Thursday, March 24, 2011

What about a quick tutorial?!

So... The other night when I was cutting up (what I know now is the last) of my molding to do the trim on the birdhouses.... And I kept ending up with all these in between pieces that 'once upon a time' I would of thrown away! Not that day:)

At one point when I looked down, I saw a tiny plate rack!
This next picture should give you an idea of what I'm talking about. Let's pretend the piece on the right is the piece I need, and the piece on the left is trash! In case you haven't learned by now.... Nothing is trash in the miniature world. So I kept the in between pieces and sanded them down. If you look close you will see that I have rounded the corners out.

Oh Just think of the possibilities.... You could make a long plate rack, or a short plate rack. A white one... a brown one.... and so on..

To keep the 'plates' from falling off, I just used this tiny piece of wood, and glued it to the edge. You could use a tooth pick for this. If it's a round one, just sand down one side to make it where it doesn't roll.

The white one was crackled... the gray looking one was painted brown, and then dry brushed with gray.... then without reloading my brush, I used the last bit on my brush to paint the other brown one- understand? Sometimes in minis less is more. You'd be surprised about how much paint a brush can really hold.

This is something else I have started to do lately.... I first did it with the nesting dolls. If I can drill a hole in it, I can put a tooth pick in it, and it makes it so much easier to paint. The side with the hole will be glued to the wall, so no one will know:)
Hope this all made sense.... and that you can use it somewhere...
.... as I said before, I'm out of molding..... Although I could swear I had another piece around here somewhere?! And that means the last birdhouses will have to wait to be finished. the background in this post is a piece of scrapbooking paper that I forgot I had- Right up my alley, huh! And the plate is one that I picked up from the dollhouse shop- it was the only one they had. I'm not a Pisces- but one of my dearest friends is- I keep it around to remind me of her!

Alrighty then.... I'm on to the next project:)
Until next time...


Caseymini said...

Katie, you don't know how many pieces to short to keep I have thrown away.....Thanks for the tip. I now have another thing to save for later.LOL

MiniMaker said...

Great idea!

Lady Jane said...

Now I know what to do with those left over pieces of molding, thanks.

Kim said...

what a great idea! I don't have any molding- but now I'm thinking I need some quick- those little shelves would be so cute in the Candy House! Thanks Katie!!

onbeingaminimum said...

I love these sort of tips. Thank you especially for the toothpick tip. So simple yet so useful.

Sans! said...

Love the rack idea Katie!