Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Update Modern Wood House - September 2017

This coming Friday I am off the my annual stay in Provence! And with the beautiful weather and my new e-bike all mini activities moved a bit to the background.

Alas - when trying to get off the bike three days ago - in an 'artful' way - my foot took a beating!
Good side of it: I now have ample time for an update before leaving 😃.. and with today's medicine nobody really has be in pain..
The dicy side of this: not sure yet whether I can manage the 8-hour drive on Friday ... will see...

I wanted to use the semi-precious gem stones and composed this.
Covered wood dowels with real concrete..
Once the roof is in, I can install the spotlights as well.
I tried various ideas and this one worked best: I used various sizes of metal end sleeves for electrical strands (you get them at electrical supply shop), bulbs from Nalladris and a U-shape styrene piece.

And I made the banisters for the upper floor.
Messed up again with superglue and perspex - will I ever learn?
So, I made this image to keep this firmly in my mind:
The thing to use is the double sided 3mm or 6mm tape!

And then installed the handrail for the stairs. Mind you, not just handrails - I added indirect lighting!! This proved to be a bit more difficult than I thought. I prepared a nice wooden handrail and when I inserted the lightstrip it actually shone through!  grrr...

After more trials I used an L-shaped styrene strip, covered the sides with wood strips, added brackets, then inserted the light strip and fiddled around with hiding the wires...

To imagine something is one thing - getting it to work out is another  😊 ! 
It would have been nicer with a solid light strip... but I have not come across something like that in mini, yet

So, now fingers crossed for my driving ability... back with updates end of October or so...
Hugs to all.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Bedroom, Bathroom, Walk-in Cupboard

It has been a while since I updated. The summer was fantastic and full of activities, I became an e-bike lover and with my friend Ursi we are scouting the region now!
And I got this urge to clean out - it is wonderful to have half-empty cuboards 👍. Cellars will be next ... when the days are shorter again.

So, mini-wise this is where I am at now:

I completed the guest toilet:
please note the Gameboy and the matchbox...

the bathroom:

... I love Jodi's faucet..

the bedroom:

and the walk-in closet.

The two wet rooms will get skylights once I do the roof.

The loft area is dedicated to the hobby of the person living in this house - she loves sewing 😀
It will be fun to place all the things I bought for this...

And here something that I tested and am very, very happy with:
This 'jeweller's glue' attaches e.g. metal hinges to perspex or painted wood.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Printable miniature book covers in German and English

Tick off 'fit to page' when printing pdf..
I used 115g photo paper (thinnest I could find) and foam board

Bathroom and guest toilet

After installing he upper floor, the light cables, the outside siding and carefully measuring the dividing walls inside so that they all have the same angle as the roof - I started with furnishing of the tiny guest toilet and the bathroom.
Bedroom and bathroom will have lowered ceilings because of the proportions of the rooms - just did not look cosy enough when peeping in from the outside ...

Here is becomes visible: I want to make a gallery ...
As you can see here I work with loads of foam board and cover it with thin basswood sheeting. Used real wood though for the ceiling of the ground floor.
The gutter downpipe will hopefully conceal the wood cracks - but this outside wall is removable
First decision was how to tile the shower. I opted for wood 'ceramic' tiles (made from popsicle sticks) to stick to the minimalistic look.

I first had to make the furniture for the guest toilet before putting the wall in - too tight to put my hands in after that..

A tiny hand wash basin for a tiny guest toilet
It is amazing what one can make with the parts of a hearing aid!

dry run to see if this utensil shelf fits....
Orso returned my salad bowl filled with greeneries 😊. That will be the deco on the dining table.

And the warm evenings were great for making some books sitting outside until the daylight faded... or the mosis gave me a hard time ;-)

And I added a few more items to my Shapeways shop: a director's chair, sidetable indoor/outdoor in two sizes and stackable Ikea chairs.

It shows that I had a bit of a summer break at the office... lol.

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.