If you love minis, chances are you already follow @dailymini on Instagram. Curated by miniature enthusiast and collector Kate Esme Unver, The Daily Miniature is the place to go for your daily dose of miniature goodness. She was kind enough to share a copy of her recently published book, The Book of Mini: Inside The Big World of Tiny Things with me. In it she takes us deeper into the world of miniatures, sharing fascinating interviews with both collectors and artisans.
The book is available on Amazon for Kindle or as a Hardcover. I highly recommend the hard copy as it comes with a delightful bonus, The Mini Book of Mini! I seriously love this adorable addition - this book was definitely made with the true miniac in mind.
The Book of Mini is packed full of gorgeous, high quality photographs showcasing miniatures of all types. It is a tremendous value for the price. Even as someone who has been in the miniature hobby for some time now, I discovered so much amazing miniature work that I wasn't familiar with previously. The interviews are really well done and so inspiring!
Click here to purchase your copy. The Book of Mini is a must-have for all those who make, collect or simply admire miniatures.
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.