Mikros Kosmos #16: Tedium

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Blog entry by tyskkvinna posted 08-01-2010 05:26 PM 1218 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 15: Not quite ready for a bath Part 16 of Mikros Kosmos series Part 17: A little update. »

Where we left off: I mentioned putting the epoxy on the main floor, and here it is. It looks great! :)

It’s hard to convey in photos, but the wood really shimmers. I think the combination of shellac + epoxy was absolutely perfect. I think if I had just put epoxy on it, it wouldn’t have the same feel. The padauk in particular really shines – it has a lot of figure. It also bleeds, as you can see in the corner there. I don’t mind (and there’s nothing I can do about it now, anyway) but it isn’t helping me when I insist to my friends and visitors that I did NOT just stain pieces of wood differently. I have found most people don’t really realise wood actually comes in different colours. I was a bit disappointed that the purpleheart doesn’t look super purple, but it’s definitely there. I mistook it for walnut in a couple of places.


The second storey was still epoxy-free. I was originally going to install the furniture in the bathroom and then apply the epoxy. and I started working on that last night when I realised the floor wasn’t level in the place where I was going to put the sink. So… I put the epoxy down.

Did not get a shot of the bathroom, but I think you all get the idea by now. ;) As you can see, the reflections on this stuff is just magic.

Since I was now waiting for epoxy to dry in the bathroom, I couldn’t really work on anything IN the bathroom. So I worked on the sink cabinet and I will get it glued in later today, I imagine.

Didn’t get progress shots of this but this is what I spent a lot of time working on. the “counter top” is made from a pen blank I found at Woodcraft. In fact it was this pen blank, if anybody is interested. I ran it through my bandsaw and ended up with 5 slabs with the most amazing patterns.

The legs are from a walnut dowel I found at Woodcraft, also – I believe it was a whole $0.93. I mounted the legs to a piece of maple (leftover floorboard, actually) and then the maple to the acrylic. The sink will sit on top, with exposed plumbing.

So.. the sink…....

This is a slightly long and meandering story. I was shopping online yesterday at my favourite miniature supplier and noticed they had exactly 2 sinks (that weren’t attached to something) The kitchen sink offered was alright – it looked like a standard double kitchen sink. The bathroom sink was your typical in-counter round offering, and made out of clear plastic. You are supposed to paint the underside of it. It’s pretty decent, but just not my style. I know this is a farmhouse…. but I just can’t escape my own personal taste.

So I decided to make my own out of polymer clay. I started with a hunk of white with a little grey and then rolled in some accents of blue and green, to match. It was going to be a lovely marble. Only problem: the first 15 tries turned out badly and I kept kneading the clay to start over, which means eventually I ended up with a block of solid seafoam. I rolled in a little white and grey scrap to try and salvage it but the colour was just terrible for the room. No problem, I carried on. Eventually I hit upon a sink design I love.

And there we are.

I did more to it today but have not taken photos of it yet, so you’ll have to wait and see.

I need to make faucets and pipe for it. I am also going to make those out of clay. Eventually.

The bathroom is basically functioning as my practise zone for the kitchen, which I want to be perfect.

I also have a few plans to make the sink fixture actually “make sense” in the room. Haven’t done it yet, but I have everything waiting for the moment of inspiration to strike.

In the meantime, I’m taking a day off and am going to the beach. :)

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 08-01-2010 05:43 PM

This is quite inspiring to see all your progress, Lis! I guess we are taking shifts because I took yesterday off and went to the beach!

I know just what you mean with the flooring. The shellac penetrates and makes the wood look almost metallic the way it shines. I agree that you probably would have not had that effect if you had just put the epoxy on them. I love the slight bleeding too. I don’t know why, but it really adds to the realism of the whole project. I also found that many pieces of purple heart are more dark brown than others. I guess it is the luck of the draw.

The sink and bathroom will be amazing. I was actually wondering last week if you were intending to use clay for them. (I think Fimo even comes in silver and gold metallics). I can’t wait to see how they turn out. I know it will be awesome.

I hope you have a great day ‘off’ today. If I know anything about you though I know you will be thinking about kitchens and pluming and fixtures, etc. :)

Thanks so much for showing us all these details. I love your story!


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

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#2 posted 08-01-2010 06:21 PM

oh girl your floors realy blow of the mind
that picture from the stairroom waow what a reflection
maybee I shuold consider to use the combination of finish
in my next house on the floors
I realy can´t wait to see the table where the sink has to bee installed
I deffently can understand why you picked that blank to make it of

thank´s for the update Lis


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#3 posted 08-01-2010 07:45 PM

Love the clay sink. I much prefer self made to mass produced. Progress steady and even though ‘tedium’ set in. Well done, Lis.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 08-01-2010 11:49 PM

wow what a beautiful job you have done…a wonderful place to live and enjoy…regardless of it being a farm house…you make the house yours by what you do to it…and its really a wonderful house …great job

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 08-02-2010 06:00 AM

Thanks, all!

It was really just that I couldn’t nail the sink on the first try.. or the second.. or the 10th…. but finally, I figured it out, made it and it looked like what I wanted. The finishing I did to it today sealed the deal – it’s perfect. I will take photos of it tomorrow, along with any more progress I make.

I was planning on spending my evening working on this, but my day had other plans. I spent the whole day at the beach, making friends and hanging out with my dog. I even shot a bunch of photos with my underwater camera.

Just for kicks I placed the table and the sink in the bathroom.. dry fit I guess. Beautiful! It looks less out of place than I thought. Probably because of those walnut legs. Excellent. I do need to come up with some good ideas for storage though – I could never have a bath room without any storage. The open sink does hinder that a bit, but it also opens up the room because it is much narrower than a cabinet would be.

Now – I sleep :)

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#6 posted 08-02-2010 06:40 AM

Looking good Lis. What kind of epoxy did you seal the floors with??

-- 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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#7 posted 08-03-2010 12:44 AM

I used the “Bar Top” finish I always see in the hardware stores. It looks a bit cheesy and dubious but it works, really well!

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#8 posted 08-03-2010 08:32 AM

I think it looks pretty good from here. Maybe not quite as good up close and personal?

-- 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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