Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Bakery's Bicycle

In the earlier planning phases of my bakery, I knew I wanted a bicycle outside the door with a wicker basket loaded with baked goods.  I've been searching for the perfect bicycle ever since, and to date have not found anything in the right size, look, and price point.  Recently I purchased this white metal bicycle that was the right size and price, but that was about it.  Now I had to turn it into the bicycle that I envisioned for the storefront.

Sorry I can't find the picture of the bicycle before I started to paint it, so I had to use the picture from the retailer's web site.  You can see it's just a basic piece of white metal miniatures.

I found this picture on the intranet and it was my inspiration for the bicycle I actually wanted for my bakery scene.

So I sprayed my entire bicycle with a metallic paint and then added in the green and black shades afterwards.  Then I added some antiquing and rust, and this was the end results.

Once I photographed it, I realized it still wasn't quite the look I was after, I wanted a wicker basket.  I had two choices, I could cut off the wire basket and weave a wicker basket, or I could use the metal basket already in place and weave waxed cord through the existing framework.  I went with the second choice, but I had to add a few more wires, because there were no wires in the corners of the existing basket.  At any rate, four hours later, and cramped fingers and elbows, this is the end result!

Now I have to load up the basket and the back shelf and the bicycle is ready to go.  I'm pleased with the end results.  Now it's back to flower making for the shed.

Thank you to the new followers for taking an interest, I am getting very close to 200 followers which is amazing since I was an absentee blogger for the past year.

It's back to work tomorrow, so hopefully I can continue more mini making and blogging in the evenings.

Until next time...



Drora's minimundo said...

You did a splendid job with the bycicles. The woven basket is wonderful.
Hugs, Drora

Obscure Creations said...

I love the colours you chose - simply perfect with a well-loved feel.


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otterine said...

Fantastic transformation! :D

Lucille said...

Hi Wanda! I'm so amazed at what you have done with this plain white metal bike. The paint job is super. It's aged to perfection and that little basket is so well made. Isn't it amazing, though, the amount of time involved in fabricating such a small piece as that little basket?!! This is a super job!

Lainie said...

I think it's wonderful! I love it!

Margaret said...

I really love what you have done with the white wire, what a transformation. I want a bike outside my shop also and nearly bought a white wire one at the recent fair. I might give it a try myself, love your wicker basket.

Pepper said...

I think you've nailed it =0)
*high five*

Ascension said...

Has hecho un envejecido perfecto, me encanta como te ha quedado, genial.
besitos ascension

Kathi said...

It's perfect! Love what you've done!

Norma said...

Oh my goodness! It's amazing!! I've got a black one in my stash and you've really motivated me to get onto it. If it turns half as well I'll be happy.

Chris P's Minis and More said...

wow what a transformation Great job on this!!!