But it was guiltfree and great fun. Yesterday I could finally finish two things for this scene that had been ready for a while, but I hopelessly failed at that, haha. Won't be able for a while to do it the right way, so here it is without after all. You won't miss them and I'm so satisfied with the whole scene that I don't either :D.
I have no clue why, but some months ago I suddenly remembered I still had some test-pieces of different stainless steel contactpaper meant for a second hand 1:1 fridge once. And thought it might be great to use for this mini-fridge that I ordered a few years back for the Oldtique Store. And I just hád to see if it would work :D. The first one I tried that made the most sense, was too bright or something. It just didn't work for me, so off it went. But the second one was perfect!
Installing a light was inspired by Josje, who had done that in her mini-fridge and I thought was a great idea. It was also surprisingly easy to do and it already had a nice compartment for it.
Later I made the top and bottom black, and some additional changes like putting in 'glass' shelves* I gave a silver rim (ultra bright chrome bare metal foil that sticks on it's own, but you could also glue on some aluminum foil) as I did with the vegetable drawers and doorshelves inspired by my RL-fridge and made a new door handle (that broke in a couple of places putting it in the slot that I had cut for the handle it came with, but later decided it was to bulky, which is why I made this one. That's why it's not the neatest job, but still like it!).
All to bring the nice classic fridge but with some bulky details, to a more realistic modern one.
*easily cut with scissors from a sheet of 0.5mm thick acrylic or something, any clear standard thin (but not too thin) hobbysheet can be used
|let's taste a bit of that delicious yoghurt with jam/marmalade :D|
The cartons are all templates found with Google (searched for templates of milkcartons and/or cartons). And you shouldn't look too closely at the cans, they're just props so I kept it simple and quick (they also don't have bottoms ;), luckily the labels (decals) make them quite convincing). As is the lettuce in the drawer, that's just 3 printed of the same lettuces found online and glued to a little ball of aluminum foil in a piece of plastic wrap.
The margarine was a little less quick, is not varnished yet and painting the rim is not very good/smooth (trust me, it's worse than the photo's indicate), but my hand was shaking like a leaf in the wind again. But it's still a nice little prop :), a big thanks for the inventor of decals!
The orange-juice in the glass bottle is actually that, the yoghurt in the bowl is real, the jam/marmelade in the smaller bowl too. Where props in photoshoots are usually fake for ease and convenience, mine are most often real for the exact same reason :D.
THE MINIFRIDGE, INFO:
For anyone who would like to have a fridge like this and order it to give it a similar or different make-over, the info I can give is the following (the brand also carries a washingmachine and dishwasher both with sound (which I think is great fun), a microwave (with opening door) and stove, that I don't have myself but will probably open too?):
- the webshop I ordered it is Worldkids
- for all of you abroad, you might want to find a webshop that ships to your country (Worldkids does ship internationally by the way so you could use that*, but it's not a Dutch miniature, so regarding postage it might be useful/cheaper to find a webshop in your country): it's a Miele refridgerator and in the webshop I ordered it, it was called: Klein 7816 Miele mini koelkast (last word is refridgerator). I don't know if that number is from the manufacturer or the webshop though. But you can try it, maybe with it find it online in webshops in different country's. *don't see any restrictions on country's but doesn't necessarily mean there isn't any
- on the bottom it says: manufactured for Theo Klein in HonKong and is from the collection 'Klein' (which I think is funny, because it's his name, but also the German and Dutch word for 'small')