This weekend, I continued working on my dollhouse. After finishing the lower level floor from millions of skinny sticks, I turned my attention to the upper level. After I regained feeling in my fingertips!
Once finished, the dollhouse is going to be a confectioner’s shop! The sweet lady who owns it will work out of the upper level, which will be a sprawling kitchen and a small sitting area for her to put her feet up. It will be open-spaced so I want a floor that doesn’t look too busy. Something classic and warm. To keep it from being busy, I chose to do it in larger tiles. The tiles would be represented as 12 inch tiles in real life.
I’ve been looking online for miniature flooring tiles but the ones I can afford are made from cheap vinyl sheets. Not the aesthetic that I wanted. I wanted a ceramic look. That got me wondering if I had the patience to make the tiles myself.
…So, I looked to my own kitchen tiles for inspiration.
I chose Craft Smart polymer clay in light brown (which is actually a great caramel colour). I put it through my pasta machine to make sheets that are roughly 1/16th of an inch thick. I trimmed these into individual tiles at 1 inch square.
Sienna and burnt umbre soft pastels were applied with a soft brush for colour.
Next, I textured the tiles by stippling with an old toothbrush, and created a tumbled edge with my ball tool.
After curing and cooling, I protected the tiles with matte varnish.
I will glue the tiles to the dollhouse floor. Beige acrylic paint – mixed with a bit of gesso- will serve as the ‘grout’.
These are some other tiles I have custom made for clients who visited my etsy shop…