Mini Cans of Food - How To
Printed Labels (to the scale you would like)
Double sided tape
Pinterest is a good source for finding miniature printables. I searched for mini food labels and mini can labels and got some good results. Print out the labels to the size that you want. The ones that I found were already the correct size for 1:12 scale.
I used silver colored polymer clay. I started my rolling out the clay to the diaper that I wanted for the can labels to fit around. Slice the rolled out clay into the appropriate length segments to make the cans. After I cut the sections I had to roll them a little, stand them on end and gently push them down to straighten them out and make them all about the same height and thickness.
Bake the clay forms following the manufacturers instructions. Once they are cooled you can stick the labels on.
On the back side of the labels stick the double sided tape. Trim any excess, roll the label tape side to the hardened clay cans (don't forget, you need to bake them first).
And then you have miniature cans.
You could also do this using a wooden dowel and cutting it to the desired can length, stick the can labels to the dowel pieces with double sided tape and paint the top and bottom of the dowel pieces with silver paint ( to make the visible part of the dowel pieces look more like a metal can).
Photos copyright April Borrelli 2014.
So here is the little curtain that I made for the sink in my dollhouse today. I used some printable fabric that I found at JoAnn Fabrics. It comes on a roll, 8.5" x 100". You can cut it to whatever size you like. I have a Canon MP160 printer and it works great with the fabric. I can adjust the length to print to however long I like, which is nice if you need something longer than a letter or legal size sheet. I find that the canon inks also print really well and do not rub off or rinse off of the fabric.
I had wallpapered the kitchen in the dollhouse with some paper that I made. I had found some images of vintage wallpaper ( actually really similar to the papers used in y own real house, which is kinda neat) and made a repeating pattern from the image in Photoshop. I printed it to some thick drawling paper that had a good wallpaper like texture and it looks amazing. (You can see the wallpaper above).
For the fabric I did e same process as the wallpaper, found a cute fabric pattern online. Pulled the image into Photoshop and made the repeating pattern to print to the fabric. I pulled the fabric image into the same photoshop file that the wallpaper was in so I could compare the scales to make sure the fabric print scale made sense with the wallpaper.
Click here to above you can see that I ironed over the edge of the fabric, after I cut it to size. I stitched the edge down using a larger size and looser size stitch to make it easy to bunch up the fabric. I actually hot glued the back edge to a thin piece of bass wood , which I then hot glued to the bottom edge of the sink. I used low heat hot glue. It doesn't hold as well as regular hot glue, but it's not as permanent and doesn't really damage whatever you are gluing to. So if there is a chance that you need to unstick it later you can do so with out much effort. You just have to be gentle with it. The curtain is long enough that it wraps around the sides of the sink. I did tack the corners in place with hot glue too. The sides of the sink will be hidden by my cabinets when installed in the room.
I'm super happy with how the kitchen is coming along. The color scheme is kinda 50s looking, which I like. And I think it is going to work nicely with the flooring I choose. I can't wait to start filling up the kitchen with mini polymer clay foods and things.
Photos copyright April Borrelli 2014.
Further development on the table that I started to build for the dollhouse. Good for the first attempt. Had some issues with the stain, apparently wood stain does not stain over wood glue, oops. Next time I will be less messy with the glue. Or take the time to sand it. Also, I need to do some research on the best sealer. I used some Minwax poly-acrylic (semi gloss) but it is very shinny and every brush stroke shows. I want to achieve a nice satin finish. Well, there is always room for improvement so I think I will attempt table and chairs #2 to see what I can improve.
Some pics above. I chose the colors of my actual table and chairs :)
Photography copyright April Borrelli 2014 - not to be re-posted or used without permission of author.
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