Life is really crazy with the big changes at my work. This past weekend we added to the busy by ordering a skip(trailer) to dump trash into for a big house/yard clean out. I also bought a new laptop so I had to start setting it up with all my software and bits and bobs and (luckily for me!) my niece came over for a visit, ran around the back yard chasing bubbles, played with our kitty cat and showed me how well she reads by reading everything I wrote down.
I did manage to squeeze in some wood and acrylic cutting and I started on the windows for Little Top Cottage. They will be painted the same dark brown wood colour that I used for the exterior tudor work. I messed up a couple of mitres so have some recutting to do, but basically I cut out the window from 2mm acrylic (which is the first time I did that on my scroll saw), I kept the protective coating on and it cut fine! I am still not the bastion of accuracy, but I did alright. So the window is 2mm acrylic I went to a local plastic wholesaler that is open to the public who sell off cuts of acrylic sheets and rods and bought it there. It’s not exactly cheap to buy in large quantities and the tubing is ridiculous but I could think of quite a lot of fun things to do with it. (Any ideas on where to source this cheaper would be helpful!) Then instead of ‘framing’ the acrylic I have basically cut out from 2mm Balsa the window bits and in the image below they are stuck in place with blue-tac – I placed the balsa on both the inside and outside of the acrylic so it is sandwhiched in there. The downstairs windows are similar in proportion but a different size so I will do the same for them.
The mitre cuts are fine on this side, the other side has the wonky .
I also started tidying up the bath tub that I finished recently. (You can see my original work on the tub here). I sanded it down a fair bit and got out most of the cracks – I must say I love how smoothly air dry clay sands it feels really lovely. Anyway, I decided I liked the slightly wonky feel of the tub and knew I needed some decorative feet for it.
In a homage to Terry Pratchett and the Disc World (which is a disc (world) balancing on 4 elephants who are riding on the back of a turtle) I chose turtles as my feet. The beads have quite large holes in the side of the turtles for threading that I thought would look nice if I filled it in with a bead, I grabbed a few pearlescent white to blue beads to see which ones would work well size wise to fill them in. When I did that, I had some fresh water pearls in varying shades too that didn’t quite work to fill the holes, but were looking really nice so I decided to stick them on the tub anyway. I also painted the exterior white and painted the curled rim blue.
I think if I were QBerry I would love having a bubble bath in that tub? wouldn’t you? I also made (well a second attempt) a little step ladder that I also found on the same site and blog entry where the tutorial for the sideboard I made in the last post is. My first attempt was the same size as the tutorial has it, which is probably about half the size of the one I made in my second try I also cut the diagonal posts with the grain of the balsa rather than actually cutting it diagonally across the grain since that made it a bit wobbly. I am not going to show you my first try – well maybe I will if anyone asks I will upload a side by side comparison of attempt 1 and attempt 2 for you to laugh at.
With the ladder you are supposed to be thinking of the stairs around the circus ring to lead you to your seat. Here it will be for storage purposes.
The ladder will still be getting a touch up paint wise before becoming part of the bathroom (which as you can tell still needs it’s skirting boards and white cardstock to cover the messy walls).
Now the rest is not related to either the bathroom or the bedroom – my two chosen rooms to complete for Undersized Urbanite. I do get distracted though, so I am going to show you that too. This was my first attempt at making Dollhouse size dinner plates. Basically I mixed equal parts white and translucent sculpey III clay using my pasta machine and made it kind of thin – I would guess it’s less than 1.5mm or around that (so about 1/32 of an inch??). I then used the smallest circle cutter I had which is from a set of 3 circle cutters from Makins Clay Cutters and cut out many many plates. I dug around in my button collection for a button that looked like it would work for the circular indentation in the middle of the plate and instead of squishing the button into the plate (which would also make button hole divots) I curled the plate edges around the button instead. This works ok but some of the centre indentations were not in the centre so some plates looked a bit lopsided. I then baked the clay (a little too much).
My plates ended up being varying shades between ivory and caramel, so I had to paint them white again first before actually decorating them. (yay!) I first had a play around with painting (definitely not my forte!) and watched a lot of tutorials on youtube for hand painting nail art (the best are from Robin Moses she is totally awesome). So according to Robin Rules these plates are inspired by Robin Moses. She does make the painting look very easy but it pretty much wasn’t for me.
I have also included in the above photo (for your viewing pleasure) some teeny boxes I made out of cardstock. So I am going to talk you through the painting attempts here. Dotting looks easy so I played around with that in the plate near the top right. The floral one was just my attempt at doing swirly bits. Then I thought a circus tent would be cool, but I think my tent looks like it’s a battle tent not a performance tent. My next idea was bunting which I liked, but I wasn’t overly thrilled with the bunting with no decorative edge on the plate and not 100% won over by the ones with the striped edge on the plate.
So I am not saying I improved I am just saying I am living with the second attempts, which have polka dot borders and bunting in the centre. They do not look very good when stacked so I will probably have to display them in a dresser or on the wall somehow.
That photo isn’t the best either is it… I will try to do another one later and replace it.
Good Night, Wherever you are!