Skull Case

Desperately Seeking Susan Skull Case WIP 5 and Done!

I have reached the finish line here ๐Ÿ™‚ I can hardly believe it, but the case is complete. It’s quietly curing it’s varnish in the corner even as we speak…

The “little bit of hand painting and touch up” I made reference to last time turned out to be something hard to stop lol! Just a little more here, just a little more there, then back over here and ….

My partner and I used to call that the plaster rule. Back when we were drywalling and plastering our first fixer upper, we often found that days and days could be lost in the swirling time-suck vortex of plastering, sanding, plastering, sanding with benefits versus effort diminishing everyday – but I digress ๐Ÿ™‚

At any rate, I was finally pleased with the paint.

I put the grosgrain ribbon loop tie-ins and sewed them to the original anchors and I made sure the lining and the backing were well adhered to the inside of the case all the way around. Thank you, straight up lowly clothes pins! I touched up and then gloss varnished the handle.

The whole case was then treated to several coats of spray varnish all over ๐Ÿ™‚ And ba Bam, It was all over!

So, without further ado, here is the finished project….


And Inside……



And once more with the tiny dolly version…


Once more with a dolly ๐Ÿ™‚


Hope you’ve enjoyed reading along with this project! Next up will be a Janet Jackson concert outfit for a 17″ doll with loads of detail I can sink my teeth into!

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Desperately Seeking Susan Skull Case Bigger – WIP 4

This post is all about the interior lining. I want it to look like Susan’s case, even on the inside. Hers has an elastic topped lid pocket, so I’ll be including one of these in my version too ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ll be using a card backing with a layer of padding to give the lid silk and pocket a little structure and softness. It’s backed with muslin for durability. Below, I’m testing the look of the pocket on the card backing. Looks about right ๐Ÿ™‚


Then I sewed the pocket to the silk backing and then the whole thing to the muslin backing. I left as small an opening for the card as I possibly could. I didn’t want to sew too much of this by hand. Machine stitching is much more robust! Then I needed to insert the card into this before attaching permanently into the case lid. To get it into the opening I gently rolled it and unrolled it when it was all the way inside.


Here goes …..



Success! Yay!


The bottom edge just needs to be stitched ๐Ÿ™‚

Test fit!


On to the case bottom lining. Firstly I’ve added some padding into the bottom of the case to provide a soft place for whatever precious bits will be packed in here ๐Ÿ™‚


You can see the loop strap tie ins in the above shot. I will be replacing these with fresh black grosgrain ribbon ties.


Again, I wanted some structure here. I don’t want the sides of the silk lining to sag, so I’ve sewed the gathered silk sides to a heavy duty stiff ย interfacing and to the silk bottom piece.

And … tra-la!

(This stuff always looks so easy on the blog, lol! I assure you, dear reader that much time was devoted to gathering, evenly distributing the gathers and then sewing to the interfacing – but I digress!)




Some super fantastic waterproof awesome adhesive around the edge, gently clamped with the most awesome clamps ever – clothes pins! (These things are indispensable in my studio!)

The ribbons are half in. The other side of each still need to be sewn in.

The other thing I did was to clean and repaint the case keys and put them on a little skull key holder ๐Ÿ™‚

Here the keys are before I cleaned and painted them. The skull is getting some red rhinestone eyes inserted too.



Eye glue is dried and the keys are cleaned and painted.



Next time, I think the case will be finished! I have a little more hand painting touch up and then I’ll be sealing the whole thing with varnish and it will be ready for travel ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for reading!


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Desperately Seeking Susan Skull Case – Bigger WIP3

I’m continuing on with the case and I’m excited to share the progress!


I finally found a good use for all of the pennies I have kicking around! They’ll get paint all over them, but I don’t mind a bit ๐Ÿ™‚


That’s me, painting away….


The pennies helped to keep my stencil close to the case, but there was still overspray, which I had expected some of anyway.


A little hand touch painting will take care of that.



Much better, but still needs just a little more ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay the side stencils! Wow they were a job and a half to cut out. A marathon cutting session and many blades later, I was ready to mask off the top and bottom and get to work painting the sides. It’s difficult to get the stencil to stay connected to the case especially since the lid is slightly bigger (of course) than the case itself and the dancing skeletons have to match lid to case. But hey I like a challenge, so…..


I’ve used sewing elastic, paper and much tape to mask the parts of the case I’m not painting and also the hardware that the stencil goes right over.



No doubt, a marathon of touch up hand painting is about to ensue….

The silk has arrived for the interior, so I’ll talk about the rest of the painting and the inside work next time.

Enjoy your day and thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚


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Desperately Seeking Susan Skull Case – Bigger WIP2

Work continues on the case. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have given the whole case a base coat of matte black paint in preparation for the eventual white skulls and dancing skellies. To do this, I masked off the locks and handle, hinges and feet.




Then I painted her up! Looks better already.


After that all dried overnight, I began to mask the not so silver hardware for it’s new silver coat of paint. I used this Chrome type paint…


Foot painted, hinge, not ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m very happy with how it looks. (The foot, not the hinge!)


What a difference, and, it looks even better in person!


Locks too!


There was, of course, a little overspray, which I have painted out with a brush. It’s noticeable now, but it won’t be when I seal the entire case after the stencil painting.


It’s beginning to look like itย shouldย ๐Ÿ™‚

I have ordered some lovely pink silk for the interior. I couldn’t find any of the right colour in my neighbourhood, so it’s on it’s way fromย San Francisco. Hope it hurries, lol! Although it’s not as though I have nothing to do while it travels here!

Next up will be the stencils, finally!ย Can’t wait to get to that fun part ๐Ÿ™‚

There’s one more thing I want to try to address and that is that the case is a little stiff to open. I want to try and loosen that up a little for ease of use in future. I’ve been mulling that one over and I have a couple of things I’m going to try. We shall see what works….

Next time – Skellies!

Thanks for reading and have a great day!



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