Sunday, June 9, 2013

My First Chrysnbon Kit

Let me say that ever since I have started to constantly dedicate time and thought to my passion for miniatures, starting with six months ago, I have been time and again changing my take on a lot of things. 

At first I started to collect miniatures. That was enough for me. No matter the object, no matter the scale, just randomly, without any discernment, I really, truly loved each one of them, and it made no difference to me that the finishing touches were rough, or that the scale was not precise. They were just pretty in and of themselves, or so I thought.

But now I feel I have more refined taste, and my appreciation for finer things is starting to kick in. And that is how I came about to buying (on eBay) my first ever Chrysnbon kit.

I have to admit that I had my doubts from the beginning, and with good reason, it's made of plastic. But once you see the elements, even unassembled, rough, without any paint, even then they look so delicate that it's impossible not to love them. You just can't get the same detail with wood, not on that scale. All other wooden miniature pieces simply pale in comparison to the Chrysnbon kit - plastic as it may be. All of a sudden it becomes clear that the other miniature furniture you once owned is simply chunkier, rougher, and what's worse, that it has proportion flaws.

But let's get back to my kit, it's for a miniature kitchen cabinet, and it is just like a swan (for lack of a better word), swimming amongst little geese in my tiny, unfinished kitchen (which I will write about at one time, when I feel ready). 

So, I ordered it, I got it in the mail, I opened it, and I started to read the instructions carefully. Easy enough right? Well, not quite, as I have always had a problem with patiently and thoroughly reading the instructions - even when it comes down to medicine :)). To be honest I get the very distinct feeling that there is nothing anyone can teach me that I don't already know, or can make a logical assumption of. How many times I have been mistaken on this account, I couldn't possibly know, but one time too many, that's for sure.

Long story short, turns out you were supposed to paint it first. Meaning, all those tiny pieces, with all those tiny accessories glued on top had to be sprayed on first with paint - that is before assembling them. Made sense, as it did come with a small paint box, but since I couldn't even stand having it brown, I painted it white.

As you can imagine, it took some time, mostly because of my crappy glue. But after gluing my hand to my hair, my hand to my chair, two fingers together, well, let's say practice makes perfect, and after a while it was done. First thing I learned though - throw away the crappy glue (it was an a+b epoxy) - goodbye and good riddance.

On account of my impatience, which we have already determined somewhere above, I am missing intermediary pictures :(. So we'll have to do with whatever I was able to document, my hand trembling with the excitement and emotion of getting to the patina stage, which, for me is the icing on the cake.

Now I am waiting for my second kit, for which I will be better prepared - The Miniature Bathroom. I promise I'll have more details, and hopefully more pictures. :))


  1. Hello Maria! Now you have done it and now life will never be the same for you again! This is where it all begins with kits and you have started with a great one. It will fit most kitchen scenes and will showcase your cakes so well! I have seen this kit transformed so many different ways and once you get use to working with the plastic and get braver about disregarding the instructions you will find a whole new world of possibilities opening to you.
    There are even a couple of books published entitled " Chrysnbon Cut-ups" volumes 1 and 2 published 1996 by Dee's Delights and written by Millie Beacham. Your Prep board looks great on this unit and I like the way you have filled the upper cabinet as well! Good job!


  2. I am so glad someone else understands the feeling you get when you open a Chrysnbon kit. It is truly a discovery. Since then I have already finished 2 more, the bathroom and the kitchen utensils :-). I am going to write a post about them soon. The enamel surfaces have turned out great, but I don't want to give away too much right now :-) Which kit did you make so far? Any tips you want to share? :-) And thx again for all the kind words.

  3. I have this kit and want to paint it just not sure how I want it to look. Yours is darling thanks for the hints, I want it white with a wood top look but still not sure. I made the round table and chair set but left the seats off for now want tp paint without them on. I made a small planter table/ stool and some grandfather clocks, started a dry sink too. Anyway I have a cute shelf to put the table and hutch on but too many decisions to make..wallpaper and the colors I want! I hate when I am so undecided it holds me back from getting everything done!! (:-( so I will try to make up my mind!!!

  4. Yep, I know what that is like. Thinking and over thinking, until you cant't really tell what goes with what. Miniatures projects are not to be taken lightly, that's for sure! I can tell you this, in my case, going ahead with the decision I have taken does not always ensure my satisfaction in the end, when I start second guessing myself. But it's such a fun project, that we just can't help ourselves, right? :))

  5. Wonderful, I love it. Very nice job.
    It's so cute that it gives me the desire to make one too.
    Which kind of paint did you use, Maia ?
    A special one for plastic (for models like Humbrol ?)


    ps: sorry for my bad english, I m french.

  6. Hey! Thanks for the words of appreciation :) Glad to hear someone else feels the same about these miniature kits, they are really exciting to make.

    And in response to your question, I actually used acrylic paint and some nail polish, nothing too fancy but it got the job done :)