Sunday, 22 November 2015

Little progress

Hi everyone, well progress has been very slow on the commissioned piece i'm making at the moment due to the fact i'm still working away from home this coupled with my son moving house has virtually put any miniature work on hold, however i did manage to start the gilding before i left and thought id share this image with you.

Its fiddly to say the least but im sure it will be worth it once its complete, which now looks like it will run into next year! it can be frustrating but i guess it gives me plenty of time to think about the next step of the build and potentially what might go wrong. Id also like to thank everyone who takes the time to read these posts i make and assure you i do see your comments but unfortunately i'm not always in a position to thank you all with a direct reply at the moment.
Stay safe and have a great weekend everyone. Tony.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Slow Progress.

Hi everyone, well progress has been slow on the commissioned piece I'm currently working on due to the fact i have been busy with real life  issues plus the fact i have been working away from home.
What little i have achieved has started to give the piece form and shape and hopefully over the next few weeks i will start to apply the 24ct gold gilding, i have decided to try this having never really tried it before on something this small so I'm kind of expecting to come across some problems.

All the wood has been undercoated using a flat red primer this will give the gold leaf a beautiful deep colour.

Now to apply the leaf, I'm using a water based size to fix the leaf so the whole cabinet will have to be coated with this in separate stages as to make sure the whole surface is covered, I've only really used gold leaf on large projects in the past so I'm guessing this will be a learning curve for me too.
Have a great weekend everyone  Tony.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Inside Out.

Hi everyone, ive got to the point now on the commissioned piece where the clues as to what it will eventually be are getting easier to decipher, before i work on anymore of the exterior of this piece i need to complete the interior! all will become clearer in possibly my next post but first i need to make quite a few of the glass vials in the following photograph.

                                                     (Image taken from google search)
Well i'm sure now that a little more has become apparent especially to Harry Potter fans as to what it could possibly be?

Ive managed to make around fifty of these tiny glass vials so far but i have quite a few more still to go, a tedious task but hopefully well worth the effort once they're done i put a tiny spot of gilding size on the tip of this match to balance this one on so you can see the scale.
Stay tuned for further progress!!
Have a great week everyone  Tony.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Commision Progress.

Hi everyone, well as promised here is the first photos of the commissioned piece i'm working on at the moment.Its still in its very early stages so it does look a little rough but once i start to assemble the piece i will tidy everything up.I  dont really want to give too much away as to what the actual piece will become so until i start the assembly i shall leave your imaginations to ponder at will some of you may even guess what its actually going to become.

           As you may guess from looking carefully there will be three separate levels once its put together.

I have another two pieces to construct with the tiny holes in, these will eventually hold something that will also rotate to allow you to choose which item is required,so far just in the pieces i have put together i have cut a total of 110 parts and this is just the start, i know its all a little puzzling at the moment but all shall become a little more clear very soon!
Have a great weekend everyone. Tony.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Silent but busy

Hi everyone, ive been silent the last couple of weeks this is due to the fact i have been deep in thought about a commissioned piece i'm working on, i'm guessing it has to rank amongst one of the most difficult pieces i have constructed but things are slowly coming together and hopefully i shall be able to share some photos with you all in the coming weeks. My own build has been put on hold until i complete this as i have said i'm in no rush to finish my own build and it's nice to be able to break off from it for a while and gather new inspirations and ideas for the interior, i'm still experimenting with colours but nothing is set in concrete just yet! Have a great weekend everyone. Tony.

Saturday, 5 September 2015


Hi everyone, well I've managed to spend some quality time this week on my own build and a few other things.

As you can see from the photo i have just about managed to complete two walls now, both windows are installed and the door is well on its way to being completed ( photos will follow ), nothing has been glued in place just yet as i still have holes to drill in the floor which will allow for the wiring to be taken into the base i also want to paint the walls before they are permanently fixed in position, i guess it doesn't really look like much has been done but I'm happy with the amount i have achieved in the time I've had.
In between doing this and waiting for glue to dry i decided to have a go at a small painting in oils.

Its painted on a wooden panel and depicts a scene from the coast where i spent some time this year, i enjoyed doing this and hopefully will find the time to do some more.
Have a great weekend everyone. Tony.

Monday, 31 August 2015


Hi Folks, its been a few weeks since i last posted due mainly to work commitments and the fact i haven't been finishing until gone 10.00pm at night so apologies to everyone who has left comments that i didn't reply to straight away . I'm now off work for a few days which means i can hopefully get a little work in on my own build, catch up on all your posts and do a few other things too.
I have just completed this Cassone or Marriage chest which i started a while back.

The chest has four carved panels two at the front and one at each end which are also surrounded with a gilded gold border above these sits a band of ivory strip which is also continued in the centre.

I used reclaimed timber to make this piece which was once part of a decorative fireplace, the chest is
3'' long and just over 1.5'' in depth and stands just over 1.5'' in height. The Cassone or marriage chest was usually given to the bride by her parents as their contribution to the wedding and would commonly sit at the foot of the bed, I'm guessing these would have had a multitude of usages from personal effects to keeping clothes and maybe even bedding in, some could be lavishly decorated with paintings of the family and there crests too. This piece is available on my FOR SALE page.
Hopefully i will be sharing some new photos of the progress on my build a little later in the week.
Have a great week everyone.  Tony.