Sunday, 30 September 2012

Beds for Brambly Houses

Well Autumn has finally arrived and the winds have a chilly bite when gardening so rather than plant bulbs and clear up I've huddled indoors and thought I could update the blog.

The first trials of the beds for the little houses have been made using a variety of materials including printies. Three of these will be used in the houses but it was definately interesting to try different ways of doing things. Each of these beds are just over 1/2 inch in length.

Also for my own fun I have tried having a go with making tiny mice for the homes based on the books and here are the first three attempts. Poor Primrose in the middle had one of her ears squashed when I replaced a rather thicker tail for a smaller one, I didn't notice until I took the photo, she is fine now all pristine with two perky ears. Their little arms and tails are poseable and all I will say is a big thank you to whoever evented tweezers. You can see how tiny they are, if I'd pushed the mice together they would have fitted in-between the inch marker on the rulers.

I'm now going to try some other pieces out to fill the little 'balls' with and hopefully keep my sanity.

Will keep you updated with progress. Happy mini-ing and hugs.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Brambly Hedge continues

Well I've certain fallen in love with these tiny houses and couldn't resist having more goes with slightly different materials. Still no furniture but ..... I'll get there. These tiny things have been put together with lots of photos as a tutorial for making and hopefully will be launched soon in one of my groups or if all else fails here in the blog.

The picture on the left is another ground based house and actually has more flowers but I haven't taken photos yet.

The next two pictures are of my favourite one a full length one and a close up, it appears so light and airy. They are definately fiddly but so much fun, and although the tutorials will include some furniture can certainly use some of the great kits on the market.


Will show again when I am near completion, the picture on the left is the inspiration for these tiny homes and can be found in The Autumn Story.     
This is the Brambly Hedge website http://www.bramblyhedge.co.uk/ and a search of Google images will delight no end.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Brambly Hedge and tiny scales.

In my last post I hinted at an idea for 1-144 scale and here is a preview of an almost finished little mouse house which is based on the Brambly Hedge book Autumn Story.  To give an idea of the size the base is 2 1/2 inches diameter.

I bought the whole compendium of books for a nominal amount and the pictures are just wonderful - mind you they might be written for children but I did enjoy the stories at bedtime too :)

The next stage will be the furniture and I need to design and make a 4 poster bed and table and chairs, now this should be interesting.

I still need to finish so many pieces and my UFO section is definately multiplying without even trying and my pack rat tendencies are not improving with age a real clear out is called for.

Just a short post I know and apologies, but showing glue drying is not really the best of interests, in the meantime all do all take care.

Do click on the AIM magazine picture the new one is just out, lots of ideas there.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

A Forest Room

A one on one swap with a forest theme, gave me the chance to try a room made with predominantly natural items. The following photos are the end result of something I thoroughly enjoyed making and for a first attempt with this type of media I can honestly say I'm hooked, this has been done 1:48 scale and I will be trying out more.

The ruler in the above picture gives an idea of the scale, the tiny bath up the stairs is an acorn cut in half and the inner seed/nut removed, very fragile when acorn is this dry. The tiny lamp actually lights over the acorn cup sink.

This picture shows the stairs to the bath, they look like fungi, but are actually wood that has been cut rather like sharpening a pencil creating those curly pieces, some parts are dried pieces of plants.

The floor is cork tile cut to shape, the little table and stools twigs and slice of broom handle, as is the support for the acorn sink which was shaped. Next to the acorn sink is a tiny bottle and a teeny shell for a soap dish. The background is bark and then I played with different pieces and have so many ideas for the future. It is definately worth playing just let your mind wander into fairy land.

The last picture is one taken from above showing the milky bath water with floating flowers, the tiny blue bath sponge a mini pompom and a dried seed head for the shower.

The little bed is made from twigs with a flat piece of wood for base covered in railway grass mat, its little flowers are a mixture of dried flowers from my garden tinged with blue acrylic paint and flowersoft, with a tiny plastic white flower for the extra pillow.

So next time you are out look at the leaves, twigs and interesting shells along the beach think about creating your own lovely scene, but also remember the dried flower pieces in florists and department stores, can also be used.

I'm now experimenting with a 1-144 item that blends natural and man made so watch this space - honest will own up if I fail LOL.

Happy miniaturing to you all.


Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Autumn is arriving fast

The sun was shining, the sky was that great blue of late summer and it felt warm when protected from  a cool northly breeze. After a morning of chores and working in the garden - do so hate rampant weeds, it was time for some relaxing time away from all thoughts of what I should be doing. So with camera in hand a bag to collect any great specimens suitable for minis - now you don't think I'd forget minis - not a chance, it was a leisurely stroll to the woods. This time to the far side, where woodland ended and as you can see harvested farm fields and then the scrublands of the coast with the sea on the horizon, just stunning, about a mile away but too lazy to try this for walking.
Once the noisy families with children excited about dragonflies of which there were millions, if only they had stood still they would have found that they land on you - peace descended.  Did manage to get some pictures but would the big blue ones stay still long enough to be photographed, well what do you think LOL, they flitter all over the place and the amazing thing is how silent they are, and no photo really shows the irridescence of their wings, they are like tumbling jewels in flight.
Squirrels came out and played among the trees and a woodpecker was drumming away, then a loud chattering started from a jay and little birds dived for cover and overhead a large bird of prey - not sure if the buzzard or sparrowhawk -  swooped looking for food, this time the silence in the woods was tangible as everything held its breath until the bird had gone. You know when because the rustling of movement and the odd call can be heard and it doesn't feel so tense.
The beginning of Autumn has started, puff balls and other small fungi are carpeting the floor of the forest, some trees like the birch are beginning to loose their leaves and the greens are far darker and heavier looking as the autumn colours start working on them. Blackberries are ripening and the hawthorn berries are abundant, but acorns couldn't find one, mind you didn't see any chestnuts sweet or otherwise, not sure if it is our wet summer or that the inhabitants of the wood have eaten them early due to lack of other food, but will keep checking back, most strange.
Did find some dried grasses and roots that could be good for miniatures hopefully will be trying them out soon and some other plant material that will need drying out for mini scenes, the roots would make fantastic trees.
Well off back to minis and chores, take care and enjoy life.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Quarter Scale Challenges

Last weekend the subject of the 1920s Safari Camp was being discussed in our group. (If you want an idea of what the safari tent is based on Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp - the link appears broken at the moment maybe they are updating)

The idea of a shower - the kind with a bucket reminiscent of all those old war films springs to mind which led on as subjects do to "the necessary" or "privy". It was decided it would look funny if a monkey was peering in from the top, which naturally being of warped sense of humour led to the idea of a monkey with a stolen camera and a challenge was born for a giggle.

For the first time I created a monkey, he was small as you can see sitting on the ruler, and he was also the first attempt at flocking. Tips given afterwards were paint him the colour you will be flocking then bald patches don't show, but I did find that you can add more flocking by painting on watered down glue and using tweezers so most bald patches disappear and his chest area is a lighter colour anyway so they are not missed bits, but pale flocking.

Oh what is he made from?  Well polymer clay and wire to support also helps by having something to hold onto whilst making and he was fired in stages 5 or 10 minutes and then adding another limb etc.  By the time I'd finished I'd totally forgot about the camera oops! The other monkey was posted along with this one in the group and mine looked gi-normous, the other monkey perched on the privy with camera was about 1/4 inch tall. Mine was more of gorilla in size - remembering this is quarter scale, even 1/2 inch = 2 feet, so as cute as he was just toooooo big. (Maybe give him to Fingal to play with should make for some interesting stories).  Another attempt was made this one was about half the size, but with such a grumpy face the camera went out of focus whenever I tried to take a picture - no you are not blaming me. So a third and final attempt was made and son of monkey arrived now this little character is 3/8 inch tall and less than 1/4 inch wide so much more in scale - did you notice still forgot camera and I'm also off monkeys.

But that wasn't the weekend over I was determined to try and do a 3-tiered wedding cake, now I knew these cakes would be a little large but they are not out of scale, just think really big weddings and lots of money spent. The first one attempted was a square one and boy do I love my tweezers, the flat shovel ones for holding gently and the pointy curves ones for sticking things on.

Each rose is made from polymer clay and the photo below shows just how tall the cake is, under 3/4 inch. I also tried a round one but as is typical murphy's law, all the round craft punches, needed to make the silver cake boards, bar one were the wrong size, so now on order and hopefully with me next week.


Maybe these or similar will turn up in the next Shelly's Online Show, but that is not until March next year so plenty of time to practice.

Hopefully at the next show will introduce some 1:24 scale food and items too.

In the meantime I'm off to cause more mini mayhem, so all look after yourselves until next time.