Monday, July 24, 2017

Success with the kitchen!

It is starting to look like a home...

But first about the kitchen - it worked out: no more metal sheeting left! I made both of them twice .. but I really wanted counter tops without scratches or dents..
Just wondered whether there is a foil that looks as good as real metal.. for next time.
The sink is from Evi because she is the only one that has them with the real stainless steel look.
It seems she uses some sort of metal covered styrene...





In case you are wondering where the extractor hood is: the latest development here is Bora!
In my next real life kitchen I definitely want one like that...

And I finally could show off Minifanaberia's dishwasher and Ikea racks on the walls! Yeah!!
And all the other treasures I found at the various fairs. Pots of course from Yukio Kaway in Tokyo. Nearly ready to make the Spaghetti dinner....


I had to scrap the idea of having floor-length white curtains in the house 😢:
There was no space next to the TV area.
The advantage: I can now add indirect light on the ceiling.. still to come.
And I hope that Ingrid will help me with assembling a real working clock on the wall (Ingrid, did you get that?? 😍).


I planned to use two black industrial lightshades above the dining table. But with this rather colorful and bold painting it looked too much. So I made a much simpler lamp.
This is the original lamp from Prandina... 

mirror inside..

It took me some time until I found a way to point the light upwards and get the reflection on the table: I used a mirror covered styrene and added a rim. .
First tried it with making a mould - but when I put the material in the oven the result made me laugh..


And: so pleased that my Provence house made it to the Frontpage of Miniaturas!
But why on earth did I give her that photo where the window hinge has become loose??? grr

Sunday, July 9, 2017

End of a wonderful weekend

The weather was splendid and instead of doing mini I went river swimming with my son and his friends! Nothing like being in the water when the air reaches 32° in the shade.
First time I used this floating vest (about 4 sizes too big...) and I was totally impressed. This with a waterproof bag - no more inflating the rubber boats and schlepping them around? Will see next time..
My son...

I did a bit of work this week though - next to trying to get rid of a major piece of malware in the Chrome browser... grrr.

I made the oven and found a great way of imitating the door: took perspex and sprayed it with glossy black Edding. Looks just like a black mirror

Got the pretty pleater (thanks Jodi for this information) and tried it with a couple of materials because I need horizontal ones.
The best for these kind of blinds are facial towels - sprayed with a bit of glue/water solution. These facial towels are great for mini towels as well.



And I made the dining room table. The sprouted leg version did not work out -
I spent hours, added additional wood under the table, but then could not drill all the holes at the same angles, etc. Frustration x 2!!
Change of plan and I am very happy with these legs, now. They probably look even better 😅


And now comes the real challenge! I somehow have to cut an opening in this sheet metal to fit the sink underneath! Obviously, without scratches, cutting marks and all...

I already messed up two sheets - practice makes perfect they say ... I am working on it  😓

And I went to the Vitra Design Museum (about one hour drive from there I live) to see their new exhibition. That was interesting - but going through their showrooms is even more inspiring...
These books on the floor look great!
Mini - but unfortunately not in 1:12... useless for us...
So, this sums it up. Not productive on the mini side, but great in every way!

Have a super week ahead now.
Marion

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

In the mood for fiddly things - making dollhouse clothes

Sometimes I feel like working structurally - but right now it was a week of 'glasses on', tiny scissors, material scouting and doing something I didn't know I could - making tiny clothes!

First I got stuck on a trolley for under the desk. I had these great pill boxes from muji muji and all it needed was a bit of styrene and 4 castor wheels. Well... and a bit of patience.



Then I got into the clothes mood. Clearly one cannot have an empty wardrobe ;-)
Here what I came up with: coat, leather jacket, shirt, jumpers and t-shirts, jeans, shorts.


hand stiched

Used a tuto I found on the internet

hand stitched



The jeans and shorts are photographed and then printed on fabric

Two hoodies drying...
I ran out of stiff and stuff and made my own with diluted white glue. It works just great! So, no more buying stiff and stuff...

The only thing missing is a pair of trousers on a trouser hanger - not sure yet how to make the hanger .. but I will figure out something.

And I posted the empty salad bowl to  Orsolya Skulteti in Hungary so that she can fill it with her wonderful creations!

This is all soooo exciting :-)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Creating additional kitchen space

You probably all come to the same point as you go along: heck, if only I had a little more space in that house!

Same thing here: I realized that I did not have space for the laundry dryer!
But the house construction is already given - no way I could make it larger.
And all inside space is pretty much allocated ...
Ok, I could make this a major art feature in the living room or so ;-)

I decided to add three 3cm by extending an exterior wall.
This meant that the facade of the house would have to be adapted as well.
Mh...

This is the only place I could extend to the outside (this is a wall that is removable)

... too little space in the back under the staircase.
Well, I took the knife and was hoping for the best!


3cm more make a BIG difference!

The logic looked right at this stage.
I couldn't wait to now get going on the facade to find out if this really looked great...


Yeah! I like:-)
This is what I love about builidng models - finding solutions that look great!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

3D printables

I was invited by my friends in Germany to join them at the 1:12 Fair in Rheda this weekend.
But they wanted me to bring something along that I could show...

I am catching a train and there is no way to take along a model. But what I could share are the sturdier things that I have available in my Shapeways shop, printed in 3D.

So, very hectic weekend/Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday designing and making the showcase (lightweight using foam board, dismantable for transport), paint some of the items that were in the raw plastic state and putting them into scene.


Spraying color on cardboard/foam board was tricky because - as we all know - it tends to suck up the moisture and then all is ruined. A primer doesn't do the trick either - same issue.
I sprayed very light coats - about 8 of them - and the damage was minimal because I used weights as well. Question of patience though because of all the waiting in between...

Not happy with the 'roof' and lettering - but time was limited and it will have to do for now...



These industrial lampshades are printed in metal and the weight is supposed to make them hang nicer than the lightweight ones... 

First time I installed this lampshade - used a 'pear' LED lamp

Same thing - as a bowl or as a lampshade
Ah, and then - how to make this stable? I made a great construction of wood, magnets, velcro and foam board, painted it and it was all ready when I spotted these two things behing a box in the studio! It could have been so easy...
I attached to magnet strips to the back and they snapped right on!! And now it is rock solid :-)

Hey, have a great week!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Surf Cabin Video



If only we could spend a little time there....

VIDEO LINK


Enjoy the day!

Marion