Monday, 31 December 2012

                                               A very happy New Year to all of my friends and followers,
                                         May 2013 bring you and your families happiness,
                                                   good health and prosperity    Tony

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Adding Accessories.

The Two draws have now been constructed and two little ivory knobs carved and fixed in place, the knobs measure around 2mm each so they weren't the easiest things to make.

I managed to get both made out of the same piece of ivory. These were then mounted to the draw fronts which have also been veneered in the same English walnut burr.


After looking at the shagreen i was going to use to line the draws with I'm now having second thoughts on if its plausible to continue with the idea, my main concern is that the shagreen is quite thick Ive tried to thin this down but believe me this is very tough stuff a lot harder wearing than any leather and cutting even with a new scalpel blade requires two or three scores so I'm exploring different options at the minute.
The image above shows one of the handblown glasscraft cranberry scent bottles, these are fabulous quality the stopper is also removable.
And finally showing the two bottles in there new home. I'm still constructing many of the other accessories that will complete this piece and will share these as they develop and progress.
Id also like to welcome my new followers and say thanks for finding my work interesting enough to follow.
Have a great weekend everyone.  Tony.


Thursday, 27 December 2012


Its been a rather strange Christmas in our household this year, my wife had to work Christmas day so opening presents was postponed until late afternoon, we also decided to have our Christmas lunch on boxing day as this was more practical and meant that we could relax and spend time with family.
I have managed to catch a few hours here and there and concentrate on the ladies vanity box that i have started working on.

The main carcass of the box is constructed from English walnut, this is then edged off with the recycled ivory piano keys i posted about in an earlier post, The open panels are then veneered in English walnut burr this will also be used for the lid and draw fronts once complete.


Inside the box there are five tiny compartments, two of these will be used to hold perfume bottles while the other three I'm not sure about yet, these have ivory lids with tiny handmade brass handles.
The draws once complete will hold other implements and hopefully a hairbrush and hand mirror.
This will now definitely be my first piece of 2013, I've not put a time estimate on its completion but with all the accessories that need to be made its safe to say it wont be completed before the end of this year.I look forward to sharing more progress on this piece.
Its also been nice to get my PC up and running again and take the time to browse all the other blogs which i follow with great interest, i think everyone would agree that 2012 has seen some amazing miniature creations all around the world and i have to say its been fantastic to read and watch how many have developed into miniature masterpieces .
Have a great week everyone.  Tony.

Monday, 24 December 2012

Seasonal Greetings.

Hi everyone I've been frantically trying to install a new hard drive on my PC after it decided to self destruct on Saturday, i have just about now got it sorted but this post comes via my my wife's laptop.

I wish all of my friends and followers a very Merry Christmas and hope all your       Christmas wishes come true.

Have a wonderful Christmas day everyone.  Tony

Sunday, 16 December 2012

New Supplies.

Ive been waiting for material supplies to start a couple of new projects which Ive had in mind for a while.After receiving from a friend a good stock of Ivory piano keys i decided to start making some tiny pieces that will fit inside one of the pieces i am making.

Its always a great feeling to get my hands on new stocks of these, as indeed they are not a common sight any more, the piano these were removed from was constructed around 1880 and would have cost a substantial amount of money at that time, i guess its lucky for me that people continue to have these restored!
One of the new pieces i am working on will be a ladies vanity box, I am still waiting for certain materials for this piece including some shagreen which if appropriate will be used to decorate the inside. Mean while i have started working on some of the items that will grace the inside.

To give you an idea of scale i have placed one of the  pieces i have carved inside one of my wife's rings. I find it easier to make the actual box once all the pieces for the inside are made rather than construct the box then make everything fit after. I'm not quite sure yet if this piece will be finished for this year or if it will be my first piece of 2013, either way i will show the various steps of progression as they continue to happen, with Christmas just over a week away i am certainly as im sure most of you are looking forward to taking a break from work spending some quality time with family and friends and getting some time to be creative!
Have a great week everyone.       Tony.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Time to move inside.

Its been so cold recently that its come to the point where i need to move inside our house, trying to concentrate while your fingers are numb is virtually impossible and in turn starts to affects the quality of work which one makes, i am also waiting for fresh stocks of materials including antique ivory which will be used for the piece i am currently working on. Without giving to much away this piece of work will be highly detailed including all of the contents some of which i am currently working on at the moment hopefully i will share some progress photos of this piece very soon.
With Christmas just around the corner i have also been busy building up my wood stock with logs, with the price of gas and electricity forever on the increase burning logs at least for myself is a much cheaper way of  keeping our house warm, and I'm lucky in that i still have 3 open fires in the house, these logs should hopefully keep us warm for the next 3 months or more.
The Cobblers shop is moving along at a slow pace as i  tend to just work on this for an hour or two in between making the other pieces... who knows maybe next year it might  be completed!!
I have also started looking into making themed room boxes complete with furniture  and accessories these would be designed around my own ideas and contain all unique pieces relevant to the theme which it is based upon.
Have a great and safe week everyone.   Tony.

Monday, 26 November 2012

The Dragons Crest.

Another piece of work which i have had on the go for sometime and only just recently managed to complete. This chest is made from a variety of woods, the main front frame work and panel is Olive wood while the two inlaid dragons are of boxwood, finally the two side panels and top are made from English oak which dates to around 1600.

The centre lock plate is reclaimed brass which came from a victorian ladies watch which had a monogram engraved into the back.
Once the lid is lifted inside sits a Queen Elizabeth 1st silver sixpence which i have mounted permanently this dates to between 1558 and 1603 roughly the same age as the oak timber i have used. I have found several of these coins over the years but have yet to discover one in great condition most i have found on farmland which is why there condition is possibly not brilliant due to the fact that ploughing has obviously taken its toll.The obverse side of this coin was particularly worn which is why i decided to mount it the way i have.
The inside is divided into two separate compartments which is common for chest or coffers of this period.
The dimensions of this piece are 3½'' Wide 2¼'' Height and 2'' Depth.
While writing this blog post i received a telephone call from the environment agency advising that my home is at severe risk from flooding, I'm not making any hasty decisions as i have been in this situation before and i was lucky enough to escape any major damage, if and when the water does rise then between myself and the help of my son i am positive i will have enough time to move what things are valuable to a safe place, fingers crossed all will be good!
My latest piece of work will also be available on my For Sale page.
Have a great and safe week everyone.   Tony.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Sugar and Spice and all things nice!

This piece of work has probably been my most difficult to date, not because of how its made but because most nights when i was working on this i had my five year old grandson sat right next to me! He is a very inquisitive young lad always asking why i do things the way i do and what this piece is for and what that piece is for and so on, i think I've learnt a whole new set of concentration and patience skills, Lol.

This particular piece of work has been on the go for a while now I've picked it up and put it down many times over the past few months but its nice to see it completed.

Its based on what would have been a 18th Century spice cabinet normally these cabinets would have had many tiny draws to hold what would have been very expensive and at that time rare spices, what i have done with this piece instead of making draws was to make tiny compartments, i have actually seen spice cabinets similar to this in design but this was not the most common construction.
The inside contains 6 compartments that would have been used for transporting these rare and precious commodities by wealthy families, decorative panels on the outside and a seascape on the underside of the lid give a clue as to the use of the piece. The top centre section of the lid is genuine tortoise shell.
To the back is a secret draw which contains a coin, This coin is dated to 1737 and was discovered mud larking on the river Thames in London the coin has been cleaned but only very lightly and still retains a beautiful patina.
You may also be able to make out the markings on the coin which also denote the coin is a Dutch east Indies VOC 1 Duit which would have been around when the spice trade was booming and which i thought matched the piece perfectly.
As you can see the coin is in pretty good condition for its age and is a beautiful piece of tiny history to go with this piece.

 The timber used for the construction is mahogany which has then had a worn lacquered effect applied to give a authentic used look. Dimensions of the piece are 2.5'' wide  by
2'' height and 1.75'' in depth.
Many thanks again to everyone who left me comments on previous posts,and for the new followers who have decided to follow my work.
Have a great week   Tony.
I would like to start this post by thanking everyone who left comments on my previous post and for the personal messages i received i really appreciate each and every one.
I'm glad to report that my daughter is now back home but we will continue to give our support and help to her as she is not fully recovered and finds doing the most simple tasks quite difficult.

OK now for some miniatures! Firstly id like to share my most precious miniature.

This is the latest shot of my grandson resting his tiny head in my hand, hes doing really well and putting weight on perfectly.
I have also been working ( when time permits ) on a new piece of work which hopefully i will post some shots of later as i still need to add a couple of finishing touches to it, my older grandson has taken particular interest in this piece of work because he has accompanied me though more or less the whole construction of it so hopefully as i said i will post some images a little later once its complete.
Thank you all again for your supportive comments.  Tony.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Taking a short break.

Hi everyone, I have decided to take a short break from making miniatures for a while as my daughter has been re admitted to hospital because she has developed a serious infection and between her husband myself and my wife we are doing the best we can at looking after our grandchildren while all holding down full time jobs too, I would like to thank each and every one of you for the wonderful and kind comments from my previous post, i still find it amazing when i hold my new grandson just how really small and fragile he actually is.
Thanks again for all of your wonderful comments, and a very warm welcome to my new followers.
Have a wonderful weekend.  Tony.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Lifes Little Treasures.

          My second grandson born monday 22nd October, His mum had an extended stay in hospital
          but shes is now doing fine. :) 

Wednesday, 17 October 2012


When i decide to create a new piece of work my inspiration comes from many sources,in the case of the next piece the idea came from a souvenir medal that has been handed down through my family.
I can clearly remember seeing this medal many years ago when it was in the possession of my mother but i did not understand what it actually was at that time or the other items that were in the box.The medal is in fact a souvenir of the 1889 Inauguration of  the Eiffel Tower and was given out in limited numbers to people who made the accent up this magical structure, this along with many other items including postcards and dinner menus were collected by my great grandparents when they visited the Paris Exposition Universelle ( Click the link for a more detailed read )  and on there return home these items were put away in a small keepsake box which is now in my possession,The souvenir medal is also engraved with my great grandfather's name. This gave me the idea of creating a miniature 1/12th scale keepsake box full of similar items.

The box is constructed using a walnut carcass and covered in Ivory,while the top is inlaid with various different woods.

          The inside is covered with antique red calf skin leather which gives a beautiful aged look.

                                                And a sneak peek at the contents inside.

This piece of work is possibly one of the most personal pieces i have made to date and i have to admit i did get slightly attached to it and thought twice about putting it up for sale, however i have decided to create another piece in a different design for myself as i truly love the way it turned out.

The box also contained many foreign coins that had obviously been collected when my great grandparents travelled overseas, unfortunately these are a little difficult to replicate in 1/12th scale so i have placed a very very  tiny roman coin also inside the box, this was a metal detecting find by myself a few years back although i am not sure of the date or who the emperor portrayed on the coin is.

           The above and below images show the engraved medal that inspired the creation of this piece.

This was a wonderful piece to work on and i have to say one of my personal favourites, i love nothing more than when i can create a piece like this that links back to something that is not only personal to myself but also beautiful.
This will be my last post for a while as my daughter is being admitted to hospital on Saturday for the birth of her baby, many thanks for all of your wonderful and kind comments they are really very much appreciated .
Have a wonderful week .  Tony.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Georgian Tea Caddy.

Having taken a break from the cobblers shop i have managed to complete one of two other pieces i have been working on. The first is this Georgian tea caddy made from Ivory and tortoise shell.

My apologises for the slightly blurred image!, This tiny little piece was partly constructed using tortoise shell which was kindly sent to me by another artist from the states after she purchased one of my works the box which the tortoise came from had been in her family for quite some time but the lid was damaged beyond repair, i intend sending her a piece of work back as a thank you.

                 The inside is also lined with metal to simulate the lead the original would have had.

I said at the beginning of this post that i had been working on two pieces, the other which i hope to show you shortly is another tiny little box but this time made all from ivory, thats all im saying about this piece for now but it should be completed very soon.
The tea caddy along with the other item i am still working on will both be available on my for sale page.
A very warm welcome to my new followers and a big thank you for taking an interest in my blog and the items i make.
Ive been so busy just lately that i do apologise if people have sent me emails and i haven't replied straight away, My workload in my full time job has more or less doubled due to staff shortages and on the home front my daughter is soon to give birth to her second child however this will not be a straight forward birth as she had complications from her first child so everyone is a little tense at the moment including myself as i have been working away from home, i have to say it will be a big relief once the baby is here and i know they are both fine.
Have a great and safe week everyone.   Tony.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Shop Front.

The front section of my build is progressing nicely and the first light has been fixed into position.

The interior of the front section has also had a little work done with two of the main walls being panelled, I'm not sure yet if the fire breast wall will be panelled or not as i will most likely be building shelves of some sort for this wall.

I'm getting itchy fingers to start adding accessories and such but really need to contain myself until the main construction of the lower floor is complete.

So all in all everything is coming on fine, i now need to start installing all the other lights on the lower floor, some will be wall light fittings and others will be standard table oil lamps and candles i have not yet ordered these so in the meantime i will work on either some furniture or maybe some 1/12th scale pieces i always tend to have more than one piece of work on the go at any given time as if i come across a problem then usually walking away and working on another piece of work helps me tackle it better.
I do apologise for not replying to your comments straight away but i have been so busy this week and also working away from home please be assured i do read each and everyone of them.
A warm welcome to my new followers and many thanks for taking an interest in my journal/blog :)
Have a wonderful week everyone.  Tony

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Taking Shape.

Its been a while since my previous post but due to the grind of daily life and the other daily problems life throws at us 24 hours just seems to fly.
The 1/24th scale Cobblers shop is finally progressing its had its fair share of problems in fact you may notice that from the first post i did on this project i have completely started the construction again which was a difficult decision as i had put a fair few hours work into it, being my first ever build i am bound to change certain things as it moves along.The following images are from the first full dry build of the project.

The main workshop area shown above has had all of the timber white washed  with the exception of the two main work benches which will retain there natural look.

The stair case has been changed and also white washed, also a sink has been added complete with a hand pump. The tiles were difficult to say the least and took me a couple of attempts to get the design right, these were individually made from Milliput and hand painted to a design which dates to around 1850.Working in this scale really does test ones ability to keep focused!

The shop will once built be quite small, i remember visiting this shop as a young boy with my farther and the main thing which stuck in my mind was all the furniture and cabinets were painted black and polished to a very high sheen, the smell once you stepped inside was a combination of polish and that old smell which many items from this age retain, I'm sure that we have all smelt this at some point in our life's, this shop was really also my first introduction to a timber framed building of this age and is more than likely where my interest and passion for buildings of this period began.

Now the ceiling joists are virtually complete hopefully everything else should just fall into place. The next phase of this build is to start work on the actual shop front and work on getting that right, i will still continue to use as many natural materials as i can to give as close a natural look as is possible.
Id just like to say a warm welcome to my new followers and thanks for taking an interest in my blog and the items i create and make :)
Have a wonderful and safe week everyone.   Tony.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Cobblers Shop progress.

Hi everyone ive been so busy over the past couple of weeks that ive had little or no time to sit down at home and update my journal, im now in a position to put my feet up for a while and enojy a coffea and relax a little.
As i mentioned in my previous post i have started doing some more work on my Cobblers shop, after chatting to other family members who remember more about the interior of this shop than i do i thought it nessasary to get the right finish,so took the decision to start again this was by no means easy as the two walls i had built had taken a considerable amount of time but i feel a lot happier for taking the decision and getting it right so in the past couple of weeks i have managed to reconstruct the walls and staircase and also most of the ceiling joists and beams all in oak, the floor is still the same. I have no doubts its not going to be easy to complete this build as i imagine other things will change as i progress, I do appologise for not posting any new images, hopefully these will be available at the weekend.
At the moment i am trying my hand at creating some mininature shoe boxes if anyone knows how to make these in 1/24th scale id be more than happy for any tips advice, also shoes and boots, is it possible to make/buy early victorian boots or shoes or does anyone know how to recreate them in this scale, again id be more than happy for any tips or suggestions, im delving into areas now i know nothing about and even though its my first build i dont just want the building itself to look right but also the contents too even down to the smallest details.Stay tuned for a further update with pics at the weekend.
Have a great week everyone   Tony.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Miniature Crystal Shrine.

Ive been a tad bored today resting my arm so i decided to have a look through some older pieces of work i still have. This particular piece i made while experimenting with different teqniques and materials it is made  from a type of modeling clay that dries hard over time, in total 14 seperate piece were produced and then assembled to create what you see here.

Placed inside is a piece of Welsh quartz while on top is mounted a beautiful cut piece of brazilian quartz with tiny inclusions there are also three pink spinels mounted around the top section. The piece measures 80mm in height by 25mm in width. I remember when i started out on this piece how much it kind of reminded me of a church font for some reason, this idea then led to the creation of another piece of work that is actually cabable of holding a perfume or liquid but thats another story!
I have placed this piece on my for sale page.
Have a great day.      Tony.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Dumbledore's Desk Complete.

I managed to put the finishing touches to this piece today and thought i would share the final shots with everyone. I have been struggling the last couple of days as i have more or less lost the feeling in my little finger and the one next to it on my right hand maybe its just a trapped nerve if it gets no better in a few days I'll go and get it checked out.

I do apologise for the photos as the sun was shining but i quite like the way some of them turned out.

I found it hard to not add a few documents to this piece of work, these will accompany the piece to its new home.

Ive also made a couple of pens which you can see in the ink well and the book rack which now sits at the front of the writing slope.

So there you have it, i hope it brings many hours of enjoyment for the new owner and i look forward to seeing it in its new home.I would also like to thank everyone who has followed this piece from the start and for there kind and inspiring comments.
I'm going to rest my arm up for the rest of the week then hopefully i want to try and get a little work in on my cobblers shop certain ideas have crept into my head and i would like to see how these work so hopefully next post should be to do with this project.
Have a great week everyone.    Tony.