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Make a Vintage Look Miniature Mirror

I love the collections of vintage etched mirrors that have been featured in my home decor magazines lately. A pretty photo in a blog that was featured in Artful Blogging got me off the couch. You can find the owner of the photo and cool blog here. http://chateau-chic.blogspot.com/2013/03/pre-springifying-mantel.html

These mirrors fit right in with the shabby chic look that will be the focus of my little refurbished cottage dollhouse. (You haven’t seen it on this blog yet, but you will- soon. 😊) Spurred to action, I HAD to find a way to duplicate this look in miniature. And how cool would it be to make a tutorial about it as well?

Finally, after several false starts, I found my materials and method. Read on for the how-to.

Practice pieces of mirror plastic with a hot soldering iron.

You can find mirror plastic at Hobby Lobby, JoAnne’s or online. It looks like a real glass miniature when viewed through the eyes of a miniaturist. LOL, the rest of you will just have to suspend disbelief.

ACRYLIC MIRROR SHEET - CLEAR EXTRUDED MIRROR 0.12x12x12

I also have a soldering iron ( a wood burning tool will work as well. ) A printed picture of an etched mirror serves as my cut guide.

I practiced at each step to be sure that my iron was not too hot or too cool. If your iron is too hot, it will melt the plastic too much and pull out stringers. You can see those all over my practice pieces.

The basic steps are to cut a piece of mirror plastic into the shape that you like. Plug in the hot iron and wait a couple seconds for it to heat up. Then carefully and lightly touch down and “draw” the design onto the plastic. My iron would get too hot so that it pulled out plastic stringers, so I would unplug it to cool a little, test to make sure that it was not too hot and then draw onto my real mirror.

Yes, I had a lot of boo-boos. You can tell by my practice pieces. My mirrors also got a little smaller as I had to cut off mistakes. But at least I didn’t waste too much of the mirror plastic. 😅

The results – a variety of miniature faux etched mirrors

After a couple hours of experimenting I had several mirror variations that will be cute in my shabby chic cottage. That will be debuted later this year.

Try it and let me know what adorable minis you turn out with this method.

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Window seat in the 1/12 scale Victoria’s Farmhouse

Just a quick little progress report on the master bedroom in my modern country style dollhouse. I’ve added a window seat to the master bedroom. My plan is to have a cute little reading nook. You may have already read the post about dividing up the back part of this large bedroom. On the other side of the reading nook is a walk -in closet. (The closet is absolutely essential for all of the little shoes and purses that I plane on making.)

That little light above the nook was brass when I bought it, so I used nail polish to paint it a silver tone to better match the rest of the room. My next big decision for the master bedroom is the bed. I have three different types in mind, but my vision changes daily. I need to decide on that before I can proceed with the rest of the furniture.

Ditto for the little girl’s room. Making a decision on the bed will allow the rest of the furniture to fall into place. Here is where the second story interior of the house stands today.

Back to work on the exterior, just a little more, and I will have another update post soon.

 

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A Miniature Ombre Chest

Shopping for resale miniatures on E-Bay can be a great deal. However, more often than not, it is turning out to be disappointing in my experience. The photographs are not usually clear enough to see all of the imperfections on a piece and the descriptions are minimal at best.

Being the optimistic buyer, I go with the, “It’s OK. I can fix anything.” stance. This last order looked great by the photos and the descriptions listing what was in the lot were fine. It was a huge lot of unfinished 1/12 scale furniture. Imagine my surprise when I opened the order to find that all of the pieces were made of balsa wood. If you’ve ever worked with balsa, then you know how lightweight and easily marred it is. You can barely sand balsa without chipping or breaking it. Continue reading “A Miniature Ombre Chest”

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The Altamont dollhouse.

Uh-oh. I accidentally looked at Facebook’s Marketplace again. There it was! A large dollhouse for very little money. It was unfinished, but it was listed as having all of the parts to finish the build. What could I do? I HAD to buy it.

This is what the Altamont is supposed to look like when it is finished. The house that I bought had some windows put in and no siding yet. I have the siding, but I think that I will end up putting light limestone blocks on the exterior.
The interior is supposed to look like this once finished. Of, course, I will probably change that.

Poor Les. There goes another chunk of our living room real estate. Even so, he gracefully met me with his truck after work so that I could take this huge house home. It looks small in the pictures, but it measures 32″W x 27″D x 43″H . I even had to buy a little table to set it on. Luckily, our thrift store has fabulous prices on furniture so the table was only $5.99. Yeah, low prices are how I try to alleviate my guilt over spending. (grin) Continue reading “The Altamont dollhouse.”

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A Nifty Miniature Rocking Horse Made With Ordinary Things

Miniature rocking horse

This little rocking horse took his time being born. I started making him last fall. Stuff happened and stuff happened, as it does, to hinder my mini makes. Now, seven months later, he is finally ready to show you how he was assembled. Continue reading “A Nifty Miniature Rocking Horse Made With Ordinary Things”

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Coin Cell Battery Holders for Your Scale Miniatures

I’m so over wiring 12 volt wiring. That’s right, I’m over it!. At first I was excited to wire my entire, three story, 1/12 scale miniature house. After completing only one floor of round wire, I am already looking for alternatives.

My grand scheme was to have round wire lighting throughout the entire mini house. It quickly became apparent that I would need to decide where the lights should go before the house was even built, let alone decorated. That was NOT working since I kept changing my mind about what each room would be. So, what to do, what to do? Continue reading “Coin Cell Battery Holders for Your Scale Miniatures”

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A realistic way to make an “antique” scale miniature rug

To make “antique” rugs, I use iron on transfer paper, BUT let me tell you how to get an aged look that is not so rubbery as you would normally get when you use this stuff. The rugs are so much fun to make that I went a little crazy. Now I just need to build a room box for a rug store. Continue reading “A realistic way to make an “antique” scale miniature rug”

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Custom Fabrics for a Custom Dollhouse

In regards to dragging my feet on the dollhouse build….LOL…I will freely admit it- I’m a procrastinator. What can I say? But, I’m still busy at all times with SOMETHING.

I’ve been playing around with designing fabrics for my mid-century dollhouse which is ALSO not finished. I just want to make mini accessories at this point, so I’m gonna do what I wanna do. 😅😅😅

This picture shows one design but in a couple different colorways. That is what eats up so much of my time too. I design on the computer (Photoshop) and then change colors over and over and over. Geeze! But color is sooo fun and the computer programs are sooo cool. What’s a girl to do?

I did find out that my ink is not waterproof if I drop something on it right away. See the red arrow where the splotch is? Just wait a couple minutes before you spill your drink on it. (wink, wink) Continue reading “Custom Fabrics for a Custom Dollhouse”