Saturday, February 27, 2010
One of the things I enjoy being picked for treasury by other sellers, is finding new interesting shops!
Very coincidentally, I love rare unique perfumes, and IlluminatedPerfume handcrafts unique perfumes! Go take a look at some of her yummy scents. Boy, I think I am just going to be very tempted getting some chocolate scents.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Actually, miniature woodwork is not as scary, but if you develop good habits/practices, you will find that things are so much easier and quicker. I strongly believe in developing good habits, so here are some personal observations and things I do/don't do when I create miniature woodwork.
1. Make sure you have on hand a good sturdy, sharp penknife cutter for your woodwork. Keep your blade sharp, so that it makes cutting much easier. When cutting, it is important you have a good grip of your penknife, so that it doesn’t slip and risk cutting yourself. (sounds like common sense, but I have heard some folks who have injured themselves while cutting)
2. This might sound like common sense, but to me, it is so crucial. Use the same ruler for your entire piece when you’re cutting. Did you know that different rulers have slight difference in their markings? You won’t realize the impact when you cut, but when you glue your pieces later and wonder why things don’t really match up or fit into the big picture, this is the reason why.
3. This might also sound like common sense, but I will still say it because it’s important. Hold/press onto the ruler tightly when you score against the line. If you don’t hold on tightly and your ruler shifts, your penknife cutter follows and your cutting will be slanted. If that happens, you either carefully cut it back to the measurement indicated, or use a fine sandpaper to sand the sides to the correct measurement.
4. There is a tendency most people score the wood on the same line over and over again, and when the piece becomes a little loose, they manually snap it into 2 with their hands. I understand this is so much easier and faster but if possible, try not to do it, especially for thick pieces. What happens is that you’ll soon realize that it’s not a straight line after you break them, and it can cause an issue when you try to glue 2 pieces together. When the line is slanted, there isn’t enough surface for the wood and glue to bond together. If you insist on gluing the 2 pieces together, you can, but you’d realized that the piece is slanted which cause more issues which in turn you may get frustrated in the process. Always develop good cutting practice, which really helps you to go a long way.
5. Use a fine sandpaper and lightly sand the sides to a straight line if you realize they are not straight but be very careful not to overdo it, because you just might be taking a few millimeters away, which again, can cause an issue later when you glue things together and wonder why things don’t fit.
6. Don’t use a thin, watery glue. Use a good wood glue, preferably thick and tacky. You’ll find that things hold together so much easier and faster.
I'll write more good habits when I have more! Meanwhile, happy creating!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Here is a completed one I made earlier for Marie... a large tarte profiteroles is what she has requested for. The base itself is almost 2.7cm to 3cm. Definitely the largest I've ever made! I'm so glad she loves it!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Well, I'm there. Actually I changed course halfway too, because I wanted to inject more personal style into it. I kept the original design too, but that will be for my own collection.
Here's another sneak preview.
Do you like old antique woodwork? There is an old charm to it. It requires more work, but I really like how it turns out.
This is the first time I'm using purple for woodwork. It just so happens, that everything is purplish lately...hydrangeas...woodwork. It wasn't planned that way, just co-incidence really. ;)
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Miniature wise, I have not been able to work a thing this weekend, due to all the cleaning and clearing. Over the week, I made a little pot of miniature pink hydrangeas which I'm really pleased. I love the colours, love the elegant look. It makes me so happy just looking at it...and I hope it makes you happy too.
It is available at my etsy shop : http://www.miniaturepatisserie.etsy.com/