Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sale at MINISX2

Patie at MINISX2 is having 20% off a sale in her Etsy shop!










Just enter SPRING2015 at check out!


Saturday, April 4, 2015

All Decked Out!

So here's my entry for the Shapeways Miniature Contest.  Unfortunately, we are only allowed one photo for the entry, but here are several.







The Pouchard chairs are by Pretty Little Things, The table is by Modernminifan, The Vegetal chairs and the Octo lamp shades are by Marion Russek, I spray painted the Vegetal chairs lime green, the Pouchard chairs bright yellow and the Octo lampshades chrome to mimic the center privacy panel. The Octo lampshades are lit up with LED bulbs although you cant tell with the sunlight. I left the table white. Thanks for the opportunity to enter this contest and for Shapeways!

 I had fun doing this and will be able to use all of these things in future builds and scenes! and made me take advantage of these spring days we are finally having.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Citadel Tower Windows

I decided not to make the windows for the tower glass block.  I thought it would be too difficult to stack pieces of plexiglass to make windows and too expensive to buy miniature glass blocks, so I thought I would try bending some plexiglass in a curve to fit the tower.


I started by cutting out two tall windows in the tower piece.


 Then I cut a piece if 1/4 inch plexiglass the height of the window space.  I tried both 1/4" and 3/32" thick.  The 3/32 was much easier to bend but I thought trimming out the 1/4" would be much easier to trim once the windows are in place since the walls of the tower are also 1/4" thick.  I placed the plexi on a baking sheet raised with a couple of wood blocks.  I raised it because as the plexi gets soft it can get marred if it touches the baking sheet.



I heated the plexi at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.  You know if the plexiglass is getting soft when it starts to droop in the center. Yes, I know my oven is filthy. ;-)

Then I used my husband's fishing rod case to shape the heated plexiglass.  I used this because it's the same diameter as the inside of the tower walls. 

I trimmed the width so they would fit and painted the inside of the window cut outs silver. The top window is a bit too short, but I think I can cover that with trim.  After several tries to get the curve correct I really don't want to remake it.  I think I like the large windows better than the glass block idea.


I also nearly have the Shapeways contest entry finished.  Thank goodness for a couple of nice days and some spray paint!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Parts and Painting

This is the first time I have tried blogging on my phone. I hope this works out.

I was having trouble painting in between the deck boards so I opted to spray paint the deck and privacy panels. I will add some color variation with craft paint. I used the tip of a ballpoint pen to make little nail indentations on the deck as well.

I've started to paint my Shapeways chairs. I can't remember the designer right off, but I will find out.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Nothing Like Waiting Until the Last Minute

I've decided to enter the Shapeways miniature contest.  If you are interested in entering here is the info.  The entry deadline is April 10.


I feel like there isn't much time since I decided to do a small build to go with it. 



When I bought the Citadel off of Ebay a few years ago, it came with a deck and hot tub kit.  I decided it do an outdoor scene using this kit seeing that spring seems to be taking a very long time to show up.


 This is the picture off of the kit box.  It's made by Betty's 
Wooden Miniatures in Chicago, which has been out of business for some time.

 Before painting.

 I painted it with a burnt sienna then went over it with a cinnamon apple to make it look more like redwood.  I'ts hard to see the variation in this picture. It still needs a lot of touch up.

 These are the privacy panels.  I decided to make the center panel little different than the one in the kit.

 I just made the frame then matched up and glued two of these little laser cut pieces that I found at Michael's to the back.

 My plan is to do a table and chairs and make a bar with bar stools.  I wanted to use these chairs, but I think they will take up too much room and not leave enough space for the bar.  They are more interesting though. I'm going to add some little lanterns and outdoor lights to the panels.


I may switch to these chairs instead because they're a little smaller.  



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spring Fever - CC 2015

After a lot of brainstorming I've decided what I'm going to do with the new Creating Contest Kit.  I'm going with a very modern tropical house.  It may be because it's been a long winter and it was 70 degrees a couple of days ago and it now it's in the 40's for awhile.  Call it Spring Fever.


I'm going to replace the sliding glass door with a folding glass door.  Hopefully I can figure out how to make it frameless like this one.

With any luck, it will fold up like this.

I would also like to make the doors lead out to an infinity pool with an ocean view and maybe an outdoor kitchen or modern outdoor bar.


I've got a good start.  I'm going to make the two partial walls on either side of the glass doors windows as to not limit the beautiful view.  I'm going to make the pool out of construction foam.  The foam is 1 inch thick and I'll probably have to use two layers to make the pool so I'll also have to beef up the base because it's only 7/8". (Did you notice that my workroom is still relatively organized?)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

HBS Creating Contest 2015

Just last week, I got an e-mail from HBS...aka Miniatures.com asking if I would be interested in receiving the new 2015 Creating Contest kit Denise's City Cottage an blogging about it as I do the build.  Ironically, I got the e-mail seconds after I placed an order for the kit.  I had not decided if I was going to enter the contest or not, I just like the kit. The deal is that I cannot enter the kit that I receive free from HBS, but I can enter if I do a build with the kit that I purchased.  So, most likely I won't enter because I doubt if I will have the time or energy to do two builds, but we will see.


I think the kit is really interesting.  It can go so many ways.  I love the curved roof line and the fact that it comes with the doors and windows.  

My first thought was of course Palm Springs Mid-century modern, then I thought industrial modern beachy, then New York loft, Art Deco, a bar, a lighting store, a hotel room and the list goes on...now I just need to decide which type of design I'm going to go with.