Wednesday, September 7, 2011

It's been a long knight

So, we were given this statue of a knight by one of hubby's many baby sisters.

 It's a good knight, and an appropriate gift as hubby and I are both role-playing, medieval-loving geeks. (We can name most of the armour without having to Google it, while quoting Monty Python and the Holy Grail . That's not showing off. That's putting our irredeemable geekiness into context.) I was fine with the colour of the knight. Armour that was armour coloured is always fine and the red cloak, really nice. What I wasn't wild about was the shield. Should I repaint it to the colours of St George? (Being English and all). Should I paint it in the arms of the City of London?

I couldn't decide. So the Knight of Many Colours was left in his box. 
For years...

And then, see, I bought some fancy matt black spray paint. You can see where this is going, right? I like Victorian Black Basalt ware, which is a vitreous stoneware with a matt black finish.(If you want to see some images, the V&A has a rather swell teapot.)  Basalt Ware is one of the many wonderful things made by Josiah Wedgwood . Obviously, I can't afford a knight made by Josiah Wedgwood,  and it would go against my thrifty gene to do so even if I had the dosh. (After all, this whole blog is to show how a pauper with greedy dreams made a pavilion of splendour on spare change and ingenuity.) So, instead I spray-painted the Knight of Many Colours. and now he looks like this...

None shall pass

More gravitas. More nobility. And, somehow, it's easier to see the details now that the colours are gone.

Now, all I have to do is resist the temptation to spray-paint everything. I've already sprayed a pair of shoes...


  1. WOW! I love how the Knight of Many Colors now looks like iron or stone. It's so very cool and now an awesome and noble piece to display.

    I love it!


  2. Have you seen this video?
    Steampunk on MAKE: television

    I thought of you when I saw it. Your so talented.



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