Category: "Greenleaf 2011 Spring Fling - Baxter Pointe Villa"

Custom built wine rack

by brae  

I am so brimming with excitement over how this turned out that I just needed to share.  :D

This is attached to a Houseworks cabinet, so I built a box from 1/8" thick bass wood to mimic the structure of that cabinet.  I painted just the lead edges of the inside as well as the entire exposed side of this addition.

Inside, I have a place to hang wine glasses and to store three bottles of wine.  I bought these items at the Bishop show even though they were a little large for scale.  I think they work wonderfully here since they aren't sitting next to anything else that would give away that fact.

I made the glass holder from mini cove was actually a sample from a dollhouse wood supplier.  There was exactly the amount I needed for this project.  Score!

To keep the glasses from sliding too far back, I glued in a block right behind where the second sits.  I left the holder and the shelves in natural wood.

Each shelf is made from 1/16" thick bass wood.  Just as with the glass holder, I put in a stopper to keep the bottles from sliding back too far.

To keep the shelves in straight while the glue dried, I used a 3/8" post as a spacer.

Now, who wants a glass of wine?  :D

Door to _____?

by brae  

So, say you need access behind a wall...what do you do?  You build a door to get there.  :D

I started with a piece of 1/32" thick bass wood cut to the size of the door I needed (my wall in this example is 1/16" bass wood).  Around this, I drew a rectangle in the area where I wanted the opening.

On one side of the rectangle, I cut an opening smaller than my door.

I painted the inner edge of the cutout.

Since I plan to wallpaper this wall, I needed to cut a template for the rectangle I drew earlier.

Using 3/16" framing strip wood, I cut a frame to fit the rectangle to cover the wallpaper edge.

I used a gluing jig to keep my frame square.

On the lead edge of the door, I drilled a hole to fit a small wood knob.

I left the excess on the back side of the door since this serves as a door stop.

I checked the fit of the frame over the door to make sure it would slide easily.

I then painted the door and the outer frame.  I kept the paint thin and out of the inner track of the frame completely so it wouldn't interfere with the door functionality.

Where does this door lead?

You'll need to wait until July 4th!  :D

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Spring Fling progress

by brae  

I've been working hard on the Spring Fling and am eager to share what I've been working on!  :D  I'm hoping all the prep work I've been doing will make the build go quickly once I have the structure glued together.  Yes, that's right...29 days to go and I still don't have it glued together!  :O  But, a lot of the things I am doing are easier to accomplish with flat boards.  I hope to have the structure glued together in the next day or two...then it's all finishing from there.  I should be okay with time, but I am definitely feeling the pressure!

Here's one bit I can show you: the finished hearth for the fireplace.  It's made of the same Greenleaf vinyl tiles as the fireplace with strip wood finishing the edges.

Bonnie Lavish Sunflowers

by brae  

I made Bonnie Lavish red dahlias previously and loved the results.  The kits are super easy, too!  This time around, I made sunflowers.  I love sunflowers!  There's a field on the way to work that has sunflowers planted about every other year, sometimes two years in a row.  So pretty.

The vase is from Manor House Miniatures.  It reminds me of a bee.  :D  The table is a Concord miniature I refinished.

The kit instructions suggested adding flocking or sand to the centers, so I made some flocking using DMC 3371 and sharp scissors.

Since making the dahlias, I purchased a set of stylus tools as well as Bonnie's leaf veiners, which I think are the bee's knees!  I had used a clay sculpting tool last time, but these made life so much easier.  Here are two leaf before and one after using the veiner.

In addition to loving sunflowers, I love the German name for them, too!  Sonnenblumen.  :D   Even though I highly recommend this Bonnie Lavish kit for easy and great results, there is a wonderful tutorial out in blogland by Nina at MiniMumm: part 1 and part 2.  Her Sonnenblumen are so fabulous!

Oly Studio Ichibad Side Table in miniature

by brae  

Here is the side table I built, inspired by the Oly Studio Ichibad Side Table.

My version was made from a premade wood square that measured 1 1/4" across and 1/8" thick and wood spindles called Tiny Turnings.  Mine is a bit larger than a direct 1:12 scale conversion, but that actually works better for the scene it's intended for.

I first drew a 1/8" grid on the square with pencil and then used an X-Acto knife to score along those lines.

I painted the edges and back of the square with black acrylic and then started washing on various paint colors watered down to keep the color transparent (Coffee Bean, Black Cherry and Sunflower by Folk Art; Terra Cotta by Americana; and Barn Red by Apple Barrel).

I had to go over the scored lines again after painting with the X-Acto knife.  I then used two coats of Triple Thick Gloss Glaze by Americana on the top and one coat of Delta Ceramcoat Satin Varnish on the sides.  My scored lines aren't as obvious as in the inspiration table, but I still like the way it turned out.  Too much surface texture on a mini table can also make it difficult to display things on it.

For the legs, I cut the Tiny Turnings into 2" lengths with the connectors intact.  For the separators, I cut 1 3/16" lengths also with the connectors intact.

I sanded around the ends of the separators with an emery board to make a smaller dowel that would fit into a drilled hole in the leg.

I cut one of the separators in half, splitting the connector in half.  I sanded around the outer ends of the separators but left the inner connector halves as is.

I am not really a fan of brass or gold finishes, so I painted the bottom portion with two coats of Iridescent Silver by Liquitex.  It was a little shiny and new, so I applied a black paint wash over the finish and dabbed away the excess.  It was just enough to add some depth to the color.

I then drilled holes in the bottom of the table for the tops of the legs.

I think it turned out pretty well!  :]  It's a bit rickety, but that's the nature of lightweight materials in miniature.

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