Wednesday, June 3, 2009

New Micro Project in Pocket Watch

I watched The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe the other night. I really loved C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia and was reluctant to watch the movie for just that reason. Film adaptations of books (particularly children's books) seem to always butcher the storyline, turning complex character struggles into simplistic battles between good and evil. But the movie wasn't nearly as bad as I was anticipating. In fact, it got me thinking about making a Narnia scene in miniature. I've had this pocket watch lying around for awhile, and it turned out to have just enough space to show that first meeting of Lucy and Mr. Tumnus.
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.
Lucy has tissue paper clothing and bunka hair.

Here they are together!


  1. Just incredible! I know people carve things out of toothpicks, but I've never been able to figure out how they do it. What sorts of tools do you use? The end result is darling.

    I've always been a huge fan of the Chronicles of Narnia, too, and was also pleasantly surprised by the movies. Do you think you'll create any other Narnia scenes?

  2. I'm not planning to do any more Narnia scenes for a while (this was really just a quick side project) but I have a few ideas still kicking around, so who knows. I'd love to do something with the wardrobe, and/or all four of the Pevensies someday.
    Lucy and Tumnus are actualy quite simple to make. I just used an x-acto knife to roughly shape their bodies, glued on the arms and then dressed them in tissue paper. I've seen some really amazing tooth pick carvings done by masters, but unfortunately, I still have a long way to go!

  3. Oh, how wonderful! You really have a talent for taking on something so small! By eyes would be glazed over!

    Well done and thank you for sharing!