Artist’s Loft

Last year at the Chicago show, I made this one-inch scale artist’s loft in a class. The basic box had been built for us, and then we learned faux bricks, aging techniques, lighting, and how to make the mullions for the window (much harder than it appears, because you have to cut subtle angles to compensate for the slant of the window).

I filled the box with odds and ends minis I’ve collected over the years.

The painting (which I did not paint, but it’s an oil painting), is of a bouquet of roses and a cup of tea. I just happened to have a bouquet of roses in a vase and a cup of tea. Instant still life.

You can see the faux brickwork here (made of cork). I aged and stained the table (from Hobby Builders Supply) and added art accessories I’ve been collecting (from Etsy and shows). The drafting triangles and cutting mat (on bottom shelf) are by an artist from Mexico who does fabulous work.

Corner filled with odds and ends. The chair is a commercial one I’d aged for another project. The trunk is a kit.

I chose the wallpaper from scraps provided in the class–I’m saying it’s a woman artist in the loft, and she painted the wallpaper herself.

Behind the scenes: The window is lit up with an LED strip of white or “outdoor” light. The wires from the closet light (an incandescent bulb) join the LED wires into the tape wire. The blocks under the window are pieces of scrap wood glued down for extra support for the window wall.

A good class, not too hard (though time-consuming, one and a half days), but i had a nice piece, mostly finished by the end. I fixed it up with my stuff, and recently repaired the wiring (which had come apart during transport).

It looks nice sitting on the fireplace mantel in my living room.

 

Mini Show 2019

As usual I went to the Small World Miniature Club show and sale this year, and as usual, found some cool exhibits to photograph (and bought too much, also as usual).

I thought this room in a microscope was a great idea!

I love the unusual room box.

Below: Nice Microscale house.

I love this Victorian house. I think it’s 1/4″ scale.

Another lovely smaller scale house.

Nice vignette.

House on stilts.

Haunted house: Note the skeletal hand in the window.

I have a thing for grungy bathrooms, unless it’s one I’m using.

Front and back of a cart–so pretty!

Love this scene of little boys building a plane out of crates. “Girls Keep Out!”

This is “Fox and a Hen House” by Connie Sauve. She is amazing!

  

And there’s the fox …

Another house by Connie.

I love looking at everyone’s minis. We all come up with different things–the creativity inspires me.

I bought a few fun things that I’ll post when I get everything sorted out.

Christmas Projects!

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!

Moving and Mini Show

I haven’t posted a lot lately, because I’m getting ready to move! Not far, but that means packing up all my minis and transporting them a few miles. I’m sweating.

Meanwhile, our local mini club had their annual show and sale. I shopped! Found some lovely things as well as practical ones. I highly recommend the Small World Mini Show in Phoenix.

Enjoy some photos I snapped of the exhibits. These are from local miniaturists.

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Quarter inch scale–taking a break

Taking a break from dollhouse building to indulge in this cute kit from Robin Betterley. I intended to buy the “tin” only and decorate it myself, but I really liked the interior furnishing so I got those kits as well.

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The “tin” is made of wood, painted, and with art to look like a large spice tin.

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Everything comes with the kit–wallpaper, flooring, outside art, plus an LED light and battery box (with instructions) to light the tin’s interior.

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Tin lit up .

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This is one of the kits made for this tin. You get everything–hutch and chair and all the accessories (birdhouses, baskets, postcards, seed flat, etc), including a rug.

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The kit inside the tin.

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I have two more kits to put together to finish the inside. Any quarter-inch scale furnishing will fit, though, or it could be a display box for any kind of collection. Neat!

This kit is part of a line that looks like it will have a tin for each season. This one is May (Mayblossom Morning)–I liked the spring theme.

When I get the hankering to do the next two kits, I will and post the finished pics. For now, it’s time for the half-scale Bungalow, and to keep going on the one-inch scale garage.