It’s a process.

I spent a long time in my actual lab today, so I wasn’t too keen on building another when I got home. I thought I would talk a little about my process. I mean, if you want to call it that.

My first step is always to choose a container. This defines the space I have in which to build and usually ties in to the theme of the scene I am building.

I bought these two birdcages at Michael’s craft store when they were on clearance.

The silver one was originally going to be an Easter scene, complete with an egg hunt, but I found the pattern for the tiny bedding and I couldn’t resist it.

The black was was going to be New Orleans or Halloween, which morphed into the tea room, so that one stayed pretty much on point. Though, the fact that I was playing “The Room, 2” on my iPhone probably influenced some of my decisions on that one.

One of my favorite games. Atmospheric, absorbing and challenging.

If you like puzzle games and you haven’t checked out “The Room” and it’s sequels (Fireproof Games), you are doing yourself a disservice. Also, if more of you buy the games they already put out, maybe they will make some more. It seems like “Old Sins” came out a long time ago.

But I digress.

Once I’ve chosen the container, the next thing is to plan the scene. The boudoir started with the cross stitched bedding as I mentioned above and the room evolved out from there. The Tea Room came about because I really wanted to use that wall paper. I mean, come on, it’s skulls.

Once I’ve chosen a theme and a container, I can purchase any supplies I might need and start customizing, which is, of course, the fun part. As I am waiting for a shipment from Alphastamps which contains the bases for my lab furniture, I plan to start with the floor and the lighting.

Lots of things can be printed for free from the internet, often in several scales. Those that aren’t offered in the scale you want can usually be manipulated by computer to be smaller or larger. Use a lot of printables and you will get very good at two things: using the image editing software on your computer and eyeballing things to be in scale with your scene.

Google and Pinterest will be your friends in this endeavor.

One last thing: not one single miniature scene, whether I used a kit or made it from scratch has ever looked the way I originally planned it would when I was done. Some changes are small and some are huge, but they all veer off from the plan. This is one of my favorite aspects of this craft. As a scientist I spend my days following strict guidelines and protocols, and most other crafts I do involve following patterns with a known outcome. I enjoy the fact that I can allow the scenes to grow organically from a tenuous idea.


Published by epiphyte29

Scientist, lesbian, crafter

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