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« on: July 23, 2018 06:25:30 AM »

I have always loved minis and wanted to make a cosy little scene myself and finally I had a great excuse to do so.


In the Use The Good Beads, etc swap my partner mentioned she loved little things and I was inspired to break out my best saved ideas, tutorials, and of course a few tiny treasures to include.
Every little bit that could be made by hand, was. The box is 5" X 5".


Here's a tiny upholstered chair with a blanket draped over it, a wee basket with balls of yarn, scissors and knitting needles, a lamp for light to craft by, loads of books, a fancy clock on the mantle, a cuppa on the lace covered side table, and of course a wee kitty for company.


Across the room there is a large, healthy plant, an aquarium with the tiniest plants and fishes, an old style phone, fancy silver candle stick on the mantle, and a framed photo of a ferocious tiger, GRRR!


The last detail I added was a pothos plant in a tiny terracotta pot made from paper clay. I thought that top shelf was looking a little bare and pothos are the only plant that will thrive in my home so they are everywhere and I love them Smiley.


The sides and back of the wooden box are covered in a collage of magazine pages, vintage sewing pattern paper, book pages in several languages, and some sheet music that was my father's.


The kitty is poly clay and was the trickiest thing to sculpt, wow.


That was actually the second attempt. The first turned out much too small but was surprisingly easier to make, I don't really understand that at all.


The yarn basket was woven from thick sewing thread on the end of a glass tube. It was painted and let dry, the handle and trim braided and glued on afterwards. The balls of yarn are thread covered beads, knitting needles made of vintage steel pins that were in an old pin cushion my mom recently brought me, and the scissors are a straightened hook from a tiny hook and eye set.


The chair is card stock, felt and fabric. and a lot of glue.



The aquarium is made from packaging that held very small hook and eye sets, black card, a bit of magazine clipping for the watery background (I wish I'd used something lighter as you can hardly see it at all), sewing thread for the plants, real beach sand on the bottom, and orange puffy paint for the fish. I think there is at least 3 kinds of glue holding it all together. It was crazy to make, I will likely never do it again at this micro scale, lol.


The telephone is black sheet foam and a piece of string that was coated in glue then wrapped around a pin and dried in place. I love an old fashioned curly phone cord, we have that sort of phone at home still Cheesy.

The window, carpet, and mirror frame were printed then glued onto card stock, the mirror is a bit of reflective plastic sheet from Alphastamps for doll house mirrors.

Side tables, fire place, and bookshelves all made from cardboard and either painted or papered. The only thing I had to purchase was the paper for the walls and the ceiling.

Here is how I made the plants:

Translucent cello tape folded over very thin pieces of wire (I didn't have green wire but I coloured it afterwards with sharpie marker).


Colour with sharpie marker.


Cut out and edged with liquid paper.


And here they all are glued into a bead with E-6000. I sprinkled old coffee grounds over the surface of the glue to look like potting soil. Glue the wires in place and when they are dry, bend the leaves into natural looking shapes with a pair of long-nosed tweezers.


The pothos was made with glue coated embroidery thread and paper leaves.
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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2018 06:37:13 AM »

FABBBBBBUUUUUUU!!!!!  Totally rocking it there!!!!
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2018 07:09:32 AM »

Whoa.  That's awesome!  Love seeing all the new little details that pop out every time you look.
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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2018 07:17:29 AM »

Thank you! I'd have a hard time choosing a favourite thing about the room but I was especially pleased with how the knitting basket turned out.

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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2018 07:29:14 AM »

Beautiful!  Excellent work.

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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2018 07:29:43 AM »

Wow, just wow.  All the little details are fabulous.  I think my favorite is the kittie, she's so cute.
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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2018 07:33:37 AM »

Thank you so much Smiley. I think it took around 40 hours hands-on so I am very glad all the elements turned out close to how I imagined them. It was fun!
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« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2018 07:56:46 AM »

Amazing!
You really mastered it.
I love all the little details.
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« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2018 08:38:28 AM »

WOW! ZERS! This is amazing! So many great wee details!
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« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2018 09:05:41 AM »

Marvelously minuscule!
Lovely job.
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