Saturday, 26 May 2012

Wands Complete.

These are the three wands that will sit in the 1/6th scale wand cabinet once fully complete.
Measuring around 3'' each two of the wands have a piece of Cornish quartz mounted into the top while the third has a Amethyst sphere.

I really enjoyed making these as many years ago i used to make full sized versions for people and these brought back some happy memories for me.
Quartz in varying forms has been worn for thousands of years as talismans and is commonly known as the ''ice of the gods'' and has been recognised as having extraordinary physical and metaphysical properties, and lets not forget each specimen is naturally beautiful in its own way.

This is a photograph of a talisman i made a few years back the main stone is tibetan quartz which holds many special properties this has been attached to a naturally found deer antler at the top there is a piece of cut white topaz mounted into copper.

This piece is then finished of with a mount so it can be hung from a belt or attached to something safe.
Hopefully next week will see the completed cabinet with the wands inside im looking forward to seeing how this piece will turn out. A very warm welcome to my new followers, many thanks for taking an interest in my work. Have a great weekend everyone.     Tony.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Ladies Travel Case.

I like the the way this piece turned out it has a used and worn look the covering is the same as the tea caddy and came from the writing slope which i used to construct the wand cabinet.
The main carcass  is made of walnut which is also reclaimed.

                                        The top has a tiny brass plate which i have left blank.

            The tiny bottom draw contains an Ivory letter opener and a collection of bound letters.

The top opens to reveal a hallmarked solid silver jewellery box, the top section of the box has a beautiful piece of mother of pearl the jewellery box measures just 1'' square.

The inside of the silver box is lined with antique blue velvet which is also carried through into the main travel case top and draw.

                               As you can see the jewellery box is fully removable and opens .

                                      Or can be opened while in place inside the travel case.

                              The dimensions of the travel case are  1½'' square the height is 1¼'' .

I get great satisfaction when i produce piece like this from what most people would have thrown away plus i like the thought that most of the materials are over 100 years old and retain a distinct old smell if that makes sense anyhow i hope you enjoy viewing the completed item.
Have a wonderful week everyone.  Tony.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Anyone For Tea!

I'm sure we are all partial to a good cup of tea or coffee yet i guess we fail to forget just how precious these commodities were in the 18th century, in fact for those in a position to be able to afford such luxuries they were nearly always kept under lock and key in containers of various descriptions.
Below is my first attempt at making my own miniature version.

The piece measures a fraction over ½ inch square and ¾ inch in height, the inside is lined with a base metal to mimic the tin lead alloy that the genuine caddies were lined with to keep the tea fresh and the front contains a small panel of Paula shell.
This piece of work is for sale.
A very warm welcome to my new followers I'm quite amazed that my Journal / Blog has now reached over 200 followers and continues to attract new people who share an interest in what i make and also to my long standing followers who continue to support and share  my passion for miniature works of art many thanks.
Have a great week everyone.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Wand Cabinet Update.

This week has seen the bottom draw constructed and the two main cabinet doors. I decided to change the design of the doors after encountering problems with the glass so i settled for the design you see here.

I carried the Paula shell design  through to the draw to by adding a piece to each corner. Once i have constructed the plinths that the wands will sit on and mounted them on the shelf's then i will hang the doors too, by doing this it gives me that little extra access to the inside.

As you can see from the image above the painted panels show up perfectly and will still be visible once the plinths and wands have been located.

Ive been quite lucky as i have just two piece of timber left from the original writing slope this has been constructed from, not every piece of timber is perfect but i think that adds to the natural charm of the piece.
A very warm welcome to my new followers and many thanks for taking an interest in my journal/blog. Hopefully withing the next couple of weeks i should have some more new pieces to share with you all.
Have a great week everyone.      Tony.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Wand Cabinet.

This is a piece that i have been working on for a while now and thought id share its progress with you all. The cabinet is a commission piece and made in 1/6th scale which is a first for me.

The cabinet stands at around 12'' in height and is constructed from walnut which was once a Victorian writing slope, incorporated into the top corners are two pieces of Paula shell and in the very centre is a genuine carved Victorian cameo that was once part of a piece of mourning jewellery.

Inside the cabinet are 3 painted panels which will relate to the wands that will sit on a plinth in front of the paintings. The very last section is for a small draw that i still need to construct.

I'm not sure yet what the wands will be made off although i would like to make at least one of them from deer antler which i found a couple of years back while out walking. Two doors will be constructed and hung which will contain 12 panes of 1mm thick glass.
This has been a fun and unusual project to work on and one which i have thoroughly enjoyed.
A warm welcome to my new followers, many thanks for taking an interest in my work.
Have a great and safe week everyone.               Tony.