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This post was going to be a series of photos just showing off my nifty new set piece, a Mattel Coca-Cola Soda Fountain, which I acquired this week for below original retail. It's surprisingly huge and true to scale, unlike most playline Barbie stuff, which is undersize. I appreciate its solid, high-quality details, like vinyl cushions on the bar stools and the wooden crate of Coke bottles. I particularly like the tabletop jukebox and the straw dispenser!

I was just going to provide some closeups of the accessories and long shots of the set with dolls showing scale. However, my narrative imagination cannot resist adding plot to photo ops. And so here's a photostory that doesn't really highlight the soda fountain set. Oh well. :p
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At the suggestion of a Figurvore member, I added a local menu to the fridge. [I found it online and reduced it to 16.67%, then printed it out.] I also added a LOVERMONT sticker, since Vermonters really like to proclaim their attachment to their state.

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This month's Figurvore prop challenge was to construct something kitchen-related and to provide photos of dolls using the item. Originally I planned to make a popcorn popper, though I had no use for it, but I turned my mind instead to one of the gaps in my set collection that has long frustrated me: the lack of a 1:6 scale refrigerator. Sure, I've got a stove, a sink, a microwave, a coffee maker, a table and chairs, a toaster, a blender, cooking utensils, silverware, plates, bowls, a hutch, crockery, a colander, etc., etc., etc., but I wanted a fridge dammit!

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I had a few inquiries on MWD about the cemetery set for the latest episode of Zombieville, so below I've collected some notes and photos that I created during its creation.

 
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Last year I acquired a small replica of William Wetmore Story's Angel of Grief that he originally carved for his wife's tomb. Made by Design Toscano, your friendly neighborhood purveyors of all things mediocre, tawdry and expensive, she looked like this initially:

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Ooooh, I think that the graveyard in Zombieville could use some plaster pedestals to suggest mausoleums! Here is a nice plain pillar, needing only some weathering, for $29.99. This Ionic one, at $14.99, is a bit cheaper, though. And here's a Roman one for the same price. But maybe this column wall mirror would work [$19.99] too.

I'm a big fan of this curved Roman capital bench too...perfect for contemplating my grieving angel statue...

Perhaps I could get away not with some columns, but with some silly cherub statue from this category, as long as it looks suitably depressed.

Fireplace!

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After pining for one for quite a while, I finally found one on the DOA marketplace for $23.00 shipped, which is about how much I'm willing to pay for one. Woo hoo!
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I finished Isabel's car, Eppie, a few months ago, but never got around to photoing it until now. Behold!!!Read more... )

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My Harumika mannequin has changed looks and hands a few times before settling down.

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I acquired an unfinished double-hung window for a playscale dollhouse from Ebay. It came with a removable plastic pane. I took out the pane and spray painted the frame white.

I then measured two pieces of fabric the size of the pane from my backdrops collection. I ironed each piece of fabric and used Mod Podge to adhere it to a slightly stiff sheet of watercolor paper.

When I get some adhesive magnetic strips, I will put some on the back of the window frame. I can then pin the pieces of fabric between the frame and my magnetic backdrop so that the scene appears to be either day or night.

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I'm in the midst of making a wig pattern specifically for Isabel's oddly shaped head. Here's the latest iteration of the pattern, almost there, but with too much bulk and height in the front hairline. Isabel looks great with 3" magenta shag as hair, though!

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I had to scrape the bottom of the barrel to fill the Rement Beauty Counter with bags. I have very few purses and such.

I am thinking of making Rumpy Pumpy a general secondhand store selling cool stuff. Then I could use some of my interesting accessories that otherwise would never appear.

In any case, I have to change the title of the Beauty Counter.

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Well, technically, it's Isabel's doll studio, but it's a barely organized heap of several projects in progress, so it's pretty messy. I should start making this. I've been amassing dolls, doll parts, shelves and tables for her for quite some time, and I think I need to just dive right in and do it. The huge list of supplies I want to stock her with looks daunting, but, as much of it is either easily made or cut down from my own supplies, I should be able to quickly generate it. 
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Here's Peter with the Rement Beauty Counter that I got in the mail yesterday. It's too short to be set on the floor as is.
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I love the Doll Page Show and Sell Site. It's an online marketplace where people post free ads for their doll stuff, mostly FRs [Fashion Royalties] and high-end Barbies, though 1:4 scale Tonners and BJDs of all sizes form a steady minority. There's also a small, but steady, minority of naked rescue dolls that I'd expect to find at a thrift store or garage sale. Prices are pretty reasonable for the secondary market, and, if you stalk the new ads, you can find some exceptional deals. The only thing I dislike about the site is that sold items do not automatically disappear from the search results, which means they keep hanging around to taunt me. :p

Anyway, I have sold a few items on the Doll Page and purchased even more. I got a kitchen hutch with crockery for $30.00 shipped, which was just about what I was willing to pay. The seller actually refunded me s/h [$15.00], as one of the crocks broke in transit, so the hutch ended up being just $15.00.

Some aforementioned cheap nudes also came from the Doll Page.

FR London Calling Kyu Barrett also came from the Doll Page. Just to give you an idea of the low prices you can find there, I bought Barrett for $75.00 shipped because the seller wanted to clear him out so she could buy someone else. :p Other MIB dolls of his type are asking $100.00, $115.00, $116.00 and $215.00 shipped. Asking prices are higher on Ebay.

My most recent Doll Page score is a MIB Rement Beauty Counter for $55.00 shipped. I had never heard of this piece before last week because it's really rare and from the early days of Rement [2005, according to HLJ]. The most recent one that sold on Ebay went for $74.98 shipped, while there are a few that remain up for between $135.99 and $189.00 shipped, both of which are ridiculous prices.

Anyway, here's a box photo by seller kari. Accessories not included. This set piece will show up in Rumpy Pumpy to display either jewelry or bags and other accessories.

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I have collected a sample from the woods near my work. It is most likely some kind of grape vine. I'm either going to use the sample itself in the set or make smaller models from it. 

This 1909 pamphlet on the state's shrubs and woody vines might help me identify it.
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My forest set has been months in the making.
 
Back in November, 2012, I planned to get appropriate backdrops, including a sky, a deciduous forest in spring/summer and a deciduous forest in fall.
 
At that time, I also decided that I needed some 3D foreground trees, to be played by actual sticks.
Not until March, 2013, though, did I get around to beginning its construction. At this time, the forest was an extremely simple deciduous backdrop with a ground made of moss glued to foamcore. Trees were sticks with stands made out of nails.
 
I soon added another color of moss and brown crinkle paper to the humus on the ground. My first underbrush made of plastic greenery also appeared.

Next I made Aves Apoxie Sculpt bases, covered with moss and crinkle paper, for my trees. I added a few stands of slender trunks to the thicker ones.

The forest still looked sparse, so I added some sprays of plastic leaves to pass as young trees.

I tried putting down loose green crinkle paper for additional ground cover, but it was the wrong shade.

However, I eventually discovered the right shade of green.
 
Then I added stands of plastic ferns.

I am probably not finished with this set. I'd like to have the option of a stump or log, a conifer or two and maybe a rock.

EDIT: The pictures were not hiding behind the cut, so I removed them. >:(
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I found some sprays of plastic ferns in the clearance section at Michael's last week and couldn't pass them up. Tonight I broke out the ferns, some leftover dried moss and the Aves Apoxie Sculpt to make some more ground cover.
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Out of the blue, earlier this month, I received an E-mail from figural sculptor Georgia Landau, asking me if I wished to buy some of her dollmaking supplies. After decades of making dolls, primarily in porcelain, she has moved onto clay, leaving behind wool and other fibers, fabrics, furniture and other odds and ends. Unable to make her official Saturday moving sale, I trekked to Montpelier Friday after work in driving rain to examine the goods.Read more... )
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Here is the dead version of Isabel showing off the hollow plastic gravestones I got at the end of last week. As you can see, the fronts are, like most Halloween decorations, bullshit in terms of cemetery iconography, but the backs are fine!

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I have recently developed the useful and somewhat surprising facility for making my own serviceable 1:6 scale stuff. I go through the following process, demonstrated for example's sake with an electric wheelchair:
  1. I want a 1:6 scale electric wheelchair.
  2. Let me search for a commercially produced one.
  3. There are no commercially produced ones, or they are too expensive.
  4. I'll have to make one.
  5. Let's break down the electric wheelchair into its simplest components, which I may be more likely to find in 1:6 scale.
  6. An electric wheelchair looks like an office chair on top of a lawn mower.
  7. I have procured an office chair, but I can't find a lawn mower.
  8. I will have to use a 1:18 scale ForTwo Smart Car instead.
  9. [Construction ensues.]
The key steps, I think, are 5 and 6. I'm currently planning to scratch-build two 1:6 scale things, not necessarily because I need them, but because I want to see if I can.

The first is a tape dispenser, which is basically a block with a channel down the center and a roll of tape half-submerged in the channel. I know exactly how I want to make this; I just need to sit down and actually do it.

The second is a grandfather clock. I started coveting a functioning 1:6 scale grandfather clock on the Doll Page Show and Sell site, but $33.00 for something I don't really neeeeeeed seemed too rich to me. Even when I got the idea that the dead version of Isabel could come and go in Isabel's room through the door in the clock, I still couldn't bring myself to spend north of $30.00 for one.

I'm perfectly willing to make one, however. A grandfather clock is basically a clock face on top of a locker, so, once I find the appropriate 1:6 scale locker/narrow cupboard with working door, I have the base for a modern grandfather clock!

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I already have the supplies for a 17th/18th century cemetery in the form of these stupendous little magnets from Della'Morte:



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Trouble is, most cemeteries around here [Chittenden County, Vermont] date from the 19th century on, so the aforesaid iconography would be anachronistic and inaccurate. Time to procure some more Victorian gravestones for my sets....

The centerpiece of my modern cemetery set will be an Angel of Grief [previously rhapsodized about] from Design Toscano [your friendly Internet purveyors of expensive art for people with lots of money and very little taste!] with a bench in front of her. Because the Angel of Grief a1) contains a nauseating piece of doggerel and b1) comes in a nauseating jaundiced color [who thought that was a good idea?] , she will need a2) Dremelling and b2) repainting to some less offensive grey or white scheme.

Accompanying these pieces will be some tabletop tombstones from Darkside Displays. Made of plastic and sporting designs that would never appear in any self-respecting real cemetery [vampires! zombies! witches!], these need work as well. I can't decide whether to sand off the silly designs or just turn the stones so they're not facing the camera. :p Either way, some repainting will probably be in order.

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New things since last time, going L to R, top shelf to bottom: Rement mushroom container with frog, 1:6 scale Vermont bicentennial license plate [scanned from personal collection], Rement vase of flowers, Rement orange pen [below vase], Mattel watch, Rement magnetic paperclip holder, Kitchen Littles mug with Rement utensil sticking out.

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I've gone off on a bookcase tangent. I'm trying to make its contents a little more interesting than just books, but generic enough so that the bookcase can be used as a general backdrop. I added three things today:Read more... )
I'd really like to stick some more office supplies in there. Possible additions include:
  • stapler
  • tape dispenser
  • calculator
  • pencil[s]
  • scissors
  • map of Vermont
  • box of playing cards
  • random money
  • candle[s]
  • CD[s]
  • cell phone/smart phone
  • flyswatter [hah!]
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As I've mentioned before, bamboo drawer organizers make wonderful bookcases with little to no modification.

Make page blocks for dummy books by hot-gluing together "signatures" of balsa, foamcore or craft foam cut to size.

Don't forget to vary the dimensions of the dummy books. No one's library contains uniform volumes of all the same size.

Use scraps of paper sticking out from between "signatures" for bookmarks.

Create the impression of a diverse library by binding your dummy books in a variety of papers. Magazine pages and origami paper provide aesthetically pleasing patterns. Used cheap self-adhesive gift tags for trim, stripes and further differentiation.

While you're at it, don't forget to distribute colors and patterns randomly amongt the stacks. Very few people shelve according to the color spectrum. :p

For added realism, make it messy. [Tip for the lazy: Falling-over books take up more room than neatly stuffed shelves!] Have some books stick out further than others. A pile of books can act as a makeshift bookend. Try shelving some books on top of other books.

Use some sort of adhesive to keep the books on the shelves, particularly those that are falling over or leaning precariously.

See these principles in practice below.

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I finally got some green crinkle paper of the right shade to act as ground cover for my forest set! I was just going to take pictures of it, but Flower and Epona started chatting, and this happened...

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I added some green crinkle paper to my forest for ground cover. After I placed the green paper on the ground, I realized that it was too blue for the forest palette. SHIT!

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Brought to you by cotton print fabric, dried moss, sticks, acrylic paint, plastic greenery, Sculpey, Aves Apoxie Sculpt and brown crinkle paper.

This is a test of brown crinkle paper as undergrowth to break up the rectilinear lines where the sky fabric means the ground board. I think I need some green crinkle paper too. The brown alone does not provide sufficient variation.
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Here's what's happened so far:

March 4th: Ordered Bella! Studios Room With A View Basic Wall Unit with magnetized both sides. "Please allow 2-8 weeks for delivery."
 
March 4th: Credit card charged.
 
March 11th: Got E-mail from Christina Bougas, saying that it would be done in two weeks' time, which puts us at the last week in March.
 
March 15th: Realized I had deleted March 11th E-mail and asked for confirmation of timeline.
 
March 21st: Got E-mail from her, saying that it would be done "this week," by which I assumed March 24th at absolute latest.
 
April 11th: Sent E-mail, asking about order status.
 
April 11th: Tried calling phone number on Web site. Off the hook.
 
April 11th: Got E-mail from her, saying she had been sick, but that my item was "ready to go out in tomorrow's UPS run."
 
April 11th: Asked if I would get a shipping notice/tracking number.
 
April 17th: Asked for confirmation of shipping, as well as tracking number.

April 17th: Reported transaction to credit card company and filled out dispute paperwork, just in case.

April 17th: Scrounged online for more phone numbers and called them. Off the hook.
 
April 19th: Asked for confirmation of shipping, as well as tracking number.

April 22nd: Got E-mail from her saying that she had mistakenly shipped my order to another customer. Said that she had prepared a replacement unit and would be "leaving for UPS in about two hours."

April 23rd: Read E-mail [as I currently have no Internet at home >:( ]. Asked for confirmation of shipping, as well as tracking number.

This is going down in history as one of the most frustrating transactions ever.

Do not ever buy anything from Bella! Studios/ CleaBella / Room With A View sets / Christina Bougas.

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15" h x 23" w magnetic dry erase boards from Three by Three x 3 = $60.00

perhaps some magnetic strips to extend height of boards

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Shortly after I guessed that the maker of my magnetic trifold had fallen off the face of the earth, she replied to my inquiry, saying that she had been sick for the duration of her radio silence. She said that it was "ready to go out" in the next day's UPS run and that she was "catching up on [her] shipping." I asked if I would get a shipping notice with tracking.

That was a week ago. Since then, I have heard absolutely nothing.

I asked yesterday for confirmation that the trifold had shipped. No response.

I am never dealing with this individual again. I'm also going to do what I can to warn off everyone I know from dealing with her. Her unprofessional lack of communication gives me no confidence in her business or services.

Do not ever buy anything from Bella! Studios/ CleaBella / Room With A View sets / Christina Bougas.

Fuck it.

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Christina Bougas has probably fallen off the face of the earth.

I'm making my own trifold backdrop. It will be just a foamcore display trifold with fabric pinned to it, so it's not magnetic, but it will do what I need it to do, which is more than I can say for my FUCKING NONEXISTENT CLEABELLA MAGNETIC TRIFOLD.

Do not ever buy anything from Bella! Studios/ CleaBella / Room With A View sets / Christina Bougas.
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On March 4th, I ordered a Clea Bella Room With A View basic wall unit with double-sided metallic walls. The order went through fine.

About a week later, I got an E-mail [which I have since erased] from Christina Bougas, saying that it would be done in two weeks' time, which puts us at the last week in March.

On March 15th, I realized that I had deleted this message, so I wrote to her again, asking for updated status information.

On March 21st, she replied that it would be done "this week," by which I assumed March 24th at absolute latest.

Since then...nothing. No updates about postponement, no shipping alerts, nothing. I just wrote a few minutes ago [April 10th] inquiring as to my order's status.

The Room With A View page clearly states that the units are made to order. "Please allow 2-8 weeks for delivery." That's reasonable.

What's unreasonable is getting a message from the maker saying that the item would be done by March 24th and then hearing nothing for 2.5 weeks. This makes me frustrated and worried. I'm frustrated because of the poor communication from the seller and because I'm waiting for this item so I can shoot photos. I'm also worried because I wonder if she took my money and ran.

At this point, I cannot recommend Clea Bella.

Do not ever buy anything from Bella! Studios/ CleaBella / Room With A View sets / Christina Bougas.

EDIT: Oh that really instills me with confidence: The phone is making that dee-doo-dee-doo off-the-hook noise when I call her number.
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A test of the forest against the deciduous background reveals that it needs more filler.
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I finished the large trees tonight.Read more... )
Thoughts:
  • Though the forest is approaching completion, I still need a pine tree or two.
  • I also may use up my Apoxie Sculpt to make another stand of slender trees. However, I'm pretty sick of making stands of anything right now.
  • Rocks?
  • Stumps?
  • The forest looks sparse because it's against the sky backdrop; I assume that it will look fuller against the deciduous backdrop. Need to test that tomorrow.
  • I think I'll hit the big craft store nearby tomorrow morning to look for more options of green stuff.

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Okay, so technically Isabel's not in these pictures. Let's pretend she's standing just out of frame. :p

Behold the understory! Yesterday I harvested some slender twigs from the nearby woods, then turned them into the understory for my forest set. I made bases for clusters of twigs using the same principles that I used when making them for my underbrush this weekend. This time, though, I did things differently.

First, I didn't use polymer clay. I used Aves Apoxie Sculpt. It is a two-part sculpting medium that requires manual blending in 50/50 composition before use. It then has a working time of approximately two hours before it dries rock hard. When pliable, it may be tinted with acrylic paint. When dry, it may be sanded or carved.

I really like Apoxie Sculpt. I find it easy to use, with the caveat that hand-mixing just about three-fourths of a handful of it at a time is best. Otherwise I hurt my hands in an attempt to blend huge wodges at once!

Once blended, Apoxie Sculpt starts off slightly tacky, soft and very pliable, slowly stiffening and drying as time wears on. It responds readily to tools, cut it's also easy enough to form with one's fingers. [The instructions recommend wearing nitrile gloves and make it sound like the stuff is difficult to get off, but it's really not. The second time I used it, I didn't wear gloves, and I removed the sticky bits from my fingertips with soap and water.] Unlike polymer clay, it cures on its own, so no putting things in the oven, then juggling hot items as they come out.

Second, I didn't glue the twigs into guide holes the way that I did with the underbrush. Instead I just stuck them in the Apoxie Sculpt bases and let the Apoxie Sculpt cure around them. As much as me and hot glue are BFFs, sometimes it's nice not to have to use it.

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When we last looked in on my forest in progress, it was pretty much uniformly green. In the mean time, I have made some improvements.

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I did a quick mockup of my spring/summer forest set. I used a moss table runner for the ground. The backdrop is North American Wildlife 2011 Forest Green cotton print by Elizabeth's Studio [no really!]. The trees are my aforementioned sticks.

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Some thoughts:

  • I really need to make weighted bases for my sticks. They keep falling over, whether I set them on my level desk or the uneven moss. The weighted bases will provide more support for the sticks and allow people to sit at the base of the trees without pushing the trees over. The bases will also add depth and variation to the currently flat ground.
  • I also need some ground cover, not a lot, but enough to make the ground look less relentlessly GREEN.
  • I have a functional foreground and a functional background, but I lack a functional midground. I need some undergrowth to provide depth to the scene and break up the line where the moss meets the backdrop.
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This fabric, to be precise.

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Not that specific piece of fabric, but two yards of the same design. I got a small amount of said fabric from Andrea several years back and trimmed it to a square of approximately 18 x 18 inches, stapling it to a sheet of foamcore for a sky backdrop. The small size of the sky, however, means that I can only shoot from certain angles without getting either the edges of the backdrop or the wall behind it in the photos.

I will soon be acquiring, however, a magnetic trifold that renders all foamcore backdrops superfluous, thank Jesus. I will be able to achieve more than 180 degrees of backdrop, thus allowing me to shoot from multiple angles without showing off my fabulous wall.

Of course, achieving 180+ degrees of backdrop requires enough backdrop to cover the entire trifold, which, I believe, is 44 inches wide. I do not currently have 44 inches of the aforementioned sky, a cotton print by Michael Miller, Periwinkle, from the Landscape series. Therefore, I went on a quest.

I could not easily find Periwinkle, so I first tried to satisfy myself with an alternative. That didn't work. I especially like that way that Periwinkle is patterned, but not obviously repetitive. Its watercolor-like, loose forms concur with my impressionistic aesthetic. Finally, Periwinkle can suggest more than just sky; one Figurvore member who saw Ellery in the cemetery with this as the backdrop remarked that it looked like the cemetery was on the edge of a lake. That comment just solidified my desire for this particular print.

Naturally, Periwinkle proved elusive because it was no longer produced. But, just as I was getting pissed off over Periwnkle's disappearance from the primary market, I discovered two yards on Ebay and stalked them. That is how I wound up paying ~$15.00 a yard for some out-of-print fabric.

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Vitra, a company that designs furniture, issues 1:6 scale replicas of famous modern chairs -- their Vitra Miniatures series. Meticulously crafted and true to scale, these pieces are truly beautiful. I happen to have a yellow Vitra Mini Panton chair, shown in the foreground below, only because Andrea gave it to me.

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There's really no other way that I would end up having any Vitra Minis because their prices soar far beyond what I even pay for human-sized furniture. For example, they make a lovely rocking chair of wicker and wood replicating Kohn and Thonet's 1882 Schaukelsessel No. 9. It can be yours for only $755.00 [free s/h!!] at AllModern. Jesus, for that price, I'd buy a dozen 1:6 scale action figures instead.

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Back in my less discriminating days, I used to acquire stuff more easily that I thought looked great, but which I did not immediately have a use for. Now that I'm older, pickier and possessed of much less space, I have winnowed my collection of set pieces and accessories down to those that I can use in multiple situations. [Well, with the exception of my Shoezies shoe display rack -- it's so cool that I will write shoe stores into my photostories just so I can use it for its sole purpose!] Though I have drastically reduced my 1:6 scale stuff to the most practical and useful pieces, sometimes some stuff hangs around that I'm not sure what to do with.

Take this 1:6 scale cork scene, for example, with which Isabel is posing below. It's a cluster of miniature, carved, wooden buildings in a glass case with black trim.
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I got my AG Minis Groovy Room today. Here is Jujube hanging out in her new house, which is as tastefully decorated from the available pieces as I could manage.

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I acquired a few gunmetal satin drawstring bags in a recent purchase of 1:6 scale doll heads. You can easily find such bags in a variety of sizes in craft supply stores or online shops in the category for weddings. I guess people often put favors [Jordan almonds BLECH!] in them.Read more... )

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There's a thread on Figurvore about one's first attempts at set pieces compared to one's current efforts. It got me thinking about how I used to make sets.

When I first started in 1:6 scale, I built movable sets on my desktop or more permanent ones in bookshelves. I had very few backdrops and/or set pieces, so I mostly made do by repurposing commonly available items. One of my favorite examples of such reuse was the jelly bean seat.

To make the jelly bean seat, I started off using a short cylindrical container for binder clips. I brought it home from the office because it looked about the right size to serve as a table or ottoman or something.

When I got it home, I discovered that it was, in fact, the right height. However, the flexible plastic bowed under the weight of a doll, so I needed something to balance, solidify and add support.

It being in the vicinity of Easter, I hit upon the idea of filling the container with jelly beans. Hey, why not? I reasoned that they were attractively colored and also unspoilable [being made mostly of wax :p ]. I filled the container with a pleasing series of jelly beans, then glued the top on with my best friend ever, hot glue.Read more... )


Almost a decade later, I do purchase set pieces specifically made for 1:6 scale, but I also still make my own pieces with creative thinking and HOT GLUE. In fact, the latest survey of my set pieces includes quite a few that I have made/reused myself: stools [carpentry scraps], bookcase [bamboo drawer organizer], counters [wooden boxes], door [photo album], fainting couch [jewelry box], sink [paperclip holder], toilet [novelty gag], bed [doll box covered with 1:1 scale pillow case], chair [cell phone holder], ottoman [music box], table [plastic jar lids and carpentry scraps], window shade [bamboo placemat]...and probably some other stuff that I'm forgetting.

At this point in my life, I will only buy a set piece premade because I can't approximate it myself [or I'm too lazy to]. Though I have many nifty pieces that were commercially manufactured [I adore my yellow Rement side table with working lamp!], I almost always prefer my simple, homemade approximations. For example, I recently found myself saying, "Why do I have this Kitchen Littles counter unit with drawers when I have two homemade counter units made from wooden boxes fronted with cardstock that do the job just fine?"

Bed

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After suffering many years with a 1:6 scale bed made from a saggy, undersize cracker box covered with a piece of fabric from a pillow case, I improved my 1:6 scale bed tonight. This one is a sturdy, NON-saggy doll box, also covered with another pillow case. Isabel enjoys a book on it. I need some throw pillows that DO NOT have monkeys on them.
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Like most kitchens I have experience with, it has very little counter space. :pRead more... )

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I got three packages in the mail today! One was another 5StarDoll tiny girl body for another fat doll [not shown].Read more... )
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I made a bathroom today. From left to right we have a wooden box [once held gift condiments] supporting DripClips paperclip holder sink, various Rements [soap dispensers and tissues], some Barbie bottle, Japanese t.p. erasers by Itasho, unknown trash can [helpfully labeled RUBBISH BIN!] and a squirting novelty toilet with the squirt removed.
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I don't feel like springing for a hutch for my renovating 1:6 scale kitchen, so I'm going to see if one of my small plastic Rement storage bins put up on end will suffice as a pantry substitute.

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