Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Clematis tutorial #1

Okay folks.... ready for some clematis tutoring?
I made like a freeform base out of paper covered flower wire. Starting from the base that goes into the soil. Twist and squeze the wire, try to make a natural "messy" structure. When satisfied with the shape, I painted with brown acrylic paint. I glued some of the branches to the conservatory. I always use a thick white woodglue. It´s cheap and easy to work with and it dries up clear.

And now to the two piece puncher introduction. Also called the Nellie Snellen Puncher. I bought mine at a danish scrapcrafter webstore. They are a bit expensive, but worth the money. This shape is also great for making poinsettia flowers. Beware that you order the mini size.

I cut the flowers from pale pink photocopy paper. When shaped I painted the middel carefully with a diluted aquapaint. You might also want to paint before shaping... your choise :-) At this photo you can see the shaper punch open.

And now for the stamen. I used a dusty yellow type of flower soft. I had thís for years and it´s the type to be used for train model landscaping.  You can enlarge the photos by clicking on them.
Tutorial will be continued....
I may ask for your patience for a few days, since I have 3 official shows for this week in our local theater group. Wish me and the actors good luck :-)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Climping clematis in progress...

I´ve been working on making a garden for Mrs Havishams conservatory.
 First growth is a climping clemati.s

Due to my lack of patience, I just had to add a few flowers to get
the feeling of how the finished flower would look.

A closer look at the flowers. Sorry for bad quality of the pics.
 I took some quick shots with my IPhone instead of the Canon. 

The flowers is made with a 2 piece puncher.
First one cut the flowers, second shapes the petals.

Friday, February 15, 2013

A little bit....

..... of todays production.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Giving credit....


All this talk in miniature world about appreciating and giving credit to the work of other miniaturist for their work, made me want to show you what I have manage to collect since new year. I´ve been so lucky that I´ve had some greats buys and swaps from gifted miniaturists. I´ll show and tell what I have purchased for my miniature collection these past weeks.

This gorgious narcissus´ above are made by Marianne Cook who makes the most wonderful realistic looking flowers. Visit Marianne´s Etsy here

Another flower from another skilled artist. These tiny white and purple crocus is from Mette Laurendz. Mette is a danish miniaturist who makes lovely flowers, gardensign and other tiny wonders. Visit her Etsyshop here

Above is some small items from Hanneke Verheem. I just love Hannekes bottles. She makes the most detailed winebottles (I have quite a selection of wine) and now I´m the proud owner of an asperin bottle to cure headache after enjoying to much redwine, a cough medicine and some artist paint for a future room. Hanneke doesn´t have a webpage, but I´m trying to encorage her to make an Etsyshop. You can find Hanneke on facebook.

This wonderful danish pottery is made by Lisbeth Pedersen from Minipot. To visit her webpage, click here

From TheSweetBaker I had this finely crafted chocolat box. Julie Davis creates small delicious chocolate boxes, go visit her shop on Etsy.

And then to a dear dear miniature friend of mine Flora, who made two wonderful aubusson carpets and a set of 3 aubusson pillows for my French Mouse Mansion. Go check out Floras Etsyshop here.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Unetchical or....

I came to my knowledge that my miniatures were sold at another miniaturists stand at a fair. The person had published lots of pictures on Facebook showing her fair stand including my miniatures and I also reqognized other artist´s minis too. I don´t mind someone else selling my items, but I sure would like to know, that she buys for resale purposes and that she informs her costumers about the miniatures origin.

I posted this in a miniatures sales group on Facebook:
"A question of ethic caracter: How would you feel if a costumer of yours sold your products as her own. I'm not talking about getting inspired and making ones own variation of another artist products, but actually selling the item, as it was bought from you, either alone or put in a display with other miniatures? I don't want to discuss who and where. I would just love to get your etichal view on this".

This is her answer in public (translated with google):
Declare that I have never said that I make with my hands all that you see, I try to do the decorator in 1/12 scale, what can I create it, I buy it on any other site online, the "revisit" transform , decorum trying to create sets. That said it happened that two people, friends and members to each other, they saw on my desk the tiny details that I purchased from them and they thought that I buy and resell individual figures saying that I made them ..... Do you know what a satisfaction!! I explained to them that, of 500/800, I have no idea, individual pieces that made my "settings" there were 6 or 7 their objects, ornaments x understand, I bought revisited with my taste and then glued along with many other things on my form one of the "sets". I am not able to build all, working both wood and glass that iron etc etc and I have never ever sold a miniature of my other guise! They wrote that the world of miniatures is rumbling, is in an uproar over this (which world, who?? Their friends?) ... AZZZ Excuse me if I do a good laugh, with a clear conscience I can afford it!!

I don´t want to drag a "Facebook war" to this blog, but I would like to know your oppinion to the etchics in a case like this.

Friday, February 1, 2013

This and that....

I have to admit, that I have far from all the time I could wish for, for making miniatures. But I do get to find moments among other duties. And I have been working on different projects, a bit here and a bit there, and nothing quite finished to brag about. But I will show you one of my on going projects, which I started last summer. Mrs Havishams conservatory:

The idea is to make a dusty overgrown conservatory where time and life has 
stopped many years ago, when Mrs Havisham lost the man she loved. At the moment the colors and the room looks far to tidy and newly cleand, I´ll have to work on that dusty abandoned feeling. Or maybe time will work for me if I just wait long enough....