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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Recent Acquisitions

I came across these items at an estate sale for a few dollars each.


The chest of drawers is Sonia Messer from the 1940's-50's.  The magazine rack is walnut and has the gold Strombecker stamp on the underside.  The andirons are unmarked but look an awful lot like the ones that were sold with TynieToy.  The two platters are pewter. All of the pieces are 1" scale.

The platters are both marked on the bottom

The dresser is marked MADE IN COLUMBIA on the bottom.  

To see the rest of my Sonia Messer Imports collection, click the Sonia Messer label at the bottom

To see my other Strombecker collections click on the links below:





Saturday, May 19, 2018

Tulsa Miniature Club Project

Our local miniature club meets monthly and we started a new project this month.  
We meet at a local library and started the project there. 



Here is my project up to this point


This scene was the inspiration for the project.


Here was another project from the group


We used some textured cardboard for our bricks - it was actually the kind that a contractor puts down on the floor when doing remodeling.  One of the club members had a bunch left over.  First we painted the cardboard -I chose gray, most everyone else chose red.



I had an extra window that I decided to incorporate into mine.  
I stained all of the wood using a combination of wood stain pen and gel stain.

 The next step after the paint dried was drawing lines for the brick.  
I decided on 1/2" X 5/8" 


 Here is a stack of bricks ready to glue! I will be honest, this took a while.

 The two wall are made of foam board.  Make sure to draw on some guide lines.

 I did a soldier course along the top. and under the window.  All of the bricks are not the same size - it gives it a little more character.

 I drew guidelines of where the wood would be and infilled that area with bricks

 Here is a close-up.  Let the bricks over-hang the edges, then when the glue has dried, cut off the extra material.

 I used lightweight drywall spackling compound with a little bit of paint for some color to grout the bricks.

 It seemed to spread around nicely with a clay tool I had in my tool box.

 Here are the two walls complete

 Next, I glued on the wood and glued some wood on the floor.

 Here is the project up to this point.  My homework is complete until next month!



Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Recent Acquisitions

I picked up a few items at estate sales recently. A soft metal brightly colored bird cage ( A Christmas ornament) a cast iron ladder, a couple of small plates - one is metal with inlaid brass and copper while the other is china and marked Noritake on the back.


I also picked up some spoons for 25 cents each.  I recently read on a miniature blog that you can cut the decorative tops off and use them as accessories in miniature scenes.  Although I am having a little bit of an internal struggle about destroying the spoons. I am not sure if there is something I can do with the spoon?  A couple of them appear to be silver ( or at least silver plated)