|1:12 camisole and bloomers reverse.|
Monday, 5 November 2012
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
1:12 sofa made from wood, dowel, fabric (Brodnax prints - Oakwood cotton), felt and padding. Another miniature project that has been lying around for months. The design is based on a Howard and Sons sofa of the Edwardian period. The feet are only temporary, they are much too bulky. Either I buy a lathe and make them myself, or commission someone to do it for me. The sofa was quite tricky to make. Whilst the base was quite simple to make, I had to make it smaller to compensate for the padding and fabric which would add bulk. Then the upholstering, which I can't even begin to explain without a lot of pictures and diagrams etc... I regret not doing that, but I was too busy making it. Definitely a learning experience, this one.. I hadn't remembered to keep the fabric lined up with the base and the back, that was a complete fluke, very lucky, as the fabric was £10 with very little there for error.
|I used a piece of formed wire under the fabric, to clamp the fabric around the arm, and to prevent uneven bunching. The side piece is slightly too long, but this mistake isn't too noticeable, I hope.|
|Quite a deep sofa, plenty of room for cushions and throws and hopefully, miniature cats.|
|Finally getting somewhere. I think I have about 15000 stitches left to go!|
|Christmas Wreath. Etched brass "Ivy" from PPD ltd. Each leaf was bent into shape with tweezers, painted with water paints, then lightly varnished and bent around a small brass hoop, and held in place with wire.|
Sunday, 2 September 2012
|And the jars are painted, varnished and ready to be placed, placed where though, Im not sure.|
|And my break from this, didn't last long. Comparing to the last photo I took of it, Im slightly shocked it hasn't changed much, after the hours I put into it. This is going to take a very long time.|
Friday, 17 August 2012
After looking at a lot of antique butcher's blocks online, I liked those with the brackets and those with the bolts, so I came up with this version, incorporating both. I made the block from scraps of wood, cut into small pieces, glued and layered in a brick pattern, which I then sanded down to "wear" the surface, as well as score it . The bolts are made from pin heads, small bead caps and round discs of metal ( which came from an old broken mobile phone I took apart years ago) and bought brass nails. The brackets are made from a thin tarnished metal sheet, cut and bent to size, with punched holes for the nails. The legs I bought, and the rest is made up with scraps of wood. I don't know the name of the company that made the hen, it may be Falcon, it was bought along time ago, and I don't see it online.
|Butchers block with the oblivous pet Hen. The block is only for vegetables!!|
|Authentic brick pattern. Only took a day and a half to make this alone......|
|In situ, filling the gap between the cooker and sink. Cooker and pump are Phoenix miniature kits. Clothes airer is by Black Country miniatures.|
|Whisk experiments using wire, jewellery findings and model ship parts (wood). And superglue.|
|Paper jugs unpainted (2 pence for scale). Though I think the two on the left are quite convincing as they are. I got the idea for making jugs out of paper after seeing this tutorial online, though I used scrap paper instead of quilling paper, as I have yet to buy that... http://1inchminisbykris.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/How%20to%20make%20paper%20pottery|
Also its a fantastic blog for budget miniaturists, tips and techniques.
I would like to put up a photograph of my needlepoint rug progress, but it was taking over my life, nothing else 1:12th related was happening, so I have taken a break from it, hence no progress of that...
Thursday, 2 August 2012
|Rug progress, this week. When I finish this rug, I will be able to look back on all its photos with horror at the time it has taken to do. And then start another one, as petit point makes really convincing 1:12 rugs.|
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Not much has happened since I last posted and I went on a last minute holiday for 2 weeks, so everything has been neglected. The rug isn't even half finished, and I have been obsessively working on that mostly. Though I did find time to fiddle about with the windows on the front of the house. Currently waiting for a piece of fabric to arrive, so I can get started upholstering my sofa, which has been sitting about in pieces. So hopefully, that will be the my next entry, as anyone who has done needlepoint will know, a few days of work doesn't look like much, I have lost count of the days spent so far...
|Windowsills are made with balsa wood and dowelling, upper portico is made with an old piece of coving that came free with the dollshouse, many years ago. Bit of filling in and painting still to do.|
Saturday, 23 June 2012
|And this is the bowl in its final shape.|
|As an afterthought, I added a tiny ball chain to the top of the wrap, so there are a few gaps here and there, where it wouldn't fit because of the wrap. That's what happens when you do things on the hoof, and it will forever annoy me.|
|Half finished. Because the reupholstery is done in specific stages, I can't fix the side panels, until the front legs are in, so this will be sitting on a crate, until I can find the right legs for it. For now it is shabby chic.|
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Two pieces I have had in the works for months. And they still aren't completely finished.
|Dressing table drawer handle, made with a brass picture nail, with a tiny bead cap superglued on top, with the head of a tiny pin superglued on top of that. A hold your breath moment setting that in place.|
|It is a really dull day today, it usually is. I don't like using flash in the dollshouse, but I had no choice, I wanted this photo for the records. Picture on Phoenix "Wilkswood" fireplace, is a Canadian stamp.|
|Birds eye view of the sink. Shell soap dish, is a jewellery finding pushed into the clay and painted . Plug hole is a brass wheel (model ship part) with a washer on top. No plug for it yet!|
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
I don't intend to have a nursery in my dollshouse, so this will be on show as a vintage ornament. I really like the donkey pull toy in one of my family photographs, so decided to make a miniature one for the house. Didn't quite manage to get the ears and the legs as fine as I would have liked. The donkey is made from fimo, over a tiny wire armature, then flocked with finely cut wool. I used crochet thread for the bridle, reins and edging on the leather saddle, which is all held in place with dots of superglue and pva glue. The wooden base was an offcut, and the wheels are one side of a snap button with the centre filed down to make a hole, a pin then inserted, with the remainder of the pin glued into a small piece of brass tubing acting as the axle.
|My great aunt Rita Lynas circa 1905|
|Close up of the pull toy used as a photograph prop.|
|4cm high and 3.3 cm long. Actually donkey alone is 3.5cm high. £1 coin for scale.|
|I put a dot of nail varnish on the eye to give the impression of glass eyes. Very hard to see in photographs.|