Friday, December 27, 2013

Details Into the Barber Shop...

So, I said I would do a Christmas post.... but I have over 400 pictures to sift through.  HA!  James got me a remote for it this year, so I went a little nutso with it.  Anyway, I am so scattered this season with this year being soooooooo hectic.... Emotional turmoil started it, a huge job opportunity over the summer, vacation with the kids, financial woes, two contests... and that's just the tip of it!!!

Anyway, James also got me an external hard drive, so I snagged all the pictures from the computer and can now show you detail shots from the barber shop!!!  As emotional as this build was, and as critical as I was of myself, I absolutely ADORE this build.

Let's do a little walk through.... These are in no particular order... because that's how I roll.  :)  All the pictures are clickable to see a larger one!

The attic.  The attic is made up of scrap wood boards from the Spring Fling kit.  The roof parts were cut down to make a mansard roof (like on our real life building) and then the inside was painted Coffee Brown by Americana.  The top portion is foam core board, and I left the inside white to reflect light better.  There is no lighting up here!  Accurate to history, the attic is insulated with sawdust and shredded paper.  They also used hair, but I think there is a line that I do not want to cross there...  ;)  

In the very last moments of construction, I made tiny mice to go in the attic.  These came about because some of the painted sand fell into the attic and looked a bit like mouse droppings.... apparently, I'm okay with this line.  HA!

I scoured the internet and library for the fronts of Time Magazine... the only 'zine I think you would find in a male dominated shop of the '20's.  Now, they are all from different years, but still pretty cool.  The table is scratch built and the two pieces of paper on the far right are real ads from the time for hair tonic and shaving cream.

Chrysynbon clock and phone kits.  This sort of clock was traditional to the time period, but barbers would also have the face of the clock inverted so that time would be seen correctly in a mirror!

There are several vintage items throughout our RL shop, and the one most frequently seen is a fishing pole and fishing gear.  This is the one item that is probably NOT time period correct, but placed the directly in memorial of our loved one.  The photo's are from the 1920's.  The street actually from here in FL somewhere, but not sure where.  The coat rack is from the same kit as the clock and phone.  The window frame is made from layers of mat board glued together.

A vintage sanitizing station!  Clipper oil and talcum powder up top, along with a shave mug and brush.  Scissors and comb go in the sanitizing area, awaiting the next customer.  Oops!  Two lights are out on the vanity!  Must ad light bulbs to the list for the trip to the General Store.

Vintage haircut chart and time accurate prices!  Wish I could get my hair cut for under a buck now!!
The hat and coat are just shaped pieces of grey fabric that I put up there at the last minute.  I wanted a scarf, too, but time crunches got me!

I LOVE the color pallet I chose here.  It looks so timely.  And the warm glow cast from the lights makes it seem cozy and comforting.

A broom and a mop and a dust pan full of hair!  The dust pan is made from paper and a toothpick and the hair is cut from a water color brush. :)

A scratch built shoe shine station with real leather seats and backing.  What a pain to build, but oh so very worth it.  The papers in the seat were found online and at the library.  They are famous headline from the 20's.... Wallstreet crash, prohibition and Capone arrested.  :)

Another angle of the counter filled with goodies.

Probably one of my favorite things to build in the bunch!  This towel steamer is made from card stock, a faucet and two button maker caps. All assembled and then painted with Crown Jewels high pigment silver paint.

These vintage sinks were found on ebay and to my extreme luck, I even found 3!!!!  They are heavy though!  Very solid.  The tools on the sinks are laser cut metal that I painted.  They were originally in brass.

Wanted!  Prohibition breaking scum!  The coach lights on either side of the door are accurate to our RL building, thought I left them in brass to be accurate to the time.

The wrought iron decor in front of the windows is also accurate to our building.  It is just now occurring to me that I forgot  to paint off the plasticy sheen on them though.....

The leaves are from a mini garland.  I  just rubbed them off and let them fall where they may.  The whole drive area was constructed out of wood putty that I sculpted and manipulated to look like tons of mud and grime over herringbone brick road.  Also, I used coats of Triple Thick in areas to look like puddles!

I love shots like this.
Barber chairs, in all their glory!!
And that's all there is to it. I think I have a few shots of the 'work in progress' that I can share later on.  Hope you all had a marvelous Christmas holiday.  :)


  1. This barber shop looks absolutely fantastic!! You did a really good job with it!!!

  2. There are so many incredible details in your project. Thank you for the very informative walk through - & history lesson ;) Fantastic work!

  3. Hello from Spain: this hairdresser is fabulous. Your thumbnails are perfect. Great job. Keep in touch

  4. This is such a fabulous project Lyssa - inside and out, full of details of the period. It takes you back in time. The colours make it very warm and cosy and provides it with a lovely atmosphere. You could just imagine gentlemen getting out of the winter cold to have a haircut and a chat with the barber.

  5. Such a wonderful build, every corner has a interesting tale. Perfect!

  6. It's a fascinating little place! I love your work! It must have been very challenging to get through all that you have accomplished here! This is no small feat!

  7. I love the coat and hat!!! :D I never got around to adding those. It's a marvelous build, my friend!

  8. I love this build! It is all so wonderful!!!

  9. I love this build! It is all so wonderful!!!


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