September 28, 2012

Rabbity Countertop

A brand new kitchen counter for a rabbity sized photo shoot.
This is my counter design for the kitchen scene I'm working on to display all the sweet treats for my latest Halloween greeting card.
 I didn't include my exact measurements for this piece of furniture because the props I create for my bunny photos are bigger than the 1:12 scale that most miniature artists go by. And I think you'd be pretty mad by the time you finished building this cupboard and it was too big for your mini scene. I usually have to adjust any instructions I come across when building my furniture. However, this cabinet is 3" x 8, 1/2"if you're curious. In any case, I learned the basics from Kris Compas. So if you're looking for instructions for one inch minis, check her out, she's pretty ingenius! After deciding on the size I wanted, I measured, cut and glued mat board together and ended up with this lovely cupboard base. Perfect! Just what I had in mind. 
 Here I've incorporated the side arch from Kris's hutch design. She says it takes the heaviness away from the cabinet. I like it. 
Next I dry fitted the front to the base to make sure it was going to fit properly.
I made a small change to the shape of my kitchen table template to accommodate the length of the cabinet. Also, cutting these tiny doors and drawer fronts was a million times easier using this affordable mat cutting tool  I bought with a Michael's coupon. Mmmm, coupons...
Next I sanded the edges of the mat board for a smoother finish and lined up the doors then glued them in place. I decided to skip the shaker style detail that was on my original drawing because it was making me crazy. 
Oops! Forgot I needed a top to adhere the counter to. 
Yay! That's better, a proper frame. 
On goes the front. Glue and elastics, a girl's best friend!
 Time to work on the counter top. First I sanded and stained a piece of oak. Here's a better view of my table edge and the new bottom of the cupboard. Almost the same, except the cupboard template is a slightly different shape since its longer. The center is the same and that's what I wanted. 
I've Mod Podged the oak. It goes on white, but dries clear. I like the satiny luster it gives once it's dry.
A coat of white paint and it's on to the drawer pulls.
This is another trick I learned from Kris Compas, only she used it to make flower petals. And I'm going to make drawer pulls. Here goes. With a template, trace and cut out four circles from card stock. Then choosing the next size up, trace four more slightly bigger circles. Place the smaller circles between wet paper towel for a few minutes to soften the card stock. 
 With a piece of craft foam and a ball stylus swirl the circles into bowl shapes, then fold them in half reshaping if needed. Set aside. Once dry, glue the half bowls to the larger circles making sure to center them with a tiny edge. Trim off the extra card stock so you have half circles.
Paint and glaze. Hopefully in my Halloween photo, these will look like brass drawer pulls.
I found some beads and brass coloured end caps to make my door knobs. Almost ready!
Just to give you an idea of the size of this cute cupboard, that's a little snack sized Smarties box on display.
Happy Halloween!

September 17, 2012

Me Want Candy! How Bout You!

Three new Happy Halloweenie greeting cards for sale in my Etsy Shop.
Mummy makes the best treats. 
Would you like a sweet, my sweet?
I'm so glad I was able to get this cute shot of little Esmeralda before her big trip to Texas. Luckily, she won't be lonely when she gets there because my dear friend Connie already has some of Esmeralda's bunny pals awaiting her arrival. 
Three Halloweener's all in a row. 
 Halloween kiss candies. I spent hours making these tiny things for my Frankenbunny shot. 

September 10, 2012

Making Minis

I've been making mini treats.
And somebunny can't wait to get at them. 
I love the little Victorian  chairs I made from a kit. Step one was staining, then painting with white acrylic and the excess wiped off before it dried. I like the worn look it gives. 
Hmm, a little too innocent, I think. Reminds me of when my children were little...just before the sugar rush.
The plates were made with oven baked clay and a cookie cutter.  And the plate stand, I did using wire,  beads and jewelry findings.
There's that beautiful old junk store find, my lovely grandfather clock. I made the Halloween banner then attached it to string with tiny clothes pins. A mini pumpkin from the craft store was glued to a skeleton body, given a lovely bow tie and smiling face. I think he looks much happier now that he has a head.
Here's the real candy beside the clay candy.