Makes me a very cranky miniaturist! Therefore, this time in my bi-monthly work overload, I instituted staggered deadlines! It's been brilliant! Every 9 days or so I get 1 or 2 days off! I am at the end of the second day of play time, and while I will be back at the grindstone tomorrow, I managed to finish up quite a few items on the Creatin' Contest To-Do List!
First up, it felt like the kitchen area needed some more detail. I decided to reconfigure another Michael's hutch to make a small shelf for under the window. This involved popping the piece in the microwave for about 30 seconds. After each time in the micro, I would pull the parts off that I didn't want or that I wanted to reconfigure. For anyone who's new to softening glue with this technique, please make sure to remove any and all hinge pins before placing in the microwave. Also, only handle the hot piece using potholders or in my case an Ove-Glove. They work great!
|Original hutch - removing the doors and metal hinge pins.|
|After the first 30 seconds in the micro, I separated the top and bottom.|
|I had to use a variety tools to saw off some curvy bits to make the bottom flush.|
|I popped it in the micro again to remove the shelves - there was not enough space between them to display what I had in mind.|
|I wanted to use the scrolly piece, but needed to cut it down a bit.|
|Scrolly bit and first shelf were ready for painting, gluing, filling and sanding.|
|I decided to stain the shelves and top, and use Georgia Clay on the rest to tie the piece to the other furniture in the build.|
|Rolling balls for peach slices. I like to bake the balls, then cut the slices while the clay is still warm.|
|I made apples, peaches, choke cherries, green beans and potatoes.|
|Here the canning jars are getting ready for filling. I like to use food coloring, alcohol ink or chalk pastels for coloring the resin.|
|Chalk gives the loaves the perfect just baked look!|
|I also needed to fill the kettle with wolf meat and vegetables in wine sauce.|
Here is the filled up little shelf in it's new home. I was careful not to block the view out the window of poor Sam's straw house still being blown about in the wind. I added a few other details I had in my stash, unused from past projects.
|These little piggies won't be going hungry!|
|Musical instruments are always close at hand for these merry fellows!|
|Kettle braised wolf tenderloin, harvest root vegetables in red wine bordelaise.|
|Mmmm... Looks delicious!|
|Ooohhh and crusty french loaves, too!|
This was just the relaxing break I needed to fill up my happy tank again! I'm ready for more hard work, and soon after I'll be back to my beloved mini world! This time, to begin adding final details to this fun little build! See you in about 10 days or so!