Monday, November 16, 2009

Harry Potter Memory Phial Decal

I really like the doily-style labels on the vials in Dumbledore's Memories Cabinet in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. I thought such a label would really dress up my hand sanitizer bottle. My label is simpler than the one in the movie, but I'm happy with the result. Although, I wish my handwriting was nicer.
Update: I made another label for my spray cleaner bottle.

If you are interested in working with this label, you may download the .svg file here:

For you Sure Cuts a Lot users I posted the SCUT file here

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Time to Make Some Boots

I am using Mary Wales Loomis' book on Making Your Own Shoes from to remake these boots. These boots are fine as they are but the heels are a bit high for me, so they are going to be my shoemaking laboratory. Here are the boots originally, and the second photo shows them full of plaster. I am making a mold to shape the vinyl material on. A shoe form or mold is called a last. I thought it would be interesting to incorporate cut-work designs into the boots, so I made some sketches of the first idea I have.

There really aren't many books out there on shoemaking, and Mary Wales Loomis' book is good, quite detailed and affordable. I also just ordered a book on designing patterns for shoemaking from It's called Pattern Cutting- step by step patterns for footwear.