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Making lighting for roombox

Author: Виктория, August 28, 2012 в Uncategorized

Remember that art nouveau roombox that I made some time ago?  It was sold but came back to me, because I was asked to make lighting for it. That flower chandelier was made especially for this room. I also needed to make that Tiffany table lamp functional. I decided to try LEDs for this project. They are much brighter and don’t burn out  as often as usual bulbs. I was looking for warm light LEDs for quite a while, and I was lucky to find very small (5 or 3mm, I don’t remember) and very cheap ones. So the first problem was solved.

The only problem with LEDs is that you have to find appropriate resistors, so say hello to physics course at school you hated so much. Ohm’s law – I had to look it up in Wikipedia for the first time in so many years. I had the resistors I needed but all this counting, colour code etc. was a bit too overwhelming to me. My husband though was curious enough to find a good video about so called LED drivers that would eliminate my problem with resistors. Here it is – To make it easier for you, these LEDs drivers  provide constant current of 20 mA in a circuit (most LEDs that I have are 20 mA), so you don’t need to count anything just connect this driver to a simple circuit. It’s very small by the way:

making lighting for roombox

From the left to the right – small case for three drivers, driver itself and driver with small pins to make the soldering easier.  So if you lazy to learn all this Ohm’s magic, drivers will save a lot of time for you.

For my chandeliers I used three LEDs, they are very small, so it wasn’t a problem.

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One more chandelier

Author: Виктория, August 8, 2012 в Lighting, Lighting, Lighting

Last time I posted the frame and some flowers for a chandelier, this time the process of soldering:


I made the roses and leaves with polymer clay, every flower is attached to copper wire. To cover soldered spots I used acrylic paste.

Here is the result:


I totally forgot to show you the original chandeliers that inspired this work. Actually, I saw a lot of them in different antiques catalogs, usually French. But recently I found some Spanish chandeliers, also very beautiful. I also found that some were made with porcelain flowers, some with glass, some flowers were made of copper and brass. Also I saw all kinds of shapes and colors. Just perfect for me !:) Usually I see such chandeliers called  Louis XV-style.

Here’s one of the chandeliers I found:

A bit too dark for me, to be honest, but lovely.

I decided to make a central lamp out of bead:

Cutting beads again :)

My first choice was the pink one, but later I found that it was too dark for my LED lamp. So I took transparent one.

It was worth it:


And as I used LED light,  you can see that it shines only in one direction. Not really good for a room.


So I decided to try this lifehack – super glue and a bit of tin foil. You glue it to the tip of the lamp and here it is – the foil reflect the light, so it looks much better now. You can see by comparing previous photo with the one below. Obviously, the room is darker than it looks on the photo, but the direction of light is well seen. Maybe it’s just my perception, I don’t know 🙂


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And about LED lamps, usually I don’t like them at all, most of them give this cold white light, that looks awful. I found some with warm white light, but they were a bit too big for using in miniature. So my husband suggested that we could buy LEDs with wave length= X-0.33. Y-0.36.  Don’t ask me what it means 🙂 It’s all my husband ideas, he suggested that such LEDs were neutral white, not cold white. And I think he was right, the one in photos looks “warmer” to me than the ones I have.  These LEDs are 5mm diameter.

I liked the result – so I think I’ll keep on looking for small warm-white LEDs.

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Author: Виктория, July 31, 2012 в Commissions, Commissions, Metalwork, Metalwork

I’m in the process of making flowers for chandelier, also need to make leaves too.

Roses for chandelier

I got the package from US Amazon today with two books – one on metal spinning (need more theoretical ground) and another one on Torchon lacemaking (yeah, I’m a lacemaking addict now). The metal spinning book is fantastic, it’s paperback though with black and white photos, but the contents are great with lots of useful tips and tricks. My husband loved it too, so he tried to make something out of brass. Look good to me!

Metal spinning

I really wanted to make some copper pieces, but since I don’t have needed thickness sheets, it will be all about brass, and possibly aluminum soon. Right now I don’t have clear ideas about what I could make, I need to check my antiques catalogs.

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Summer News

Author: Виктория, June 27, 2010 в Uncategorized

It’s been a long time since I posted, I got my second diploma, yay!

That’s how my roombox looks now:

Main part is pretty much done, and I also decided to work a bit more on my Russian dollhouse, ugh, there’s lots of work there needs to be done.



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Tiffany Lamp

Author: Виктория, April 20, 2010 в Uncategorized

I’ve finally chosen the wallpaper for my roombox and decided on the main concept of the wall decoration. I’m so excited about it!  But before I assemble the roombox I need to fix the lights for it. I hope to make two lamps, one of them should be something like Tiffany:) I actually tried to make couple of them today:
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Stained Glass Window

Author: Виктория, March 10, 2010 в Uncategorized

I’ve finished (well, almost ) the window. I haven’t fixed two frames together yet, so the lower part is a bit off. This is the first time I made stained glass window – actually I made two and I cannot choose between them:) The design is mine – I went through some art nouveau stained glass designs and thought it would be reasonable to make my own instead of copying. Now I need to think of the complementary design for the walls. I hope that tomorrow I’ll start working on the furniture for the roombox, I’m still nervous about the whole thing, I love art nouveau too much.

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Window – playing around

Author: Виктория, March 2, 2010 в Uncategorized

thought I would never post the parts I was just playing with, but never say never.
Last two days I was trying to find a design for the window, I looked through several books in Russian concerning modern style and also several Flickr groups. Result – hundreds of photos saved, basic concept was chosen.
The walls in my roombox are 1cm thick, so I decided to use walnut, just because it perfectly matched my pattern. It was 2,5mm thick, and I made some mistakes: first of all, I glued the pattern against the grain (hope it’s the right term), and secondly, the walnut I was using was too fragile, and IMO was overdried.So the window was “broken” – it just fell apart. Why, why did I do all this? I have no idea, I knew it wouldn’t work. Besides, I don’t have experience working with walnut, maybe you know – is it the material I’m using or is it about walnut itself? Instead of trying to fix it I decided to use mahogany – I worked with it when I was building the table, so I knew what to expect. And, no surprise, it was okay. I’ve managed to cut the whole window, this time the pattern was along the grain (hope that was my main mistake).

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I’m not going to use this frame – now that I know that mahogany is my choice, I’ll start all over and cut the details separately, after that assemble.I need two frames, so it’s a lot of work:)
As you can see, I’m making it in art nouveau style, I feel so nervous about it, this should be my first time experience, and I’m not sure about the result. Hope I’ll make it work.

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Parquetry – done

Author: Виктория, March 1, 2010 в Uncategorized

All done – I just need to cut the paper off on the left side:) I’m pretty happy with it, though it could be better. Moving on to windows.

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Author: Виктория, February 24, 2010 в Dollhouse, WIP, WIP, WIP, WIP, WIP, WIP

Hi everyone!
This weekend was looong, in Russia we had 4 day holidays, so I had a chance to start a new project. I can’t really go into details right now, but I hope I’ll show the whole thing pretty soon.
I finally managed to buy MDF, a bit hard to buy, all the shops that sell it don’t work during weekends and are outside Moscow, but I found one. So I bought 6mm and 10mm sheets (2m X 3m). I’m going to use them for roomboxes and maybe one more dollshouse.
I started with the parquet – and that’s when I loved my table saw. It’s so easy to cut veneer with it! We’ve found a way to make some sort of jig to cut it evenly (if you’re interested I can show you the whole process). As a result, it was possible to cut such little pieces

And these:

After that I started working on a parquet, it’s not sanded yet of course, not finished. At this point this is how it looks:

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Author: Виктория, August 31, 2009 в Uncategorized

Happy Birthday, Mum!

I’ve made this roombox for my Mum’s birthday. Hope she’ll like it.

Btw, this is my first roombox project – all by myself, from parquetry to the furniture. I’m so excited! Looks like a good start to me.

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