Friday, June 15, 2012

Complete fan (at least for a minute or two)

This is documentary evidence that my fan was complete. The feathers are a bit unruly, but for the most part I was pleased and took a picture. Then my boys (ages 4 and 2) got their hands on it. Apparently destroying my IRCC projects is a habit for my son. I thought it was up high enough, but they're climbers and it was sparkly and important to me so they had to have it. I was in the other room fixing dinner and came in to them using it to hit a ball around the living room. One had it and the other had my new parasol I got for Mother's Day at the Renaissance Faire and planned to paint. That's broken too.

So, now there's a long crack in the back of the part that holds the feathers in and it doesn't hold the feathers in so well. After staring at it for quite some time, I've come to the conclusion that if I go ahead and mount the feathers on cardboard or leather or something I can insert it into the fan handle and glue it inside the pocket so there's no functional stress on the handle. I've got a small mirror I had considered attaching to the back of the handle anyway and it should cover the crack. I'd say that's tomorrow's project but I'm still a bit riled up about it so I might wait a day so I don't make it more of a mess than it already is.

As for the parasol, they pulled one of the struts out of one of the ribs. They're bamboo with a small wire pin and they pulled the pin through the bamboo, leaving a groove. I can either push it back in and wood putty the damage or drill a new hole close to the original. That's also going to wait a day.

Just to reassure you, both boys are still alive.


  1. I heard about the destruction while I was camping.. I was paranoid you had killed them -- or worse -- since us girls who support you thru killing fits were all camping..

    glad to see you have a plan of fixing it..

  2. I admire your strength of will. I suspect *my* household would be minus a couple of children...if only in effigy.

    Is there anything supportive I can do, from Indiana?

    1. It is going to be okay. I am very lucky they didn't damage the front much. I had to glue on one of the gryphon's claws but that was about it. I am going to be able to make it hold feathers and be a fan, it just is not going to be something I can remove and replace. I'm getting close to finishing the binding on the bodies and then I'll do repairs. Should be close to the weekend by then and my husband will be around if I need to stomp out of the house and throw a fit or something.