Saturday, 13 August 2011

The opposite of real life

I spent this week making clutter for the boy's room.  This is the opposite of real life, where clutter just seems to breed like rabbits and I spend a lot of time trying to get rid of it from my real house.

I remembered I had a number of cheap metal charms that I bought a few years ago.  It might have been from Tee Pee Crafts but it could have been at a bead store. They are sort of 1/24th scale, apart from the telephone which is a bit clunky.

The telephone and handbag are for the little girl's room.

I snipped off the hanging loops, filed the cut smooth with a metal file, and painted them with a base coat.

Then I spent a while painting them in acrylic paints.  The telephone I painted to look a bit like a Fisher Price toy.  After I took the finished picture, I painted the telephone and the top of the guitar body in clear nail varnish to make them shiny.

I wanted to add some 'junk' to the top of the bed before I stuck it in (with gripwax) into the room.  The blue bag or pillow is just some fabric gathered around a bit of filling.  The games box is a block of wood with 1/4" scale game boards stuck on its faces.  The Lego box, checkers board and paper car are all printables.  I am especially pleased that I managed to fold and glue the paper car without using the magnifier!  Hurrah!

You can't actually see any of this very well once the bed is in place.

I found some images of castles and knights on the internet to serve as posters for the wall, and DH unexpectedly produced a plastic ladder which was close enough in scale to use.  It's starting to come together but I need lots more junk.


  1. So little and so cute!! That's a very patient work! =)

  2. This is looking lovely - if a little tidy for a boy's room. You're making great progress! And I love the idea of using those charms as toys etc. Judith x

  3. The charms look great painted. You are doing a fantastic job on this i love visiting and enjoying your work. Hugs Maria

  4. that looks great. Yes, it is far too empty yet.ha!

  5. You do a great job of painting tiny things!! I can stitch mini petitpoint but have trouble painting. The boy's room is looking really good - your attention to detail is resulting in a very realistic room. Isn't it just so funny how hard it is to create 'clutter' in miniature? Sorry about the black triangle instead of the photo - I can't seem to change it!


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