24 Mar 2013

Wrapping up national home show

For 10day, i am at the national home show. What a great traffic for free samples. Kinda good exposure to peoples, but that's it. I am gonna take a good break for few days with empty pocket.

21 Mar 2013

Making of 4 inch wall clock

Assembled wooden frame. Base wood is used.
On mitered corner, We use traditional method of  reinforcement. No nail or staples used.

Sealing with rabbit skin glue. 

rabbit skin glued is applied on wooden frame. before we apply the sealing.
lots of  hand sanding is done. 

Waiting completely dried  the sealer. 7~10 coat of gesso is applied.

Use a lot of elbow grease....

sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding,sanding...and sanding.

this stage is coating bole(clay) around 5 times.

Put base colour.

Over the base colour, painted casein paint to ready for sgraffito. 

Creating Sgraffito boarder over Gold base colour.

Bare Tumbled stone. It will be my clock's face. 

Decorating clock face. drill the hole on the middle and Roman number is painted by hand.
Tada!! Finished Look. Quartz movement and clock needle from Lee valley tools.

Rosa's Butterfly workshop: Rosa's Butterfly Gallery is updated!

See our latest additions

20 Mar 2013

gilt table lamp

Welcome to Rosa's Butterfly Gallery

oriental style table lamp. fretwork on shade with korean
traditional paper and mother of pearl accent

Shade detail. Old cathedral Rose window motif fretwork by scroll saw.
In the middle, inserted mother of pearl.

19 Mar 2013

How to make Easter egg fridge magnet.

I have four school-age kids, hands out from school is pouring in.

I already have lots of fridge magnet from local dental clinics, real-estates firms, and so on.
But thing is they not holding handsouts, school schedules, kids drawings, and my lotto tickets well enough.

My wife and I discuses about new products coming season, we agreed make strong enough to holding papers or kids drawing on fridge door.
silicon molding.

I make a molding from real egg, and put strong magnet on the back. I found strong one at homedepot_ they are not expensive. Luxury option for magnet will be a rare-earth magnet.

resin casting, before it cured, it is clear liquid. then turn to white solid color.
Be careful, it is very hot when it is curing.  

finished one,cured resin, insert magnet on curing resin
you can find silicon molding kits at your local sculpture material shop.
Read carefully on directions and don't forget to open the window. Not to touch the molding when it iscuring, it is getting very hot. It will be cured around 10~15 min.


In my case, I using a gold pigment powder for base coat. Then apply colour with Richeson Casein paint.
And then scratch out casein paint withbamboo stick. This technique called sgraffito.If you want to know about more sgraffito check the wiki page.With this technique, you can have a fine lines and detail on small surface.

Let them dry for two days or so.( orafter around 30 min. you can apply clear vanish on the surface)

And it is time to be a Easter Bunny yourself! And have a fridge magnet after easterday.

You can buy Easter egg magnet or molding from my website www.rosasbutterfly.com

  • I do not copy the copyrighted materials.

14 Mar 2013

Home show booth

Finally the show is here.

This is my booth. Kinda little far from main area. But our booth located just beside seminar stage.

Booth E330 at east annex

National Home Show 2013 Update.

This is the First year at National Home Show. It is big challenge to us and on the learning path to our final goal. At March 13th. We are busy to setting up our booth with lots of help from my friends.
Our booth is located on East annex, (little) far from main stage, but just beside where helding up useful seminar stage and surround by natural food travel agency booth.

At main area, Kinda contractions are going on, lots of fancy booths, and products are setting up. 
Someday in near future, I hope I will be setting up my booth at main area with other major players in Canada.

here is some sneak preview of my booth....

11 Mar 2013

Work in Progress vase stool

Applied 8~10 coat of gesso, lots of elbow grease when sanding, several coat of bole( gilder's clay) 24 hrs dry time then oil base size.

Now play with some gold (imitation) leaf to my stool.

10 Mar 2013

Rosa's Butterfly gallery is updated


New items are updated on our gallery.
Items are developed for National Home Show at March 15th ~24th.

Please, Visit our gallery and the show.
Our Booth # 330.


Rosa's Butterfly

8 Mar 2013

Wip; vase stool

This is Vase stool(?) for national home show booth display.
My wife restored some vases what she brought from thrift shop and garage sales.

Attached top board with table panel.

Can't wait glue is dried...

Wip for vase stool

Glued legs. And rough carving.

3 Mar 2013

Rosa's Butterfly WIPs for National Home show

My First Finished Mirror frame.(Hall mirror type A)
 Rosa's Butterfly exhibits at National Home show at March 15th~24th. Direct Energy centre.

Our Booth is # E330.

I have been developing new items for this spring show. My wife and I decided make mirrors.

Working In Progress stage for Hall Mirror Type A.
hand carved ornaments, french polishing finish on top & bottom rail.

Gold(imitation) gilt Hall Mirror Type B.
My wife wants engraving on each corner.
Black one is applied compo ornaments.
Hall Mirror Type B.
Gothic style motive fret work done by scroll saw.