Monday, 20 July 2015

Busy Week.

Ive been so busy this past week with odd jobs that really needed to be done that i've had little time for miniatures, i always service and maintain my own cars and the time had come where i couldn't put it off any longer.

A full week spent in the garage with my son helping out made light work of what i needed to do. I did find a little time to complete another wall section of my build, this will now take a back seat while i finish off commissions .

I also bought a few tester paint pots from Craig & Rose in period colours so i can have a play and see which colours i like, i'll post updates on this in a later post, all the walls are still fully removable at this point just incase i have any change of mind,Once i start work on this again i shall be tackling the door and then working my way to the other side of the room.
Have a great week everyone. Tony.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Planing ahead.

Hi everyone, i'm only managing to spend an hour or two a day on my own build at the moment but i'm already thinking about colours and and other interior details id like to incorporate, having only ever constructed room boxes before i'm now starting to understand how most of you who build your own pieces feel, sometimes i find it difficult to concentrate on one area and want to move to another (Does anyone else feel like this) but i really need to stick with the plan in my head so everything doesn't go pear shaped.

I've constructed the fire back and tried the fireplace as you can see in the above image and all is a good fit , all the electrical wiring will just run between the wall cavities that these inner walls have created then through small holes into the base, none of these walls will be permanently put into place until they are all completed and i'm happy they are a snug fit. I'm still undecided whether to use a prebuilt door and change it to my own spec and design, the windows will all be made by myself to fit the sizes i have made for them. Any opinions or advice on colours would always be greatly appreciated :)
Have a great week everyone. Tony.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

A little more progress.

I'm juggling between working on my own build and a commision piece at the moment and thought id share how things are moving along.

The ground floor has been laid ive used Teak strips for this glued into place using a quality waterproof wood glue this usually stops them from lifting or warping when i start to stain and age them, i usually use oil paints for aging and then rub that back with turpentine and add more as required the photo above is after two applications and requires a few more.

Ive also acquired a fire surround by Sue Cook i have always admired her work and now have the opportunity to use one or maybe a couple of pieces in this build.

The first wall section has been started, i have used the same method of construction for this as i used in the wunderkammer room box,this will give me the depth needed for installing display space for the miniatures i make and acquire. Have a great weekend everyone. Tony.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Giveaway Winner.

                    My grandson had the pleasure of choosing the winner of my birthday giveaway

So as you can see from the the photo above the winner of the ivory and tortoise shell tea caddy is ISEECERULEAN  So big congratulations to Keli if you would drop me an email please with your shipping details.
Many thanks to everyone who took part in this giveaway i wish i could send each and everyone of you something, don't give up trying as next time it might just be you!!!
Have a great weekend everyone.  Tony.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Back to reality.

Hi everyone, another year older and back from our vacation and catching up on everyone's new posts. Once i get sorted i hope to put some serious time in on my new build and post the progress i make. Remember everyone tomorrow is the final day for my giveaway and the winner will be drawn after midday GMT and announced later in the afternoon.
On a personal note i'd like to thank everyone who wished me a happy birthday. Tony.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Busy Busy

June is like a crazy kind of month for me in more ways than one, we have 6 family birthdays then it finishes off with my own which collides with our vacation this year to cap things off our car was hit by another vehicle two weeks ago while parked outside our home and although it should have been a simple process of getting our car fixed it was no simple process at all but hopefully we should have it back pretty soon.
In the mean time i have completed another Ivory casket.

                            This one measures 32mm in width x 22mm in depth and 22mm in height.

       Inside is a tiny 14th Century book of hours that measures 20mm x 15mm and has 35 coloured pages.

The tiny draw on the side opens to reveal a small collection of ancient bronze coins still in the condition         that they were unearthed from the ground, a perfect little treasure box.

Ive also been busy on my own build fitting the ground floor plus a few other bits and bobs, i'll do a post on this either midweek or once i return from my holiday, i'll see how time goes.
In the mean time have a great week everyone. Tony.

Sunday, 31 May 2015

New Build.

Hi everyone, well as i mentioned in a previous post I've been thinking for some time now of making myself a new build that would not only accommodate items i have made for myself but also any future items which i find appealing. I've had to give this some in depth thought mainly because i have such a wide and varied taste when it comes to miniatures which i like ranging from antique to modern day items Hmmmm!! how do you construct a building where you can house such a wide and varied taste of objects and furniture...well I've come to the conclusion that what i need is a floor level for the older type objects, and then other floors to house modern day items and maybe a few older items which wouldn't look to out of place .

Well this is what i have come up with the bottom floor will house a collection of everything and anything but mainly old and unusual items, things which i find appealing and interesting, i guess some kind of antique shop  but not a shop, more of an importer or exporter of rare and unusual objects and items, while the other floors will be the living quarters and also be a mix of old and more modern day things.

I see so many beautiful miniatures made by not only other artisans but also so many of my followers which i have at some point wanted to buy but have never had the proper place to display them but hopefully now this will change. I have spent the last week or so acquiring the timber to construct it and then yesterday put it together for its first dry fit just to give me some idea of what its going to look like and I'm happy with what i see so far judging by how long it took me to construct the last room box i made this isn't going to something that i finish soon as i still want to make other pieces but now i have the shell i can move between projects and watch it progress as and when i want.
Have a great weekend everyone. Tony.