|Is it just me or does it seem a little bigger than 1/12?|
I did nothing with it for a few months, like I do with most projects I start. It sat in my dollhouse gathering dust and haunting me with its size. Seeing it in person and in my dollhouse, it looked HUGE. More like 1/10th scale or so. It made me sad. I thought, "well what am I going to do with it now if it wont look right in my dollhouse?" So it sat a while longer....
Then one day I ran across this awesome tutorial by Maragverdugo on her blog, Little Things for a stove exactly like mine. I mean, EXACTLY as in we bought the same stove lol.
I was excited to try it out so after a little apprehension, I did. I spray primered it twice and then added a coat of gloss white to it. It sat for about three days during the sprayings. I wanted to make sure it was all the way dry. One coat a day basically was how I sprayed it.
Then I got to the part where we age it....Oh my gosh I cant believe how nervous it made me! LOL! I knew that if I aged it too much, I could just spot cover it up or something, but in my mind I thought "if you mess it up in one spot, you have to start all over" I didnt of course but I was worried I would have to. It took me three more days to finally age it! I followed her tutorial but I painted my stove a little differently. I aged mine a little more and used different eye shadow colors. I couldnt believe how much it looked like metal when I was done!! The little black marks where the paint was made to look like it had chipped off, were so convincing I almost wanted to pick at the paint edges LOL!!
Its the best tutorial for aging things Ive ever seen. I intend to age my furniture and metal ware like this from now on, but I also intend to change it up a little and add patina and other signs of aging. Im planning a research day to look at how paint ages and other things I need to add realism to my minis. Along with Google and website searching, Im planning to go to antique stores and the local library. Its always good to get the item youre trying to make in front of you. When you can touch it, smell it, taste it (not furniture lol) and see it in person, it helps a lot in the creation process.
Heres the finished product :-) Im really pleased with how it looks