Thursday, 30 October 2014

Filled China Shop

I enjoy the process of building a miniature room or structure but the most fun comes when it is ready to fill!  It seemed that it would be a good size for some of my collected pieces.  It turns out that  I actually should have built glass shelving along the side walls too! 
I have had a few of Jane Newman's pieces tucked away safely in a drawer waiting for someway to display them. The colour of her furniture was lovely to use as it went well with the flooring.
I have collected miniatures for awhile now so I have some wonderful china from various artisans.  Most readers of this blog will recognize the workmanship of Stokesayware, Terry Curran, Jack Cashmere and Teresa Welch of the China Closet.  I have displayed a few other pieces by various artisans and would be happy to identify them if someone is interested in a specific piece.

I thought afternoon tea might be nice so I have put it on the dresser on the right.  Lesley Burgess made the Stokesay Soverign Blue and Red tea sets up with her delicious looking food and it was too hard to resist one show a number of years ago.  The combined talents of two artisan's working together is always fun!

I had one casualty with a vase which was upsetting while filling the shop. I could not bear to throw it out!  It was a clean break so I was able to glue it together carefully and promptly filled the vase with orchids for the desk.

The washstands may or may not stay in the shop but they were made by Jane to use with Karen's porcelain pieces so it is fun to use them here. I particularly like the larger one with the hole in the stand for the wash bowl and the tiles Jane used were either Karen's or Terry Curran's work.

I thought that I would mention that I was in a dilemma about how to finish the front piece.  I found it a little odd that the trim on the sides of this kit extends out over the end (you can see it in my previous post.)  I decided to paint it to look like cement so used some textured paint and added Richard Stacey's  grey modelling dust. He suggests mixing it with glue and water but it worked well with my paint.

And finally, I thought you might be interested in my plate stands as they are sturdy and disappear for the most part.  They are actually something that I picked up online - miniature easels for buttons - which would be easy to make but I bought mine and clipped off the fronts a bit for the plates.  I also like the wooden stands if anyone comes across them from Bespaq.  I am not sure if these are still being made but they work quite well for me in both sizes.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Shop Shelving and Assembly

I managed to spend some time in the past few months on a kit that I have had for awhile.  Shops are an easy way to showcase a collection of themed miniatures.  In this case, I am going to fill it with miniature china.

The floor veneer pieces are a pleasure to use and come from Graham Simpkin in the UK.  His website is and you will find a great range of flooring items. I just glue them down, give them a light sanding and three coats of spray varnish.

Veneer square for flooring

I have taken a number of classes over the years and learned some techniques that made this shop easy to put together.  I have always enjoyed my classes with Ray Whitledge and in one specific class, he demonstrated how to use his table saw.  I have experimented with my own saw for awhile now and have used it for a few of my projects to build shelves. As this room box is not large, I wanted shelving all across the back wall.  I painted them with a gloss marine oil paint which gives a lovely shiny finish.
Shelves cut and ready for assembly

Sliding table which I modified to fit my saw protects my fingers!

Cutting my shelf grooves

Vacuum attached helps with sawdust mess!

Shelving with spacers

I have made a wood shelf to match the flooring and the back wood shelf pieces. 

I am close to completing this project so hope to show you it filled shortly.