Today I decided I needed a break from furniture. I always had the idea for making my own Daily Prophet on my to do list. Last evening I spent a few hours searching for things to put on the first page and deciding how to arrange everything. Although this is a first try I am very pleased with it. It's not an exact replica of the Daily Prophets found in the movies but I like it anyway. Now I can add to the list of things to make during the colder months when it won't be possible for me to make minis outside and I will need relatively dust free projects - making this newspaper was fun, will have to come up with some other versions of it.
The full front page I made. Although it's not much to show for 3 hours worth of work in designing it I like how it turned out.
A stack that would be perfect in Flourish and Blotts..... I made most of the papers folded and I have quite a few more..... anyone interested in a trade, hehehe.
And now my poor sculpting skills..... this mouse is so tiny I had to sculpt him on a 1 cent coin. In general I like how he turned out considering how small he is. In person he looks a lot better but the camera captures all the small imperfections since he's a few times bigger in the pictures. I think my camera is too good for taking shots of my poor clay creations, hehehe. I do have to colour the eyes black though. Perhaps I should buy some seed beads next time I go to the craft store and use those for eyes.... any other suggestions perhaps?
I just love this little one trying to crawl into the newspaper :) and best of all, no need to sculpt the whole mouse!
I do like how he turned out although he's not exactly realistic.... and way too big for 1/12 scale. But who says a witch can't have bigger mice, right?
I hope you all enjoyed reading about something other than my furniture.... I feel like all I've been making for the past couple of months (with the summer-long break) is furniture..... so it's been fun to make something else and not needing a plan and measuring everything three times.
Finally I had a couple of days for myself. And of course any mini addict knows that means working on your projects! The boys had some work to do on the house renovations and I couldn't help so I got a whole weekend of free time.
Although the weather wasn't all that good, it was unusually cold for this time of year (only 10 degrees outside!) I put on four layers of warm clothes and settled on the balcony. I didn't think that miniatures could be hazardous to my health, but I've been proven otherwise. Although I don't have a fever I do feel quite bad today. But at least I got a lot done.
Ok, enough rambling, on to the interesting part.
I've decided to make another table.... I'm starting to think I'm getting a bit stuck on these.... perhaps because I figured out how to make them and they turn out good. I'm thinking about a nightstand next.....
This table has thinner cabriole legs than the dining table and is also quite smaller. It would fit perfectly in a foyer with a large bouquet of flowers on top and some mirrors on either side.... ooh, I see an idea for a roombox coming up.... maybe someday.
It still needs to be finished with oil and shellac.
And the new dining table to compare for size.
This is the table I started cutting out a few weeks ago. Now I finally got the chance to finish it.
And here are all the pieces waiting for the finishing touches, oil and a few coats of shellac. I also made two matching console tables this weekend. These still need to be sanded a bit though. And the two hanging shelves that I made a few weeks ago are also waiting to be finished. I like to have a few pieces ready so when I finally get to the shellac part I can do all of them at once instead of doing each one individually. Since I have to put on four coats of shellac it's better to have more pieces.
I think it was a very productive weekend and I actually have something to show. Now it's probably time for some new pieces.... perhaps I really should try a nightstand..... will need to hunt for ideas.
I barely remember when I last posted..... life has been getting in the way of miniatures a lot these past few months. I have very little free time these days but hopefully that is going to change soon.
But for once, real life is going to have to make way for miniatures!! I'm super excited to be able to go to a miniature show! It's in Vienna, Austria next Sunday and I'm already counting the days. Although it's a 5 hour drive it's probably going to be well worth it. In case anyone is interested, you can find more info here.
Is anyone from blogland going too? I will of course make a full report when I get back :)
I know this can't possibly compare to any of the larger shows but all of those are a lot farther away than 5 hours. I can't wait to see what treasures I bring home.
In between everything else I found some time to try a new dining table design. As you can see this one is a bit different from the previous one although I'm not sure it's the best one.
Rough cabriole legs.... still need a lot of sanding before they will be finished.
As you can see, not much has gotten done on my minis. Sometimes I think we all struggle to keep up with real life and then have no time for our projects. At least we have Halloween to look forward to, right? It would be time for some spooky/witchy items, wouldn't it?