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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Seeing Spots....

I dug through all of my railroad plastic pieces yesterday.  I needed to furnish the latest mini mini. 

See those tiny brown things in the top left corner...Those are the benches to go with the table.  I used the smallest strip of white, second down from them, to make the legs.  Can we say tiny torture?  Everything has to be done with tweezers.

And the spots I am seeing?  When I take close ups of the interior, I can see spots on the wrought iron work on the roof, that I missed with the black paint.

Also in this photo.  The strip in the foreground is where I got the legs for the table.  The white inlay on the cabinet is the strip to the right...  I went over it all with the stain to knock down the white.

All of the interior wallpaper is Joe Hermes.  The exterior brick is Brodinax and the cobblestones are embossed paper from the train store. 
The wrought iron on the roof is a cast metal strip.  The window is also from the train store.  I think it's a Walmer product.  Not sure.

I still need to find some things to put in the cobblestone alley way.  Maybe some 1/4" high garbage cans?
Here it is with the benches in place.  They look a bit thick and clunky, but they are going to have to do for a first try.  After all, the interior is less than 3/4" wide and 1" from front to back on the window side! Maybe next time I will use veneer. I doubt that I will use the train station embossed paper again.  It is too thick.

At least we have something to eat...Turkey on the table and pie on the top of the cupboard.

I found those at a mini how a couple of years ago.  I think that it is meant to be for 1/4" scale, a chicken...It was white I simply stained it when I did the rest f the furniture. 

This one is by no means perfect, but now I can see the spots that I missed and will be able to fix them.

I put three more together last night.  Now all I have to do is the hard part.  The biggest problem is going to be choosing how to decorate them.

I flipped two of them so that the interior is on the left.  We shall see how long these hold my interest...

I have to go make the spots disappear now.

See you tomorrow.


Giac said...

Hello Casey,
It is a beautiful project, but I must say I would go crazy working that small. Hang in there.
Big hug,

Lucille said...

It's mind boggling how small that is! It's a very interesting piece. What I forgot to tell you yesterday is that I did buy a gluing gig after seeing yours and I never looked back. It makes building miniatures so much easier. It's like a piece of cake. It's a real time saver. Building kits is so easy compared to what it was before I got the gig.

Phyllisa said...

Hi Casey. I like your mini indoor/
outdoor scene. What scale is it?

Caseymini said...

Lucille, it is a shame I can't get commissions for selling them. I think that every time I mention them, Micromark sells a few. LOL

Caseymini said...

Phyllisa, it is 144th scale. If you think of it in that scale, the ceiling would be 12 feet tall. The width would be 9 feet and the length of the center wall would be 12 feet. That's why I said that the furniture was too thick.

Phyllisa said...

Hi Casey. Thank you for your reply to my question. I thought it was
144th scale, but the photos are
I made a small scale Christmas
indoor/outdoor scene many years ago
inside a large bubblegum dome. It has a charm santa beside the decorated tree inside and two HO scale children looking through the window outside.I still have it and I still think it is cute.

chapchap73 said...

Hi Casey! I have to say that these are just too adorable for words:) The smallest I have gone so far is 1/4. My hands are just too big for anything littler than that. Hugs, Sarah

Hannah said...

Nice work. I love this small scale, sometimes it just feels like, the smaller the better ;)

Elizabeth S said...

Casey this is soooo tiny and although I greatly admire what you have done and are still doing, I would finish going blind by the time it got to something so minute and losable as the legs on those amazingly tiny benches! I already struggle with the 1/12 scale and to torture my eyes for something as small as this ?..... it would be,"Braille, here I come!" But keep up the Fantastic work that you are doing for as long as you can. I'll just watch.


Lisains said...

OMG those are so small I would go blind. As usual a beautiful job of creating. I would love to see how your mind works, it is amazing the items you come up with I am in thrall of you (Hope that is the right word lol)

2minimom said...

Beautiful work, as always. This inspires me to try my hand at this tiny, tiny scale!

Caseymini said...

Sarah, I have three words for you. Curved jawed tweezers. That's the only way I can handle this size. They are actually jeweler's tweezers. The bend in the end makes all the difference.

Lucille said...

Casey, I bought mine when I first discovered your blog and I saw what you could do with it. I was so impressed by this gig. I learned a lot from you, you know.

12Create said...

What a neat little project. It would certainly be a challenge working with something that small but well worth the effort.

Fabiola said...

It's tiny! But very beautiful.
Greetings, Faby

hopeful said...

Casey: It's almost impossible to believe you can get that level of detail in something that tiny. You never cease to amaze me. - Marilyn from Canada

Ninni Kontio said...

So small and so cute :)