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Found 6 results

  1. From the album: Mini Furniture Rehabs & Builds

    This is the trim detail.. Nail Art 3d rectangles and copper tape.... I like this light from this angle.
  2. From the album: Mini Furniture Rehabs & Builds

    So I'm still on a lighting kick... I bought these cheap plastic lights from China a while ago... They were boring as is, but had good lines. I tried painting them silver with metallic acrylic and a brush... NOT successful!.. So I bought some aluminium spray paint and gave them a good coat. Unfortunately the bumpyness left from the original paint job still shows on this tester lamp. The rest will only be getting spray paint for a smoother finish. I also added some copper tape and some nail art rectangles to the edges before painting, to add a bit of detail to the plain shade and make them seem a bit more chunky and industrial. I added jewelry wire to the inside of the shade to form a simple bulb cage. Sorry for the poor quality image of the makeover.. I resized this picture down quite a bit to match the size of the light in original form and it became very pixellated..
  3. I'm on the process of shingling my dollhouse, slow work but is coming along nicelly. However, as I'm looking at the roof now I'm thinking maybe I would like a diferent look on the roof of the bay windows (the two on the sides of the 1st floor of the Fairfield). The roof in those is kinda small, would maybe fit 2-3 rows of shingles if I use the same as the roof. I was looking at pictures of victorian houses for ideas and I thought maybe I would like to try a tin/metal roof effect for those and see how it looks (I've attached a picture with two examples of this kind of roof). So my big question is: how can I try to imitate a 'tin' look on a roof? I have metalic reflective papper but as is it looks 'too shiny' for an exterior roof, I'm not sure if these can be painted but if I try the papper what type of paint should I use? And what other alternatives can I try to get a semi-reflective look? I am looking for something that will look convincingly like metal, I have stained my shingles (not painted) to keep that slight 'shininess' of the wood, so I need something that will be shinnier yet not that 'fresh of the factory' look. I'm not sure if I'll like the roof after applied to the dollhouse, but it's something that I really want to try even if just to learn a bit more about how to do 'metal' effects. I was thinking about using a wood base and try to paint it with metalic colors, but the wood texture will probably be hard to hide and maybe there's better suited materials I can use for base. I'm not sure how to get started on this little experiment so any advice would be apreciated!
  4. Hey guys, does anyone have any great mini-maker shops with realistic hardware? Specifically door hardware, like door latches, strike plates, etc. Also, realistic door knobs, handles, pulls. I'm thinking along the lines of the hardware in Frances Glessner Lee's Nutshell Studies I know she had a personal carpenter make them for her, but I really want some realistic hardware! Or are there any great tips/tricks for making them? Thanks!
  5. I had to do some clothes shopping today (ugh) but I always cast my eye over the jewelry stands, in case. And today, I was rewarded richly with these amazing earrings: The individual charms look perfect for gingerbread trim decorations, see? There were only 3 pairs of earrings left, so I grabbed them all before any of the other shoppers could even blink twice. That's about 96 charms, enough to glue to both sides of the gingerbread trim of the roof so that it looks gilded from all angles. Since Santa's House is getting a red roof with green walls, maybe I should paint the trim green as well? Or will red paint make the gold "pop" more? Or how about leaving the trim white, with the gold to give it some sparkle? Any ideas which colour would look better? Oh, and my husband suggested that a stone finish for the porch foundation walls would look better than plain paint. Sigh. More work. At least he is showing an interest!
  6. From the album: Scenes & Other Minis

    6 miniature faux-finish "tarnished metal" bowls I made many of these in different shapes/sizes. This is the set available in my Etsy shop; https://www.etsy.com/shop/kylelefort I made this set to look like an awesome garage sale find. Beat up [faux]metal bowls, cracks and imperfections included, shined up as vintage styled home decor...in miniature. Real materials/process; They are made of up-cycled paper, that has been rolled into tight coils, and then formed into various shapes, held together with plenty of glue. After drying, they are painted with gesso, sanded, and then carefully painted with metallic/other acrylic paint, in a style that creates a faux- tarnished metal effect.They have been sealed with clear polycrylic for stability and additional shine. They resemble pottery, but if you accidentally drop one, no worries, paper doesn't crack or shatter.

    © Kyle Lefort 2013

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