Tribal Foxes Rug - 110.75 hours, stitching complete

by brae  

I've finished stitching the Tribal Foxes rug with a total stitching time of 110.75 hours.  I just need to bind the edges and complete the final finishing.

This was done in full cross stitch with single thread over 32 count Jobelan.

Hoot owl pillows

by brae  

I have been on a pillow making spree with a few more designs still in the works.  :D  I might need to open a mini pillow emporium.

Yes, you can find these little guys in my etsy shop.  :]

The March Online Miniatures Show

by brae  

I am participating in the The March Show running from March 9 - 12.  You can pay a small fee to be an early bird shopper late March 8 - 9, though it is free and open to all March 10 - 12.  I am offering free U.S. shipping or $4 off international shipping for early bird shoppers March 8 - 9.

New spring pillows

by brae  

I've stocked my etsy shop with new designs for spring.  :D

Citroën DS19 1/16 - part 1

by brae  

A new model car, especially one with cautionary reviews like the 1/16 Heller Citroën DS19, always starts with extensive research.  I look at many forums, blogs and online photo albums from people who have built, or attempted to build, the same kit.  I even look at other scales of the same car for ideas on additional detailing and color schemes. While I do look at real life examples and vintage literature, sometimes it's nice to build a car without adhering to the limitations of the real life examples.  This modeler built one to completion, and it's gorgeous.  If I can get even close to this result, I will call it a success.  :D

The other thing I do is make a copy of the instructions to mark up along the way.  These particular instructions have symbols, arrows and numbers, none of which are indicated in any legend so there's some guesswork to be done.  Fat teardrop is likely glue; fat teardrop with X through it is likely "don't" glue.  Squares with stars are decals; circled numbers are part numbers, though there will still be a lot of hunting around.  :]

The tiny numbers are paint indicators, which meant nothing until I found this posting.  It seemed to make sense with which colors I thought went where, so I printed it out for desk reference and marked up directions for ease.  No, I don't know why some are 70 numbers and some are 90 numbers when they indicate the same color, i.e., 7010 and 9010 are both black.  =shrug=  I then googled the other colors to see if I could find an approximation online so I could make an educated substitution from my existing stash of paints (or shop for new ones).

The other thing to do is figure out which sprues or parts of sprues will be primed in which color.  Spraying primer on an intact sprue always makes for an easiest start.  You can scrape paint for gluing parts and touch up a lot easier with a good base coat.  Sometimes you have loose parts that you're better off removing cleanly so they don't end up in the grass when you're spray painting outside.

Large sprues can be unwieldy and make parts prone to overspray from one side to the next, so I cut those down, too.  There aren't a whole lot of pieces to this model, so for the larger parts I might end up with a lot of popsicle stick mounts and spray them invidually for even better paint control.

Of course, sometimes you need to fill in injection marks (or sand them down).  I try to determine early on which are worth doing and which won't be seen later on anyway.  Why do the work if it won't show?  At first glance, this one doesn't seem to have many unruly spots, just a few scratches to buff and a bubble or two to sand and fill.

Dry fitting parts also makes a lot of sense for a car touted as being difficult, though you want to remove tape right away to keep the residue from marring the surfaces.  This one does appear to have a bit of gap-itis, so I will likely follow suit of the builder who glued the doors in place from the beginning.  I want "pretty to look at" over functional at this point.  And, no, this will not stay a black car in the end.  While black looks sleek, it's a pain to photograph and keep clean.  :\

The last part of the initial process is to give yourself permission to launch the project into high speed traffic if it truly becomes a bear that you just know you can't tackle any longer.  :]

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