So, now they’re all happily in the hands of my nephews and nieces, here are some of the gifts I made on the GF this year.
First a couple of games for the younger ones: a Ludo and a memory game. The
Ludo was made from acrylic, engraved on the reverse and painted, then scraped and cleaned up, and glued onto a laser cut felt backing. The memory game was just maple plywood, engraved back and front.
Memory (I had some fun with the box too…):
For one of my nieces, obsessed with princesses, I tampered with an Ikea cloche filled with a string of LEDs and added layers of laser cut and engraved paper to make a castle and surrounding houses. I added a moon cut and engraved in clear acrylic and a bunch of stuffing for the clouds.
Another of my nephews is a great fan of Lord of the Rings, so I decided this was a good time to try out leather for the first time in the GF… I made the book jacket removable so he could switch out the notebook (taking the pressure off writing in a “nice book”!). I added an engraved metal pen too, another successful first time in the GF!
And finally, the one that kind of run away and became its own monster: a chess set for my niece who is obsessed with Versailles for some reason. This started out simple and I kept adding bits and bits. I finally finished it with hours to spare!
The box is maple plywood, engraved with views of the castle and gardens, and the board carries the sun emblem of Louis 14th. The pieces are cut from acrylic (clear for white, black for…black.) and the black ones are painted with gold paint.