Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Ceiling Confusion: Miniature Edition
I recently saw this lamp at Union Station in Kansas City. I've been thinking about making a lamp like this for the Beacon Hill using small Lucite flower beads. They look like this or this. The problem? Here in the US, I'm only finding them in small quantities, like 20 or 50. Sure, I only need one or two to make my miniature lamp, but I have bigger things in mind... like the ceilings of the Beacon Hill.
The middle three rooms of the Beacon Hill are going to have a Wizard of Oz theme. So picture these center staircase rooms in the merry old land of Oz:
Oh, and there will be another ceiling added to the middle when the tower is on.
I know, I know, it's gonna be a LOUD dollhouse. Anyway, I had some extra brick sheeting from the outside of the Cattery:
I'm going to use this extra brick for the flooring of the middle three rooms. I have obnoxious bright yellow paint that I will be using to make the yellow brick road. WHEE! I've made paper templates of the floors already, so now I just have to paint and paint and paint and let it dry dry dry and repaint repaint. It will take a while.
For the walls, I found the perfect bling to make them look like the Emerald City. There was a sale at Buckle Boutique after Christmas for "Christmas tree green" sheets of self-adhesive rhinestone resin. SCORE! So I got two huge sheets for under $20. They look like this (still in the package):
I was feeling quite comfortable and fancy with my plans for the rooms when I realized WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH THE CEILINGS?
At first, I was going to use my acrylics to paint a blue sky with white clouds. Zzzzzzzz. I got super bored with that idea.
Right now, the ceilings are covered with primer. Just plain white. The walls behind the staircase (and parts of the ceilings) will forever be a cream color because they had to be painted before the staircase went in. I chose the most boring color ever for that wall, and now I'm stuck with it. So unless I can figure out how to make it work, the Wizard of Oz rooms will have green walls on one side, yellow brick road floors, a wooden staircase, cream walls on the other side, and BLANK WHITE CEILINGS?
No. That won't do.
I looked around for quite a while to try to find red poppy scrapbook paper for the ceilings. Do you know how hard that is to find? Hard. I found one company, but their Wizard of Oz collection went out of print. Plus, it was pretty bland. It wouldn't match the SPARKLE of the rest of the rooms -- and it wasn't "miniature enough." So then I started looking at miniature flowers.
I learn so much by mini-ing. The tiny flowers that are used on cakes, as card decorations, and other doodads are technically called millinery flowers. I had no idea. They look like this. I actually used a small bouquet of these for my King Memorial Candle:
But do you know how hard it is to find millinery flowers in bulk? In red? In poppy form? Really hard. Millinery flowers are now referred to as "antique" if they are old and "wedding" if they are new. Neither of these things fit into the Beacon Hill Budget.
I briefly entertained the idea of making my own flowers because I know it can be done. Brae did a fantastic job of making her own for the Haunted Heritage and the Aero Squadron Lounge. See all those flowers and leaves? Brae handmade ALL OF THEM. I do not haz Brae's talent. However, I am starting to develop a similar determination to find/make every single thing I need. NO SURRENDER!
After getting really frustrated with endless searches for poppy paper or poppy millinery flowers, I finally found red Lucite poppy flowers here. PERFECT! However, they are Out of Stock. Also, you only get 30 beads for $10. Scroll back up to see how big those ceilings are. Not enough beads!
All good Internet searches lead to ebay, right? So now, I'm haunting ebay for bulk plastic poppy beads. NOPE. Really? Yes, really. The only kind I can find that look remotely like poppies (if I glue in black seed beads) are these or these. As they would be coming from Hong Kong, they will be less expensive than US goods. But this all begs the question:
How many beads would it possibly take to cover all/part of the three middle Beacon Hill rooms with mini flowers?
And how would I stick them on? Methinks probably super glue. A lot of super glue.
I've been researching poppies for literally three months. Like at least once a day. I'm having poppy ceiling burnout.
OK, now seriously. Am I going off the deep end to think this is possible? I can't tell.
I also know that one things leads to another. Paper led to millinery flowers led to Lucite beads. I can still probably find another option -- maybe one that is even better! That's why I'm writing this all out today. I've figured out the floors and the walls, but these stubborn ceilings are really annoying. I thought one of you might have a suggestion? If you can think of a poppy solution, lemmie know. If not, you now know why I've been staring at the Beacon Hill for weeks without making any progress...
UPDATE: My twitter friend Laura suggested THESE. Perfect!! I think that's what I'll end up using. Thank you, Laura!!