Saturday, 23 May 2015

Giveaway .

Hi everyone, Firstly not much to report on my new build as yet, i have cut all the timber to size and am currently in the process of measuring out the window openings, once the basic carcass has been put together as a dry fit i'll post some images ....secondly ive decided to do a giveaway and share my birthday celebrations with all of my followers which will run until the 27/06/15 i have a very busy month in june celebrating my own birthday and taking a holiday so the winner of this piece of work will be announced once i return from my vacation.
So if you're interested in entering to win this little Ivory and tortoise shell tea caddy just drop me a comment and of course you must be a follower of my blog.

The tea caddy is made from reclaimed ivory and tortoise shell and measures just under 1'' in height and 1/2'' in width and depth.

The draw will take place on 27/06/2015 and the winner will be announced on my blog the same day
I've also Reduced the last two items on my for sale page but only to followers of my blog.
Have a great weekend everyone.  Tony.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Making plans

Whilst i still have the other ivory casket to complete and now that i've finished most of the items i started last year i've started drawing up plans to start a new house. I still have two projects that i started a fair while back which have not been completed but after serious consideration i really want to build something not only that i can put my own miniatures in but also ones which i see for sale by other artists but won't purchase as i have nowhere to keep them.
Having such a wide and varied taste in what i like creates problems when it comes to constructing a house to display them in, on one hand i have a passion for antique items and period rooms but then on the other i like modern settings too, so ive had to sit down and think of something where i can combine both of these if i so wish too. The basic plans are inside my head and have been for a couple of months now but i really need to get these down on paper and see how they form together then i can get started on construction, i'm not anticipating completing this in just a few months and will still continue to make pieces to sell as this will also help fund the build but i look forward to sharing developments as and when they happen.
Have a great weekend everyone. Tony.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Jewellery box.

Hi everyone, whilst i'm still working on the ivory casket i've virtually completed this jewellery box.

The main body s ivory whilst the lid has an inlaid section of tortoise shell surrounded by a small ivory band, the mirror inside also has a tiny ivory surround.

The removable tray is lined with a red calf leather which i've turned upside down and brushed this gives a felt effect and contrasts perfectly with all the other materials.
This box measures 1.5'' in width by 1'' in depth and stands a fraction under an inch in height the wood is slightly aged as most boxes of this age would genuinely be,  i would have loved to have put some  antique or even modern jewelry inside but im afraid im not that talented still its a nice little piece.
This piece will be available on my FOR SALE page.
I've also started working on plans for another project one that will take some considerable time to complete hopefully i can share more details about this in the near future...well busy weekend in store two dogs and two grandchildren to take care of and keep amused for two days Lol!
Have a great weekend everyone. Tony.

Friday, 1 May 2015

A work in progress

Remember i mentioned a couple of posts back about a larger project i was working on, well heres a short glimpse of what it is, i've always fancied making a larger casket from ivory but i've had to wait until i had enough to carry it through.

Its been difficult at times making this piece as all the recess and carving i've done with files only the reason being i wanted it to look reasonably authentic as caskets of this period would have looked but also because i've been taking this piece to work with me in a small wooden box complete with my tools and working on it in my dinner break, theres still a lot more to do on it yet including adding hinges polishing and then decorating the inside it measures 2.25'' in width x 1.5'' in depth the height is also 1.5''. I'm not sure yet what it will hold maybe a bible or some other treasure but i'll keep you updated with more photos as it progresses.
Have a great Long and safe weekend everyone.  Tony.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Looking Back.

This post isnt really miniature related but i thought some of you may like the photos i took and thought id share a few of them with you.
Some of you may know others won't that i served my apprenticeship as a signwriter which i was lucky enough to do at one of the largest breweries in the world at that time, I found it fascinating that such a trade could cover so many varied jobs and tasks not just painting signs by hand but gilding, refurbishing old vehicles and carriages and pinstriping, unfortunately as advancements were made in graphics and such the job became a dying trade the brewery went through vast changes and unfortunately many skilled workers including Coopers and Coppersmiths all lost their jobs. This past weekend i visited what was once one of those workshops where i was lucky enough to work as it now forms part of a museum and has been turned into a very unique restaurant.


I couldn't believe how much the place had changed from the last time i was in here, the upper floor level in the second image didn't exist and has since been installed as further seating for the restraunt.

Virtually all of the walls were adorned with old hand painted and enamelled signs from every year.
Along with many different locally made beautiful clocks all of which added to the charm of the place, there were also many paintings and photographs from the turn of the century showing these skilled men at work these i have not uploaded due to © reasons .... This place formed an important part of my artistic creativity not only by learning new things, but more importantly learning them from skilled men who had also been taught by skilled men themselves the brewery was founded in 1777 and had always painted its own livery on its own vehicles from horse drawn drays to modern transportation.  Have a great week everyone. Tony.


Friday, 24 April 2015

Ivory and Olive Wood Box.

Hi everyone, well as i mentioned previously here is another box i have constructed but this time adding an olive wood veneer to the lid.

This box measures in at 1'' width x  5/8'' Depth again ideal for keepsakes or letters. I have been making these from the surplus offcuts which have mounted up from me working on a larger project which has taken up a vast amount of recycled ivory and thought that instead of just putting the spare pieces away in my stash id make some simple items with them. Hopefully i'll be able to share this larger project with you once its complete i might even throw in a teaser photo before i reveal the completed piece but still need to complete the inside and its contents.

While making these tiny boxes it has given me some great ideas for other items i can make with the offcuts combining different materials together so hopefully there will be plenty more in store, This piece together with the others i have made is available on my FOR SALE page.
Have a great weekend everyone  Tony.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Ivory Box.

Hi everyone, since i've been working with the pre ban ivory i acquired and constructed the treasure casket with i thought id make a few more basic tiny boxes in different styles.

These are just very basic and simple boxes which have no hinges so the lid is fully removable this first one measures 25mm in width and is 13mm in depth so could be suitable for holding letters keepsakes or trinkets, The box i'm currently working on is slightly bigger and has an inlaid olive wood lid. Available on my FOR SALE page.
Have a great weekend everyone. Tony