Thursday, May 23, 2013

Poor Jack had a hard winter

I haven't been making miniatures lately. There have been other things on my to-do list. Like repairing garden statues.

This 3 foot tall Jack Rabbit lost the tip of his ear. When I found Apoxie Sculpt at the model train shop yesterday, I knew it was the right product to do the repair with. It can be used for so many things. It doesn't shrink and freezing temperatures will not effect it. it cures as hard as stone in 24 hours. After that I can faux paint the tip of his ear to look as grungy as the rest of it.
Apoxie Sculpt is a two part (putty like) compound that you mix in equal parts. You have roughly three hours of working time. The list of things you can do with it is impressive. I have no doubt there will be a miniature use for it. It will be one of those projects that pops up and you will just know that it is exactly what you need.

Keep a bowl of water close by and some paper towels. Once the sculpting has been done it can be smoothed with water and also textured. Just wash your hands with soap and water.

Finished...I don't think anyone would ever know. ;-)


Monday, May 13, 2013

The Sofa Transformation

I admit I was really concerned when I ordered this sofa that I would ruin or break it trying to get the upholstered panels off. Hence my plea to all of you for helpful tips about how to do that.

As soon as I took it out of the box I gave it a test by picking at at the fabric on the arm with a finger nail. It just popped off. The same thing happened on the other side. I thought no way I am going to get this lucky with all these padded upholstered panels. YUP! They virtually fell off with a little light coaxing. I never used a tool just my finger nail. The glue used to put this together had about as much adhesive power as a sticky post-it note. PHEW!

I thought I would be scouring the internet or worse looking in local fabric shops to try and find something to upholster it with. Then the light dawned... I have a huge stash of fabrics from the days when I did a lot of embroidery.

I had several choices but this beautiful light gold 100% silk was perfect. Simply because it went with every wing chair I have made. I love the idea of changing things around in a dollhouse. A heavier look for fall and winter and something lighter for the warmer months. After all....If you couldn't play with it what fun would that be?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Your help please

I bought this Bespaq sofa on eBay because I love the lines and the simplicity of the frame. The fabric however is another matter. 
I want to reupholster it but I am not sure about the best way to remove the fabric. If anyone has some experience with this sort of project, I would appreciate your tips and advice. Perhaps you even have a 'How to" link you found you would like to share.
Thank you!!!

Friday, May 3, 2013

A new addition to the family

I named this new kitty Bear. I have no idea why that name came to mind while I was working on him.  He is getting along very well with the other kitties no fighting yet.. ;-)
You would think after making six or seven animals this would have occurred to me long ago. I am putting too much fur on them! If you think about applying the fur like adding shingles to a roof... I think the fur 'shingles' are too thick. Next time...thinner shingles.