Monday, May 4, 2015

Minismodernas New Brick and Mortar Store

  I have some exciting news for the world of modern miniatures and dollhouse miniatures in general!






Minismodernas has just opened a new brick and mortar store of modern dollhouse miniatures in Barcelona, Spain!!    She is carrying both 1/12 scale and 1/6 scale.


Over the last year and a half or so, I have become friends with Rosa, the owner of Minismodernas the online modern miniatures shop based in Spain. (Which by the way makes me wish all of those years of high school Spanish had stayed with me). I've known about this for a little while and I should have mentioned this earlier, but Rosa's shop officially opened on May 2.

You can see more details here as I don't have any pictures of her new store.

Congratulations, Rosa.  May your new store be a booming success! 
 I am incredibly happy for you!


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Creating Contest 2015 Party Beach Pad

I've made a little change in the layout of the Modern Party Beach Pad.


I decided to add one of the walls to the front so that there will be a little privacy for a bathroom.  There will be a dividing wall, but it won't go all the way to the ceiling.  This will provide room for a bathroom and storage area.  I'm going to attempt to make the upper windows so that they can tilt to open. 

I've started on the sliding / folding glass doors.  I'm making four window frames that will turn then slide from one side to another.


I've started on the frames, but I'm waiting on my order for 1/16" plexiglass.

I still haven't decided whether or not to go very modern or more mid-century Palm Springs for the interior.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

International Show Highlights

Just some highlights of some of my favorite miniature artisans at the Tom Bishop International Miniatures Show.


Kari Bloom




Ray Storey




Roomboxes Etc. / Peter Tucker



Atomic Miniature - Michael Yurkovik





Pat Hopkins Studio







PRD Miniatures



 Erik Goddard

I had an awesome time at the show.  It was nice to meet some new mini friends and put names with faces. There was a lot more modern and mid-century modern minis there.

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.