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Apr 27, 2010

Flooring part 1

I love the tiles by Richard Stacey that Julie and Michelle are using in their mini projects. Still I made the decission to look for the floor tiles in my country - even knowing that it is impossible to buy many things that could be used for making miniatures here ;)First I was thinking of the resin mosaic tiles I found in one of Polish crafts e-shops. I even ordered a few packages with the different-sized plain tiles. I was unpatiently waiting for them but when they finally arrived I couldn't use them :( They are just too thick (about 5 mm) and that means I wouldn't be able to open the door! Well I might use them outside the office. So I had to decide to use something else and I bought the thick cardboard (2-3mm). Picked up the black one with the kind of "ditched" surface. It is really hard to cut but it lies perfect under the door ;) So I cut the cardboard into different size parts and painted them a bit with fair acrylic paints so that they would resemble the marble a bit. Then I added one coat of the clear nail polish on every tile. Here they are ready to put on the floor and match them up with each other:

8 comments:

Merry Jingle said...

Well there's certainly a days work - I'm so impatient that it's really hard for me to do something that needs repeating and repeating, wonder why I haven't even started with the exteriors on the houses :D

The tiles look fab, can't wait to see them attached :)

Ira

Michelle's Mad World said...

I've used all sorts for flooring Ewa in my time! I've even used a real life floor tiles. I cut them into the correct scale size pieces, and I had my flooring. You'd never know what they were originally!

Looking forward to seeig the flooring down. ;o)

Michelle xx

The Dangerous Mezzo said...

Ewa, those look very good! I look forward to the next post! (By the way, thanks for the links to the articles about people using Richard Stacey's tiles -- I've added his link to my link collection :)

I think it's great to figure out ways to get the right effects with materials we have access to in our own countries. It makes us resourceful, doesn't it? That's not to criticise buying things ready made, in scale, because I LOVE shopping -- but there's something about making it yourself that is very satisfying!

Eva said...

Well, do seem marble and the effect will be greater when they are placed. It will be worth to had cut so many tiles.
Thanks for your lovely comments in my blog :)
Un beso

The Old Maid said...

Thank you, Ira. I have the same "problem" with being unpatient one ;)

The Old Maid said...

Thank you, Michelle! I was thinking about real tiles for a second but they also are too thick :)

The Old Maid said...

Thank you, Nina! I am glad to read you found an interesting link on this blog because I think your blog is one of the best sources of so interesting links I've ever seen! :) I love shopping too but since my budget isn't "stunning" ;) I have to look for the different and cheaper materials;) And you are right something made by oneself is very satysfying! :)

The Old Maid said...

Thank you, Eva! Un beso:)