Well, I've been back mini-ing with a vengeance. Once I got the bathroom done, things happened very quickly. I got the roof/ceiling cut out, LightingBug lights installed and roof on. I added the chimney and stacked circle detail that was already ready to go.
Next it was time for the railing. Posts cut – check. Holes drilled – check. Washers spaced and glued down with JB Quick Weld – check. The railing itself was a bit of a problem. Wire generally comes coiled, and despite my best efforts, I can never straighten it out properly. It always looks a little drunk. So I bought some silver metallic elastic cord to use instead. I think it works OK. Right now, the ends are just taped to the back of the house, in case I decide to change it, but railing – check. Then came the post caps, and everything came to a screeching halt. My prototype used some Reflections brads from Michaels. I removed the legs, and the tops formed the exact caps I wanted for the posts. They came as part of a mixed set—silver, copper, black and pewter. Naturally, there weren’t enough of the silver ones to complete the job. No problem, I thought; I’ll just buy more. It’s a lesson I should have learned long ago—if you like something and know you’ll want to keep using it/use it in future, buy more now. Which, of course, I hadn’t done, and now I can’t find them anywhere. I tried other brads, but none worked—too big, too small, too flat; none matched.
GRRRR. I finally took the legs off the pewter ones (of course, I had plenty of those) and used Rust-Oleum Bright Coat Metallic Finish in chrome on them. That was pretty amazing stuff, and I’m quite happy with the result. They’re not an exact match to the silver ones, but they actually work better with the washers, so caps – check!
For the deck, I made up some furniture from kits I had purchased at one of those estate sale tables at the Stockton Miniature Show. They are Cane Creations from Twin Palms Miniatures, which does not appear to be in business anymore. I have no idea when the kits were made. There is one black-and-white photo of the finished piece (from only one, not-very-helpful angle), a lot of very dense instructions, and some hand drawings, so I’m guessing they’re not of recent vintage. The instructions were a bit hard to follow, and, for the chair at least, following the instructions would not have yielded something that looked anything like the cover photo. I found the rattan somewhat difficult to work with, and the confusing instructions didn’t help, so the pieces look a bit . . . rustic. But they’re patio furniture, so they don’t need to be super elegant, and I’m glad to have used my kits. I also found the foam for the cushions was cut very oddly, so I ended up cutting my own. The fabric was printed with my ink-jet printer.
The Star Line
deck chair is a kit from Michelle’s Miniatures,
and, fortunately, it made up beautifully. It will likely also get a
cushion, but I haven’t decided to print more of the chair fabric or try to find
something complementary. I have a few
more plant kits coming from SDK Miniatures, but then it’s just landscaping, and
I’ll be done with the Art Deco house. *sigh* It’s always a
little sad to finish a project.
Luckily, I have a new project to plan for—the Real Good Toys lighthouse and cottage! Here is my idea: Lighthouse first floor—tearoom. I have two absolutely lovely Charles Rennie Mackintosh tea table sets from Jane Harrop that I have been wanting to put together and use for a long time. For my birthday, I got a nice little slanted display case from Bauder Pine to display little goodies. Lighthouse second floor—book store. I know I can make bookshelves and books, and another birthday gift was a little center display table from Mini Etchers. The third floor may just be a stock room. If I can fit a desk in there, I will. The cottage will be a nautical museum and gift shop.
Then the spousal unit asked if I was going to include a ship in a bottle (oh, sure, I can’t even find bottles I like in half scale, let alone one with a ship inside) and some scrimshaw. Scrimshaw—in half scale?!? You’d need a microscope to make it/see it! (But I'm still thinking about how I could do it.) Then Mom suggested a Nantucket lightship basket, and that got me doing more planning. I’m pretty sure I’m going to have more ideas than room!
In other news, I received my second COVID shot today. Woo hoo! Dose two! I am looking forward to two weeks from now and being able to get together with vaccinated friends in person. Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. Thank you for stopping by!