Monday, August 20, 2007

Modern miniatures on Monday

Modern dolls' house miniature coffee table, displaying two bowls and a green vase. On the floor next to it is a full-sized bottle of nail varnish. Here's my modern mini tip for the week:

Cheap garish coloured nail varnish from a discount shop is just perfect for painting plain white china to give your mod mini scene that extra pop.

I painted a cheap basic vase bright lime green by upturning it onto a wooden skewer which I then held onto while I painted the vase (and placed in an empty bottle to hold it steady while it dried.)

After a couple of coats I had a one-of-a-kind decorative accent with a wonderful deep glaze effect.

(Cork flooring: $2 for two A4 sheets from the craft aisle of a discount store.
White coffee table: $48.95 (part of Lundby's Stockholm Living Room Set which includes sofa bed with complementing cushions, a throw rug, matching ottoman plus a credenza full of books - all 1/18 scale but some pieces work well in 1/12.)
Turned wooden bowl from a miniature show long long ago: price and maker unfortunately forgotten.
White plastic footed fruit bowl: $2 from a pack of plastic dolls house bits found in a discount store)
Read my other modern miniature tutorials:

Make a floor rug out of a placemat
Turn stickers into modern placemats
Refinish a discount-store side table
Print an iPod, mobile phone or other electronic device
Print on fabric
Make a duck-board bathmat out of tongue depressors.


jay said...

Of course! So obvious when someone else thinks of it. Love your modern touch.

The Shopping Sherpa said...

Thanks Jay! I'm thinking of setting up a Modern Miniatures group on Flickr if there's enough interest...