FINALLY! I finished my wee diorama of Dr Hedwith's basement lab! I started about the same time as Bunny1kenobi started hers, but man, I took me twice as long and it's still less detailed! I was able to bounce ideas off of her and share small (get it?) milestones along the way, so that was really cool! THANKS, Deanna! It was also fun to see our different visions come to light. ANYWAY... I hope you're sitting down, because there are LOTS of photos. Here goes!
Work table: Made from balsa wood, then stained and distressed. The top also has lots of burn marks and "water' rings and such, but most are covered with lab equipment.
I had a lot of fun digging through all the rubbish I collect to eventually make into something so I could turn the store bought glassware into lab vessels! I geeked out making one of them "vent" to the exterior.
I made the mortar and pestle from polymer clay, then stained it with paint. The candle stick is bead caps (painted to match the beads) & beads glued over a straight pin, then the long "carved" black bead as the candle. The flame is a couple shades of yellow tissue layered and decoupaged.
The shelves are also balsa that's stained and distressed. Wee bottles with corks I picked up last summer for some kind of fan art for Dr Potter's Medicine Show. They have beads and/or glitter in them and the labels are cut from handwriting-look scrapbook paper that I distressed. The books are leather-like papers wrapped over foam core. The bookend is a vintage celluloid charm that I cut the loop off and painted with brass paint, then mounted to a small piece of balsa, stained black, using a small brad behind the owl. I asked the author, i.e. The ManFlesh, if an owl was at all an alchemical symbol, because I liked this charm so much, but he said no. However, because the owl is a symbol of wisdom and Dr Hedwith would have loved
There's a seen when a desperate and frustrated Dr Hedwith throws a bottle against a wall and it breaks, so I made this pile of broken "glass" and slightly stained the floor. Bad, bad things happen to people in this basement, so I decided a blood stain was appropriate, too.
I also added this sorrowful chain to the wall. It's best not to think what - or who - it held down.
Directly upstairs in Dr Hedwith's study where he enjoyed a nightly brandy, but in one scene he loses control of his body and spills it on the rug. I added that little round dent nearby to represent where his chair's leg had left an impression when his butler moved it to clean up the mess.
I did a little research and learned that the sidewalks in Portland, Oregon were elevated wooden boardwalks in the late 1800s, so went that route here, just below the basement window of the laboratory. Dr Hedwith sold some
of his miracle cure, the Chock-a-saw Sagwa Tonic from a shop also above the lab, so I added the sign which is a minimized version of the label I made for the bottles I made last year (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450933.0
Of course trash has accumulated under the boardwalk. I had found this wee Potter's whiskey bottle last summer and couldn't resist. I though it seemed like good garbage. And online I found scans of old Oregon newspapers, including this one from about that time.
Another newspaper scan I found was an 1878 front page from my hometown news paper - just 17 or so miles west of Portland! I had to include that. I made this discarded and crushed tin can from a couple layers of heavy duty aluminum foil.
The boardwalk details are wood burned in and before attaching it I burned in labels, too... assuming I'd finish this thing in February - the same month I started it! In this shot you can see the green algae I added to all the edges of the exteriors. "Moss" is a constant battle on surfaces in soggy Portland, Oregon, so I had to include it.
Last exterior detail is the "vent" from the lab equipment. Ever notice all the strange brass and other metal fittings on the outside of old urban buildings? I have always found them interesting, so wanted to get one in!
And then a few more shots, just because I took so many more!
This illustrates the light coming in through the dirty window.
The dirty, dingy basement ceiling... the underside of the upstairs floor and soot from the candles that have burned on that table as Dr Hedwith labors to discover The Stone and save is sorry hide.