My husband has been selling Steinway pianos for more than 35 years now. The introduction of the Spirio, Steinway's high definition player piano, has been nothing short of a game-changer. People absolutely love it, and the supplies are limited.
One day our retail manager, Jenny Hung, mentioned to me that it would be fun to have a miniature of a Spirio. We got to talking. She showed me ads featuring the Spirios. "They are hard to get, you know. It would be super to have a miniature as a way to talk about them."
So I got to work.
Wowzer. Did you ever have one of those craft projects that really pushed your limits? This one did! Everything had to be done twice, and in one case as often as four times. My fingers are sore from working on this in the evenings. However, it's almost done. Let me walk you through my madness...
The white leather chair was a real challenge. I made four separate sofas/chairs that were too big, too modern, too whatever. I made the faux leather using directions by the fabulous Kris Compas, who learned the technique from Bluette Maloney. You paint silk with acrylic paint, and once dry, spray it with an acrylic fixative. However, the finished "leather" is not forgiving. It's a challenge to get it glued down and to shape it properly.
In the far right corner is an urn I made by quilling, which is essentially wrapping a thin strip of paper around itself and shaping it. The "enamel" paint on the urn is nail polish. This photo gives you a better look at the urn with the plant.