Monday, 8 August 2011

Wizard Roombox

Thanks for the great feedback on my broom, especially from Michelle who prompted me to show you more pictures of the wizards room box it is in. 

I made my wizards room box a couple of years ago on a weekend course run by a lovely lady called Sue Simpson.  She designed it herself so all the credit for the great layout and features go to her.  (check out her webshots page here with more examples of her amazing work

It is made using paperclay, a medium I wanted to know how to use having seen Rik Pierces breath taking work and also Sues (who was taught by Rik), so she recommended I do the course which I loved. 

Here is the finished room box.

It has lots of great features...the window on the left has a moon in it and the one on the right has a tree with an owl in it.  Sue cast the fireplace and windows from resin and we were taught how to lead the acetate and how to paint the frames so they look like old stone. 

If you look carefully you can see an owl perched in the tree outside.  The whole box is lit, something else she taught us, we even made the light fittings ourselves

Here are some more pictures of the box when it is lit. 

You are probably wondering why when I made this 2 years ago it is not finished yet.  I agree it is a little empty but the truth is I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my minis and while I have a box full of little bits to go inside I am still looking for the perfect table.  I know what it should look like in my head, I just have to find it.....or make it! Then I can cover it in all sorts of wizardy stuff.

I hope you liked seeing my wizards room box.  If you have any questions about it please feel free to ask. 

natalie x

Sunday, 7 August 2011

A wizards broom

Hi all,

thanks for the great feedback on my last post, I have been playing around with making a couple of magical items, perhaps its because I have been re- watching the Harry Potter films on Saturday afternoons recently!  Anyway I had a go at making a broom and here it is in my wizards room box.

I'm not sure whether it is a Nimbus 2000 or a firebolt but I think it fits into my wizards room pretty well.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Mini Shabby Chic Dressing Table and using transfers

Hi all,

Firstly let me say thank you for all the positive comments on my recent posts.  Its really great to get such nice feedback. 

At the moment it seems like I have a mini obsession with making shabby chic stuff.  Today I made a mini dressing table using spindles and lollipop sticks. 

It was painted with white emulsion then sanded back and a transfer applied on the top.  The drawer opens and closes and the handles are made of a piece of bracelet from the £1 shop.  

I have been using transfers alot recently too.  I made a simple backing from coffee stirrers which was painted and sanded back to look shabby then a transfer applied. 

The first one I made was this fish design, then I made the pair below using flower transfers. 

That's all for now, hope you like them.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

1/12 scale shelf

Hi all,

Yesterday I made a couple of minis.  The one I would like to share is this shabby shelf. 

I have seen ones similar around so I cannot take credit for the design, but I have adapted it a little making the top and base from contrasting wood to the main part.  The body is made from lollipop sticks which have been painted white then sanded back to give a shabby appearance though it is hard to see in the photo.  The curtain pole is a cocktail stick and the curtain a scrap of fabric. It measures 5.5cm tall and 5cm wide.

I hope you like it.