Sunday, January 31, 2016

1:48 Scale Village | YouTube Video

Hey guys! I recently started a new personal project and instead of just taking photos of the process, I thought... what the heck? How 'bout I make a video!? So... that's what I did!

 Many of you already know the process of dry fitting, but I thought it would be a great way for me to test out how I would go about making a video for miniatures as well as share some content in a new way!

You can find the video by clicking HERE.

I would love it so much if you guys checked out the video and Subscribed to my channel! I have a few videos I am currently working on, along with the behind-the-scenes video of me making my 2015 Creatin' Contest Entry. (Which, btw I got an honorable mention!!)

I also have a personal channel where I've been sharing some home decor projects and art challenges! If you are interested in giving that a look, click HERE. 

I'll check back in when I have more to share! I am currently working on the village, as well as brainstorming for my 2016 Creatin' Contest entry. This year's kit seems a good bit smaller and I hope to make my entry wayyyyy more detailed than my first one!

Thanks for stopping by!
X -Blake

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Sweet Shoppe // Structure Details: Interior + Exterior

Hello mini makers! Thank you guys so very much for all your kinds words! The Sweet Shoppe is definitely the most complete miniature project I have ever made! I love seeing it in the same room as the Christmas tree! Too bad it's coming down soon! (The tree, that is) Here I have put together a post to share the details of the interior and exterior structure.

The most obvious detail is the curved front! I basically flipped the entire building on its face. I then used what was previously the roof as the back wall (and also the new roof haha!). I also cut out a window on one side. As if it needed any more windows with that front wall.... But I love a light-filled room so I HAD to add another window. The frame was made from scratch and upon closer look you can see quite a few gaps, but... I'm still happy with it because it was my first window I ever made!

Speaking of windows, the original kit came with two pre-made windows. I used one on the ceiling to let even MORE light in. It feels like it was meant to go here.

At some point I lost the door knob on the outside of the back door.... I have no idea where it could be, so I will have to replace it soon!

The roof comes off for easy access.

And so does the back wall- it has two parts. I didn't know how I would want to take pictures of the inside so I wanted plenty of options! The removable parts are held in with tension alone, but I plan on adding some sort of pin or magnet system eventually. 

The floor boards are made from a floorboard sheet I found at hobby lobby. I honestly didn't know how to apply the sheet so I took it all apart and did my own thing! I like how it turned out! The cement slab in the back was made from regular mortar (for mosaics and things). I mixed the mortar with a bit of paint.

The front door is one of my favorite parts. It works both ways. One of the themes I tried to incorporate throughout the build is to have very plain and average things on the exterior and more whimsical and playful things on the inside. I didn't have the time and energy to exaggerate this theme like I wanted, but I think over time as I add things to this build my initial idea will come through even more. For example the doorknobs on the inside are more decorative while the ones on the outside are simple rectangles.

The interior walls were made with another floorboard sheet, egg carton bricks, and decorative trim.

 As for the ceiling, I wanted it to look a little like icing. I'm not really a fan of those "popcorn ceilings" in real life, but I thought I would do my own take on it.

The store sign is another favorite detail. I made it entirely from scratch out of wood scraps, plexiglass, and scrapbooking embellishments. I do have some lights to go inside the sign, but I couldn't get it JUST right so I thought that would be another detail to add later.

As for the front of the Sweet Shoppe, the "glass" is plexiglass. I REALLY lucked out because the sheets of plexi they have at Hobby Lobby were about an eighth of an inch longer than what I needed... any shorter and I would have had to order it online!

The trim is meant to look like oxidized metal... I don't know enough about metals to say which kind, but I looked at images of bronze and copper for inspiration. I thought that the metal would be more oxidized at the top, so there is a gradient effect from the top to the bottom- with the bottom almost not oxidized at all. I love this look, but I definitely need more practice.

I aged all of the wood (inside and out) because I think it just makes it look so much more interesting. Aging the wood gives it details, style, and even adds to the story.

And of course I used the egg carton bricks! I love how these look and I these are my best yet. I also did bricks on the inside of the building, but I painted those white.

I would love to add some signage/ hours and information on the front door just like real shops do, but I found quickly that it's hard to get that detail when I was trying to do everything myself.

I am still working on editing a video going over all the same information. I also recording the last 3/4ths of the build if anyone is interested in that! I am hoping to have it posted to the YouTube channel within the next couple weeks. I am taking a couple days to relax before I get back to heavy working before class starts for the Spring semester. Thanks so much for stopping by, I will check back in soon!


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Creatin' Contest 2015 Entry - A Bohemian Bazaar Sweet Shoppe

Hey mini-makers! I am so happy to finally be able to share with you my entry for the 2015 Creatin
 Contest! Say hello to the ABB Sweet Shoppe!

I took video of most of my process and I hope to have the video edited and posted within the next week or so! Here is the kit right out of the box. This was my initial dry fit many many months ago- 

Since starting this build a LOT has happened. I moved out on my own, then moved into a new place (yep, moved twice!), got a puppy, completed almost three semesters of school, oh... and I got engaged! But more on that later! :)

Here are some quick shots of the exterior! I flipped the entire building on its front. I loved the curve of the original roof so much I decided to make it the face of my structure!

The interior features many handmade candies, as well as a scratch-built candy counter. For fun, I made some cotton candy trees! The ceiling is removable, along with the back wall. The back wall has two separate parts- the window and the lower wall. This makes is much easier to photograph all the mini details!

I learned a lot from this project! This is actually the first structure that I have entirely completed! There are still some things I will most likely change over time, as well as adding some things, but I am so very happy with how it turned out! I'll check back in later with some more detailed images and posts. Until next time, take care!