|I got the idea for this unusual shelf, after seeing one on the front cover of Caroline Zoobs' book, "The Hand-stitched home", which is full of lovely ideas, so if you see it in a library or book store have a flick through it. The reason the shelf has that lovely weathered finish, is because I used the same stuff (vinegar and steel wool solution) that Pepper from Mitchy Moo Miniatures used on her shed here.. I have been dying to try it out since she posted about it!! :D|
The shelf was made using wood cut to size from lolly pop sticks, tongue depressors and coffee stirrers, and stained before construction. The crate was made quite some time ago, using the wood of tongue depressors, and can be spotted in its original state here. The wood glue holding it together softened enough for it to fall apart (unintended :D ) after I put the solution on, so it had to be reconstructed again once dry.
I noticed when I put the solution on, nothing happened, but once the wood started to dry, the weathered effect appeared. I used it undiluted and applied a few coats.
Once it reached the desired patina, I put a coat of beeswax polish on, just in case it "rusted", because I assume there are steel particles in the wood now, though to be honest, I don't fully understand the "magic" happening here, but I was taking no chances. :D
The glass jug is from My Tiny World and the key is by Tony Hooper
|A miniature version of a life size picture in my life size house! This is a postcard, of what I think is an old Arabic painting of a Zebra, but I'm not sure (about the Arabic part, I know it's a Zebra :D )|
EDIT! You can see it better here. :D
|Made using wood, plastic sheet (some I had saved from packaging of an SD card), paper, metal and minature nails. The clips are made using the metal from tea light holders which is a material I would never have thought of using, so thanks to Monique of Fabulously Small for detailing that on her blog. I happen to have a lot of tea lights too!|
|Holding the end of the wire against the rod, wrap it around until you have a circle. You can use pliers to create a tighter circle, though if the rod is not solid, be careful, as you may kink the rod and the circle.|
|Position the pliers (or tweezers) as shown, and bend the excess wire, so that it would lie roughly as the red line indicates.|
|You should have something that looks like this.|
|Snip excess at the end of the circle, to create desired hook shape.|
Phoenix miniatures have nice 1:12 scale brass cup hooks in their miniature hardware section, which I used on a shelf here.
I managed not to complain about the weather today! Well, it was sunny, briefly :D