first time soldering too


So so so so sorry for not posting for such a long time! My only excuse is that I have been very busy with college so I haven’t had any time to do anything at all. Fortunately summer has started and I started a project recently that I am hoping will be done soon. I do have summer school but I still have time for small projects every now and then that I will be posting here. 

I wanted to start making miniature scenes and I began with a fairly small cafe scene inspired by this

The artist’s Etsy shop can be found here.

I then drew up some measurements and came up with a small-sized scene. It’s about 4-in tall and 3.5-in wide.

I first worked on the floor. I wanted a cobblestone effect and found a tutorial on how to achieve that look using the poster board I am working with. Basically I peeled off the first layer of the poster board to reveal the Styrofoam underneath. I then carved the shape I wanted and painted it with acrylic paint. 

I wanted to try putting moss in between the cracks too so I decided to paint the cracks before covering it, but that didn’t work well. Instead I made cuts on the cracks and glue the moss inside them so that they cover the cracks well.

The next thing I did was to take care of the walls. I didn’t want to leave the walls plain and flat so I decided to add wood panels on them. I cut a sheet of balsa wood to the size of the walls, marked up equal widths for each “panel” and sanded the lines down to create “panels.” I repeated this for the two skinnier walls.

Leaving the top of the panel like that was odd looking so I decided to put a skinny stick of wood on top to give it a proper edge (I forgot what they were called, I’m sure you guys know what I’m talking about).

I then had to decide what color I should paint the walls with. I didn’t want it to be red like the inspiration I had. I was thinking of painting the walls blue and keeping the wood as is, but that wouldn’t have matched with the floor. In the end I painted the walls gold and the wood black. 

During the whole time I was making this project I was also binge-watching Friends on Netflix. 

When I was matching up the parts together the wood panels created a gap between the poster board walls. As a solution I sanded the inner sides of the panels down in an angle to fit as much as possible. 

After the walls and floor was mostly done I decided to make a chair and table for the scene. It was my first time soldering metal wires together and I came up with this 

I have some practicing to do with soldering wires.

Granted that it was my first time I wasn’t too pleased, but also not disappointed. It ended up a little too big for my scene, but I will still include it. I paired it with a simple table and topped the chair with a wooden piece.

I still haven’t finished my scene, but I pieced them together and this is what I have so far

I’m planning on finishing the edges of the floor and the wall with a thin edge of wood. I’m also planning on inserting a clear plastic sheet for the window and painting a logo on it. 

Schoolwork has gotten in the way of crafting again so I’ve paused this project. I made this project in a span of 4-5 days. It isn’t too hard to do, it’s just time consuming. It was very fun making my own miniature scene and soldering wires for the first time. 

I am a bit surprised by what I have made so far and, honestly, I’m kind of scared to continue and mess up the work I’ve done. But if I keep thinking that, then I know I won’t make any progress on this. 

I’ll keep you guys updated on how this project turns out and hopefully soon.