Saturday, 28 July 2012

Memento Mori Skull.

Following on from my post two weeks ago when i showed you all the skull which i was making a case for the piece is now complete and sits inside its very own tiny museum. The case as with all the others i have made is constructed from walnut but this time i have incorporated a few tiny pieces of Ivory, i like the final result and think it all blends together perfectly.

                                                  A worn lacquered finish was applied.

This piece brought back some fond memories of the first miniature piece of work i created which incidentally was also a skull housed in a clock type cabinet and is now owned by Otterine it only seems like i made this piece yesterday, i guess its true what they say time flies when your having fun! This new piece will be available on my For Sale page.
Have a great week everyone.             Tony.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Sunday Morning Sunshine.

                                    Perfect Sunshine and a quite Sunday morning stroll.

                                             My grandson loves watching the model boats.

                                       Taking advantage of what little summer we have left.

Ive also managed to complete the small piece of Dutch silver i described in my previous post.
This piece has been fitted out as a ladies travelling vanity set and contains a small brush and hand mirror along with a small perfume bottle and two hand carved ivory implements.

This tiny piece is fully hallmarked for the year 1859 and measures 1¾'' in height by 1½'' wide and 1¼ in depth.

                                                A quick peak inside revels the tiny items.

Ive tried to incorporate all the items as tastefully as i could even slightly ageing where the implements sit, the perfume bottle also has a removable stopper. Most of the people I've asked what they thought might be inside never guessed correctly but they all thought it a charming little piece.This will be available on my for sale page.
Ive also started working on a new giveaway piece so stay tuned for more to come on that. A very warm welcome to my new followers and many thanks for taking an interest in my tiny world.
Have a great and safe week everyone.       Tony.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Something Old Something New.

Hi everyone,firstly i would like to apologise for not replying to everyone's comments which have been left on previous posts I've been so busy with everyday things such as decorating ,gardening and spending time with my grandson as well as working and fitting some miniature time in.
The two pieces i am working on at the moment are interesting to say the least. Firstly a carved skull which once complete will have its own display case, and secondly a piece of dutch silver.

The skull is not a full specimen as i broke part of side as it was being carved, the bone is less than 1mm thick in places but i still think it will make a wonderful display piece once completed.
The Tiny piece of dutch silver is Quite a rare piece the hallmark is still visible and dates the piece to 1859  the dimensions are 1¾'' in height by 1½'' wide and 1¼ in depth i am going to make something special to fit inside this wonderful piece hence the reason I've not shown any photos of the inside.I also have more wunderkammer pieces in the pipeline which will be exciting to.
A very warm welcome to my new followers and many thanks for taking and interest in what i make.
Have a great week everyone.         Tony.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Crystal Clear.

As part of the wunderkammer collection i have been making this latest piece of work incorporates a piece of welsh quartz which came from Cwmorthin Quarry, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd.Ive been a collector of minerals and gemstones for over 25 years and as you can imagine have amassed a large and varied array of specimens from all around the world so incorporating these into some miniature pieces i find particularly interesting.

This particular specimen measures around 4.5cm which equates to just under 24inches in 1/12th scale. Most wunderkammer and cabinets of curiosity contained minerals and gemstones in one form or another some specimens measuring up to 48inches or more.

Usually the back of these cabinets would have details of the specimen inside and the place the cabinet was made as you can see from the image above i have also included my own version of these too.
The cabinet itself is constructed from walnut and three real glass panels of 1mm glass show the quartz off to its best.

The dimensions of this piece are 4'' in height by 1¼ at the base this piece will be available on my for sale page. I would also like to welcome my new followers , many thanks for following my journal/blog and taking an interest in what i create.
Have a great weekend everyone.     Tony.