You must know by now how I love a good challenge every once in a while. This being said, I just couldn't resist the urge of setting a new one for myself.
A 1920 miniature stove, made from scratch, at a scale of 1:12/1''? Sounds a bit hard, does it? Or should I say close to impossible?
It may be so, but as you collectors probably know, these things are so damn expensive, that one has to find some loopholes, right?
I'll let you in on my little secret to creating your very own, inexpensive, but really nice looking miniature stove. Just get yourself some old, good for nothing cardboard, some polymer clay (I chose fimo), some paint and don't forget to allocate a good few hours' working time - it may take more or less, depending on one's patience, determination and skill. :))
Oh, and lest I forget, don’t start anything without a good model in mind. Research until you find the stove you love (God knows the internet is full of great pictures), scale it down on paper – you must not start without a sketch, or you won’t get very far.
Long story short, I started with cutting the cardboard into shape, I then glued it together (tried to leave my fingers out of it, almost made it), I prepared all the tiny handles out of fimo, and then started working on the patina.
I used an older re-ment grill for the cooker (which I think was a perfect fit), and there it was, 10 hours later, my "close to perfect", 1920 miniature stove was ready to take its place in my dollhouse kitchen.
I won't deny it, it was not the easiest thing I have done, but it was most rewarding, and I have to say, I am quite pleased with it, being my first try and all. :)