Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Here's a quick shot of my dollhouse kitchen. My mom loves miniature kitchens so she had a lot to say about everything that went in this room. The walls are covered in bead board below the plate rail. For some reason, family members who are not at all interested in miniatures like the plates, so many were gifts. A few of the molds came from my mother or grandmother's childhood dollhouse. I got to go through everything a couple of years ago, and it was really fun to see everything and hear the stories.The orange thing on the back wall (between the window and hutch) is silly. I fell in love with a hand painted Natasha salt box at one of the local shops, when I was seven or eight. It was far too expensive for me, but I played around and made a (out of scale) mock-up out of index card and printed paper a few years later. I've thought about taking it out, or even replacing it with a better version, but I doubt I ever will.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
This vase of flowers was one of the last I tried. I'd love to try portraits, but I don't think that I'll be able to get enough detail to make them look right. I'd also love to try micro oil paintings, but am worried that the paint will be too clumsy in this tiny scale. Does anyone have any tips or tricks for small scale oil painting?
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I started out just trying to make a doll that looked like Jack Sparrow. I'm not fond of dressing dolls, so I took far too many shortcuts with him. I used an inexpensive Town Square doll ($10). I stripped the doll down (using nail polish remover to remove the painted features), and then went to work.
I repainted his features with acrylics, re-dressed him, and wigged him. His beard and moustache were a bit of a challenge,but I'm quite happy. His clothing on the other hand was a rushed job, so I'll continue to fiddle with it. Jack was holding a rum bottle, which helped disguise his clumsy hands, but he seems to have dropped it!
I found the boat at my local dollhouse shop for $12, and knew that it would be perfect for Jack. I did a lot of sanding, painting, and even burning to age it, but I'm just glad I didn't have to build the boat! I even managed to add barnacles to the boat bottom, made from painted dollhouse gravel.
I also added props from the three movies to the boat. The original map was seemingly backed with thin wood. I used a heavily textured fabric instead. The pistol is a metal miniature that I adapted slightly and painted. I made the open compass (the black dot sitting on the map) from layers of card. There is also a piece of cursed "Aztec gold" on the map.
I had to make Jack's weather beaten leather hat as well. I'd never made a pirate hat, or a hat from leather before, so I didn't really know what I was doing. I just kept fiddling until it looked right, and bugging my brother (who loves vintage hats) for information. I set the boat on a (aged and distressed) frame from the thrift store to make a display base. Oddly enough, the resin for the "ocean" was the single most expensive part of the whole project, at $20 for the bottle. Altogether, I think I spent about $50 on this project. I've still got a few more touches to add (the sail is still a bit too new, and I'm dissatisfied with Jack's clothing) but I'll wait until I'm really in the mood to fix those things.
The gold "embroidery" on his jacket is really just gold nail polish. I used antique lace at his collar and cuffs.
He's not quite anatomically correct of course, since I started with a chimpanzee rather than a monkey, but I'm quite happy with him all the same.
I'll get pictures of the entire project up soon!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Mom bought lots of lace and trims...
and unfinished dolls from Ellen's World. This is my absolute favorite source for unfinished dolls, because she has so many to choose from, and I like the way that Ellen paints them (something I am VERY picky about).I only found one thing for my house, this tiny old plate from Lovely Things. It will go on my kitchen plate rail. The porcelain is so thin!
The tube has a very pretty cloisonne style flower, purple butterfly and the tiniest fairy. I love the colors- all pastel. In real life, it is very sparkly!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
So here are six miniature things that I like, in no particular order.
4. Miniatures that mimic real-life things I love. The top picture is a miniature copy of Renoir's painting, Girls in the Meadow, painted by Josephine Meyer . My grandmother has always had two copies of this painting hanging in her living room, one painted by my great-grandmother, and the other by my aunt.
The second picture is of my miniature dresden ballerina from Gobel. Behind it is my real dresden figurine.
Friday, June 5, 2009
The painting in the back left corner of the room was done by Josephine Meyers. It's copied from a Renoir painting, Girls in the Meadow. I always loved this painting, because my great grandmother and aunt both painted (large) copies, both of which hang in my grandmother's living room. Every time I went to her house as a little girl, I would stand in front of the paintings and just look at them. I love to have miniatures that are coppies of real-life things I love, because they have twice the meaning.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Sorry for the lack of clarity on the above picture. The glass front made the scene difficult to photograph. I used a very fine white glitter on the snow. The lantern is made of a few little plastic bits glued together.Both Mr. Tumnus and Lucy are carved out of toothpicks. I tried to stay true to the book's description, giving him a red scarf and black umbrella. He is carrying packages wrapped in brown paper. I nearly forgot his tail! Luckily, I remembered and was able to glue it on before I closed up the watch.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
The screen behind the chair has etched glass panels. My mom built it for me, several years ago, because we simply had to figure out how to display the panels. The shop that sold them (now out of business) only had these three left. There are two with urns and plants, while the center panel has a very intricate cherub design. If anyone knows who might have made these etched glass pieces, I'd love to know!
Mom also made the two ferns in this room.
The chandelier is from Mr. Kay. However, when I saw it in the room I thought it looked a bit bare, so I pulled the elastic out of a rhinestone bracelet and draped it evenly over the three arms.
I'm going to try to put up a few more photos of this room later.