The arrival of March brings a great many things, like Pancake Day (yum), Ostara, and the return of British Summertime (Oh. Very. Yay!) But this year, March also brings us the UK DVD release of Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald.
Well… who wouldn’t be excited for more magical creatures?
I for one can’t wait for March 18th and thought I’d mark the occasion with a prop.
After my previous Fantastic Beasts DIY the smart money would’ve been on a Bowtruckle, but all the tutorials I’ve seen
Basically… I lost my bottle.
Instead, I’ve gone with a couple of projects that are much more in keeping with my skill set. They should also be nice and easy for you to make at home.
Crimes of Grindelwald Blood Pact Book Cover
My first DIY isn’t so much a prop, as inspired by one.
The Crimes of Grindelwald Blood Pact Pendant is a gorgeous piece of jewellery that holds drops of blood from a teenage pact between Gellert Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore.
I fell in love immediately and really fancied making one but I quickly discovered that a) jewellery isn’t my thing (yet!) and b) its size is a bit fiddly for my not-always-nimble fingers.
So I took the idea and made it into a decorative piece for one of my Mixed Media books.
I’m rather pleased with how it turned out. It kinda reminds me of an Opal.
My other Crimes of Grindelwald project was the Safe House card.
If you’ve seen the second instalment of the Fantastic Beasts franchise, you may recall a clandestine meeting on a London bus, when Dumbledore hands Newt a magical card that directs him to a Safe House in Paris. You only get a fleeting glimpse of the card (above), but it was enough to capture my curiosity!
As is often the way with my creations, it’s not entirely faithful to the original. Despite numerous re-runs
DIY Crimes of Grindelwald Safe House Card
- Stiff card – I used the packaging from a duvet set, as it’s thicker than
- Scissors and a craft knife, or a cutting machine – I used my trusty Cricut but although the symbol is
a little fiddly, dextrous fingerscould cut it with scissors and a craft knife
- Black Gesso – I use Pebeo
- Modelling Paste – Also Pebeo
- Stencil of choice – I used a damask design from a Tim Holtz mini stencil set
- Gold colour Metallic Paint – I used two colours: Copper acrylic from The Works for the card and Dazzling Metallics Splendid Gold for the symbol
- Tacky Glue – I use the cheap stuff from The Works
- Cotton Bud (optional)
Making the Safe House Card
Cut out the three components – the symbol and two pieces of card. The plain piece is for the back and the one with the diamond aperture is the front.
Using the stencil and modelling paste, add texture to one side of the back piece and one side of the front piece.
Paint the symbol and both pieces of card with black gesso.
You need to paint BOTH sides of the back piece (as above), but only the textured side of the front piece, as that’s going to be glued to the back. Of course, you could paint both sides, but save yourself some time and pennies and paint only what you need.
Using a dry brushing technique, paint the textured sides of both pieces with your colour of choice. Dry brushing allows some of the black to show through.
Take the front piece, texture side up and glue it to the plain side of the back piece.
The picture above shows the back and below is the front.
Paint the symbol with gold metallic paint, glue it into position, and add a dot of gold metallic paint to the middle of the circle.
TOP TIP – if you get over-enthusiastic and glue the front and back pieces together before the dry-brushing, you can use the diamond offcut to mask the inner part of the card.
Not that I did that, of course. Oh no!
Also, even though Tacky Glue dries clear, the shine is unmistakable. So when attaching your pieces, try not to let the glue ooze into the centre diamond area. If it does, just tidy it up with a cotton bud before it dries.
As a finishing touch and an attempt to imitate the magical “glow” in the film, I dabbed a little watered down gold metallic and black to add highlights and shadows to the centre of the diamond.
And here’s the finished piece.
What do you think?
OK, it’s not the digitally enhanced piece of gorgeousness that Dumbledore gives Newt but as a simple prop, I think it looks the part. It’s also a great little piece of Mixed Media art that looks great in my curious collection.
As always, I hope you like this project. Let me know by dropping a comment below
A hui hou,
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