Saturday, July 30, 2016

Snake Oil Caravan

How cool is this little caravan and suitcase? The wagon is actually Alpha Stamp's vintage bathing machine, but I think it worked out well for a traveling snake oil salesman and his wares. It's covered entirely with just two papers: the new Good For What Ails You collage sheet and the Wood Flooring Scrapbook paper. Having the digital download enabled me to crop and copy the parts needed, like the red stripes on the side with the door. 

The suitcase is a mere 2" x 1.5" but holds a whole slew of items. I managed to squash in 14 bottles of various tonics, restoratives, strengtheners, liveners, and an ointment! Tucked behind the snake oils in the lid are adverts and such from various collage sheets.

Ocean Weed, hehe

Four of the bottles are housed in tiny boxes I made using the "free building material" from Alpha Stamps. Collage sheets are always mailed with a rigid sheet of card that can be used to construct boxes, shelving, supports, it can be cut and stacked and then used behind fussy cut images to create dimension, or use it as a cutting mat to protect surfaces or a painting mat for the same purpose. I've built shrines, tables, and picture frames with it!

A wooden fruit crate served as an appropriate stand for the case of medicines. I painted the crate with brown and black acrylic paints then sanded the edges for a perfectly worn look. Guess what the sandwich board is made from! Yep, that same free piece of card I mentioned earlier. A little hinge was glued to the pieces and a collage sheet image was stuck on the board.

I decided I didn't want all of the space inside to go to waste, so I hinged the door and lined the wall with shelving to hold additional stock.

And if ever you find the need to hinge a door or whatever, but do not have a hinge, here is a basic way to cheat. It is simply two invisible pins placed in the top and bottom of the door.

Firstly, you need to sand your door on all edges, especially if your door fits flush inside a frame as mine did. On the left hand side of my door, where I hinged it, I also sanded the front edge in a curved fashion. This allows the door to open and not get caught on the door frame. Next, you get to take some sort of implement like a tapestry needle (or in my case a Dremel with a skinny bit) and poke/drill a hole near the edge on the top of the door. You can sort of see where the front edge of the door is sanded at an angle. The sanding is crucial to achieve an opening door; you may have to disassemble, sand, reassemble, and try opening the door several times before it operates smoothly.

After you have a hole in the top of your door, you need to do the same thing in the door frame. Now, I am not one for measuring anything, and if I can avoid it, I do. So to determine where I needed to place the hole in the frame, I stuck a snipped piece of wire into the hole in the door, dipped the other end of the wire in paint, and then placed the door in the frame, scootching the door up until the painted wire touched the frame. That left a nicely placed little dot to drill the other hole. After drilling the hole in the frame, I glued in the clipped piece of wire. This is the top pin that will hold your door.

While the glue is drying your pin in place, you now need to drill the hole in the base of your structure. I did this before the caravan was glued together, which makes it loads easier to do. I set the frame (which is also the wall of the caravan) into the floor and made a small mark on the floor the near the left edge of the frame. Again, I didn't measure to see if the mark was exactly the same distance from the left edge as the upper hole, but if you've sanded your door enough, it won't matter. Then I drilled through the hole, and here you can see a useless picture of that hole.

And now you replace the door and do the same thing as before, using a piece of wire dipped in paint, then stuck through your newly made hole, leaving a mark on the bottom of your door. Disassemble the entire thing AGAIN, drill a small hole at the mark on the door, then reassemble (and finally glue!) your structure together. Clip off a small piece of wire and bend the end, then stick it through the hole. Glue or tape the wire at the bend only, and you should have a functioning door! An alternative, which I have used successfully in the past, is to use a trimmed stick pin. The pointed end holds it in place and doesn't usually require gluing. 

Of course you can just use a hinge. 

If you are curious about what I've used, you can see the supply list HERE.

Happy crafting!