Sunday, June 03, 2007

Fun Monday - Crafts

This is my very first Fun Monday post. For this week’s challenge Karmyn has asked us to show our crafty side....by posting something that was handmade....junior high shop table, scrapbook pages, burnt meatloaf, knitting projects, muffins, whatever....


This airplane is a representation of the World War I fighter, SPAD 13. This is the kind of plane flown by ace, Eddie Rickenbacker. After the war, Rickenbacker was an active figure at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.









This, however, is not an Indianapolis race car. The model shown here is a an F1 or Formula One racer or a European car. Formula One cars are thought to be the most sophisticated of the race car family.




This ship-in-the-bottle is a miniature replica of 1851 racing schooner, America. The bottle itself once held the fine Scotch whiskey, Haig and Haig. The bottle is closed with sealing wax, and a Turk's head knot of twine surrounds the neck of the bottle. I built this first of several ships-in-the-bottle in 1973.





You may have seen a puzzle like this. If not, can, you tell what it says? We have used these puzzles a few times as a craft project for children at our church. I created the pieces to construct the puzzle out of coffee stirrers and an 8 inch piece of screen framing board. I stained the board and created a pattern for children to glue the sticks to the board.


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At 8:06 PM, Anonymous min said...

I know what it says! I had to stand really close to the screen and look down.

Great craft!!!

 
At 8:55 PM, Anonymous Karmyn R said...

Okay - so did you make the ship BEFORE you put it in the bottle? OR - did you make the bottle in the ship? Very cool.

 
At 9:09 PM, Blogger Cazzie!!! said...

Awesome stuff, love the ship in a bottle too :)
I did post a few of my paintings a while a go on my blog, but nothing compares to the puzzle there for sure!!

 
At 10:39 PM, Anonymous Willowtree said...

Nice models Big D. On TV there's not much difference between Indy Cars and F1 Cars. Funny thing is, there's not much of a difference externally in real life either. I once went to a motorshow that had an Indy car next to an F1 and without the sponsors' signs you would be hard pressed to know which was which (the Indy was a bit bigger).

Go Johnny Go! Didn't think I'd notice it was Johnny Herbert's Lotus did you? What's interesting though, is that he seemed to only have that livery for a year or so.

 
At 5:03 AM, Blogger theotherbear said...

So... how DO you get a ship in a bottle?

 
At 5:44 AM, Blogger Hootin'Anni said...

Absolutely ALL amazing....I've been thoroughly impressed with anyone who can put a ship in a bottle as you did. Now, tell me----the scotch whiskey? Where did it go? LOL

Mine's shared too today.

 
At 6:03 AM, Blogger Debs said...

LOVE The puzzle. I see what it says and that is just too cool!! :)

 
At 7:34 AM, Blogger Mike M said...

Great stuff! I wish I had half the talent

 
At 9:14 AM, Blogger ChrisB said...

Great models; I have a ship in a similar bottle, done by my ex-hubby who was in merchant navy and this was one way he passed the time (the other way he passed his time is why he's an ex!!) I do know how it's done and it's very clever and so effective.

 
At 10:19 AM, Anonymous Joy T. said...

Great crafts! Beautiful models but my favorite was the ship in a bottle. So cool!

 
At 1:37 PM, Blogger Pamela said...

This is great... more men in the mix.

I can't see what the puzzle says, tho.

I think it's my eyes not your work

 
At 5:19 PM, Blogger Tiger Lamb Girl said...

Very impressive models. My son would love them. Actually, so would my husband.

Must go try and figure out the puzzle now (something about the angle...yes?)

 
At 6:58 PM, Blogger The Artist formerly Known as Purpleworms (!) said...

Love the negative space puzzle and the ship models! Most excellent (and your profile says you love science (and birds) and Joan Jett so you get lots of points!!)

 
At 8:18 PM, Blogger daddy d said...

The puzzle is to be viewed with the lighter color defining the letter's outer edges. The letters are then formed in the darker color.

Ships-in-bottles are built out side of the bottle and the placed within upon a sea of puddy. It must be constructed to fold down to fit into the bottle's neck hole. There are many ways to build the ship, but they all require the reduction of height.

Thanks for your kind words about my stuff.

 
At 8:40 PM, Blogger Woodlandmama said...

Yay! Bottle Ships!

 
At 9:05 PM, Blogger mjd said...

And these are just a few of your fine craft projects.

 
At 8:18 AM, Blogger Tink said...

I always wondered how they got the ships in the bottles. Too cool!

 
At 8:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a ship in the bottle......... Daddy D gave it to us a long time ago. Our bottle sits up right and has a Gloucester Schooner 1850 in it. What did happen to the contents.....hummmm? Also have a cool looking 1956 chevy made by Daddy D...and a 1968 Javelin SST. AND a niffty puzzle. But then he is my big brother and has to be nice to me. Wish I had some of his talent.......
Hey bet know one knows he played the guitar for a spell.
Little sister,
Ruthie

 
At 9:10 PM, Blogger peppypilotgirl said...

Oh absolutely know what it says!

Beautiful, beautiful models.

 
At 12:29 PM, Blogger Frema said...

I love that ship in a bottle!

 
At 11:12 AM, Blogger BadgerBloggers2 said...

I am still amazed about the ship-in-the-bottle! I am sure whoever made the ship, did so BEFORE he drank the contents of the Haig bottle! However, if he waited until AFTER, then he certainly needed Jesus' help to build the ship...lol. I had the hidden name puzzle on our hearth for many years for all to see. Jesus bless you guys!

 
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