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Bronze castings

Finally received my castings back! These will be on sale at TORM (unless sold out before!). They are cast from the original Tudor pieces in bronze and complement the range of handmade items we sell already perfectly. We hope to add a smaller and outsize thimble to the listings next year, although I may need to make the original for these. The rare toggle type clothes fastener was a great find and I may well add more of these in the future – quite heavy but such a nice piece!

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These will be added to the website shortly.

Naalbinding needles

Just updated the sewing page with reference to the naalbinding needles

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These are available in bone, boxwood or antler (or other materials on request) and prices start at £3 each plus postage. Prices rise at £1 per inch, so, for example, a 5 inch needle would be £5 (but a 2 inch needle would still be £3). Please note these are sent out packaged in a hard tube so carriage is £4.40 for first class signed for. I don’t send bone needles out in any form of envelope as Royal Mail has destroyed 2 orders already this year as they are run through rollers in the sorting system. A tube can hold around 12 needles which might help to offset the postage costs 😉

May Days Arts Trail

I’ve been working hard towards new pieces for the local Arts Trail the last few weeks so many of the more historical work has taken something of a backseat (although I’m still tackling orders as they come in). Many of the items are, shall we say, somewhat more eclectic/eccentric than my normal line of work. But it’s nice to branch out!

All these pieces, and so many more will be available to view/buy at the May Days Arts Trail in just a couple of weeks!

 

 

Peacock box

Hurray! I have finally finished my preview piece for the May Days Arts Trail this year 🙂 The theme for our preview piece at the gallery space I share (thanks Carol Dilley) is peacock. It’s taken some time to pull all the parts together for this little wall box, but hopefully it was worth the wait!

The two door panels are painted with peacock feathers in acrylic over a broken paint background, and have a set of bronze wire hooks inside for jewellery or keys. The centre panel inside is a pyrographed tree of life, embellished with glass beads which mimic the peacock colours. The inside of the boxes are lined with copper leaf. The paintwork is lacquered for protection as the piece is going to be in a library for a month or so. There are a pair of hanging loops on the back so that it can be wall mounted. Size: 205mm x 205mm x 45mm deep

 

Leicester City Council – incense burner

It’s been a while since I posted on here (slap wrist!) so here a picture of one of my more interesting recent jobs. It’s a carved version of an incense burner made to hold part of an original artefact for display by Leicester City Museums. It’s carved from lime, but left untreated so as not to adversely affect the metal remains. The only glue used was a small amount of pva wood glue. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to have the original piece, so had to work from drawings and a cardboard template I made (see first photo).

 

 

Wolf Hall

We are so pleased the wait is nearly over! Crossman Crafts made quite a few pieces for this new series, which uses a great deal of high quality props and costumery to bring Hiliary Mantel’s books to life.

A good behind the scenes article was written by the Telegraph today.

The prop’s supplied included items such as rosaries, inkwells and bags, as well as combs, a pomander and a mirror. Not to mention pins, needles and bobbins! Oh, and a football based on the Stirling Castle example…

You can follow the countdown with the Wolf Hall Facebook page.

New Balls!

Just added these new midi-sized play balls to the stock line in time for TORM (7-9 November).
They are filled with lovely soft, squiggly fleece and made from veg tanned leather.
They are slightly larger than my standard sized playbills and retail at £8 each.

Geocaching Belt Pouches

NEW!

Made for use while taking part in Geocaching, these simple but strong belt pouches are made from veg tanned hide and are available in a choice of three colours: black, dark red, or brown. Or natural, if preferred.

The Nano is just large enough for a small pencil (max 65mm) and a small pair of tweezers £6

The Mini has more room, for a small pen (max 80mm) and some paper, pencil, tweezers etc £12

The Maxi is the largest and has room for most small items you would need for the day (max 110mm) £20

 

 

As with all my leatherwork, other options are available, such as stamp work, engraving, odd sizing. You only have to ask!

Collar for a labrador: Updated

So I finally finished the dog collar and matching lead that has been on my bench for 2 or so months! The collar has made from 3 layers of leather and built onto a former so that the curve is ‘built in’. It’s been one of the most technically challenging ones that I have made to date and includes re-enforcing plates both behind the D ring and around the buckle. The brass plate on the inside is too allow the owner to inscribe her pet/owner details. The re-enforcements are within the layers of leather, as are the backing rivets for most of the studs. The lead fixes through the D ring and is held in place with discretely decorated sam browne studs which mean it will (hopefully) tighten even more when the pooch is pulling (which hopefully it won’t!).

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UPDATE:
A few shots of the collar and lead with it’s new owner – all tails wagging!

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TV and film work

It’s been a hugely busy month for CrossmanCrafts so far!
The latest batch out is for the US television series “Galavant”  and comprises balls, bags (including a shoulder wallet in linen), a comb and a couple of parchment clips.

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We’ve also made pieces for “Heart of the Sea”, the true story that inspired the legend of Moby Dick; Reign II, another US television series, details of series 1 here; and also “Tulip Fever“, a 17th century drama.

It’s always a thrill to see your work on screen, even if it can be a challenge to spot the pieces!

I wonder what will be next?