Mikros Kosmos #2: The biggest pieces, the littlest pieces.

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Blog entry by tyskkvinna posted 07-01-2010 05:36 AM 1251 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I wanted to get started, which means I had to paint the outside of the house. This IS a step that could wait until later – but as I am using spray paint, it didn’t seem so logical.

That’s after 2 coats of primer! This MDF is very thirsty.

I ended up doing 5… and then a coat of paint. (not pictured)

So I tackled the little wood pieces while that dried. I didn’t get a before picture because I totally spaced it. Pictured is:

2 Interior Doors
1 Exterior Door
2 Stairs
All of the assorted spindles and railings and whatnot to go with 2 stairs

I stained them with the Jacobean Minwax and it turned out perfect! I really love this colour. One of the important tricks I have learned in working tiny is that dark wood looks more “real” than light wood. Light wood looks like some flimsy cheap pine (which, errrrr, it may be) but as soon as you make it dark it looks much more impressive. It also helps that generally, my personal taste runs towards the deeper wood tones.

A close-up of the interior door. As you can see, there is quite a bit of variation in the wood. There may in fact be more than one KIND of wood in this – would not surprise me. It’s super, super porus (was seeping in on the other side) and just generally crazy – in a good way of course. ;)
There’s also some glue marks as you can kind of see. I have not decided what to do about them, yet. I may 1) ignore them 2) paint them gently 3) something else. I am not going to try to sand them out – this is too delicate.

The posts for the stairs. You can see where the wood just exploded with character. I love it! It looks really aged, which is exactly what I wanted.

I also felt the need to share this view with you. At the top, where the tiny windows are, you can kind of see that they sit in a groove. It took a little effort but I managed to stain the entire groove. Very unlikely anybody will get to any angle to see it, but I could not leave it be.

And a close-up of one of the interior doors. You all seem to enjoy my artistic wood photos, so there you go. :)

I am debating what to do for the finish. I COULD leave it be – wear and tear is not an issue here – but I’m not keen on the surface appearance. I would prefer it have some sheen. Ideally I’d like to be able to mimick normal use – so shinier in the least-touched places and build up a little – but I’m not sure how to go about it, precisely.

Suggestions are always welcome. :)

Not sure what I am going to tackle next… aside from finishing applying the exterior paint. (Needs 2 coats tomorrow)

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#1 posted 07-01-2010 06:25 AM

you have started out with a bang Lis

if you want patina on your things you have to try different tecnics
becorse there is so many ways you can do it
and my english is so bad that I don´t think I can explain it
I realy do hope there is another L J who knew how to and can tell you

if not then I will try


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#2 posted 07-01-2010 09:27 AM

God luck. Are you going to build furniture too?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 07-01-2010 11:57 AM

It was very inspiring to wake up to this! You really got a lot done! I love the effect of the darker paint too. I think the door looks incredible. I had to laugh to my self when you were talking about getting into the little part on the top with the stain because I would be exactly the same way. I don’t have suggestions for the finish because finishing isn’t one of my stronger points so I will be sitting back here watching what the others will direct you to do and learning. Thanks for the great photos and documentation. Keep them coming!

Take care, Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 07-01-2010 03:02 PM

Great start…your always better off doing as much painting/staining before assembly as possible….even more so when working in miniature! I would consider maybe shooting the stained wood with a semi gloss poly…give it a shinier finished look.


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#5 posted 07-01-2010 04:15 PM

Thanks all!

Yep – I’m going to make as much of the furniture as I can manage. (We’ll see how this goes. :) ) I have some somewhat specific design ideas in mind, that are just not available tiny.

Dennis – My high school Danish is kind of rusty but I could probably understand finishing instructions if it would be easier ;) I would love to hear ideas!

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#6 posted 07-01-2010 06:26 PM

Okay Lis you asked for it :—))
but you ain´t gonna get it qeuite like that
there is of corse that where you take away some of the painting again
but you can also apply some with a pensel where you have only a very little
amount of paint on and you have rolled it nearly dry before you lay it on
it´s a tecnic that takes a little paitions to learn but I´m sure you will master it in no time
and you can spraypaint

but I will ask you to look on the net after pages with war diorama´s
people who build R/c scala model flyingmaschines
there is also people who makes dioramaes with 1:12 things in small exebitionsboxes
I know theres a lot of people who build with plastickits that do it all the time

I will see if I can remember some danish sites with it .
it´s over 20 years ago I last did something like that
don´t expect toooo much from this werd brain it´s not as fast as it use to

take care Lis
best thoughts from Ærø

Edit : if you use math paint instead of glossy paint you will get the result of old look
as I remember but you have to use different colours and shades

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#7 posted 07-01-2010 09:06 PM

Lis, this is so cool. I spent a lot of my youth building models, and this is bringing back a lot of sweet memories.

I don’t have much to offer right now, but thought I would let you know I am ‘a watching.

You nailed that door! Do you have a knob yet?


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 07-02-2010 03:17 AM

As far as the small glue marks on the might want to try and pick the glue out carefully with a sharp xacto knife or a dental pick…if you take some of the wood out you could just put some filler in and re stain..


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