When I purchased the walnut cleats from the Italian mini shop, I also purchased some small barrels that I wanted to use in the storage area of the kitchen. I wanted the barrels to contain some things that were common use but also unique. I found some pictures of some pretty cool barrels for miso (a kind of soy paste used in cooking) and a Japanese whisky (altho not the one that has been in the news recently). It seems odd but this whisky brand has been around quite a while and perhaps the inn would have a barrel or two for their VIP guests.
First I found some labels that could be transferred to the barrels. Next was finding the best medium for transferring them. I printed the labels out on paper and a transparency both on the laser printer and the inkjet and set about making some tests. All the tutorials I read required certain solvents (Citra Solv which I have no idea what that is and it’s not available in Italy, acetone, etc) or products like Modge Podge which are not available here either. So in reading the tutorials on how to transfer, the only thing that stuck with me is what can dissolve the printer ink onto a porous surface. I tried printing off my laser printer onto paper then placing the image on the wood and wetting the paper with acetone, then rubbing. Wrong. Not even one small bit of toner ink came off. So that failed. I then tried using the acetone on the surface and trying to transfer the toner ink from a transparency - nothing. So my toner ink is pretty non soluble.
Next was testing the inkjet on the transparency.
|Printing on a transparency.|
|You can barely make out the label...|
|The miso label was a little better on a dry surface|
|Inspiration - miso barrell with stones on top.|
|Inspiration - Miso paste|
|My mini version of both.|
|Inspiration from Nikka Whisky|
|Adding the obijime.|
|Water filled buckets for the spa.|
|The shower drain with a small bench.|
|Buckets filled and non filled for the spa.|
|Two fire fighting water buckets and the red used sake bucket.|
|Whisky, soy and miso barrels in the storage space.|
|Buckets placed in the spa.|
|Miso paste barrel in place and water bucket at the far right.|
|Manger buckets will become tubs in my house.|
Happy Thanksgiving to all my family and friends and remember to appreciate your loved ones at least one day out of the year. Eat turkey. Be Happy!!
|Super cute pie miniature you can find on Etsy.|