Monday, May 22, 2017

Modern minimalistic wood house

I could not wait for this new project! It has been on my mind for a while - and my loot from Chicago is basically for this..
Here a screen shot of the drawing. The upper part walls will not be see-through. But it will have a recessed window front and - if possible at all - a gallery inside. On the plan it seems to work out.. but let's see if it is really looking generous enough.
I had to figure out which side(s) of the house can be removed - it has to be the west and east sides. I would have preferred the front with the two storey window, but with the roof overhang this did not really make sense.

As always, I work with Kappa Foam Board and cover this with basswood veneer. This is probably not as economical as working directly with wood, but I like the ease of handling and having a 'light-weight' house.

Heck, I don't think I ever worked so precise! 1/2mm differences are bothering me .. how nerdy can you get? And then: ONLY mitred window frames from 2mm styrene L-shape. Haha, now we know how nerdy one can get 😉


I got a bit bored with making walls and windows... made the clothes rack for the entrance, adapted from Töjbox
Love the hangers I found in Chicago!

Mh.. I probably have to fill it some more. But making mini clothes is not my idea of fun..

More built-ins (cupboards in the lounge) because it is easier to work with the walls laying flat..
Leather for the handles and wood for the door hande
Built-in blackboard - but I need a left-handed person to do the writing..
Ok, so this is what I have been up to lately... mainly having fun!






Monday, May 8, 2017

This and that...



I am a bit stuck with my beach hut: Pierluigi (Pimini) from Italy has not sent me the two-plate gas hob yet. Because I cannot get to the kitchen area once I glue the house together, the walls are just taped together, at the moment.
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With all the goodies I got in Chicago this hut is more than full... 😏. Not quite my usual style - but then my son reckons is looks like a perfect hang-out for the surfers! He added the binoculars and got me to make a weed plant ... a must have for the boys 😉
Outside shower has still to be installed


Please note the beer crates - a rare find!


Not only did I learn how to make a boat and carve surfboards - but with excellent tutos I made as well a fishing net and glass floats!

Another issue is how to photograph this properly? I mean, Switzerland is not exactly known for sandy surf beaches 😏 I know quite a few sandy spots at the lakes but - surprise - there are always mountains in the back!!
Any ideas are welcome!

But I was busy with other things as well. I added more chairs to my Shapeways shop - mainly modern ones. They turned out great but sanding and painting them does usually take some time...
Sturdy Softshell Chair - difficult to cover with fabric so I opted with chalky paint

Dainty...I am amazed how they can print this!

This is as is with legs and all

This model is 'seat only' and I attached real wooden legs - took me a while ;-)


The industrial lampshade is great as well and I want to try this asap. Because it can be printed in metal it should hang perfectly.

Printed in matte black steel - a bit too rough for my liking,
I will try a different polished metal next time


And then I started my next project!!
More about this in my next blog...
And yes - it is definitely not a room box!

Here what I would like to share with you though:

Just dicovered wood veneer fabric from Halbach!
This opens new possibilities...
For minis the 'stone' s best because of the fine grain
















Not sure if you know this tool - but I simply could not do without it!
Measurement marking ruler -- also available in metric version











So, enough for today!
Regards, Marion 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Chigaco Mini Shows 2017

Not only 1 but 3 miniature shows were running during 5 days and all of them within 20km distance!!

- 3BlindMice was your run-of-the-mill stuff, but excellent for 1/2" and 1/4".
- The Miniature Show was of excellent standard with a manageable amount of exhibitors (... it was possible to find the table again where I spotted something earlier..). See lots of photos of artists at Facebook site
- Tom Bishop Show was huge with some extremely high-end minis and artists. Seeing these high standards is challenging..

What I learned:
- Always book for previews in order to have first choice!
- To go home straight after the dhow because I am ready to try all new things

Here what I collected for my contemporary style during the past days
Dorota from MiniFanaberia

Yukio Kawai in TokyoJapan

From Dorota of MiniFanaberia, and the sewing machine and, and....

Lidi Strout Basketcase Miniatures - the best!  ..filled with fruit from various artists

English quality with real bristles, best toothbrushes I have ever seen

...and Marie  Michael Creutz from minis2you have great ice skates, too...

Exquisite raku pottery from Hairy Potter

Yukio Kawai in Tokyo, Japan

kitchen tools collected from various producers
and Ulus Miniaturas has not seen the last of me...
Stunning! From Pia Becker - Lamis Minis

Unfortunately Kari Bloom was sick and not there with her stunning furniture - I would have loved to see this in real...

My bag is not only with lots of ideas but as well with material from Michaels, Blick, HobbyLobby and other shops where I spent hours browsing and hunting.

This was as mind blowing as it can get!
And it was great meeting some remarkable mini artists and making new friends 😎



Thursday, April 6, 2017

Vacuum Forming a Miniature Boat with Styrene


Every Beach Hut needs at least a rowing boat!



After countless trials making this with thin balsa strips I was a bit at a loss.
But then I chatted with Dorota from Miniafanaberia about styerene and this got me onto the right track!

I made the shape of the boat with foamboard layers and after thorough google video research about vacuum forming, I gave it a shot because I had a few glossy 2mm styrene sheets anyway (stashed away because I thought I would never use them..).


First I made the vacuum box using a plastic box, made a hole big enough for the vacuum sucker, and closed the box with wood and plenty of wholes in it.


I tried with two kind of frames.

Sheet tacked onto the frame and sits on TOP of the box: good for small items because there is less styrene waste

Sheet is clamped between two frames and is LARGER than the box: good when you need the entire sucking area of the box

The great thing though: it worked first time!! And this with rather thick 2mm styrene....


Only with the surf board the first try was not ok because the styrene was not long enough in the oven

I made three of them because it was so easy 😀. Cut them into three different heights.

Added 2x1mm rim on top with super glue. 

And here the finished product (anchor and fishing net missing..)!




Monday, March 6, 2017

Beach Hut Kit

After all these large house I built during the past years, I am running out of storage space!!

So, this is a smaller project using a pre-fab (mdf) from the dollshousebuilder in the U.K.


Bashing it and covering the walls with siding still offers plenty of room for creativity...

As a first I covered the inside and outside walls.
I used a 'plank' for the inside. Only 0.8mm thick!

The overlap clapboard outside siding I could only find in the U.S., 2mm thick.
Both are great because they are so thin!

And I covered the floors with veneer.

Making these sash windows was a 'first' for me: I used 1mm thick wood to make them look as dainty as possible.


For the round window I found something suitable in the plumbing section of the hardware shop...


I was so excited to finally find a local wood supplier in Switzerland after all my mini building activity! And not just online - he even has a shop about 50km away! And he has the full range of Everlast plastic products are well.
Rummaging around there was like being in heaven :-)

Now busy trying to integrate basics in this tiny inside space..


I keep you posted.
Marion