Today I wanted to share an assembled toy theater using images from the last post
and some fun wooden fashion figures as characters for my stage.
I chose my "Onyx" version of the Cherub Theater for this project.
|Assembled Toy Theater by EKDuncan with wooden ballerina figures by PorkChopShow via Etsy
I printed and assembled the "Onyx" theater from the previous Toy Theater post; which I mounted to heavy cardboard and attached it to a theater base I constructed from black foam core board.
I then used these fun wooden cutouts as characters as players on the stage.
I've been wanting to do a project with these great miniature wooded figures from PorkChopShow via Etsy and thought they would be great in a toy theater; so I sized down my theater just a bit (to approx 5 inches tall) to accommodate the pretty ladies which are approximately 2.5 inches in height. Of the figures I received I've chosen to use these adorable vintage ballerinas and a nice selection of Regency Fashion ladies from my 2011 Ackermann's Collection that are now available in wood thanks to the creative energy of PorkChopShow.
|My altered version of a vintage Toy Theater with Regency Ladies laser cut from wood by PorkChopShow via Etsy
Normally I would use paper cutouts as characters in a Paper Theater; however, it was so much fun to have these heavier woodcuts to use for a change. I chose to get my ladies to "stand" by attaching some flat head tacks from the hardware store as a base.
|View of 3 Ballerinas by PorkChopShow on Etsy
For the most part the flat bottom tacks woke grate as stand for the wooden cutouts; however depending on the weight distribution or surface area some modification of use was necessary as with the ballerina to the right. In her case with just one narrow toe on point I was not able to insert the tack into the piece without "splitting" it, so I opted to glue her on the tack. I also needed to glue the tack to a coin to help stabilize her since her weight was not evenly distributed and she kept wanting to tip over. Normally I would have painted the coin black to disguise if from view but in this instance I wanted it to show up for the camera so you could see what I'd done.
|Collection of Regency Ladies in Wood by PorkChopShow on Etsy
I know the ladies are a bit hard to see on the dark background but they are 1/8 inch thick and between 2.25 and 2.50 inches tall. They are great for using on projects where you want something more substantial than a paper cutout and since they are laser cut the edges are smooth and clean.
In the above photo you can see the the bottom of the flat thumb tacks
I chose to use as "stands" for some of the ladies.
|various views of the woodcuts.
Again, I realize the background in these are dark but I believe you can still see
how smoothly they are cut, the thickness and how the backs are finished off in black.
I believe that most of the images sold are smaller in scale approx 2.25 - 2.50 inches tall; however
Scott did make me a larger set of My Regency Ladies and since I'm not sure if the larger size of 4 inch ladies is normally on offer I didn't what to tease you too badly by crafting with that size.
I wanted some for Christmas Tree decorations and that's what I'll be doing with my larger set.
However, I did want you to at lease see one of them so here she is with the theater.
|One of the "special" made ladies in the larger size in front of my 5 inch tall Toy Theater
Once again, I'm not sure if the larger 4" ladies will be on offer or if you can
special order that size but you can currently see what can be purchased as follows.
All the specifics on the ballerina figures can be seen HERE
and the specifics for the Regency ladies can be seen HERE
The wooden figures seem to be quite popular and sell well so if the links provided already show these sets as "sold" just go back to his main page HERE to see what's currently in his shop or to contact him regarding a set you would like to have.
I had a lot of fun working with the wooden ladies and look forward to "playing" with them again at a later time. I'll let you see what else I create with them when the time comes and hope you give them a try yourselves.
A special thanks to Scott of PorkChopShow for supplying the wooden ladies used in this project.
I hope you drop by his site on Etsy and check out all the fun and interesting wooden figures and collections he has available for your crafting pleasure.
Till Next Time...