Thursday, December 27, 2012

Jill's Office Fairy Door - #37

I built this fairy door for Jill's office.  It is based on a door that we saw in Geneva, IL on our honeymoon.  The color has been changed to better fit her office decor, but it is otherwise the same.
This is one of the few doors that I have built that has functioning hinges.  Jill wanted to be able to open the door exposing a nice walking path through a garden.

The garden path image is one that I found online and printed out.
Here is the door in context in her office.  Should make a nice conversation piece and heck...she might even get some fairies that need therapy to stop by....

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Billy Idol Stage Door - #36

 I built this door as a birthday present for our good friend Lynn.  She is a huge Billy Idol and metal fan so this seemed appropriate.  She also rides a motorcycles with her husband Glen so the poster on the door seemed right also.

The posters are just scaled down and printed versions of old concert posters and announcements.
I used the lasers over at TechShop to etch the brick texture into the background.  The "stucco leftovers" are made with lightweight spackling compound.

The door light is hand formed copper with a modeling foam lightbulb. The Stage Door sign is just painted and lettered balsa.

In this overhead shot you can see the depth of some of the elements and the partial manhole cover in the alley.

Round Trap Door - #35

A birthday present for my friend Mary to make sure the fairies can get into her and her husband Frank's new house.

Balsa wood construction with copper hardware and accents.  It is installed in the ceiling of their porch.

I used the knurled jaws of a pair of needle nose pliers to give the copper hardware a hammered look.  The scale looks about right.

Door is approximately 3" or so across.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Door with storm door - #1

 This is the very first fairy door that I built.  After taking the walking tour of the Urban Fairy Doors of Ann Arbor, I decided to build this door for my friend Mary.

The inner door is partially open and I installed a battery operated light inside so that when the light is on it streams out around the edge of the door and through the storm door "windows".
Little did I know at the time that this door would lead me to build over 30 fairy doors.  I love doing them and don't plan on stopping any time soon. 

Hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy making them.

Christmas Door - #2

This a stained door much like the one I built for Glenn and Jeannie.  Some of the details are different.  I also carved the wreath and bow from modeling foam.  It is about an inch or so across.

Arched Top Door - #3

This is the first door that I built with the turned foam arch top.  The second was the Victorian Door siamesed with the Volksrods Garage Door.  The rest of the door is balsa with copper hardware.  There is a transom window inside of the arch.  Built for my friend Mary.

Center Knob Door - #4

The inspiration for this door came from a trip I made to England for Ford.  I saw lots of doors over there with the door knob in the center of the door.  This is another door I built for my friend Mary. The basic structure and door is balsa.  The acorn is carved from modeling foam.  The hardware is all copper including the house number.

The fairies even had milk delivered.