Fun with Cream Cans

Vintage cream cans hold flowers

Another great tutorial from Kris Compas

I took another break from construction on the Warming Hut to make Kris Comapas’s latest project, a miniature covered cream can. I always learn something new from her! This time it’s how she paints a galvanized finish. It’s like magic.

Tiny cream cans, made from card stock

Tiny cream cans, made from card stock

I left them overnight, for the wood glue she favors to set up.

The next day, I sanded them smoothish, and painted two coats of gray acrylic.

My approximation of galvanized base, a blend of nimbus gray and a touch of lamp black.

My approximation of galvanized base, a blend of nimbus gray and a touch of lamp black.

Then I got really involved, and didn’t take any more pictures. But that’s OK, because Kris’s tutorials are always very well documented. Also I tried and failed twice to drill a hole lengthwise through a quarter-inch length of toothpick for the wooden handle, so I used a little roll of cardstock painted black to look like a piece of hose.

in no particular order

peacocks_120214Peacock rug getting there! Just the remaining green background left to stitch. Then blocking and binding.

(Finished size will be 4.625 x 3.125 inches (11.75 x 7.9 cm), 227 x 153 stitches, Gütermann silk on 49-count silk gauze, from a design by Roger Fry, as charted by Melinda Coss in Bloomsbury Needlepoint From the Tapestries at Charleston Farmhouse.)

Then I’ve been playing around with Kris Compas’s current tutorial for an upholstered parsons chair, using this great cotton stripe from a thrift store shirt. Other than (endless) work on the Peacock rug, I think this is the first miniature building I’ve done since I packed everything up to move in the summer. (The cording is made from three strands of DMC floss, and is more true to scale than using all six strands. In case you noticed.)

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Penultimately, here is my first repeating pattern!

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The color palette is a combination of hues drawn from photos of the ocean and from the persimmon tree in Soquel. The simplicity is perhaps underwhelming, but this represents hours and hours of work. Onward!

And finally, I did go back to the indie dollar store and buy up all the boxes of Prang KantRolls.

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Mostly because this:

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Vintage stools for the Sea House Pavilion

Metal stool (unpainted) made from cardstock, wood and string from a tutorial by Kris Kompas

Metal stool (un-metal, unpainted) made from cardstock, wood and string, from a tutorial by Kris Compas

Kris Compas over at 1inchminis has a great tutorial this month for a vintage metal stool. I love this design!

They work well in the Sea House Pavilion. I am not happy with the thread detail to simulate a rolled metal edge — I couldn’t get it to look like anything other than fussy thread — but without it they look a bit plain. More exploration of materials is called for.

New vintage chairs for the Sea House Pavilion. Come sit and watch the sun go down.

New vintage chairs for the Sea House Pavilion. Come sit and watch the sun go down.

I also made a pattern for a slightly modified seat back, so I’ll be able to experiment more. And order new spray paint. Check out this range of colors from Liquitex!

Thanks, Kris!