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I made a miniature sea chest for Stephen.  From scratch! 

  





I love making things look distressed.  And I've found a new favorite technique - burnishing! 
It makes things look shiny and worn without sanding away the stain or paint.






I remembered that I don't like hinges.  They are a pain!  They're so fiddly they try even my patience, whether with super glue or with nails.  Argh!  But they turned out all right in the end.  Nails to attach them to the base, glue to attach them to the lid.  The lid was too thin and the nails would have poked through.  (And randomly, it's so brilliant that they thought of eyelets to replace brads for the tapewire system.  Those brads nearly drove me batty, the closest I've ever been with miniatures.  These hinge nails reminded me of them.)  I love the way the nails look, though.




I'm pleased with how it turned out.  I haven't made many furniture pieces from scratch, especially with moving parts.  I feel fairly confident I can tackle more difficult things like an apothecary case and The Object (aka the Article), but I'm a little worried that I won't be able to make something nice from scratch that isn't distressed.

Also... I cut my finger while working on it, and I was bleeding, so I rushed to the sick bay and...




Too much?

Haha, I'm like Peter Weir with his blood bucket.


linked at [profile] doll_houses and [profile] little_world.
 

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Date: 2008-05-04 04:48 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] firiel44.livejournal.com
Only you would hurt yourself and think "Quick! I need to go bleed on my hobby!" ;)

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Date: 2008-05-04 06:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grace-poppy.livejournal.com
Haha! I'm sure it's not just me though!

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Date: 2008-05-04 04:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ozfille
Well I'm sure Killick will stand guard over the chest to make sure Stephen doesn't get in there and mess it all up. *g*

Well there is something to be said for authenticity and Stephen was never too worried about a few blood stains here and there. *g*

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Date: 2008-05-04 06:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grace-poppy.livejournal.com
Get in there? I don't think Stephen himself will actually fit inside... but I'm sure someone does need to stand guard to make sure he doesn't rumple all the neatly folded shirts (all 2.5 of them).

Worried, not at all. In the movie I noticed there was blood all over the orlop walls and ceiling (and of course the floor, where they poured sand). They seem to do a lot of leaning with their hands on the beams above, so it seemed a suitable place for bloody hand prints.

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Date: 2008-05-04 08:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ozfille
Sorry just meant by "get in there", exactly what you said, scrabbling around in search of things, turning things over and generally making a mess. These activities are considered by Killick as just one of Stephen's specialities designed to annoy him and make his life a trial. *g*

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Date: 2008-05-04 06:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grace-poppy.livejournal.com
Hee, I did know what you meant. I was just being silly. Though I can picture Stephen diving in head-first, his legs kicking in the air, with a muffled shout, "Where are my books? &*%^!"

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Date: 2008-05-04 09:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tealight-rookie.livejournal.com
I seriously never knew until reading your journal just how mesmerising miniature things could be. And they truly are.

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Date: 2008-05-04 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grace-poppy.livejournal.com
Well thank you! Have you ever been to a doll's house shop, or seen elaborate houses in museums? They're so wonderful and amazing.

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Date: 2008-05-04 09:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elwenlj.livejournal.com
ROTFL!! The things we do for out Art!!

I must remember to attack myself when I've finished Elrond's surgery . . . although maybe an elven lord would be a bit tidier?

The chest is awsome. So perfectly distressed and battered. I am impressed with your hinges. Did you need to use a magnifying glass?

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Date: 2008-05-04 06:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grace-poppy.livejournal.com
I think certainly an Elf lord would be tidier. Plus his surgery isn't rocking back and forth in the middle of a battle at sea, I hope.

Thank you! No, didn't use a magnifying glass but I did use tweezers. And lots of blue painter's tape for the glued part.

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Date: 2008-05-04 10:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tootsiemuppet.livejournal.com
Somehow it amuses me beyond belief that there is real blood in the sickbay. XD

And that is AMAZING. Seriously. You never fail to astound.

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Date: 2008-05-04 06:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grace-poppy.livejournal.com
Thanks! There was already (http://grace-poppy.livejournal.com/177066.html) some blood, actually, on the table and also on the floor (http://grace-poppy.livejournal.com/183710.html) (just a little bit. Mostly that staining is paint and tea.) But actually I had to paint over some of the staining, so I just added some more. Soon there will be enough of my blood in it that I can call it a relative.

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Date: 2008-05-04 02:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rum-inspector.livejournal.com
That is beautiful!
And blood on the ceiling, that's a nice touch!

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Date: 2008-05-04 06:14 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2008-05-04 04:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lilsayermonster.livejournal.com
Wow nifty!

I bet you could make nice coffins too. I've been looking for a coffin.

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Date: 2008-05-04 06:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grace-poppy.livejournal.com
Thank you! Oooh, coffins! That would be so cute! Though I'm pretty lazy with angles. Anything beyond a 45 degree angle would be too much geometry for me. I did have to do some angling and geometry stuff with my sloping windows (http://grace-poppy.livejournal.com/131611.html), but even that was a bit much. I prefer to stick to right angles and, when necessary, ordinary 45 degree miters. :P

Why do you need a coffin? I'm sure you must be able to buy one somewhere...

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Date: 2008-05-04 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lilsayermonster.livejournal.com
I want one for my witch's trailer for her front yard.

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Date: 2008-05-04 08:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grace-poppy.livejournal.com
Hee, your witch has a trailer??? :D

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Date: 2008-05-04 09:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lilsayermonster.livejournal.com
Yes. The Corona travel trailer kit is being converted to have monster legs instead of wheels.

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Date: 2008-05-04 09:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grace-poppy.livejournal.com
Oh, that's awesome. :D

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Date: 2008-05-04 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] georgy-girl.livejournal.com
That is awesome!

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Date: 2008-05-04 08:49 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2008-05-04 10:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ldhenson.livejournal.com
Your stuff never ceases to amaze me. A great job on the distressing as always--it looks so real!--and the hinges turned out very cool.

Years from now, when they need to positively identify this piece or that piece of your work as a genuine Grace Poppy, they'll just have to do a DNA match :-)

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Date: 2008-05-04 10:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grace-poppy.livejournal.com
Haha, DNA matching, what a brilliant idea! And thank you very much. :D

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Date: 2008-05-04 10:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sharpiefan.livejournal.com
That's amazing! And real blood in sickbay too. Your attention to detail never ceases to amaze me... :D

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Date: 2008-05-04 10:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grace-poppy.livejournal.com
Heehee, thank you! :D

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Date: 2008-05-05 12:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] materia-indigo.livejournal.com
That is lovely. You do such nice work.

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Date: 2008-05-05 11:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grace-poppy.livejournal.com
Thank you very much!

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Date: 2008-05-05 03:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] setsukachan.livejournal.com
This is lovely! It looks just perfect!
I must say that I really enjoy your miniature posts. It's like stepping into a museum or back into history for a while. I love artistic/historical/crafty/cute things like these.

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Date: 2008-05-05 11:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grace-poppy.livejournal.com
Well thank you! That's part of why I like miniatures too. I love museums, but if I can't have a real museum all of my own, then having miniatures is the next best thing.

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Date: 2008-05-06 01:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] setsukachan.livejournal.com
Yes, I most definitely agree :)

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Date: 2008-05-06 05:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grace-poppy.livejournal.com
You know, totally random, but it's so nice to see "definitely" spelled right, just every once in a while, to remind us what it looks like. :P

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Date: 2008-05-06 01:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] setsukachan.livejournal.com
I will admit that I didn't know how to spell it correctly until rather recently. I don't know how I could live with myself before automatic spell check in Firefox and Lj.

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Date: 2008-05-06 11:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grace-poppy.livejournal.com
Oh, I see. :D