Monday, July 31, 2017

Trash to Treasure -Decons Bench using Pill cases from Dollar Tree

Deacons bench using 1 set of 3 pill cases from Dollar Tree for extra storage
This is the finished Deacons bench.  Flat wood furniture kits were popular in the 1970's.  I had a bunch of it but when children were concerned it turned out to be not play time fun.  The wood had a tendency to splinter and after a few episodes it was put away.  To finish this off to be safe a coat of gesso needs to be applied.  This was slot construction, so the slots show and stick out. The receding wood slots were cut off.   The gesso fills in all the rough wood.  In certain sections two coats were applied.  Next it needs lightly sanded.  It was  painted with mint green paint, and when dry applied a coat of crackle medium.  A coat of white acrylic paint was applied after that.  The crinkles do not show in the picture but they are there.  Lightly sand any stubble that kicked up as a result of paint and crackle. 

The three sections of the pill case have the lid and one side taken off.  These are left overs from another project that will be  posted soon.  The lids will become picture frames.  The 3 sections were super clued and clamped together with the open sides all facing the same way.  After dry I glued the 3 part section onto thin cardboard on the top and bottom and trimmed to fit.  This gives the plastic section extra support.  The glued assembly was superglued  onto the bottom of the deacons bench.  It fit in just perfectly.  One coat of matte Modge Podge was applied to the painted surfaces.

A paper pattern was cut for the bottom bench and a foamy craft sheet was used for the interior. These are the ones at the Dollar Tree in the craft department  that have a door knob  hole cut out of it and are thicker.  They can be hung on the door after decorating. Material was cut  out allowing 1/4" allowance and hand sewed inside out two sides and one front.  Bending the foam in half  it was  inserted into the completed pillowcase.  After fussing it to fit the raw edges on the last side were turned under and glued shut. The process was  repeated on the curved top for the back side.  After finishing, a pattern  was decided on for the tufts and using a needle and thread I went back and forth over the dot and pulled tightly  creating a tiny tuft on the chair.  Tiny white buttons were found from my doll clothes stash and were glued over the tuft.   The pillows are from a Name day table gift exchange.

Side view with jewel find and  a knotted hemp handle

The before of my next project.  This was in a bag of NAME Convention garage sale items. The basic items needed are there.    My biggest challenge these days are remembering where I put my glasses.  I take them off to see close now, and can't see to find them an arms length away. Most of the time they are on top of my head.  

The before of my next redo.  This is from a Scientific kit from the 1970's.  Victorian bedroom suite.  I thought it looked so cool when done.  Problem is, it looks the same today as it did then.  Not so cool looking anymore.

My material stash for Shabby Remake furniture, beds, and Daisy Hill Doll House.  All mini prints.  See below for source.  All mini prints and available on line.

Here is the little gem that is a flat wood furniture kit from the 1970's.  Notice the Harvest gold color. Three units from the pill cases were used  for the storage underneath.

Pill cases bought at Dollar Tree  7 cases with 3 compartments in each.

Here is the source for the mini prints in the picture above and will be used throughout my redo and remakes.  Judie Rothermel is the owner of our local quilt store where I purchased these. She has  authored many quilt books, more recent Civil War Quilts, and designed the material used in them.  She is the lady responsible for recreating and designing the material collections of the 1930's that are in the stores now.  Her website has a lot of mini prints.  Click here for her website  This web site has a typewriter tutorial made from cardboard that is just too cute.  A lot of other tutorials as well.  I enjoyed her work as well as the blog name.  Check it out.  A lot of food, inspiration for sale from this web site.  Very creative  Very talented miniaturist.  A translate button should pop up when the site loads.  Lots of food miniatures.  Teresa Martinez  She does the Chicago show.  Its a Miniature Life-Kim Saulter.  Kim is the creator of 
Mini-ologie magazine, from a few years ago.  I loved that magazine.  She has had life chances and this blog is not current, but the posts from 2015 and before are beautiful.  The pictures posted are some from the magazines.  She had been published in many magazines are most are food, Shabby Chic.

I hope you enjoyed mini tutorial.  Now comes my biggest challenge of all that bed.  Have a great Sunshine day and may all your troubles be tiny ones!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Trash to Treasure-Shabby Chic book case using pill cases for extra shelves

Here is the finished remake of the book case using  two-3 compartment pill cases with the lids cut off.

Other side of door and book case.

Side and close up of the door with chicken wire glued in.

The original dresser before refurbishing.  Don't judge a book case by it's cover.

Dresser with the door open.  I sanded this down a little grungier on spots that would wear a bit more.

The back with extra pill box shelves and scrap book paper cover.

Well this dresser certainly looks a lot different than the original version.  I incorporated 2 sets of the pill boxes  attached underneath between the legs.  Fit perfectly.  I did this one front and back for extra storage.  It was painted mint green first, then a coat of crackle, White acrylic paint was applied and allowed to dry.  

After dry it seemed still rather plain so I inserted my mismatch wallpaper into the backside of each shelf and pill box containers.  Then I decided to do each side and the back.  The little flower rose and leaves on the top center is a jewel find that I painted and glued on.  I used matte Modge Podge on paper and paint to seal.

The door on the shelf is wall repair tape that when painted with my silver Krylon pen looks like chicken wire.    Door knob is another jewel find.

Here are some Web sites I have found this week;  Click on the address and it will take you to a new page  This is a great site. for miscellaneous must haves.  I get the catalog in the mail.  Lots of decorations for the seasons, and they have miniatures.  Click on this site, then toys in the top header, and miniatures will come up.  They have about 20 sets of co-ordinating furniture sets for every decor.  They appear to be in 1/12" scale, molded of resin and painted.  A lot could be done with these.  I especially like the Halloween Pet Cemetery.  A little ghoulish with the pet skeletons, but hey that's what Halloween is all about.  I could see a skeleton walking his skeleton dog!  Check this site out.  They have a variety of really  neat things.  Everything about American Girl Size dolls.  There are great  printies on this site that can be  converted into 1/12" by printing and converting to the contact sheet in windows picture gallery.  The can labels come out just right.  They have signs for Diners and Ice Cream shops.  Great blog.  This is a site for Hitty dolls, but the very nice and plenteous free mini printies can be shrunk down as well by saving and going into your windows picture program, clicking print and choosing what size you want.  Scan down to contact sheet and you will get 35 on that one all on the same page.

This is the drywall mesh that looks like chicken wire when the Krylon silver leafing pen is used.  This tape is a little sticky on the one side but the pen covers and seals it up.  Harbor freight or Dollar Tree.  Not expensive at all and I anticipate using them for crates, animal cages, like chicken and rabbit cages.  This is what was used on the door on the book case, and I will be using this for more Shabby Chic Projects.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Trash to 'Treasure Shabby Chic Dresser

This is the finished project of Trash to Treasure.  A Shabby Chic dresser to go with the theme in the Daisy Hill Dollhouse Refurbish.

The before picture of the dresser.  Well made, Miniature of the month kit from the 70-80's.  Top drawer was  missing but found a drawer that needed altered to fit.  Lots of glue on the brass hinges and handles on the drawer fronts.  This was purchased cheap at the NAME Convention garage sale a few years back.

Close up of the drawer pulls on the dresser of tiny bows from Dollar Tree.  They are nail art charms.  I sanded the dresser well.  Painted all mint green, after letting dry I coated with a crackle medium.  The next day I used white acrylic paint and a large brush and working in sections painted all over the outside.  I left the inside just green and painted the inside and outside of the drawers but did not put crackle on it.  The green around the drawer gives a little dimension.  Wall paper cut for fronts of drawers and glued on with just a little edge of green showing.  I fell in love with these nail charms as handles.  They have a diamond in the center and my first thought was to take them out, use a bead with a hoop of wire for a handle.
Changed my mind after super gluing on the fronts.  Super cute and just the right size.  The drawers do open up and the super glue has held these on with all the opening.  Gorilla brand has a gel super glue and it seems to like plastic real well.  I have glued my fingers together several times as well as taking the end of my brow line off with glue on my finger. It is like an instant bond.

Dollar Tree nail charms  5-assorted sets of 2 each.
The black and white ones are really cute but don't match with the theme in this house. They have the bottles with sequins in them again this season, 6 bottles, emery board that works for very little spots and glue, it could be used on minis as well.  The bottles are a little bit smaller this year from last year. Yeah!  Keep them coming.  Halloween is just around the corner.

My next project  gutted and sanded ready to go.  I will incorporate some of the pill boxes in this from Dollar Tree.  This is what the furniture looked like from Dollar Tree more than a few years ago.  Raided my stash.  It had lots of varnish, crooked doors and shelf, drawers are missing.  It's going to be beautiful when its done regardless of what it appears now.

Bentley House productions on You Tube has come out with a new tutorial for handles on the furniture she makes.  It is very detailed and interesting.  She uses earrings.  I have been finding tiny earrings marked Avon for little girls all on the same card for a couple years now and because they want next to nothing for them have accumulated quite a few.  My first thought was ornaments for a Christmas tree.  After seeing this Video, I now think they would be cute on nursery furniture.  There are ducks bears, Bunny's, lions and more.

There are many sites on the web that have wallpaper that can be printed out.  If you use this for your room boxes or dollhouse make sure you print them out on a light card stock instead of paper and always use a clear fixative over the top to seal the ink.  Using small pieces on the drawers like I did will work out fine, but using the glue needed to wallpaper will make some of it run.  Also using card stock will do away with the wrinkles and creases sometime following a wallpaper episode.  I started using regular vinyl adhesive for wall paper border on all the tiny jobs and its better than any glue I have found.  It is found where ever they sell wallpaper and comes in a tube or a small tub.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Shabby Chic remake from Pill cases

This is a Shabby Chic shelf made from a pill container sold at the Dollar Tree.  The total dimensions are  3-1/2" wide and 3-1/4" high.

This is the pill case.  It has seven separate boxes with 3 sections each, snap top
and the container that holds them could be used for beads, buttons and other assorted items.  I looked all over one day for something to make windows for my Daisy Hill Refurbish.
Nothing came near to what I wanted until I opened this box up.  Nice, flexible but firm plastic and I can get 2 windows from each box.  I came up with about 25 really neat items that can be made from the pill boxes, so stay tuned...

To make the shelf glue 2 units together on inside and clamp until dry.  The picture above is actually the back side.  Fit and glue a thin piece of cardboard on the back of the 3 little lids  still attached to the box now called picture frames.  Lay flat upside down until dry.  Weight the cardboard down.  This now becomes the picture frames on the other side.  Before painted cut off with   Exacto knife any tiny plastic lips on the frame portion and inside box that helped snap the lid shut.

I used a white spray paint primer just for plastic for the first coat.  When dry I painted with mint green Apple Barrel Acrylic paint, let dry, and then painted with a coat of crackle. When completely dry, I used white acrylic paint for the final coat.  If you are not familiar with crackle you only have one chance to paint it.  You can not go back over because is is starting to crackle already. So use a brush that is big enough and use enough paint the first time.  

I made bun feet from a dowel with different ridges in it, beads could also be great feet.

The picture frames are created from the still attached  lids.  Each lid has a tiny ridge around that helped to keep the lid tight in the box.  Use a marking pen, I used brown, and go around the little ridge creating a frame.  Go into  with the brown  inside the frame as well in case your picture is a little short.  Next I used a Krylon silver leaf marking pen and went over just the top of the ridge of brown,  creating a dimension on the  picture frame.  Cut out pictures of instant relatives from one of the sites below and glue into the frames.

Steam punk clock hands, found in the Michael's jewel finds were used for the areas next to the frames to cover up the hinge area.  The small hands are in the middle and the top and bottom are
as are  long ones with pieces cut off.  The 3 tiny beads in the center are jewel finds from Michaels.  Seal with clear acrylic varnish or Modge Podge matt. 

I could not get a picture to show the crinkle look  to come out.  It is very finely mint green crinkle and white was the top coat I used.  This was a fun project and will hold lots of books and other bric- brac.

Here are a few useful sites that I enjoy.  Click on the Web site and they should come right up.
I am not endorsed by any site that I post here.  I am only recommending each site because I have used and researched and find them beneficial and hope you will too.

Small stuff has all of Jim Collin's printables, formally Jim's printables.  The site to go to is  This is where I got the majority of pictures on mine.  This site is just amazing with the items you can print.  Amazing site, divided up by era, toys, food, wallpaper.

I hope you enjoy this mini tutorial and look forward to the other pill case re dos as much as I do making them.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Watch coffee table Tutorial

Pocket watch coffee table
Pocket Watch Shabby Chic coffee table.

The completed watch face coffee table in 1/12" scale next to a rocking chair.

 I have always wanted a clock coffee table for my living room.  The $500.00 price tag is a tad out of my budget.  Making something  in miniature always brightens my spirit and usually takes the desire away to having it in life size. Plus it is affordable.  So, when I found this old pocket watch in the junk drawer that belonged to my Great Uncle an idea was born.  It had no glass, or insides, just tin and a small brass strip around the lid where it can be pried open.  The legs are purchased  wood  Housework's 1-3/16" Cabriolet legs.  I sawed off the tips on the top that fit into a chair and sanded them flat.  Place in an even pattern with super glue on the bottom of the watch.  I decided to paint mine all white and leave the brass strip showing.  Pry off the lid before painting makes it easier.  It took about 2 coats of acrylic paint to cover really well.  Let dry over night and seal with clear varnish or Modge Podge.  If you like the sanded look you can sand off some of the paint to age it a little.  I use an emery board.

The clock face picture I found in an old Discover magazine.  I liked the unusual swirl pattern on the face.  You can find download able clocks on Pinterest, Internet, Steam punk scrap book stickers.  I found some really pretty clock face stickers at Dollar Tree just recently.

Measure how big the underside of the lid is and cut you clock face the same size and glue onto thin cardboard.  I used a small cork glued to the middle of the watch inside to just  reach the lid without touching the cover we are going to put on it.   After gluing the clock face onto the cork I found some steam punk hands for the clock at Michael's and glued them to the face.  Now turn the lid over if you don't have glass in it and measure it and make a circle of paper to fit.  I used clear plastic packing material from something I purchased recently and cut into the circle using the paper as a pattern.  Lightly glue around under the lid and apply the plastic piece.  When dry attach lid, it should just snap into place.  

If you don't have an old watch, Tim Holtz has one for altered art.  I saw it at Joanne Fabrics.

This was a fast and fun project and will be used in the Shabby Chic Doll House I am refinishing called Daisy Hill.

Here are web sites I enjoyed this week:  In  addition to the blog  she also has a lot of YouTube Videos demonstrating how to make furniture out of heavy cardboard.  This enterprising woman also has an Etsy Store.She designs and uses Silhouette Cameo File  to cut her creations out. She shows her aging technique and how to make an old looking mirror without using a mirror.  Very interesting You Tube Videos.    Wonderful food inspirations.  Mini food good enough to eat.    Another site with beautiful food    Another  talented food artist     Down loadable  Free paper houses, castles, mansions and haunted mansions for fun.  Smaller scale than 1/12"  Very colorful.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Trash to Treasure Shabby Chic chest of drawers from match boxes

Shabby Chic dresser from 10 match boxes in 1/12" scale

Back of dresser

Right side of dresser

Left side of dresser

Most of the paper used came from Kirby Teesdale Studio  Designs
 in Mini Prints book found at Hobby Lobby. Mini and in pinks and greens and lots of roses.

You will need 10 mini match boxes found at Dollar Tree for $1.00.  Remove matches and keep in a safe place for mini lumber or maybe a log cabin in the toy category.

This is from scrap book days, I used dark green pigment around the front of boxes

where the drawers go in and around the drawers all sides.  Notice the cloth under the box of pigment.  This is another find at the Dollar Tree.  A super soft Microfiber cloth found in the car articles  16"x 24".  What caught my attention is the pile is short on one side and longer on the other and super soft.  I am seeing mini pillows, teddy bears or maybe a bedspread for a tiny bed.  A good deal for $1.00.  Our store only had off white, but may come in other colors in your area.

I lined the inside and the front of the box, now called a drawer.  The pigment is applied around the drawer fronts and inside all around the matchbox where the drawer inserts inside.
Put drawers inside the matchboxes to provide stability and glue 5 boxes one on top of the other.  Repeat gluing  with 5 boxes on top of the other.  Make sure they are straight front and back and put a rubber band around each set and weight down from the top and let dry.

When dry remove the rubber bands and put each set side by side and glue together, rubber band and set on side and weight down with something and let dry.  The manila cards 

setting under the assembly are coasters for drinks bought at a dollar store.  I use them as lumber, they are very hard but easy cut with a sharp blade.  The paint covers very well because they are absorb able.

Using the above described card stock I cut sides and back to fit the now glued match box assemblies.  When doing the back take the drawers out so the glue does not shut them in. These drawers will open up and you can store things in them.  Cover with paper before gluing onto the assembly and only one side  of each needs covered.  The base is 1/4" foam core covered top and bottom with paper.  You do not need this but I found the fancy legs in the jewelry section and wanted to use them  The top was cut with a little overhang on the ends, right and left side only.

For the pulls on the drawers.  You can use beads, dangles, teardrops.  I found these in the bead spacer area, they look like mini purses.  What ever you find you will need to attach to small wire and position as high as needed so it does not interfere with the drawer underneath.
Cut a piece of paper for a pattern and find the area where you need to place the hole on the drawer and mark it on the paper.  This way all the spots on all the drawers will be the same.
I used a thumb tack to drill the hole.  Attach a long piece about 1"  wire thru the bead or the tiny hanger on the bead find  and  take the bead to the center of the wire.  Twist the 2 sides of the wire all the way  to the top of the bead.  Wire through the hole and use a sequin and a dot of glue run up through the wire on the inside and attach to the drawer.  This makes the wire secure inside.  Now cut the wire a bit and use tweezers twist into a circle and them use needle nose pliers to flatten out inside to the front of the drawer.
I enjoyed this project so much that I did the stair case risers for my Daisy Hill Shabby Chic
dollhouse.  Most of the papers are scrapbook leftovers from other projects.

The inspiration for the chest project came from Laura  Carson of Artful Musing, a creator for Alpha Stamps.  You tube has the very detailed and lengthy  tutorial for a chest like this 
and many other items made with books that any miniaturist could use.  A lot of finish techniques that would be nice to know.  She is a very talented lady and I enjoyed watching all her tutorials.  You Tube and search for Laura  Carson.

Another site on the Internet in case you have never heard of Katherine Browning Miniature Museum in Maysville, Kentucky.  Search it on You Tube they have a wonderful video of the Collection including Princess Dianna's Childhood home Spencer house.  

If you like wonderfully made furniture and patterns
They make and sell, and have tutorials on this site.  Farmhouse cottage tutorials and a lot of pretty pictures for inspiration.

If you like Fairy Garden Houses this next one will blow you away.  Search on You Tube for Creative Mom  This woman is a set designer and makes things out of nothing.  She is fantastic!  See her many tutorials on how to make fairy houses from jars, 2 liter bottles,  foil and a glue gun.  She lights them as well.

Very professionally done videos and the end results are unbelievable.  I enjoyed watching and learning from all her videos. As  you scan wait for the one that says clay from toilet paper.
This is what she makes and  uses in all her projects. It  is a air dry clay just like paper clay, and a whole lot cheaper and does not get the lines in the surface when it drys.  

Saturday, July 15, 2017

New Beginings-Restoring Shabby Chic Doll House

Here it is the intended victim of Restoration

Inside glue galore and notice the trim board at the top

After 3 hours I removed the glue

The restoration of the Victorian has begun.  Look back on my blog to June 23, 2012 in Archives to It's a Miracle, Dollhouse takes me out of traffic jam to read about how this dollhouse came into my life.  This is how long it has been in my garage.

In the picture it doesn't look too bad.  However up close it is another story.  Someone started using hot glue and then switched to wood glue.  The yellow wood glue is dripping all over the siding and in every corner.  I saved you the horror of the carpeting and flooring used inside. It was real size carpet tiles and vinyl floor tiles stuck down with adhesive.  It took 3 coats of furniture stripper to  remove and about 3 hours of time.  

Who ever put the house together must have not read the instructions because the trim boards are all different sizes.  All this will have to be removed, the windows have fairy stickers on them, and the banisters will have to be removed because of the vinyl floor tile on the porches.
The window boxes are solid wood, no flowers can go into that, so I will use them as patterns for size and make new ones.  The shutters are wood with lines drawn on for the shutters.  I will take them off and get shutters for them.

In all it's pretty overwhelming.  I will fix it room by room and side by side.  A lot of sanding and Dremel work to get all that glue off.  It will be a challenge but I feel up to that.

I liken this Dollhouse project to my own life.   When I was young,  I was in love with an old house.  This was built by my Grandfather, my Father was born there and my Children were raised there.  It was filled with old outcast furniture and I fixed and painted it to Shabby Chic before it was even thought of.  Now as I look back it would have been cheaper to buy a new one and go on with life.  So it will be with  this Dollhouse.  It would be cheaper and faster to go with new.  But as with  my house, this one has been loved.  Hopefully it won't take as many years for the Mini house as it did the large one.  

Everyone wants to know the story behind a house.  So, here is the fictitious one I will give this house.   A free  spirited, independent thinking woman finds an old Victorian house built in 1865 and falls in love with it.  She decides it would be fun to fix up and call it home.  It is purchased at a bargain price and every room is filled with old furniture that she already has imagined how it will look fixed up.  She calls it Daisy Hill after her Grandmother Daisy.
It is home, It is loved.

Here are a couple web sites that I have enjoyed this week: -Free projects, 1/4" scale furniture kits, Laser cutting, wood aging solution, and a 1/12" wicker chair tutorial

This one the connection does not work with a link, if you google a miniature site will come up.  There is another home site not miniature called The Spruce.    The mini site has all kinds of color co-ordinated wall paper. really like this site.  She has all kinds of potion labels and other printies, printable quilts and rugs.  Trash to treasure ideas that are really great.

Well it looks like rain.  Yeah another day to play with miniatures.  I am working on a tutorial that involves match boxes. Shabby Chic dresser to match the step risers..  More on that in  a near future post.  Have a great day!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Final Traveling Medicine Show-Finished

The finished Traveling Medicine Show

Close up of potions and  cures
The Medicine show is finished.  I rummaged through my junk jewelry and bead box and found every thing I needed to make the potion bottles in the  crates and trunks.  I found a wicker trunk in rummage sale finds and decided this would work.  All the labels are from Alpha Stamps as well as the die cut wagon, called a bathing machine in their catalog. 

Shannon Cooper created this idea for Alpha Stamps and her blog has all the items listed that you will need to purchase for the finished project.  The link to her blog is  or you can go onto Alpha Stamps search for bathing machine and her article with items needed will be available to you.  Very creative talent.  She calls her creation Snake Oil Caravan.

Here are a few UTube channels that I have enjoyed this month.
Go to search in UTube and put in the name.
The Square to Spare-a lot of furniture made  without a lot of power tools.  Very professionally done videos. She has a lot of listings and very talented, easy to understand instructions and gives measurements to all items.   

 Sugar Charm Shoppe-very professionally done videos.  She has more than  one channel, subscribe and they will all come in.
She mainly does wonderful Fimo creations, food, dogs sculpture, people, Gourmet food, and has started to build furniture as well. Very talented 

It has rained here everyday this week so I have had a lot of time to work on miniatures.  I have started to paper the kick board of two sets of  steps of my shabby chic dollhouse, but that's another day's posting.  I do love the look of roses and stripes on the steps.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Unpacking Alpha Stamps purchase-like Christmas!

Here is the items I purchased from Alpha stamps last month.  Door knocker that looks like lion head, trunk locks, brads that look like eyeglasses, hands that are pointing and standing up, could use for signs or jewelry displays, a punch that looks like plant leaves, a mini typewriter, rectangle beads in amber and clear for bottle of potions, chair legs, an old Chrysonbon pump organ, the bathing machine, it was assembled and painted by me before deciding to blog about it, the tires are part of the kit.  The free items were 4 skeleton heads in different sizes and the wooden bowl.

These are the tiniest  brass caster wheels for furniture.  The wheel turns.  Not a good picture, they are so tiny.

A picture of some of the papers purchased and the detail of each one.  The one on the right is all book covers that will be used for a mini library retreat to be done in the near future.

As you see from the pictures above the items are all found on one site on the web

They are getting new things in all the time and can be easily checked under the listing new items.

I babysat the fur  babies one week and had the time to check out everything on this web site.  1,000's of items but easy to locate because they have them categorized by items.  My next post has the Bathing Machine turned into A traveling Medicine show wagon .

Traveling Medicine Show Cart

Traveling Medicine Show Cart

Traveling Medicine Cart-opposite side

Back side of cart

Front of Medicine Cart with add on porch

Details of copper roof

Sophisticated Finishes found at a Craft Shop to produce aging on copper

Back window found in Fairy Garden area of Joanne Fabrics
This is my latest project that I have finished to go with my Peddler's carts.  NAME as a yearly project a couple of years ago in October came up with Peddler's carts for fruits and vegetable's.  After doing 4 of them, I decided it needed a Traveling Medicine show.   This project still has a lot of details to finish on it.  But I wanted to show the basic finish on it. 
ALPHA STAMPS-click on this and it will take you to their website.  The laser cut Bathing Machine was purchased from them as well as the papers used to finish it.  

This site is amazing.  Originally a scrapbook site but now has miniatures of all kinds.  A monthly kit will give you ideas, and a blogger has done the project and all items used in that project are listed.  A very easy site to navigate and with each order free items are shown that you will receive. 

This is the place to go if you like Halloween.  The pressed heavy laser cut cardboard items are very inexpensive, easy to assemble and paint which after doing they look like wood.  They have a lot of Goth and mad scientist items, steam punk and mermaid.

Their offerings are listed under categories making it very easy to find what you are looking for.   What are you looking for?
Bottles, furniture casters, chair legs, bottles, boxes, unusual items, book shelves, bead findings?

This package I picked was called a bathing machine.  It is a tad smaller than 1/12", maybe 1/24"  Go under kits category,  a blogger did this bathing machine and listed everything she used, all available from Alpha Stamps.  It looks very good with the 1/12" because it does not overwhelm  and fits right in.  Now comes the part I love to make the boxes, bottles of potions, steamer trunks of quack medicine items  and do the detail work.  

The papers are amazing with detail.  All the signs, labels, and paper on the wagon are on a harder stock paper.  All the names are listed on the web.  These are copyrighted papers and are not to be copied and sold by the purchaser.   The only alterations that were done were the back window frame was purchased at Joanne Fabrics in the Fairy Garden area.  I choose to fill in 2 windows on the sides so the paper murals would not be cut into.  I also added the porch on the front to display more medicine bottles.  The roof was covered by thin copper sheets that I grooved and used the Sophisticated finish liquid on shown above.  I do not know is this is still available, it is quite old as well as the thin copper sheets by Walnut Hollow purchased at a craft shop. I tried dipping the copper in Vinegar and nothing happened.   The trim around the front door was scrap book paper from long ago, but the design fit right in.  

If I did this again here is what would be changed.  The inside would have been papered or painted before assembly.  Not thinking about this with the excitement of putting it together.
The copper roof pieces would have been aged with the Acid solution laying FLAT on a work surface instead of after attaching to the roof.  I put the solution on flat surfaces AFTER the fact and it really looked good with a solid patina of green. Paint could be used to create a patina if the copper sheets can not be found.  They  were used for embossing designs and it came in tin, copper, brass and silver colors.

This was a fun project and I have purchased two times from them since discovering their website.  I highly recommend this site.    The shipping takes about 10 days but the shipping policy is clearly stated on the site. My next blogging will list the items I recently purchased from the web site.