Vintage Iron & Wood Miniature Tricycle

I saw this adorable Vintage Iron and Wood Miniature Tricycle at a local thrift store.  It was a little banged up and missing a seat. I excitedly ran over to show Mr. Frugalista and he looked at me as if I was nuts!

The first thing I did when I got home was an online search and discovered this little fella is a collectible that sells anywhere between $40.00 and up. So take that Mr. Frugalista!

Miniature Iron and wood tricycle

Here's what it looked like when I brought it home...

The first thing I did was give it a fresh coat of flat black spray paint. Then I painted the wooden handles with "tricycle red" milk paint and the color just popped after I applied a coat of beeswax.

Miniature vintage iron and wood tricycle basket

I couldn't find a miniature basket that I liked so I decided to make my own. Mr. Frugalista brought home a small sample of wire mesh that the company he works for manufactures. It was perfect! Hands were harmed in the making of this basket.

So what the heck does a picture of Sculpey™ Clay have to do with a bike you ask?

The original seat was probably wood but I decided to bring out my inner Sculptor and make one out of Sculpey™ Baking Clay. Once cooled I painted it as well in "tricycle red" milk paint. I attached the seat using E6000 adhesive and clamps and let it cure overnight.

Miniature vintage iron and wood tricycle with sculpted seat

Okay, so I'm a novice Sculptor but hey, the bike now has a seat!

Miniature vintage iron and wood tricycle

The intent when purchasing it was to sell it in my Etsy Shop but I've grown kind of attached to it.  At 8 1/2" tall and 7 1/2" wide it's perfect for a bookcase vignette.