Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Swags and tails

Hello everyone,
This is the story of a little piece of fabric woven by a Thai woman in a small village called Ban Me, near Lopburi.
Her loom is under the house, facing the rice fields which villagers are harvesting now.

It's quiet, no radio, no automobiles, only the noise of the chicken around. 
There is also the regular noise of the shuttle that "flies" from her hands from right to left and back, and the shafts she moves with her naked feet at regular intervals. Can you hear the noise?...

All this requires a lot of precision and coordination. But this woman has probably woven all her life. The design is simple, it's not silk either. The panels she weaves will become those skirts countryside women still wear around their waist. No seams. 
The whole loom is made of wood, no metal parts or nails, but pieces of ratan to tie everything together. looms had to be easy to dismount and move to another place. 
Time goes by.... We don't speak. I can't speak Thai and she doesn't speak English. 
I just sit on the tiles of the floor and observe.....
She smiles when I take pictures of her and looks at her loom again.

I leave her home with some pieces of fabric she has woven previously. It is simple but the colours are nice. And I have some ideas...
I wanted to make some curtains and one small piece of fabric is green and it matches the wallpaper of the dining room.
I had bought Anne Ruff' s kit to make swags and tails. It's time to have a try. As she says in her leaflet, you'd better not be a beginner.... but I am.
After cutting the different parts of the cornice and pleating the curtains,
(and burning my fingers with the iron) this is what they look like... It's not perfect but don't be too hard.
It was my 1st attempt. I know, they look a bit stiff...LOL

The next thing I did was to give the aspect of marble to a fireplace I got from Minimum World.
The design is amazing for a very reasonable price. It really looks like the ones I saw in Paris'appartments.
Some firepaces in miniature shops are nice but really too expensive as they are just resin molds...
So after one layer of Gesso, I played with my acrylics... I wanted a light marble, beige and pin with little veins.
Now, the room is 80% completed and I can have an idea of what it'll look like.

Does anyone now if it is possible to reupholster chairs like the ones I have got?
That's all for now. 
Have a great day!

Monday, November 4, 2013

I am sorry I haven't posted anything for a while but I have been quite busy lately. However, I managed to work a little bit on my different miniature projects.
The funeral shop, " les pompes funebres",  is almost finished. The roof has been painted and aged and I made a small "oeil de boeuf" to break the monotony of the roof. The chimney is finished but not painted yet.

       This time, I followed another blogger/miniaturist's advice, that is, I pasted the wall paper on a piece of cardboard the size of the wall then, slid the panel inside the box. It makes wall papering easier to do. I did the same with the ceiling.  As I don't like the "box" feeling, I made a door from scratch (it doesn't open) and added a partition in the room. It gives more depth to the scene. There's a light behind, a small sconce on the wall behind the door.
I made a few flower wreaths for the shop and added them on the partition. On the picture you can see how the different panels slide into the box.
I made a few more wreaths and their stands for the shop.That was fun to do.

Now it starts to look like a funeral shop. I will added a few other religious items when I find them.I have already discovered some crosses from rosaries on ebay and I am waiting for them.
I also need some tools to put in the box as the coffin isn't finished yet.Maybe a hammer, some wood scissors.....

and now the same picture in black and white
I found this interesting commercial and it's now in the shop window.
On the first floor is a dining room, nothing grand but just elegant (I hope) I used the same technique and added two windows at the back.
The three panels can slide in and out. The same thing for the floor.

Now the floor! Once again I used the ice cream sticks to make the flooring but I tried the "Point de Hongrie" design. That was tough as the sticks were different width! Don't try it! LOL

but the tool, that I discovered in Murielisa's blog (Merci Murielle )) is just fantastic. A "must have"  for all of you. I got mine on ebay. It's sold in the US. (I need blades, who could send me some? I can pay with Paypal)
Then, this is the 1st impession I got when I put all the pieces together and added the table, a few chairs.
The fireplace is still missing. And a pair of curtains. Some hunting prints in frames on the wall.And, and,and....
Now the house is almost done and it looks like this..
The frames around the door is still missing and the ceiling is not attached to the cornice yet. These are the last things I'll do.

I have discovered a small shop in Bangkok, where the sell the finest glasses and glass items in 1/12 I have ever seen. About 10 people work in that factory. They are really amazing.

I was really happy to share these few pictures with you and to tell you about the last impovements in my projects in 1/12. I also love reading your blogs. All the best to all of you! Cheers