 year old for her birthday as her doll needed a proper place to sleep apparently. I had made her a cardboard crib back in Paris, but … Continue reading →
52 Create, my weekly creative output for 2011. Continuing along with my “Craftvent” calendar for my 2 year old daughter. Simply put, it’s an advent calendar filled with crafts, all home made, many will be joint projects so she gets some fun of making stuff as well.
Day 16 – At daycare, my daughter has her “little babies”. They are three little dolls that she likes to carry around all day long. It’s pretty tragic each day when it comes time for her to say goodbye to them. So today after we got home I decided to make her two of her own little babies. I suggested one be a boy, the other a girl, she freaked out and said “NO, I want babies”, so apparently they are hermaphrodites… She also wasn’t too pleased that the craft took more than 10 seconds for me to create two babies for her, but in the end she did have fun playing with them.
Oh boy, I’ve had the idea for this one for months now. When I first dreamt it up, I had no workshop/tools, but little did I know how much trouble this little beauty was going to cause me!!! For those of you just joining in, this is week 3 in my 52 Create where I create 52 projects over 52 weeks.
First, let me tell you, wheels are not easy to come by. When I was a kid, my dad and I built a soap box car. We went to our local Canadian Tire and picked up some cheap wheels and by the end of the day I was ripping down the hill behind the Parliament buildings. Fast forward 20 years and things are no longer so simple. After visiting several stores, the best I could do were some snow blower wheels which were too heavy, and $10/wheel!!!! You can buy a toy stroller in Paris for $7. I should have bought one before we left and just ripped the wheels off… Anyways, after some ebay searching I ended up ordering 4 scooter wheels from the states. Total cost was $25 including shipping which still seems like a lot for what they are being used for, but in the end I’m happy how they turned out. My daughter loves strollers and at playgroup always finds one to tear around the room with.
The stroller is made out of Baltic Birch plywood, the dowels are from an old laundry hamper that a roomate broke/left behind. I had my wife sew up the seat from some corduroy fabric (she also made the doll in the picture below). In search of a safe kid friendly finish, I ended up using shellac. It was a bit of a pain as the Lee Valley sells the flakes, but not the alcohol. They also failed to tell me that although it recommends using Ethanol, that isn’t available in Alberta and so you need to use Methyl Hydrate instead. If I had known this at the beginning, I might have saved myself a lot of driving around. Shellac is of course food safe (used to coat M&M’s) and so is a great finish for kids objects. It’s also nice that it has no real smell to it, so I could apply the finish indoors.