Way Cool Miniatures

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I want to share some of the coolest minis I’ve found. The first is a box of Lord of the Rings books and maps in Spanish. I bought this from the artisan (who is from Spain) on an online sale that was chock full of wonderful things. I had to restrain myself.

(Señor Anillos means, in literal translation, “Ring Lord”)

The side of the box with the cast of the film version.

Inside are the three main books of the series (Fellowship; Two Towers; Return of the King), plus a secret drawer!

The books are printed throughout. This one is The Fellowship of the Ring.

Inside the secret drawer all all kinds of maps! There is one from the Hobbit and also the ones that lead to Mount Doom.

The craftsmanship on this set is wonderful. I first read The Lord of the Rings when I was about twelve, and nerded out on it big time.

This set satisfies both the nerd in me as well as the miniaturist. It really is beautiful.

Next is the Metamorphic Desk by Ferd Sobol.

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Backing up–When I went to Europe a couple years ago, one reason I booked the trip we did was because it ended in Basel, giving me a day of free time to go to the Miniature Museum there. (I know how to plan…) I’ve posted photos of what I found there elsewhere (Basel Miniature Museum (Spielzeug Welten Museum)

There they displayed a metamorphic desk:

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I loved it! When I saw that Ferd Sobol had built one, I ordered one from him when I attended the Chicago show last year. He makes limited editions and I knew that when they were gone, they’d be gone and I’d regret it forever if I didn’t grab one, so I indulged. Hey, I work hard. I should have a beautiful desk, right?

Here it is in the left half of my Beacon Hill. The chair pulls out, the two halves slide open, and a drawer compartment pops up. (The drawer contains secret letters!)

I got to choose the wood, the inlay design, and the fabric for the chair.

You can see it a little better here, and below:

It’s beautiful, and the workmanship is superb (he is brilliant). Here’s a link to a video about the desk, from Ferd Sobol’s site–you can see it better than in my photos.

These two are so far my coolest minis. Both are displayed in the left half of the Beacon Hill, which is my “show house.”

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Beacon Hill, Left Side–Interior pretty much done!

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After taking a break from the Beacon Hill, I was inspired to go in and finish the left side’s interior furnishings. Except for the garage, I pretty much have it how I want it. Click photos for larger versions.

The first floor music room.

Second floor living room / study, with gorgeous desk by Ferd Sobol. I knew I’d kick myself for not getting this desk that I absolutely love, and I am so glad I went ahead and bought it. It’s amazing, and I’ll do a separate post on it.

The bedroom. The showpiece in this room is the bed by June Clinkscales. Isn’t that beautiful?

June also made the bed stairs, which I turned into a nightstand.

I filled this house with the beautiful things I’ve been collecting either at shows or through auctions. It’s my fancy house.

More shots below! Click for larger pictures.

Below is a cellarette by J. Guthiel and a Lord of the Rings kind of collection of books and maps in Spanish. I’ll put that in a separate post too. (Way Cool Miniatures)

One final thing I did is to use posts to support the side of the house that I cut away. These are Houseworks porch posts, painted and cut to fit.

As you can see, I have much more to do on the garage. I’m going for woodshop-y clutter. I’m looking for and collecting more tools and benches / shelving. The car is a little too small (I think it’s 1:18 scale), but I like Mustangs so I’ll try to make it work.

There we have it! I’ll do a future post on the right side of the house, which too is almost done.

More Nob Hill and Mini Framed Art tutorial

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Before I could put the roof on the Quarter-inch scale Nob Hill and hook up the electricity, I had to furnish the entire second floor.

I needed to finished the bathroom, bedroom, and room in the front–so here’s what I did.

Bedroom before I put the roof on.

Finished with roof and lights. You can see the front room, which I decided to keep simple, like an extension of the bedroom.

The bathroom is a kit created for this house by Suzanne and Andrew’s Minis. I added the towels, bottles, decals, and plants from my own stash and leftovers from other kits.

A peek at the bathroom through the window.

For the pictures: I search the net for vintage pictures or classic paintings and then size them for the house I need. I measure real pictures and posters and calculate the dimensions (easy for 1″ scale). These are quarter inch scale, and about 1″ x 3/4″ and 1″ x 1/2″.

I line these images up in a Word doc file (inserting each image and making columns), and then print on card stock using my color printer (when it has ink, which it usually doesn’t). I do many of these at a time and keep them in a folder. As you can see, I have more than one copy of the same picture, so if I mess it up, I have a second one handy.

For the frame, I cut pieces of molding that I’ve stained or painted. In this case, since it’s so small and informal, I cut straight pieces of 1/16 inch wood strips, stained them, and then glued them around the picture. For bigger pictures, I will use picture-frame molding and miter the corners or, even easier, buy a frame and size the picture to fit before I print it.

I glue the frames right to the cardstock and then cut it out with an X-acto knife.

This makes for quick and easy art to stick on the walls.

So now the Nob Hill has a roof and lights! Next, I need to furnish the downstairs.

Minis last month

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I haven’t posted a lot since Christmas, but I’ve been making minis. Mostly kits, as they are soothing after a hard day’s (week’s, month’s) work. As usual, click photos for larger pics.

What I’ve mostly been doing is decorating the interior of the Petalstone (1/4 inch scale), which is this house:

 

I’ve put together kits for the hall benches at both entrances:

Plus the dining room table and chairs:

In the attic is the writing nook. I am in awe of anyone who can design a 1/4″ scale computer and printer. I never would have thought of that!

The kit makes about 162 individual books. In 1/4″ scale. (Wow.) I have made about 90 of them. I’ll make the others when I can, and use them in other projects.

This is the conservatory kit: Potting benches, plants, plants, plants, pots, crates, etc.

We even have some gardening boots!

I had only planned to do the kits for the conservatory and writing nook (because I loved all the accessories), and then decided, what the heck. I’ll just do the kits for all the rooms.

This is a Robin Betterley house and room kits (Link in my sidebar under quarter inch scale).

I am, though, getting the hankering to do another Greenleaf kit that’s sitting in a box in my closet (the Westville; so much smaller than the Beacon Hill!). I’ll see.

Have a Merry, Mini Christmas!

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Christmas Projects!

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I finally have Christmas projects to post. I just finished up this one:

This is a kit, a one-inch scale peddler’s wagon. I put together the wagon and then all the little things that go in! The accessories kits make lots of stuff–I have plenty left over.

A shot from the front, with the seat. I can put a Bryer horse in front of this–I didn’t have room in the display area for him, but I’ll fix him up for when I put this on its permanent shelf after Christmas.

I’m displaying this on a hall tree with a mirror, so we can see both sides of the wagon.

The interior cubbies light up (LED lights and battery pack included with the kit).

Cubbies on the other side full of more stuff.

More goodies on top of the wagon. I especially like the kit with the stacking boxes–the boxes are finished inside and out and the lids close.

A cool thing about this wagon is that it works. Not only do the wheels turn, but the front wheels are steerable. This is the undercarriage as I was putting it together. The front axel is (will be) enclosed in a box that pivots on a screw. The green dowel already attached is where the harness traces go–turning those steers the wagon.

The finished undercarriage attached to the wagon.

In front you can see the green traces that attach to the front axel assembly.

I’m very pleased with how the wagon turned out. When I get the harness done and the horse hitched up, I’ll post more pics.

I got the kit and accessories here: https://www.robinbetterley.com/collections/the-merry-peddler

Have a merry, mini Christmas!

Nob Hill (Quarter Inch Scale Queen Anne Victorian)

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While I’ve been offline the last month or so, I completed another quarter-inch scale dollhouse (almost completed, that is). This is the Nob Hill from Suzanne and Andrew’s Miniatures (click photos for larger versions):

This cute little house caught my eye when I saw in on Suzanne and Andrew’s website a while back. They made a limited number of these (I believe) and have since discontinued it (it was available for a very short time only).

I liked the colors and especially the tower! The tower is 3D printed out of resin–I added the paint. The detail is amazing.

I couldn’t really see the interior on the website, but when I started to put the house together, I really liked it too. It’s done in Arts and Crafts style and colors, with the doors, wallpaper, flooring, windows, and transoms with stained glass included.

The house is open on the right and left sides, rather than back or front, so the rooms can have a more realistic placement.

Entrance hall with stairs. The open door leads to the living room. Closed door on left leads to the kitchen.

This will be the kitchen, in the back of the house. The door facing us leads to the dining room. Door on right to entrance hall.

The living room with front picture window. Open door leads to entrance hall.

The Dining Room (or I might make it a second parlor or a music room). I like the wide Arts and Crafts / Art Nouveau room divider.

The living / dining side of the house.

Upstairs, seen through the back, is a large room (bedroom), with a smaller room in front of it (with the windows) and a room on the left, which will be the bathroom.

You can see  by the dangling wires and gaps in the walls that I’m not finished yet. I have to furnish the top front room before I glue on the roof and connect up the wires. I’ve been busy making structures, not furniture, but I’ll have to switch gears before long and furnish these houses!

When I get this furnished and lighted, I’ll do another post.

I’m really enjoying smaller, quicker projects after two years on the Beacon Hill!

I have more kits to put together, then I want to start designing some small houses and room boxes to showcase some furniture and things without homes.

Happy Mini-ing!

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