In 2009 I decided to build a 12th scale pub to house a collection of action figures owned by my Husband. By 2010, frustrated by the lack of contemporary miniatures available, I began making the accessories I needed to furnish the pub. This blog chronicals everything I make and how I make them.
For the last couple of weeks, I've dedicated some time to my life-size garden. It's something I've neglected in favour of miniature making and an area that really needed improving. Since my house faces North-East, the light is poor and prone to strong winds from the coast.
I opted for fake lawn, (which looks amazingly realistic and has won many awards at the RHS Chelsea Show ), and a good dollop of advice from my neighbour who knows all there is to know about plants. The turf was removed just before I went on holiday.
Almost four weeks of back-breaking work later
I can't relax for long though because there's miniature news on the horizon. I've decided to take the plunge and exhibit at the York Dollhouse Fair in November
Big news, huh? But it gets better. Sarah from Amber's House is coming to stay with me and will be at the fair too! How cool is that?! I think we're both excited and terrified in equal measures! I better get making Have a lovely weekend all Pepper :)
I've done very little mini making over the last couple of weeks. But I thought I'd post a 'what I've been up to' before I head off to the US of A tomorrow.
The Gothic Manor is inching at glacial pace towards being weather tight. I designed a pair of double doors which incorporate the same Gothic tracery that appears on other parts of the building, in the hope that it will bring it all together.
I can't decide how to finish them - paint, stain, weather them down. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated! As you can see, the stonework is the same as it was last year. In true miniaturist fashion, I can't work out how to make the colour more realistic so have avoided it like a plague :P
The other couple of things I've done were done a couple of months ago but again, in true miniaturist fashion, my short concentration span had me wandering off to something new.
I'm keen to experiment with mobile furniture. As such I had some simple caster wheel brackets etched at PPD Ltd who, I have to say, have been immensely patient with me. It seems every new venture means another piece of software I have to learn O-0
What I like about them is that they actually move, as long as you glue the pin and not the bracket onto the furniture.
WEEeeeeeeeeee. I spent more time pushing it across the table than I did making it :D
The second thing I tried were milk crates. I loved Kats post from the MET mini show. One of her purchases were super realistic milk crates by Keenderson Miniatures I have to say I'm in no way adverse to paying for well made miniatures. The thing that deters me from buying from abroad is the shipping you pay on top. For us Brits, anything over £15 incurs an import tax which can easily mount up. So I found the size of a regular old milk crate, resized it and made a file to cut on the laser.
Hmm, it just occured to me that many of you have Cricut machines...is there any interest in me adding SVG files to this blog to download? These crates could be made with mountboard. In fact most of the things I make could be cut since I primarily use 1.5mm materials. Let me know in the comments if it would be useful to anyone.
I'll say bye for now and see you in three weeks. Have a lovely weekend all Pepper :)