Making minis with Shapeways

by brae  

One recent and amazing development in the world of miniatures is 3D printing.  Shapeways gives designers and shoppers a way to meet and mingle.  There are so many custom miniatures in different sizes and materials available.  Shapeways held a contest featuring miniatures, and I made a mini crafting scene to enter.

I started with a miniature reproduction of the Shapeways shipping box shown here at Baxter Pointe Villa.

I split apart a real one then reproduced the wording and logos through scanning, manual type-setting and clip-art alteration.

I even made a tiny USPS label.  :D

The shipping tape dispenser left the best detailing on the ends, so I kept that intact.

The tiny X-Acto knife is by Ulus Miniatures.

Open the box to find Shapeways 3D printed items wrapped in thin foam (many thanks to Peggy for the foam supply).  Maybe one of these days I'll figure out how to make bubble wrap in 1:12 scale.  I did at least include tiny pieces of masking tape to hold the foam secure.  :D


Inside were a 3D printed swimming pool in N scale from TheDallesHostler and a 3D printed N scale bridge from railNscale, bought just in case of disaster with the pool.  :D  I will likely use the bridge for the tiny Hampton House.

My mini craft room is also the laundry room.  This beautiful washer and dryer set from Barbara are accented by a wonderfully detailed 3D printed laundry basket by MarionRussek.  I spray painted it flat white.

Ophelia likes to hang out in the laundry room when there is crafting going on.

The 3D printed bookshelf which I painted Liquitex Iridescent Bronze is from modernminifan.  I added various miniatures to fill the space, using the largest of the books in my collection to make the best use of the space.

The modern vase is from modernminifan and was molded in white.  I painted it Testors Gloss Teal, a gorgeous metallic blue green.

I removed the ladder from the pool since the printing was slightly off and painted the pool using acrylic paints.  The 3D printed desk accessories are from modernminifan.  They were printed in a lightly metallic grey, so I left them as is.  I added accessories and even a tissue for the tissue box holder.  The 3D printed stacking bins are from MarionRussek, designed by Pepper.  These were molded in green.  I made the masking tape roll and sketch pad.

Then it was time for the resin (Acrylic Water from Walmart).  I've included a tiny dispensing cup and stir stick.  I tried putting measurement lines on the cup, but that's apparently above my pay grade.  :D

The 3D printed overhead lampshade is by MarionRussek.  I painted it soft tan to mimic a bamboo shade, added a Novalyte can LED and fed the wire through a length of aluminum tubing.  The window was originally in the Newport and has my custom café shutters.  Yes, they open, too.  :]

Burning the midnight oil.  Yeah, I've never done that before.  haaaaaaaaaaa!

Hooray!  Done with time to spare.  :D

You can see all of the entries here and the results here.


Brilliant! :D
04/06/15 @ 07:07
Comment from: The Grandmommy [Visitor]
I kept having to remind myself this was a mini scene. Excellent!
04/06/15 @ 08:15
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]
Wow! The tiny details are just amazing. Wonderful!
04/06/15 @ 08:56
Comment from: MiniDork [Visitor]
O.M.G. This is incredible! It is amazing how much detail YOU can fit into one small room. I LOVE the mini replica Shapeways box, nice touch. Your talent is mindblowing. See you in Chicago!
04/06/15 @ 11:07
Comment from: Lynn [Visitor]
This is stunning! So realistic! Is there some place we can go to vote for you?
04/06/15 @ 15:32
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
Yay! How fun :) I bought the laundry basket quite a while ago, but had to get a refund because the flower shapes weren't cut out. Yours looks great.
04/06/15 @ 16:46
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks so much!! :D This is a judged contest, so no voting. Keli - the same thing happened to me. There was an issue with the design at that time which has since been corrected. :yes:
04/06/15 @ 17:06
Amazing: you've not only hit it out of the ballpark, you've hit it out of the country! :-D
04/06/15 @ 17:15
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]
You have such an eye for detail, making the scene come alive. Your rooms look lived in, not contrived; it's as if the resident just got up for a moment, leaving us a snapshot of her life.
04/06/15 @ 19:19
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]
Delightful room scene! Good luck!
04/06/15 @ 19:59
Comment from: Angie Hall [Visitor]
Hey, there! I've been gone for a while but I'm back reading your blog again. What a delight to see this laundry room scene! How cute! Your work is divine!
04/07/15 @ 09:42
Comment from: brae [Member]
&#59;D Thanks so much!!
04/07/15 @ 10:34
Comment from: janes [Visitor]
Wow!! Fatastic, so well done Brae. While your shots are always wonderful my favorite is by far is you cutting the box..micro cutter, amazing looking box..Love it!!
04/07/15 @ 19:03
Comment from: Jeannette [Visitor]
Wow Brae! This is fantastic! Good luck to you in the contest!
04/08/15 @ 09:11
Comment from: snowfern [Visitor]
oooooHHH!!! What a wonderful scene, loving all the thoughtful little itty bitty details, love everythinggggg!!!!
04/10/15 @ 17:15
Comment from: Kristine [Visitor]
The miniature Shapeways box stole my heart. It is such a clever idea and must have taken some work! The scene is just beautiful Brae! The lighting makes it look homey and the clutter of objects make it seem very realistic. I love how you used the N scale pieces, especially since they are not typical "dollhouse within a dollhouse" pieces. And Ophelia is so stunning, I'm not usually a cat person but this scene made me search to see if I can get myself a miniature cat... :)
04/12/15 @ 18:01
Comment from: Elly [Visitor]
Gorgeous, Brae ! You are so talented !!! Cheers, Elly (Amsterdam)
04/13/15 @ 12:38
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you!!! :>>
04/23/15 @ 20:39
Comment from: Marion Russek [Visitor]  
Wonderful display and arrangement! Otterine, a well deserved first prize :-). Congratulations. I love as well how you brought the Shapeways box into the set-up.. Would you mind if I used a couple of photos for my blog to show how printies from my shapeway shop can be displayed?
04/24/15 @ 11:25
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you, Marion! :>> I've sent you an email.
04/24/15 @ 12:47
Comment from: Katy [Visitor]  
I wasn't sure if this was the best one to comment on. But your work amazes and astounds me. I have been doing miniatures for only a couple of years now, but I strive to be just as good as you are. I love looking at your pictures over and over again just to find the details i may have missed before. I'd love to be blogging friends if you'd like. I'm also curious what kind of blog site you use? Well anyway fantastic work can't wait to hear from yoU!
05/11/15 @ 07:47
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks, Katy! :D This blog is hosted on my own website and uses a b2evolution platform. Good luck and have fun! :yes:
05/11/15 @ 11:36

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