The thing about building miniatures is that your project doesn’t have to please anyone except you. In the case of the Romance Retreat, I went with a concept that at first blush did not seem like my style. I wasn’t interested in doing the club bookshelf project and I’m not a hearts and flowers kind of person; and I’ve never used pink and black!
But when I saw the pink rose fabric at the store where my daughter works, I knew it had to be a curvy wing chair. I put the finished chair in my pied à terre and it had the proportions of the bookshelf project.
This was to be a quick and easy project, but I forgot, it’s summer, stuff happens. Where we left off, I was making accessories and visioning a wall unit with a fireplace. I cut the side pieces so that the unit could be inserted or removed depending on what I want to feature.
I mounted the unit on “stencil card,” a material I learned about from Stephanie at Mad Mrs. Murray. She described 350 gram kraft card, but I wasn’t able to find anything under that name. It looked a lot like the stencil card I found at the Duck Store (University of Oregon book store). The stencil card was perfect because I wanted the backing to look like it was the wall. I needed something thin, strong, stable and that I could cut and paint. This would work. I also used the stencil card for the panels on the cupboards.
It doesn’t have all the finishing touches yet, but I need to set it aside to work on a project with a deadline. I enjoyed this project and its new challenges.
Make it removable, ✔️
Make a little marble topped table ✔️
Make lighted candles in the fireplace ✔️
These were challenges that were achievable and fun.
So how did I make the lighted candles? I collected bits and pieces of turnings that were about 1/4″ in diameter. The one on the right was a scrap I saved after a practice session on a friend’s lathe and the others were cut from a porch post. After cutting them to size, I contoured and drilled some small Woodsies from my stash for the tops and bases.
For the candles, I took some styrene tubing and distorted the ends with heat and then cut a V for the “wax” to drip out. The wax is hot glue. It was kind of tricky to drill a hole through the wax and the turnings to thread the wires for the “flames.”
The flames are fairy lights. I cut three sections, each at the top of a light, then soldered them to a plug connector from Evans Designs. That way I could feed the wire through the fireplace wall to the adjoining cupboard to be connected to the battery and switch. I used yellow glass paint to create the golden glow.
There are a couple items I didn’t make. The genie bottle and the blackbird (4th photo) were made by club member and amazing lampwork artist, Nancy Gant. The turned stone covered box on the mantel is from Moorhouse Miniatures in Nanaimo, British Columbia. (MoorhouseMiniatures1 at gmail.com.)
How would it look if I put it on a bookshelf? Kinda cozy.