Sunday, February 28, 2010


I am a bit overwhelmed thinking about all the things I want and need for the inside of my dollhouse.

So... I have been exploring making new things out of other materials. Here are my first pair of slippers. I sculpted a right and left (interior sized) shoe shape out of polymer clay to form over. The off white slippers are leather, the green ones are made of Ultrasuede. I am not totally pleased yet. Maybe the next pair will be better.

Friday, February 26, 2010


This chandelier will be in the kitchen of the house I am planning to build. It is made of brass and oxidized black, hopefully it looks aged. The four arms were pierced out of brass and the center was turned on a Unimat. Yes, I can wire it.

Francis Whittemore blew the white shade and chimney for me. Thankfully, I still have a lot of the glass he made for me.

Extreme Kit Bashing

I like so many things about the Chrysnbon kits, apart from the fact they are not wood or metal. They are very believable when photographed. I have never seen better scaled bathroom fixtures. I see many of those bathroom kits in the dollhouse blogs I read.
I brought this stove home with the intention of making some design changes and casting it in bronze. I wanted to get rid of the faux nickle bling for one thing. I didn't want it to become the focal point of a room. I also wanted to make the stove fuctional. To do that I had to buy several stove kits and cut them apart with a jewelers saw before they could be cast.
I had a few brass ornamental findings that I pulled molds off of. Into those molds molten casting wax was poured. Those wax embelishments were added to different pieces of the kit. It is a labourious process because they all had to be fused to the plastic by carefully melting the wax on to the plastic. It was done with a hot needle around the edge of each wax ornamental piece. They had to be sucure or they might break free during the vaccum investment process.
I won't bore you with the details of the lost wax casting process, except to say most polystyrene's will burn out of investment clean.
Finally, all of the bronze kit pieces were silver soldered together (with a torch), The finished stove was oxidized and and given a coat of Renaiassance Wax.