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Friday, 20 February 2015

Time for a giveaway.

As some of you may remember i did promise to do a give away quite a while back so while i get back into the swing of things i thought it a good a time as any to post this now.
This giveaway is rather different to any other i've done previously and may not appeal to everyone but i still class it as a rather small and unique piece of work. I made this piece around 5 years ago while i was experimenting with various polymer clays and learning how to not only work with the stuff but manipulate it into shapes that appealed to me. Please excuse the quality of my photos as i now only use my phone to snap images and some may appear out of focus.


This piece takes the form of a miniature arched building that's adorned with solid silver decorative panels and jewels the lock plate is also silver.

 
Lift the top off and nestled inside is a very delicate miniature antique ladies scent bottle that still has the original smell inside if the cork is removed, its also decorated with gold leaf and has a beautiful decorative glass collar around it the piece is also signed and dated.
Fancy the chance of winning it then heres what to do.
 
1. You must be a follower of my blog
2. I'm intrigued as to what miniature items you would like to see me make and why!
    Let your ideas pour out!!
 
Thats it and its not so hard plus some of you may even get to see some items you mention actually come to life ☺
Theres also plenty of time the closing date is 27th March 2015 ! best of luck to everyone who enters.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Tony.
 


Sunday, 8 February 2015

Itchey Fingers.

Gosh i cant believe so much time has passed since my last post....i guess we all have real life issues some take a little longer to sort out than others. I have no new pieces of work to show at present but hopefully something will rise from my thoughts over the next few weeks... and although i'm in a limited position as to what i can do at the moment im sure i'll have plenty of fun and enjoy sharing with you all the fruits of my labours.
Looking forward to getting my creative juices flowing again!
Have a great week everyone ☺  Tony.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Something Interesting.

Hi everyone, I'm sure at some point most if not all of us sit down and just browse the web for interesting things, One of my favourite sites which some of you may already have visited is a photographic blog which portrays mainly american history and is a treasure trove for some fantastic images which features period interiors and great architectural detailed photos, if you have a spare few minutes have a browse im sure you wont be disapointed i know i wasn't.
                                                        http://www.shorpy.com/

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Making Decisions.

Hi folks firstly i'd like to thank everyone for the sympathetic and positive comments i received in my previous post they are truly appreciated. Ive also just realised that its three years this month that i started this blog and really got into the world of producing miniature pieces of art i really never thought that it would become so addictive and satisfying and continually learning all the time. I do promise once i get back up and running to have a great giveaway to mark this occasion.
What really made me think of writing this post was indeed the first piece i made which now belongs to Otterine i still remember what gave me the idea of making this piece like it was yesterday also the fact that the only tools i used to produce it were an hacksaw and dremel i have to admit i was quite chuffed how it turned out. As time went on and i produced more pieces i invested every penny i made from selling miniatures into new tooling which inevitably made life easier for me, from the onset of selling this first piece i made the decision to only buy tools and materials from the money i made from selling them, some of the materials i do get from friends a lot cheaper than i could anywhere else which im sure you would all agree makes sense and also reflects in the final price i charge.
Recently my workshop was broken into for a second time and basically everything i use for creating miniatures was removed, my workshop/garage has cctv which covers all of the exterior with the exception of the back wall which faces out onto open countryside this is where they entered from by removing the exterior cladding to gain access, it does make me angry not so much for the items that were taken but the fact that someone had been inside my workshop this still eats away at me, how they removed some of the items is beyond me as they were very heavy and bolted to a workbench which they undid using my own tools!! i definitely won't be bitten a third time!! Well i guess that's enough ranting.
  I've reluctantly decided to split my previous piece of work Treasure Room so it can now be either purchased with all of the contents or without them which would make it considerably more cheaper.
Obviously some of the items inside are permanent fixtures like the japanese carving and the wax seal i would also class the 12 volume set of books as a permanent fixture too even though they are removable so all of the tiny individual items including This Box that were displayed inside can now be bought separately if required. Just drop me an email if you see something you like or may be interested in.
Have a great week everyone. Tony.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

One step at a time.

Hi folks, well its been almost two months since my last post and i thought id just let everyone know how things are going.
My passion for creating miniatures is still alive and well but for reasons beyond my control i now have to rebuild my collection of tools and machinery which i had collected over a long period this is going to take time and patience so I'm hoping you will all bear with me.On a brighter note i have some wonderful new ideas which I've put down on paper so i don't forget and i can pick up once things start to improve, reading your blogs ( when time permits )  still gives me much inspiration and enjoyment and i look forward to putting my creative imagination to use again in the near future.
Have a great weekend   Tony.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Taking a rest.

Hi everyone, its been a few weeks since my last post now the treasure room box is completed i was hoping to concentrate on some smaller pieces but struggling with real life issues as I'm sure we all do and health problems I've decided to take a rest and use what little free time i have to get 100% back to some kind of normality its been a hard decision as i really still want to carry on creating pieces but the lack of concentration i have at the moment means that my work would most likely suffer. On a brighter note i have finished a tiny piece which i would like to share with you all this will most likely be the last piece i share for a while.

I made this piece from tiny scraps i had laying around of walnut burr veneer and believe it or not an old bone knife handle cut into strips the top is tortoise shell and the box measures 1'' in width.
Ive also received a couple of emails from people querying if i would be willing to sell the treasure room box without all of the accessories unfortunately the box was designed around most of the tiny accessories inside and all form an integral part of the completed piece of work if i did split the two apart it would not be the piece of work i intended it to be I'm sure most people understand this.
I look forward to continue following everyones blogs and hopefully will be back up and functioning 100% very soon.
Have a great week everyone.   Tony.
 


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Update.

Well as promised here's some photos of the interior of the room box at night with the lights switched on.
           I do apologise for the size and amount of photos in this post, i have to say when i first switched on the lights i was quite set back how different it made the inside look i often sit down at night in the lounge with just a table lamp on so i also decided to place it in the room and see how it look to be honest i couldn't take my eyes off it neither could my wife, in fact everyone who has visited has been pleasantly addicted to sitting next to it! so i hope you all like the images I've chosen for your viewing.
 
The next set of images show the secret compartment which slides up from the very top.
 
This then reveals a draw which contains quite a rare treasure, some of my Spanish friends may recognise this coin or a more familiar name piece of eight. The original "treasure coins." Struck and trimmed by hand in the 1500s through 1700s at Spanish mints in Mexico, Peru, and Colombia (among others), silver and gold cobs are handsomely crude, nearly all with a cross as the central feature on one side and either a coat-of-arms (shield) or a tic-tac-toe-like "pillars and waves" on the other side. Silver cobs are known as "reales" and gold cobs are known as "escudos," with two 8 reales (about 27 grams each) equalling one escudo. Some cobs were struck with a date, and most show a mint mark and an initial or monogram for the assayer, the mint official who was responsible for weight and fineness. Size and shape were immaterial, which means that most cobs are far from round or uniform in thickness. Cobs were generally accepted as good currency all around the world, and were the exact coins pirates referred to as "pieces of eight" (8 reales) and "doubloons" (any gold cobs but originally 2 escudos).
This particular coin was minted at Potosi. The silver was taken by llama and mule train to the Pacific coast, shipped north to Panama City, carried by mule train across the isthmus of Panama to Nombre de Dios or Portobelo whence it was taken to Spain on the Spanish treasure fleets many of which were wrecked or pilaged by pirates.
This particular coin shows evidence of chop marks where the coin would have had pieces literally chopped off to use as a less currency i will disclose the location of where i found this to the new owner.
I have to apologise again for my last post as the riddle on the back was unreadable i guess that was just me rushing lol anyhow here's a fully readable version for all.
 
                                            
                                                                        Ancient code of order stand
                                                       Beneath the souls of superior grand
                                                       Secrets hold that bound there world
                                                       To guard the chance of second hurl
                                                         Dormant want to those that deem
                                                    And reap the chance to end there beam
                                                             Silent men women and child
                                                             Forever lost in centuries wild
                                                   Ye follow the eclipes for riches and fame
                                                     And if ye would prosper, do ye the same.

All im going to say is the riddle takes into account some of the items within the room box and its not as simple as it many appear to be!! Now i'll let you all ponder .
Have a great week everyone.  Tony.