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First Floor Lamp

Author: Виктория, December 24, 2012 в Lighting, Metalwork

I’ve finished the first floor lamp for my dollhouse, here how it looks. I was planning it for a living room.

Floor Lamp

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Floor Lamp

Author: Виктория, December 14, 2012 в Lighting, Metalwork

The last week was very busy, I’ve made this floor lamp base, made several lace bookmarks/mats, I need to finish this Torchon book till the New Year Eve.

Floor Lamp

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Second Floor

Author: Виктория, November 15, 2012 в Dollhouse, Furniture, Metalwork

I finished the chairs and moved on to my dollhouse, now it’s the second floor, lots and lots of work here. The rooms are dusty and look very sad without lights, I need to make several lamps ASAP :)

Made  a new door for the study room

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Morris Chair – hard choice.

Author: Виктория, November 1, 2012 в Furniture, WIP

It’s hard to believe but it’s almost done. :)

Morris Chair

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One more chandelier

Author: Виктория, August 8, 2012 в Lighting, Metalwork, Roombox

Last time I posted the frame and some flowers for a chandelier, this time the process of soldering:

Chandelier

I made the roses and leaves with polymer clay, every flower is attached to copper wire. To cover soldered spots I used acrylic paste.

Here is the result:

Chandelier

I totally forgot to show you the original chandeliers that inspired this work. Actually, I saw a lot of them in different antiques catalogs, usually French. But recently I found some Spanish chandeliers, also very beautiful. I also found that some were made with porcelain flowers, some with glass, some flowers were made of copper and brass. Also I saw all kinds of shapes and colors. Just perfect for me !:) Usually I see such chandeliers called  Louis XV-style.

Here’s one of the chandeliers I found:

A bit too dark for me, to be honest, but lovely.

I decided to make a central lamp out of bead:

Cutting beads again :)

My first choice was the pink one, but later I found that it was too dark for my LED lamp. So I took transparent one.

It was worth it:

Chandelier

And as I used LED light,  you can see that it shines only in one direction. Not really good for a room.

Chandelier

So I decided to try this lifehack – super glue and a bit of tin foil. You glue it to the tip of the lamp and here it is – the foil reflect the light, so it looks much better now. You can see by comparing previous photo with the one below. Obviously, the room is darker than it looks on the photo, but the direction of light is well seen. Maybe it’s just my perception, I don’t know :)

Chandelier

One more photo:

Chandelier

And about LED lamps, usually I don’t like them at all, most of them give this cold white light, that looks awful. I found some with warm white light, but they were a bit too big for using in miniature. So my husband suggested that we could buy LEDs with wave length= X-0.33. Y-0.36.  Don’t ask me what it means :) It’s all my husband ideas, he suggested that such LEDs were neutral white, not cold white. And I think he was right, the one in photos looks “warmer” to me than the ones I have.  These LEDs are 5mm diameter.

I liked the result – so I think I’ll keep on looking for small warm-white LEDs.

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Flowers

Author: Виктория, July 31, 2012 в Commissions, Metalwork, Roombox

I’m in the process of making flowers for chandelier, also need to make leaves too.

Roses for chandelier

I got the package from US Amazon today with two books – one on metal spinning (need more theoretical ground) and another one on Torchon lacemaking (yeah, I’m a lacemaking addict now). The metal spinning book is fantastic, it’s paperback though with black and white photos, but the contents are great with lots of useful tips and tricks. My husband loved it too, so he tried to make something out of brass. Look good to me!

Metal spinning

I really wanted to make some copper pieces, but since I don’t have needed thickness sheets, it will be all about brass, and possibly aluminum soon. Right now I don’t have clear ideas about what I could make, I need to check my antiques catalogs.

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It’s not that bad after all

Author: Виктория, July 26, 2012 в Lighting, Metalwork, WIP

With the help of my fellow bloggers, I did it! Brazing is much easier for me, after several hours of practice. I’m almost happy with this frame and plan to make couple more, just need to finish sketches.

Another try with brazing.

Here’s one of the epoxy roses that I made, not sure about using them though, maybe I should add more color, crystal clear look a bit plain to me.

Epoxy roses for chandelier

 

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All in progress

Author: Виктория, July 23, 2012 в Lighting, Metalwork, WIP

I should have put another title to this post, something like “Ugly Photos’ Post”, but nevermind.

I had a strange week, I actually did a lot of things, but seems like I don’t have much to show to you. I’m still making the parts for my chandelier, another one. I also continue learning metal lathe  things.  My husband is a great teacher, very patient, I should say. I did learn a lot, but still have to ask him if I have any questions.

As a result I made a beautiful candlestick, made of aluminum, but it looked very silver to me :) Unfortunately, no photos for you here as it broke when I started cutting it off. The good thing is that I learned a lot, I also tried that mysterious jig for making spheres (absolutely, useless by the way for aluminum, because it’s easier to make them with files).

Experiment number two – metal spinning. Looks fantastic in this video, which is not mine, obviously :)

I don’t have silver, but lots of copper. I’m not very good with spinning, I managed to make these, hm, “cups”  after five or six attempts.

Metal Spinning - first try

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Dolls house lights

Author: Виктория, July 5, 2012 в Dollhouse, Lighting, Metalwork, WIP

First try to make a chandelier

I think that July will be a month of making lights. On one hand, I have a commission, on the other hand I need to make a lot of lights for my dollhouse, and all this in art nouveau-ish style. I did several sketches, and probably will make all of these projects. I started from the easiest one, I used here a brass strip (remember my post about photo etching?). I’m not very good at soldering, my husband was very happy to give me some tips, because the last time I did it, I was about 10 years old trying to fix my ZX Spectrum keyboard (I failed:) and my tape recorder (this time I was lucky).  The results now a more satisfactory, but not good enough for me. Anyway, I’ve just started! :) Drilling was easier 😉

First try to make a chandelier

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Long Weekend

Author: Виктория, March 11, 2012 в Metalwork, WIP

It’s not my work, again:) It’s my hubby’s work. Recently we bought a jig for making spheres on metal lathe, and it was the first try. The height of this spinning top is 45mm and diameter is 35 mm.  The jig is originally made for Proxxon lathes but it wasn’t compatible with lathe we have, so we had to build the fixture to mount the jig on lathe. The fixture was milled out of duralumin block.

As for me, I’m still working on the balusters, I made six so far and need to make eight more. All of them are made of makore, I decided not to use beech, just didn’t feel right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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