July 31, 2013

Serpentine console table part 2 + my new gadget

As always real life keeps getting in the way of making minis. And I had another distraction.... a new camera :D I bought a Nikon Coolpix L820 and couldn't be more satisfied with it. It suits my needs perfectly. Of course macro photography was a big factor in my decision and I can take great close ups with it.

I actually assembled the console table and sanded everything. Now it's going on the waiting list for shellac but I still need a few more pieces so I can coat a few pieces together.

I also started working on another large serpentine table. So far I have the table top and the cabriole legs cut. 

I love the way this one looks. There can never be another one the same :)

Roughly sanded legs. These will need a lot of sanding to become the way they should be.

And of course I had to play around with my new Nikon. A couple of shots so you can judge for yourself if it'll do for miniatures :D

Now another day of work and then we're off to our mini vacation in a spa. I can't wait!! 

Until next time!


July 26, 2013

Serpentine console table part 1

The last few days I've been busy cutting legs, skirts, table tops,.... I want to make another large serpentine table but I've also made new plans for a smaller side table or actually a console table. Again the plans are my own design although I did have a few inspirational photos.

The whole design was mostly based on this table. Of course mine won't be as elaborate since I haven't mastered miniature carving yet although I wish to learn that someday too. We'll see.

A rough work in progress..... just dry fitting here to see if everything is going according to plan. As you can see I changed the cabriole legs a bit too, actually slimmed them down as I didn't think the more bulky ones would fit on this smaller table quite as nicely.

So far so good. Now I need to do a lot more sanding and perhaps then it'll be ready for glue. Since this is made out of walnut wood I want to put on the same shellac finish as on the large serpentine table. This will again require a lot of time so I think I'll make a few pieces and then have two or three ready for shellac at the same time.

I do have a few more legs for the large serpentine tables cut but I forgot to take pictures.... I haven't done any more work on the chaise lounge though.... I will have to put everything together so I can put on shellac with the rest of these pieces. 

Well, this is all for now :)


July 18, 2013

Chaise lounge part 2

I've wanted to get to this project every day but somehow never found the time to actually sit down and continue. Today I was a little selfish and worked on it a bit.

I sanded everything and shaped the tiny cabriole legs. It doesn't sound like a lot of work but between all the interruptions it took up the whole morning. 

It's starting to look like something..... I'm still not very good at padding everything so I'm not sure how that will work.... perhaps I should have padded the back first and then assembled the rest. Oh well, it's done now so no use thinking it over again and again. I still have to shellac the whole thing before making the padding anyway. 

The front and the back legs. I need to let these dry and maybe I can continue tomorrow. 

This is coming along nicely although I'm not entirely sure I designed this project like it should be. But if it turns out ok in the end then who cares, right? 
Now I will have to look for some fabric.... I was thinking red velvet would be nice. I've also thought about leather but I think it would be too thick and hard to work with. Or I could always use the gold fabric I used for the bed tufting last year....
Any suggestions?

Until next time!


July 15, 2013

Antique chaise lounge part 1

Since yesterday was Sunday and we decided we weren't going to be doing anything around the house I finally got the time to start a new project.

I've wanted to do something like this for ages but haven't worked up the nerve to try it until now. Even now I can't be sure it's going to turn out the way I want it to, or turn out like anything at all.... but if I don't try I'll never know, right?

Since I've decided to make an antique chaise lounge I first had to come up with the design. This was mostly winging it and combining things from several different inspirational photos. After that came the cutting part.

The back and the front sides. Here you can see how this should turn out.... should being the operative word...

I also have the legs cut, all four of them. These are very small and so I've decided to leave them attached to the block they were cut from, making it easier for me to hold them while shaping them with my rotary tool. 

I still need to design the front part, plus cut the rest of the back and sides. At least I cut most of the pieces that will be visible after upholstering. The rest don't have to be as neat as they won't be seen anyway. Now I'll have to sand everything since you can clearly see that no sandpaper has touched this wood yet, hahaha. Hopefully I'll be able to continue this soon.

Oh, and I wanted to show the supervisor for the house renovations....

Nothing to add here really.... :D

Until next time!


July 7, 2013

Gifts from Jane!!

It took me forever to get these pictures done.... this week has been hectic!! Just as I was about to go do some errands on Tuesday morning, the postman brought me a fabulous surprise.... a package all the was from the US.

Of course I couldn't go anywhere without opening it first. Inside were this little treasures from Jane over at Minifanaticus.

A basket full of fantasy mushrooms :D these are amazingly detailed!!

A fly eating (flesh eating?? - you never know with witches) plant.... He's spectacular! He was already named Rolf by my boyfriend :D

A potion mixing board.... all of these items were made by the very talented Jane :) She really has a knack for creating with polymer clay!!

And a most detailed hand with a divination orb.... it's magical!!

And some mini supplies.... these will be used in future projects :)

Thank you so much Jane for your generosity.... these are amazing!! My pictures don't do justice to these wonderful pieces, so much detail and so tiny!! They are truly magical :D

Until next time!