Chrysnbon rocking chair and foot stool, part 2

by brae  

I sprayed the Chrysnbon rocking chair and foot stool first with grey primer and then followed up with Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch Ultra Cover in Satin Slate Blue.

I love the color - very close to the wall hutch.  :]

The injection marks mostly disappeared with the application of paint, but it looks like I missed two on the side spindles and the two side ones on the upper back are still visible.  I will scrape some more and then touch up the paint.

I've been published!

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I just received my first ever print publication!  Miniaturas is a magazine from Spain, and unfortunately, I can't read the text.  But, it is an amazing feeling to have my work published in print.  The quality of the magazine is wonderful, and there are free printed mini projects in each edition.

The Artist's Studio won first place in the 2013 Undersized Urbanite contest hosted by Little Victorian.  Part of the prize was a year's subscription to Miniaturas and a feature in the magazine.

I had dinner with mom last night, and she promptly swiped the magazine to show around her office.  I was able to take two photos beforehand, though.  Once I have it back, I'll be able to show it around my own office.  :D

If you visit the new Undersized Urbanite contest website, you will see that next year I will be on the panel of judges.  :D  I'm excited to see the creative entries take shape!

Chrysnbon rocking chair and foot stool, part 1

by brae  

I previously made the pot belly stove and coal bucket from this Chrysnbon kit for Baslow Ranch.  When I was going through my kits for the Creatin' Contest build, I found the remaining rocking chair and foot stool.  The kit itself is easy to put together out of the box, but I took a few additional steps to make the final result more realistic.

Plastic kits have mold lines and injection marks by nature, but these can be disguised with sanding and scraping.  For this particular part of the kit, there is simulated wood grain.  The circular injection marks stand out a lot.  I used the sharp tip of an X-Acto knife to mimic the grain pattern as well as possible.

Here is the scraping mid-process.

You might not be able to make the marks blend completely, but it is certainly an improvement over the obvious circles.  Once the pieces are painted, they should be even less noticeable.

Here's an example of the mold lines.  I scraped the lines away and then added the simulated wood grain.

For the edges of the seat, I made vertical grain lines.

For the bottoms of the rocker pieces, I sanded the surface completely smooth without any grain.

For the lower back, the original piece was smooth, shiny plastic.  Even though it's not the exact wood grain, my scrapings did add more texture and made it blend in more.

The chair has a lot of great detailing.

The foot stool was very easy, needing minimal work to disguise the mold line around the edge.

I used Testors cement for plastic models (in the red tube) to assemble the kit.

Next up, painting!

Topiary with birds - 12.75 hours

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I had hoped to have this finished for the monthly needlework update, but then that pesky lightning strike happened and threw everything off.  :\

This pattern is a motif from a Dutch sampler dated 1776 provided by Berthi Smith-Sanders.  You can find the file for free download at The Workbasket.

I changed the colors completely from the listing on her pattern and made the tree topiary shaped.  I've stitched the main design and am now filling in the background with DMC 3865 Winter White.  This will be a wall hanging measuring approximately 1.75" x 2.5" when finished.

This is currently 12.75 hours of work on 32ct Jobelan.

Vintage sewing patterns

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Just a quick update - things with the insurance company and contractor are moving along.  Since there is also a condo association with its own insurance company and contractor, things were a little back and forth last week.  This week, the repair and restoration process can begin in earnest.  Life is completely turned on its head for me at the moment, but I am hanging in there, as is Jasper.  He's been remarkably calm during the mass hysteria and constant stream of new people.  :D

And, tonight, I even found some time to mini.  Blondie sent me a bunch of paper kits from Ann Vanture's Paper Minis for my birthday last month.  There were two travel kits for The Brownstone.

There were two book kits that will likely go from place to place.

And, finally, there was a kit for vintage sewing patterns.  I nearly bought these myself, but I didn't have time to order them for the Heritage attic finale.

The kit makes six patterns, and it was easy peasy!  Cut, fold and glue.

Since these will go in the Heritage attic, I took one and added a yellow paint wash after crinkling the paper.  It's just the right amount of age and wear.  (The pattern envelope is colorfast, but the pattern tissue was not.)

For one of the patterns, I removed the upper tab, made a tear in the front and repaired it with tiny strips of tape.  :D

They are wonderful, no?  Since things are in complete upheaval, photographing them in the attic will have to wait.

I kept two of the pattern sheets separate so I can use them with fabric for a future sewing room.  :D  It felt great to be creative again!  Thanks so much, Blondie!!!  Kisses!

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