Friday, February 15, 2013

Undersized Urbanite - Fridge & Fireplace

Here's where I am with the project;

Smoothed out the edges and added some detail to the fridge, with Paperclay,

 Painted it: The interior is a mix of white, clear medium, and pearl metallic paint. The exterior is Pratt & Lambert, "Bronze Gold", interior paint (25 cent sample sale at the local hardware store),

Glued in the wire shelves, and then finally glued on the back of the fridge.

Then, while I waited for that to dry (so I could patch/paint the rest of it), I started on the fireplace;

If you've been following along, then you know about the small houseboat fireplace that I loved and wanted to make. The only issue is that the fireplace in the photo has a very nautical theme to it, but I'm trying for a Steampunk look. So I'm referencing the original instead of just replicating. A riveted brass fireplace, if that doesn't fit in with the Steampunk theme, then I don't know what would.

Once again, I drew up a paper template in Adobe Illustrator. After cutting up egg cartons for the exterior, I ended up with a couple trapezoid shaped pieces left over. The perfect shape/size for the hood of the fireplace, so I based my measurements around one of them. Then cut it in half (because I only needed half).

Using my template, I made the tiny fireplace out of scrap wood (leftovers from the fridge), polymer clay, paper, and of course, egg carton.

Glued it all together. Added some more paper to the sides, and some Paperclay to help smooth out the seams.

Painted it ("Bronze Gold",  again, but it's acting as a primer this time). The hood looked a little rough, so-more Paperclay!

Painted it again, and then glued on some, "rivets".

I gave it a very watered down wash of gold metallic paint, and here we are now;

That is the wallpaper for the room, 
but I am planning a back-splash for the fireplace 
(still, the colors seem to be working out)

It needs a few more coats of gold paint, maybe more rivets, and a back. I like how well it's turned out so far and I like how fast it's come together, especially since the fridge has taken sooo much longer than planned.

Speaking of which, it dried, so I've been working on the detail parts.

It could use some touch ups(a few more small bits too) and a magnet, or something, to keep the door from swinging open whenever it wants, but it's otherwise done and I'm really pleased with the end results.

So that just leaves the rest of the house.

I have started to plan out the counter that will sit next to the fridge,

The current plan involves using life sized glass mosaic pieces 
(We'll see how that works out)

But all I really have to show is a few paper rectangles.

The stonework is also progressing.

I've been working on adding in the mortar between the egg carton stones (I was calling it grout, but it's a wall, so it should be mortar). Another use for Paperclay, lots and lots of paperclay. This part has been especially slow work. A few days on it's own and while waiting for other things to dry, for two weeks, and I still have more than half of the walls to go. And then I get to paint it all again, hopefully for the last time.

And if you've been wondering, Yes I did come up with plans for all of the other rooms, but I'm not drawing anything else out until I can cross the current parts off my list

(May is welcome to take it's sweet time getting here, btw).


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    1. I have not yet acquired a taste for internet spam, but thank you for the compliments.

  2. I really like how your walls are turning out. The fireplace and fridge look really good also :)

    1. Thank you. Glad you like them.

      I just hope I finish everything in time. :)

  3. Interesting using the egg cartons! I forget about them when thinking of materials. Show us more. PS. Good response to spam. CM

    1. Thank you. I was saving cartons for another project, but this one has an actual deadline, so I dipped into my stash a little. I'll post more as I finish more. XD And thanks, I try to keep it friendly, even with spammers.