25 Dec 2014

A Merry Goodnight


A very merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone! See you in 2015!


15 Nov 2014

New Laser Project Update

Hi everyone! I'm finally back from my hiatus with a little update.  Since mid-September I've been busy designing, measuring, and learning new tools for this project. It's been a lot of math, sketches and computer puzzle piece designs... until now!  Here's a look at what I've got so far.
After months of being less then interested working on my miniature project I decided that enough was enough and I made the decision to jump into something new.  I came to the conclusion that it wasn't worth trying to make a project work again which I no longer had a spark or passion for.

Learning to use the laser cutter has been on my list for sometime and was the perfect challenge to go forward.  As I've mentioned before I have access to a laser cutter at my local library which is crazy incredible! The library doesn't offer much instruction or teaching so everything was self taught. It's taken some time but I'm in a place now where I can simply design my files and pieces at home, reserve a time (it gets pretty booked up!), and bring in my materials - done!
I love how technologies like 3D printing and laser cutting are becoming more accessible and are empowering miniature hobbyists at every level. Even if you don't have access to a laser cutter at home you can order your projects online from around the world.  Before I felt comfortable cutting on my own I had great success with an online company called Ponoko and had my designs shipped to my door.  Let me know if you are interested I will blog about my experience, I know it can be hard to find a tool like this locally.
This new project is an extension of my Loft series with a contemporary setting and a luxe feel.  It still has the same floor plan as my last project with a kitchen, small dining, and open concept living room.  My modern sofa will finally have a permanent home!  Everything is just a bit bigger and fits a contemporary aesthetic.  A high-rise condo maybe? You can see my kitchen design inspiration on my Pinterest.

I am so pleased with my progress, it's turning out better then I imagined. Everything is finally square and to scale! (Seriously!  Once you laser cut you can't go back!)  The windows fit the scene just as I wanted, and above all I finally feel like my special pieces like the fridge are in a proper setting to really shine.


Still lots to make and a few fixes to what I've made so far.   I'll go into more details in my next post as I continue to move along.
Thanks for coming to visit!
Kristine









7 Sep 2014

Late Summer




Another season of sitting lakeside is coming to an end.  Its always bittersweet to prepare the cottage for fall.
I couldn't resist picking up these great chairs from Hallmark, a card and gift shop here.  Apparently fairy gardens are becoming very popular and I've seen a few craft and gift stores carrying miniature outdoor furniture, tiny glass globes, landscaping and garden tools.


I love how the liquid shines in these wine glasses.  In reality we prefer ice tea or lemonade at the end of the dock but somehow I've never added those drinks to my mini collection... I'm pretty sure having glasses of lemonade is like miniature collecting 101 isn't it?  Somehow I missed that so of course I had to spend a rather embarrassing amount of time looking at miniature drinks online...  Can I just say how much I love the iced tea sets by Everyday Gourmet on Etsy?
Thankfully I finished taking my photos just as the sky began to downpour.  The others on the boat were not so lucky...
I know I've been quiet around here as I took a bit of a minis break but I'm hoping to start blogging again and working on a few projects.  I did make some new photo studio lights a couple of weeks ago which I look forward to showing you all sometime soon... until then xo
Kristine

16 Jul 2014

Loft Series: The Sofa

The first of my loft 'how I did it' series, this sofa was simple to make and uses craft tools and materials which are easy to find.  I mentioned previously that this sofa was inspired by this real life version. In a web full of sofa how-tos I hope some of you might find these tips and tricks helpful especially if you are daunted by power tools and wood.  I make all my miniatures in a small corner of my bedroom and sometimes the idea of getting out lots of wood and making a big mess keeps me from getting around to actually making things.

This sofa method is a great way to make a piece from scratch without buying a kit.  And it requires no sewing!  I used foam board, foam sheets and fabric to cover the sofa. Instead of using glue or sewing I used iron-on adhesive fleece, adhesive fabric sheets, and fusible hemming tape.   The adhesive fleece, fabric sheets and fusible web are all optional but create smooth seamless edges and surface. You could use glue instead and still have a nice sofa, I just prefer working with these and I like the look they give. They can be found at big box stores, or fabric, quilting and craft stores.  You can also purchase a mini craft iron at many of these places too.  I have used this method before on the blog and have really liked the results.

It's a long post! So lets get started!

 THE BASE

To begin you will need to start with a piece of foam board (typically 3/16"), cut to the desired shape of your sofa.  I chose an "L".


Next using a thick sturdy foam sheet (1/2" thick), cut out the back and sides. Notice how the arm rest on the end of the right side does not reach the very front.

FLEECE LAYER (OPTIONAL)

I decided to add a layer of adhesive fleece before adding my fabric. It not only adds a bit more softness but also covers the edges and seams creating a uniform white layer for my fabric to go on top of.  If you are using a dark fabric to cover your sofa you might be able to skip this step.


Be very very gentle!  The foam will melt if you apply to much pressure with your craft iron. If it melts down a bit add another layer to build it back up.  This will be covered with your fabric later.  Not a big problem.  I found it mostly happened on the front.

I did not add fleece to the bottom of the seat or the underside of the sofa.

Now its time to add your fabric of choice.  I used an off-white linen.  It is not very thick which is why having the fleece underneath helps.

FABRIC COVER

Start by taking a piece of fabric adhesive sheet.  These are very inexpensive for quite a sizeable amount.  Cut out enough to cover the section you are covering on the couch.  Place the paper covered side up and iron the surface to adhere the glue to the fabric.

Peel pack the paper backing and cut out the piece of fabric.


There are 6 sections of fabric to cover this sofa.  Sections 1, 4, and 5 cover the inside of the sofa and continue over the arm rest onto the back. I didn't really take a lot of pictures of this so I have made the diagram below.


Lightly press with your craft iron.


To cover the arm fronts (sections 2 & 3) you first adhere the fabric on the front like below:

Then add sections 4 & 5 overtop (as described with the green):

THE CUSHION BASES

Cut out cushion bases out of foam board. I decided on two cushions.


I chose to add layers of quilt batting to make my cushions. I decided on 6 layers of quilt batting according to the thickness I had, remember they flatten once the fabric is secured on top.  NOTE: You could just double or triple the foam board to build up your cushion, it would just be more solid.

UPHOLSTERING CUSHIONS 

WITH A BOXED CORNER 

Boxed corners for some reason were rather difficult to get right. To start I adhered the two ends using hemming fusible tape which was easy to work with.  I'm sure you could use glue too.


  The next step is a little more complicated.  It took much trial an error to get the fold right.






Shew! Are you lost? It takes some practice before you get the 'ah ha' moment.  I used more fusible hemming tape to secure, but I'm sure glue would work just fine.

FINISHING TOUCHES

I went to the craft store and got some beads on sale, they are a crescent shape in a chrome colour and I used hot glue to adhere them.




I hope you enjoyed that.  I'm really pleased with how it turned out and still am amazed at how incredibly light-weight it is.  Not to mention how comfy the cushions are with all the padding!  I added pillows from my own collection (I might make some in the matching fabric later on).

After the last couple of days I've had, I want to close with this.  My only wish with running this blog is to have fun and share with others as I am learning!  And at the same time I love learning from all of you.  Please feel free to share this tutorial, make your own sofa and apply any or all the techniques to make things that are even more awesome :)  (And while I'm on the topic, my images have a watermark because I truly have found it helps me when I see other blogger's images floating on the web and can see where to find its matching blog, otherwise I really don't care so much about my name being on them)  In the end I really just enjoy making minis! I am so thankful for the people I've met just by way of a few sentences left in the comments after a post. Your willingness to share and in some very special cases go out of their way to help me has meant more then I can say.
xo Kristine

5 Jul 2014

Giveaway Winner


This morning I woke up extra early and took the time to print and cut out all the comments from my giveaway post.  I put them all in a big bag and shook them all around, then gave my boyfriend the honour of reaching in and selecting the special one. It was actually a lot of fun :)

And the winner is...  Elizabeth S over at Studio E Miniatures!

Congratulations!  If you would email me at paperdollminis [@] gmail.com with your shipping address, I will send out the prize :)

Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by and entered!  I'm slowly starting to explore each of your blogs.  I'm off to a wedding this weekend but I have a tutorial lined up to share in the next couple of days. Until then, have a great weekend!

Kristine

28 Jun 2014

Modern Loft Scene

I've got to say this might just be my most favourite mini scene that I've ever done! I was inspired to create for the MinisModernas contest and created this contemporary loft overlooking downtown Vancouver, Canada.  I was inspired by this real life loft space I saw on google which had these large windows and L-shaped sofa and went on from there.
This scene had a lot of miniature making firsts for me.  I have never made so many pieces from scratch and I'm very proud to see them all come together.  The sofa, lamp, tables, books, rug, blanket, and art pieces were all made by me.  (And I took pictures so that I can post tutorials on the sofa and lamp in the coming weeks).  It was a big challenge and I couldn't be happier with the result.



I love the way the legs turned out on the lamp!  I saw this kind of design on Pinterest and loved the simplicity with the little angled pieces on the middle of each leg.




The artwork in the picture below (the girl jumping on the bed with books) is a 1:12 copy of one of my life size original pieces which you can see on my artist portfolio website .  I've done several series using miniatures and dollhouses, this one is part of the Future Nostalgia collection from 2011.

I made the windows using a new technique too.  I framed with balsa and then I added a printed transparency with a grid behind.   I hope to take more photos when I return next week and hopefully make something to add to my photography series.




I can't believe this scene is finished, it was a mad dash with less then two weeks from start to finish!  Whew!
Thank you so much for stopping by!  If you haven't already check out my previous giveaway post and enter a comment for your chance to win.  
I have been overwhelmed with all your comments and have found some new great blogs to follow too.  

Kristine

Find It:
Barcelona Chair, White Office Chair, & Elephant: Reac Japan, 
Tv Monitor & Small Frame on Desk: PRD Miniatures, 
Desk: Amazing Miniatures on Etsy, Candles by Houseworks,
Computer: LiLu on Etsy 




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