For once, Tessie isn't really the problem.... Well, maybe a little bit. She made me look at the new wicker book. She insisted that the half inch house needed some wicker porch furniture.
Then she went and hunted up some seat bases that I had already drawn and even cut some of them out... A long time ago...
While I am telling the story, I will throw in a few instructions...The seats for my one inch furniture is made from 3/32 cherry or walnut stock. When I go down to smaller sizes I use model airplane plywood. No warping and much sturdier than 1/16" solid wood.
When I get down to half inch scale, the seats are only 1"by 1" square, with two rounded corners. The love seat and the chase bases are 1" by 2". The equivalent of 2' by 2' and 2' by 4' in real life.
When I get down to this scale, the wires become much thinner. I can no longer use cloth covered wire and keep it in scale, so I go down to 26 gage brass or green floral wire.
Therein lies the problem. I cut those bases and never finished the pieces, not because of a loss of interest, but because I no longer had a drill bit small enough for said wire. I broke the two that I had.
It looks like I am going to have to hit some of the train stores in the area and see if they have drill bits that fine and if not, I am going to be forced to try the inter net...In a case like this, I usually like to see what I am getting to make sure that they are the right size. This should be fun...
The second photo shows Tessie with one of her sized chairs. The one in front of that is a half inch scale and the one in her hand is quarter inch. She keeps petting that one and saying, "It's so cute." Then petting it some more. She is going to wear it out.
I took these two pieces out of a gift bag setting to try them on the porch. The size will be perfect, if I can only find a drill bit.
I know that there is one out there somewhere...
I use #20 thread for the one inch wicker. #40 or 50 is my thread of choice for these half inchers.
If you are crazy enough to try the quarter inch size, those are 1/2" square on the seat and I use sewing thread to weave them.
Now that you know my problem, I am going to go and pout until Monday, when I may get a chance to go find a drill bit....Such a smalllllll problem.....
Meanwhile, I am still shingling away and bricking comes next.
See you tomorrow.