Monday, February 15, 2010

Chair tutorial

 

                                   

I found a cool tutorial on this site Design Sponge My first thought was to share it with all  of my miniature friends. Lovers of miniature, France and Champagne of course. Now we have one more reason to drink more of  the golden liquid;) The tutorial is made by Amy Merric. Enjoy:)

Below here you will see my attempt using the Champagne corks. I had a party here in my house on Friday and people kindly gave me the wire parts. Of course with a funny expression..”ehI heard that you collected these..!?” I have adapted the tutorial a bit to suit my taste. I used the lower part only and took a new part of wire that I bended and glued down to the seat for the back. The middle back part is made by cardboard and glued on also. Spray painted and aged to look like rust.  Lavender French garden. Smells nice.

The soap is also made by me by the way. That is another hobby of mine. Making cold processed soaps. So much better than the store bought, but that is another story. Hope you like my chairs, and do try it. It was very fun.

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35 comments:

Jill said...

I love those! Perfect for a little garden! What do you use to "age" them? I'm still learning how to "shabby chic" things and I really like how your chairs turned out.
Hugs,
Jill

Karin Corbin said...

Nice aging.

A little more wire work under the chair for the bracing for the legs would be easy to add in since you are already adding more wire. It was done in different ways on various chairs. Easy to find photos of ice cream parlor chairs on the internet.

rudoo said...

They are perfect!!! Now I just need to get some Champange (I have never tried it :-), or find someone who does!! Do they only come on Champagne? I would also like to know how you "aged" them.
Thanks,
Jonna

Linda Carswell said...

I adore your little chairs....just as they are....perfect!!!
What a wonderful excuse to drink more Champange...'hick!'...

People do look at us...(miniaturists)...very strangely when when keep a little peice of 'this and that'....especially when they don't know what we do for a hobby!!....makes me laugh!

Thanks Christel, they look like fun!

Linda x

rosanna said...

So lovely and such a good idea. Very clever indeed! thank you for being a follower. Rosanna

The Old Maid said...

Absolutely fantastic! Need to try to make them myself one day!

miniacollection said...

Your chairs are incredible, I like them a lot. So now we don't need to wait for a special occasion to drink champagne...
Like Jill I would be interested to know how to obtain this wonderful shabby look.
Geneviève

Susanne said...

..The chairs are great in your version, I have often wondered about the possibilities in this material..last time on new years eve..now I just have to buy some champagne and tell my husband thats its becauseI want to have a romantic evening ;-)

Debbie said...

Brilliant Idea Christel love your little chairs. Your Soap also looks wonderful. Have you thought of selling some in your Etsy Shop..xxx

L'Atelier Blondie said...

So so lovely !!!
I like the mini-lavender too ....
Evelyne

synnøve said...

Søte stoler!! Bildene var også så fine, nydelige farger!!!
Men blir stolene i riktig skala da?

Lotti said...

Also diese Stühlchen sind einfach nur bezaubernd.

Lotti

Christel Jensen said...

Thanks I am glad you liked them:) I used antique white spray paint. Let that dry and then I used a toothpick and dabbed some clear color 1322 Humbrol paint on various places. Let that dry. On top of that I took some black acrylic paint on, also with a toothpick. Easy piesy;)
One could of course make them even better. This is just a starting point. Would love to see other ideas as well:)
Synnøve. The chair is the same size as some other cafe chairs I have have. So it is not too bad in scale either.

Tabitha Corsica said...

Thanks, Christel! I have been saving these things for years with the thought that I would make such chairs. You have now both shamed and inspired me to get them out and do something creative with them. I like the additions you made to yours and the antiquing is great.

Tabitha

Paris Miniatures said...

Excellent idea, and I like the way you made "more" of it? they look lovely, and the lavender pots, waow!
You are making soaps as well?!!busy you!!

Claudia said...

I love this idea! They are so charming and I would have never thought of using the champagne corks!

xo
Claudia

Irene said...

The little chairs look great and I too love the little lavenders.

Ana said...

Hi Christel I knew already the tutorial and I confess didn´t like very much, but now I changed my mind, your chairs are gracious and very well done, the technique you employed was very well succeeded.
AM

Un Taller de Miniaturas said...

The idea was clever, but now with your 'transformation' the chairs are lovely!!
Thanks for sharing :))
Hugs,
Paloma

Christel Jensen said...

Hello:)
Forgot to say that I bended the lower curled legs outwards:)

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

Nicely done, Christel! I had seen a similiar tutorial YEARS ago when I first got into miniatures but have never seen them so nicely done as yours!

Marsha

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Christel, these are divine. I was so impressed with the pics that I didn't notice to see if you sell these....do you sell them? I am interested if you do! Please let me know! I made a bird cage out of wire the other day; it was so fun.

I am coming from my miniature blog, Tout ce qui brille....Anita

Carey said...

Perfect timing. I was going to make a little outdoor cafe and was wondering how I would make the chairs. This will be perfect. Thanks for sharing.
Carey from Chicory Nits

Lena said...

Tack Christel!

Du har gjort dem så fina och så shabby chic! Fina lavendelblommor också!

Liberty Biberty said...

Wow! Christel your chairs are gorgeous, you have aged them beautifully!
The lavender is beautiful too!
Mercedes

Sabiha Barkey said...

Thank you for sharing it Christel,and your chairs look fantic!

I also ones used the champagne wire
parts to make a fire basket for a litlle garden,if you do not mind I will put an tut on my blog?

Have a nice day!

Sabiha Barkey said...

I mean FANTASTIC! (LOL)

x,sabiha

Christel Jensen said...

Dear Shabia
It would be great if you put it on your blog:) That was exactly what I was hoping for...one idea spark another. I am sure everybody agrees and would love to see the basket. Please no need to ask here:) Hugs.

Eva J said...

Verkligen läckra!

Eva J

Carey said...

Hi Christel,

I already commented on this post but I just wanted to let you know I received the rabbit dolls today. I love them so much! I will be building them a home of their own.
Thanks,
Carey from Chicory Nits

miniaturista said...

Que sencillo con reciclage y tan estupendo resultado
Un abrazo
Maite

dale said...

I don't know whether you know this or not, but there is an annual contest for miniature chairs made out of the wire and cork from champagne bottles.

Here's a link I found, don't know about this year though.

http://www.vinography.com/archives/2009/02/winners_of_the_dwr_champagne_c.html

If anyone wants the cages, my husband drinks a certain beer that comes with a cage, I believe it's quite similar to the champagne bottle, feel free to contact me for some, as we throw them in the metal recycling bin.

Christel, if it's not okay that I post this on your blog, just delete my post. :)

Christel Jensen said...

Dale..that is so funny I diden't know about this at all. I love it:)
Why dont you post some pictures of the beer metal parts on your blog? I would love to see them:)

dale said...

Hi Christel, yes, I will do that as soon as I can. :)

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