ChrisF Posted August 25, 2014 Share Posted August 25, 2014 Here is a friendly 'Hello' to everyone in this community. My name is Renate and I have been introduced to miniatures via the Dollhouse route. I started restoring vintage dollhouse furniture from a friend who inherited a whole box from her Grandmother and didn't know how repair/restore them. I like working with my hands and consider myself a Jack of many trades, however, in regards to miniatures. I only deal with furniture/ About a year ago, I decided to build the first prototypes of miniature settees/couches and disliked that new and unused look and have focused my attention to soft furnishings and how to achieve a more realistic look when it comes to folds and upholstery. I guess I want my pieces to look like my sofa, and I also want to be able to tell where someone sits. I definitely consider myself a beginner and I am still in the process to build up a nice inventory of tools, machines and materials. I am very lucky to have close friends in rather interesting professions, so I have access to an expert in gilding and antique frame restorations, a professional furniture maker and upholsterer (who does not understand the need for a lumpy seat cushion) and a few more who I shamelessly interrogate about techniques and subject matter as needed. As I side-effect of these 'meetings' I will most likely never be able to sell anything for profit, as my dear friends cost me more in beer than any piece could ever realize in money. You might notice that English is not my native language, so if I say something wrong, please point it out - I'd rather know about mistakes I make than acquire bad habits. Currently, my job forces me travel a lot (what hardship ), so right now I have the majority of my life stored at my sister's house and when I find the time to work it is rather limited. As of today, I'm still figuring out how to make the perfect used seat cushions in miniature, in real-life I have mastered that skill quite well - my couch can attest to that. Renate Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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