I was impressed with the print quality of both kits. The split leaf philodendron was printed on a glossy paper and the philodendron kit was printed on matte paper which I personally found much easier to work with. The glossy paper creased much more easily which created some unsightly white lines. Luckily I was able to touch these up with a marker as I went along. A green marker is also useful to touch up the edges where you cut out the leaves.
I am so proud to say that these little chairs were made by me! The kit is Two Retro Chairs from Miniatures.com and is made by the incredibly talented Kris Compas of the 1 Inch Minis blog.
My kit was provided by Miniatures.com so this is a sponsored post, but all opinions are entirely my own.
The kit includes most of what you'll need to make two 1:12 scale chairs, the fabric choice is up to you. Cotton fabric is recommended and I would also suggest lighter weight material. I used a cotton linen blend that was a little thick, although I do like the texture. I think I will stick with a quilting cotton next time I make furniture as I think it would be a little easier to manipulate. The style of these chairs is really unique. They are perfect for a retro scene of course but could also work in a contemporary setting depending on the fabric you use.
I really like the tiny button press that comes with the kit. Be sure to fully saturate the fabric in glue and be patient - it takes a while to dry and you won't get good results if you take it out too soon. It worked well for me to set it up in the morning and again before bed until I had enough buttons made.
The foam seat base is already prepared and the back was simple to put together. I had a little trouble on the first one because I used too much glue and the layers of poster board slipped around a little when I was cutting them out (since you match the pieces up and cut them out while the glue is still wet). To form the back of the chair you will clamp the pieces and let them dry overnight. I wouldn't recommend using binder clips for this as they did leave some dents (although once the fabric is on you can't really tell thankfully).
Notching the fabric is key when it comes to upholstering the chair, this makes the fabric fold along the edges properly. There are a few spots I could've done better on but it's not bad for my first attempt I'd say! I really had expected this to be much harder but both the batting and upholstery came together pretty smoothly. The piping was my least favorite part of the process but it's an important detail that really gives these chairs such a polished and realistic look. One thing I wish I would've had on hand for doing the piping was a syringe for applying glue. I ended up using a toothpick to spread glue into the gap and it worked fine though!
The legs provided are 3D printed. I sanded them quite a bit before painting but they were still pretty rough. To get a smoother finish I had to apply many layers of paint which eventually filled in the gaps between the printing lines. I didn't have the recommended finishing spray on hand so I used a artist's varnish to seal them.
Kris has an amazing eye for detail and craftsmanship. Her instructions are very specific with photos of every step. I really feel that the kit set me up for success - I still can't believe I actually made these myself! Putting together this kit taught me so many useful techniques and I gained a much better understanding of how miniature furniture can be constructed from simple materials.
I would definitely recommend her kits to anyone interested in making their own miniature furniture. Click here to see all of the 1 Inch Minis Kits on Miniatures.com.
Air dry clay
Paint both sides of the cardstock in whatever shades you'd like your grass to be. (The color of cardstock you use will show along the edges when you cut the grass blades so choose your colors accordingly!) You can also apply a coat of artist's varnish if you'd like your leaves to be a little shiny.
Cut the cardstock into strips and begin cutting out the grass blades. They can be very thin or thicker depending on the look you are going for. The main thing is to be sure to cut them to a point as much as possible.
Next, take a small piece of air dry clay to form a base. Working in small sections, roll the leaves into clumps, dip in glue and insert into the base. Let dry completely and then paint your base if you'd like.
When the base is dry you can gently arrange the leaves and your tiny grass is ready to be planted!