Tuesday, June 5, 2007
I hate pizza, but sometimes I have it delivered just so I can get those little white plastic pieces that (allegedly) keep the cover of the box from smashing into the topping. The before and after photos show what I do with them. They make the best all-purpose tables. Break off the little legs and add your own style. For a miniature bistro table, twist heavy copper wire into more fashionable legs and glue the assembly to the bottom. You can paint or add contact paper to the top for a different look, but "as is" works fine as well.
The chairs, as you see, are bottle tops with wire backs and legs. Contact paper can also be added to the seats; I've left them as is.
Creating a miniature scene like this is a lot like writing fiction. I look at a bottle top and see a chair seat. Or I look at a thimble and see a tiny waste basket. In the same way, writers look at the guy at the next table in the coffee shop and see his secret life or they read a news article and ask "what if?"
The whole scene is fiction, in fact. The bottle cap is not really a seat, the table could not hold up a real mug of coffee. It's all about glue, not gravity.
A poster to my first blog took the connection between miniatures and fiction to a new level. I have tiny ruby slippers under the embalming table in my mortuary scene. The poster's comment: maybe Dorothy didn't make it to Kansas, after all!