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.
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.
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.
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. 😅
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.
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”→
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?
Even though I’ve been distracted from working on my dollhouses for quite a while, I continue to make little accessories when time permits. The porch floor is not finished yet, but I couldn’t resist placing this tiny doormat in front of the front door. I designed and made it with a Cricut cutting machine. I think that it looks pretty cute if I may say so myself.
Are you hooked on rustic French country style? I am too! I just can’t get enough of it, so when a gorgeous antique, wooden French chandelier jumped off the page of my home decor magazine… well, I just knew that I had to try to make it. NO! Not full sized, silly. In 1/12 scale miniature for my little shabby chic cottage.
The original chandelier in the magazine was made of wood and had a white washed look to it. I wanted to make my fixture look even more rustic, like wood and old black metal that had been painted white, but has rusted and chipped over time. I think that it shows upscale, chic distress, don’t you?
“Art jewelry” is an apt term for this necklace since it is made to display your art. The pendant is designed as a housing for your artwork, rubber stamped art, vintage postcards, photographs – whatever you want to display in the holder.