under, over, under, over…


I finished the library chair the other day but before i can post about that i'll need some decent pictures. Perhaps later today after work, or if not, i can make them over the weekend? Anyway, here's how the seat was made. 


A few weeks ago I did a test piece on caning with dental floss, because it's flat and smooth properties resemble cain best. It's the one on the right. But it was really happy about it; still being out of scale & too big!


I figured i'd get back to it when i would start on the actual seat itself. But in the meantime I got some unexpected but much appreciated help! Many thanks to Fransisco from Miniarquitect, who makes the most stunning bistro chairs! He convinced me to use thread (which is thinner) and taught me how you can still make it look great. Because I was a bit apprehensive of the fibers showing but now I know there are ways to overcome that. And then it all made sense… It definitely out ways floss and you can go way smaller, making it more close to scale.




I have to say, not bad :) Not bad at all! And way better than floss! So thank you here too Fransisco :)


There are many great tutorials on the internet and if you're interested here's a really nice one on caning;

Have a great day,

35 comments:

  1. Wow! I admire your work and yes! The result is just great!
    Hugs

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    1. Thank you Maid/Gdynia! It looks way better, no?

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  2. Pas de doutes c'est très réussi et plus que réaliste!!
    Isabelle

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    1. Merci beaucoup Isabelle, it's not to scale just yet, but it's closer then the test

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  3. Splended work!!! Thank your very much for tutorial. I wish you Happy New Year. Hugs Kati

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    1. Thanks Kati! Putting up the link was a no-brainer; YouTube is an amazing resource for stuff like this. And Happy New Year to you too!!!

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  4. Excellent! your work is already beautiful!
    Happy New Year!
    Magda

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    1. Thank you Magda! Hope you like the finished chair as well. And a great 2014 for you too :)

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    1. Hi Kelly! Thanks for your visit and comment. Let me wish you a happy new year as well.

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  6. wow!! I am absolutely amazed with your work, It's perfect!

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    1. Thank you Eva! The weaving finally turned out right, but i couldn't have done that without the test pieces.

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  7. Wow Debora! Beautiful work !!! I tried that caning in RL once.... it is not easy to do! Your seat looks unbelievably perfect!!! I am glad you got the helpful information in time! The thinner thread really makes a difference! Keep up the Great work!

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    1. Thank you Beth! Like i told Eva, practice always helps being ahead of potential mistakes in the final stage. If possible i always test things out. So I admire you took this on in RL, cos tough cain seems way harder to handle!

      As for the help, i'm always so appreciative when fellow miniaturists share their expertise, i love to return the favor.

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  8. Buon Anno, Debora! Tutto quello che fai è assolutamente " super" ! :-)

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    1. Graci Blanche! Felice anno nuovo anche a te

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  9. Using the thread made a big difference. Now it looks like it is in perfect scale. I can't wait to see the chair.

    I am wishing you all the best for a Happy New Year.

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    1. Hi Catherine! Happy New Year to you too! Yes, the thread made a huge difference. It's not right on scale but way better. The holes are now 2.3 mm apart, but they should be closer to less then 2 mm.

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  10. hats off to you! Been there, done that and it's quite a lot of work... And yours looks stunning!

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    1. Hats of to you then too :))) Did you make something in scale too, or was it in RL? Either way, totally understand its a real trade

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    2. Oh, I did it a long time ago (2010), and yes, it was in scale. But it became one of those UFOs, as I never got to use it with the chair I was planning to. I didn't like the chair structure I made - it is a modern kind, with metal tubes - so it's still waiting for this part to be finished! :)

      http://minhasminis-myminis.blogspot.com.br/search/label/caning

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    3. Wow, Thanks Evelyne! Like i said under your posts about caning, i couldn't have said it any better, great explanation!!! If anyone is interested on having a go at caning for a project they have in mind, you should definitely check out the link above!

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  11. Un trabajo fantástico muy laborioso.
    Un abrazo.
    Yolanda

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  12. It looks great, what thread did you use, normal sewing? Many of the Cape Dutch chairs were caned and I was thinking about this just last night. Mmh and now I wonder, how did you overcome the fibers, beeswax or....?

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    1. I used normal (cotton) sewing thread. I'd some various pre waxed linen threads lying around, i use for book binding. Plan was to use that but the stiffness of linen bulks it up, and it was just a fraction too thick. I took it all out and referred to sewing thread. It's a bit more fibrous but you can overcome that by either pre waxing (i used an artificial wax i also use on my bow string) but you can also soak the thread in diluted PVA.

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  13. Fantástico, un trabajo impecable. Feliz año nuevo:-)

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    1. Happy new year to you too Rosa Maria! And thank you for your comment, it made me discover your amazing blog on miniature lace. Your work is fantastic!

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  14. Oh awesome! And I thought the experiment with floss was perfect :) But this is really the way, it looks great--

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  15. Hi Linda! I thought so too, that the floss was the best it could get. It's flat as cain, it's smooth as cain… But learning how much smaller it could be done was very exciting. To be really true to scale the holes need a 1,7 mm distance, but my smallest needle determined the minimum hole diameter I had to use, and therefor a healthy distance between them.

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  16. Привет, Дебора!
    Мне очень нравится ваш блог и миниатюра! Спасибо большое, что показываете все тонкости процесса. Этот урок я забрала в избранное.
    С наилучшими пожеланиями из России. Елена.

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    1. Thank you so much Elena! Always a pleasure to hear any post was of help. Good luck for the future, when you want to tackle this sort of work. If you have any questions about it, drop me a note. Assistance is just an e-mail away :))

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