Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Working on some doll furniture

Hello everyone!

One of my projects for this summer is to build a doll size cafe so I can have an scenario for my pictures and probably doll stories. I decided to start with doing a table and some chairs that could also be used in other scenarios. The table was the easiest one, so I started with that.

I got this idea from one of My Froggy Stuff videos, but I don't remember which, so probably if you go to her Youtube Channel you'll find it.

I started by drawing some circles on a box, like a cereal box. I used an enamel can to trace them, as it seemed to have a perfect size. 


 Cut the pieces and then glue them together. I like to put something heavy on top of the pieces while they dry.



 I thought that 6 pieces would be enough, but then I felt that it was a little bit too thin and I added 2 more circles.

Once the glue was dried, I sanded the edges.


Then I repeated the same process with a smaller circle for the base. This time I used an spray paint can to trace the circles.



For the base of the table, I only used 6 pieces.

Now is time to do the tube that's going to connect the two pieces. My Froggy Stufff does a lot of crafts doing paper tubes, which is great idea if you consider that you can do the tube as thick as you want. The thing is that I do NOT like doing paper tubes, in fact, I had to do two in order to get one that looked half decent. 

Sorry for the blurry photo
I would recomend that you cut the paper tube to the size you want before the glue dries completely, if not the tube will be quite hard to cut. 


Then I glued the pieces using liquid silicone (or a cold hot glue variant, I don't know really how to translate that to english). I was originally planning to use white glue, but the lady in the stationery shop said it was great. I did not like it, at least for this particular project, and I think that white glue would have been a better choice because I can apply it with a brush.


I let the table dry overnight and then I painted it. I used a water base matt craft paint that is also suitable to do a chalk paint effect. I chose this one because the I thought that the matt effect would look more realistic.

Pintando con Acualux mate Turquesa Marron



Painting with Acualux


And finally, here's the table:


And because I did not like the paper tube tecnique, I have started working on a chair using wooden dowels and the rest of the cardstock left from the boxes I used for the table. I'm a little bit stuck in this project, as I don't know how to really put everythign together. I just have cut the pieces from the seat and two pieces for the back.



 Originally I wanted to do the chair shown on this video, but I can't find those skinny sticks anywhere, so I have to think of another way make a chair. 


Do you guys have any suggestions on how to do a chair? Any ideas will be more than welcome.

Note: Most of the pictures were taken by Mr. Monster. He had a lot of patience with me, as I was costantly intererrupting him while he was watching Game of Thrones.

M.C.

14 comments:

  1. Haha, good for Mr. Monster! Games of Thrones can be pretty intense! I think the table came out great. I'm not sure what I would do for a chair...unfortunately, I am not that creative!

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    1. Poor Mr. Monster, I just kept on asking him to help me with the photos. I'm glad you like the table, but for future projects, there are a couple of things that I'll do in a different way. I'm going to take a few days off crafting and then come back to this project to see if I have new ideas.

      Thanks for stopping by

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  2. I think you can get a variety of skinny sticks by disassembling sushi mats (bamboo mats). Alternatively, you can try cushioned chairs with cotton disks padding. The table looks great though!

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    1. Oooooh, that's a great idea. I've seen some of those, there are ones with round "sticks" and others with flat ones. I considered looking on amazon, in case they sell those. I thought of the cushioned chair, but I wanted to do one without cushion aswell.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Yup, those things! Some have coloured sticks too. I usually see them with either flat or square sticks. You can get round bamboo sticks in barbeque and picnic supplies, they are often crooked but I use them for shoe heels.

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    3. I have round bamboo sticks already, but the ones I couldn't find were the skinny sticks. Thanks for your ideas, sure they'll come in handy.

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  3. If you can't find skinny sticks (usually available at craft stores) try using the smaller popsicle sticks and cutting the rounded ends off. They will be a little wider than the skinny sticks, but that means you won't have to use quite as many! Good luck! Your table turned out really cute, and I think your chairs will too once you find the right material to make them.

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    1. Hello Phyllis! I thought of using the popsicle sticks, the thing is that the skinny sticks (at least the ones shown in the video) are longer, and for that particular craft I feel that my popsicle sticks are a little bit short. Thank you very much for your lovely comment, I'm glad you like my table.

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  4. Have you tried looking for wooden coffee stirrers on Amazon?

    Your table looks great to me and very café like.

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    1. No, I didn't thought of that! Honestly, I was having a hard time trying to translate "skinny stick" to spanish, but actually you helped me. Maybe I could also find coffee stirrers at a regular supermarket. Thanks a lot!

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  5. This table looks great. Is it sturdy? Every time I make tables like this they easily tip over and drive me insane.

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    1. Not exactly, the circles are quite sturdy, but the tube not that much. I'm thinking of unglueing it and fill the tube with glue for extra support.

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    2. Try building the tube around a wooden stick. Or insert a stick in this tube if there is room.

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    3. I tried it, but it didn't come out very well, as the only stick I had was very thin. Now I have thicker sticks, so probably next time will be better.

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