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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Moving Forward.

                                 As the clock draws ever closer to a New Year
                          i would like to wish all of my friends and followers
                           A Happy, Healthy and Prosperus 2014.

 
                                                           Best Wishes   Tony

Monday, 23 December 2013

RoomBox Accesories.

I've taken some new photographs of the first items that will be displayed in the roombox once complete.
These objects are what i have personally collected over the years from various sources including some which i swapped for items that i found particularly interesting. The first image is a japanese carving which originally was the front to a tiny draw i was going to use this in another project but it just seemed too good not to use it in this one.

 
The second piece i acquired some time ago and is itself quite a rare object indeed. This is the main religious seal of Holyrood Abbey From the evidence i have this originally was in a private collection which unfortunately was broken up and all sold off separately.
 
 

 Its not in the best shape as you can see but i thought using it in this project would be a great place not only for keeping it safe but also for putting it on a permanent display.
Both links below can give you a little more info about holyrood.
                                        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holyrood_Abbey
                                                                       And
                            http://www.oldandnewedinburgh.co.uk/volume3/page58.html

The next object which was not visible in yestedays post is a hand carved citrine Buddha which is sitting on a miniature silver table.

 
I dont really know much about the table itself only that it dates to around 1910 and has been tested as silver, the top has a beautiful interwoven sheet silver design.I don't think these will be the last items to be placed into this treasure room with an oriental theme!!
 
 
Hopefully over the holiday period i will get to spend a little more time on this piece and show you all its progress as it evolves.
 


 


                                                Have a wonderful christmas everyone
                                                                        Tony.


Saturday, 21 December 2013

Sneaky Peak.

Its been a while since my previous post but things have been moving along quite nicely.Now that i have finished work for the Christmas holidays i will be able to get a little more time in on this project and hopefully share a few more photographs and talk in detail about the items which are going to grace this room.

 
The first thing you will most likely notice is there are no windows or fireplace this was intentional from the offset as wall space will become a premium for displaying tiny and unique treasures two of which are already mounted into the walls, these i will tell you about in future posts. The ceiling also still has to be constructed and installed properly. I was a little concerned at first about the size of the room once it has all the items in place but usually these wunderkammer or so called treasure rooms were often rammed to the ceiling with objects in some cases items were often hung from the ceiling to, but i look forward to watching the items appear and changing them around to get the best effects.This is also the first project i have built with electrics once turned on  the two wall lights not only transform the room but also the items in it, again i will get some more photos taken over the next few days to share on here.
Have a great weekend everyone.  Tony.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Room Box Update.

Hi everyone, and a warm welcome to my new followers.
I thought id post a couple of images of the draw that's part of the room box as i have made a little progress on this too. As you can see from the image below the draw has a lid which has a built in mirror, this acts as a window to view the ceiling of the room box itself.



The reflection you see in the mirror is not the completed ceiling just an image i have placed there so you can see how this works.



I have managed to use a genuine antique mirror for the construction of this, it also has a ivory and tortoise shell frame.



The top of the draw is removable by sliding out the top section, the above image also gives a better view of the tiny draw knob which is inlaid with a beautiful piece of blue lace agate. I really have no idea how this piece will eventually turn out as i have made no detailed plans or drawings and I'm bound to come across the odd problem here or there as i have done already but its been worth it up to now. I now need to start visualising the interior and start looking at the types of different lighting I'm going to use.
Have a great week everyone.   Tony.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Room Box Progress.

Hi everyone, after sharing with you the progress i had made creating my second room box a couple of weeks back i thought i would now show you the overall progress i have made.

 
As you can now see its moved on a fair way since the last time i showed it to you and i think you can get a feel for how its going to look once complete, although i still have a fair amount of work still to do on the case itself. The main body has had enamel applied and rubbed back several times this proved tricky when working out measurements as the paint is around 3mm thick, rubbing these coats back then applying light coats once again has given me the opportunity to also age the look.
 
 
I love the way the semi precious minerals add colour and depth to this piece giving an almost irresistible feeling of wanting to touch them.
The next step of work is to start the interior design, I've decided to add lights to the interior and a small hidden compartment behind the main draw will house the electrics, talking about the draw the tiny draw knob has a generous piece of blue lace agate also mounted into the front. All in all I'm pleased how this is moving along but for me the really exciting work is about to begin on the interior hopefully this wont add to much extra weight to the piece as it already is quite hefty.
Have a great week everyone.   Tony.
 
 
 


Sunday, 13 October 2013

Room Box No2.

Hi folks,  Well its been a busy past few weeks with real life issues but i've still managed to get a little time in on my second room box.
While planning this piece i wanted from the outset to create not just a unique miniature interior space but also make the roombox itself very decorative and pleasing to the eye, something you would place in a real life room and if you had visitors it would catch their attention.
Im still not giving too much away as the main box itself is still under construction but the top is nearing completion.

 
As you can see from the image above it is rather colourful and far from being your average roombox.
The Ormolu cherub is set in place on the top while the round inset cabochons of various semi precious minerals add a great sense of colour and mysticism, the centre cabochon is lapis lazuli and is inset into genuine tortoise shell. I intend to slightly age the whole thing so it also blends in with most of the contents of the box which i'm also looking forward to working on and adding the tiny details.
I will undoubtedly post more on this piece of work as it progresses.
Have a great week everyone.  Tony

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Giveaway Winner.

Its been kind of a crazy day here plus we have our two grandchildren staying over with us so i do apologize for being a little late with this post.
All the names from my followers who decided to leave comments were wrote down onto pieces of paper and then mixed up and placed into a bowl where my grandson again had the honour of choosing the lucky winner.

 
 
                                         A big congratulations to Latchkey and jonquil
 
If you would like to contact me via email so i can arrange shipping arrangements. I would also like to thank everyone who decided to leave a comment hopefully it might be your name next time!
Have a great weekend everyone  Tony.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Ormolu Cherub.

Hi everyone, i thought i'd put a quick post in and give you all a taster as to how the next room box is developing.
This room box is completely different to the previous one i created not only in looks but also design too. Without giving too much away this little Ormolu Cherub will have pride of place on the very top of the box! he is a genuine antique french bronze piece and dates to around 1860 he along with two other pieces of decorative metalware will be added to the exterior of the box.

 

I've also constructed and laid a black and white marble floor, this i will post photos of once the box is complete, the room box also stands on four french solid cast brass decorative feet.
I'm not sure but this maybe the final piece i create this year as i still have to fill the inside with all sorts of goodies but I'm sure it will be quite amazing once its finished.
I thought i'd also mention there is still a week before the draw for my giveaway so why not give it a try!
Have a great week everyone.     Tony.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Giveaway Time.

I've decided to put this giveaway up for grabs now as I'm going to be extremely busy over the next couple of weeks .
This tiny little casket is made from ivory and horn and contains a genuine 17th Century button which was found by myself. The button has been cast in bronze and still has the pattern visible on the front,this may have been gilded in gold too.The tiny casket is 1'' wide by 1.5'' in height and just under 1'' in depth.
All you have to do to stand a chance of becoming the owner of this piece of work is

1. Be a follower of my blog.
2. Tell me why you would like to own it.



The piece is signed and dated by myself i will also supply the GPS co-ordinates of where i found the button so you can view it on google earth. The winning entry will be drawn and announced on Saturday 28th September.
Have a great week everyone :)     Tony.
 
 
 

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Next Project.

As i said in my previous post i will be constructing another room box only this one will be quite different to my previous. Whereas in my previous piece i mainly constructed the corner of the room first and then added the accessories in this piece i will construct most of the accessories first and then build the room box to fit the pieces.
I've started off with these two skulls one which has been carved from natural quartz and the other which is carved from horn.

 
The quartz skull is around 1'' in height while the one in horn is a little over 1'' but has an elongated cranium why i hear you ask! well its all to do with the theme this room is going to be based upon but i don't think these will be the only two skulls that will be part of this room, hopefully as these and other pieces evolve i will post them on my blog. As some of you may know i've always had a long standing fascination with not only human skulls but really any type of animal skull since i was quite young, studying anatomy in art when i was older really just added to this obsession and started off a craze for collecting. I'm sure it won't be too difficult for some of you to guess what type of roombox this will eventually become!
On another note i'd like to welcome my new followers and thank you for following my obsession with miniatures.
I'm also working on another giveaway gift which hopefully should be complete in two or three weeks so keep your eyes peeled for that to.
Have a great week everyone.     Tony.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Almost Complete.

Hi everyone, well the watch/clock makers workshop is more or less there, I've added a few more finishing touches including a turned horn candlestick complete with ivory candle.

 
 
                                           Also a little more detailing around the lathe.
 
 
All that's left for me to do is sign and date the piece. I have to say i have thoroughly enjoyed putting something together of this size and have also learnt a few things along the way which hopefully i can put into practice on the next room box i create.
 
 
 





The exterior of the room box has a label on each side as shown in the image above these full size labels were often attached to the back of large clocks or in the case of a pocket watch once completed so i thought these would complete the piece nicely.
The Clock makers Workshop will be put on my for sale page and will be available for purchase.

Over the next few weeks i hope to share some of the items that will be on display in the new room box I'm starting work on, something again quite different and very unusual! this will be the second and last room box that i will build this year as i would like to create and complete some other pieces which I've had on hold for some time now. A warm welcome also to my new followers and many thanks for taking the time to read my journal.
Have a great week everyone.    Tony.

 
 
 



Saturday, 20 July 2013

Time flies.

I've been so busy recently visiting family and friends and taking a short holiday that I've not had a whole lot of time to concentrate on the clock makers workshop although i did manage to add a few more accessories which i completed in between travelling.

 
The tiny framed certificate on the wall is the London clock makers grant of arms there motto being TEMPVS RERVM IMPERATOR or time is the ruler of all things, a most appropriate piece for the wall.
 


 
 
I've also added an apron slide to the workbench this can also be slid underneath the bench when not in use, the master clock maker appears to have also left a few drawings hanging out of the top draw!
 
 
A small tool tray complete with a few more tools sits on the bench next to the lathe, while decorative metal work and cogs hang on the wall ready to take their place in a new clock.
 
 
As you can see from the photo above it's just about there, a few little touches left to add and this piece shall be complete, I have very much enjoyed creating something a little more unusual from what i usually build, and have already thought of another very interesting theme which i can adapt to create a similar sized piece, Hopefully the clock makers workshop will be up for sale in a couple of weeks.
I do apologise if I'm a little late replying to comments left on previous posts and thank everyone who does take the time to leave them. A warm welcome also to my new followers, And many thanks for taking an interest in the pieces i create.
Have a great week everyone.    Tony.




Sunday, 7 July 2013

Adding Details.

Hi everyone, the time has finally come where i can start to add the tiny details that will complete this piece. Firstly you may notice the chair, this is actually the only piece i have not made myself and was a star buy at a car boot sale for just 20p it did need a little work but it fits in with the scene so perfect i just had to use it, the walls have had a little grime and dirt strategically placed as any workshop like this would have had.


The shelf while acting as a great storage area is also a perfect place for displaying unfinished clocks, while the storage area under the lathe bench also contains five vintage watch mechanisms. I'm looking forward to adding all of the other items which will bring this piece to life.
Have a great weekend everyone.     Tony.

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Workshop progress.

Hi everyone, so carrying on from last week's post i thought i'd share some photographs of how things are progressing. I'm sure that you will be able to tell from the latest pics what type of workshop this is going to be.

 
Did you guess right?  OK it is a clock makers workshop and two new additions this week are the wall mounted clock which i have made from a ladies vintage french watch, its a pity it does not still work but i know nothing about repairing watches still i think it looks perfect in its new home, the case is walnut and has ivory banding to the top and bottom. The second clock is on the desk and is part way through repair, the face is missing but the internal workings are there to be seen this is also made from ivory.
 
 
You can just about make out the internal workings of the clock in the above photo along with quite a few more new tools which have been added.
 




There are still plenty of small additions to be added to this piece which will be added over the up and coming weeks.
 

I would also like to welcome my new followers and thank them for taking and interest in my projects.
Also many thanks for all of your comments on my previous post.
Have a great week everyone.     Tony.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Workshop.

Hi everyone, its been a few weeks since my last post so i thought i would share where the tools i recently made and wrote about in my previous post are going to be displayed.

 
As you can see from the photo above the workshop where the tools will be placed is coming along nicely, also just about completed now is the miniature lathe which you can just make out on the right hand side, I'm still not going to disclose what will be made in the workshop as this will become very clear as the piece progresses but a clue is in the height of the main workbench! These type of benches were and still are quite unique to a certain profession.
 
 
 
Now that the main constructed pieces are in place i can start to concentrate on the tiny details which will make the piece come alive! and give a sense of feeling and reality.
Everything you see in the photo is from reclaimed timber most of which came from one broken table leg, the tool box on top of the main workbench has three opening draws which will also contain pieces based on the main theme of the workshop all the other draws of the main workbench also open. I'm looking forward to starting work on all of the tiny accessories that will grace this piece and sharing theses as they become reality.
Have a great week everyone.     Tony.


Saturday, 1 June 2013

Tools of the Trade.

I would like to start this post by thanking everyone who left comments and sent personal messages of support regarding my last post, its difficult to put into words how much i appreciate all of them and again i would just like to say a big thank you.
Ive decided to put the new modern house build on hold due to its size and the amount of time it requires, i sometimes wonder if i will ever get a full build completed! In saying that i have managed to make one or two simple items which i can put down as quickly as i picked up these will become part of something a little different to what i am used to building.

 
I have placed a memory stick in the shot as a reference to size, The four tiny screw drivers were fun to make and are meant to replicate antique tools ( theres a clue! ) the tiny hammer was a little more time consuming as i acutally cast the head myself but just as much fun the shaft was hand carved from beech wood. Now if your wondering if these will be part of a tool box, well not quite! but im sure that you will like where they eventually end up.
Have a great week everyone.       Tony.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Life has a way of dealing both good and bad times as I'm sure we have all experienced, i wasn't sure if i wanted to make this post but thought it only polite to let all of my followers know that at least for the time being i have decided to take a rest from making any further work due to the fact that a family member has been diagnosed with breast cancer, i have no doubt that the up and coming weeks and months are going to be tough and very testing so I'm sure you will all understand this decision i have taken. I will at every available opportunity still read every ones blogs and hopefully when the time is right start producing some pieces again.
Have a great weekend everyone.   Tony.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Slow Progress.

Hi everyone, and a warm welcome to my new followers. This has been a tough week for me as i decided to return back to my full time job after 5 weeks with a slipped disk in my back, after taking regular back exercise and visiting a physiotherapist i came to the conclusion that i would be fit enough to return and do light duties! Hmmm it did not quite turn out the way i anticipated, a combination of pain killers and stress plus irrational people does not make you feel to good.
The build i am currently working on has also stalled as i am waiting for materials plus I'm still experimenting with different lighting which needs to be done before i can continue any further although i couldn't resist putting one of my pieces inside to see how it looked.

 
 
This tiny carved panel was given to me many years ago by a cabinet maker who had been asked to convert a piece of Japanese furniture in this case a cabinet to hold a TV set, yes i know what your thinking taking such a beautiful piece of furniture to pieces to house a TV is just wrong in my opinion but that's the way things go. The cabinet was constructed in 1890 and had a total of 29 draws inside all of which were removed and reused with the exception of this tiny one that measures just 3.5'' x 2'' on viewing the back you can also still see the joints which were made to hold the sides in place too one thing that did puzzle me was that this was the only draw that never had a handle so I'm a little confused as to how it was opened unless it had some type of spring mechanism? either way i was very happy to take this off his hands at that moment in time and it now has the perfect home.

 
The plain walnut frame around the outside was added by myself  but is fully removable , i just thought it gave it a better finish.
Ive also been thinking about some type of name for the gallery once its completed, this isn't as easy as i thought it would be so if any of my followers and friends would like to submit ideas i would be more than happy to consider using one that i like and in the event i do use one then i will send that person a small token of my appreciation.
Hopefully over the next few weeks i will be able to share with you more progress as it happens or alternatively share the tiny treasures that will be displayed in this new build.
Have a great week everyone.   Tony. 

Friday, 19 April 2013

New Build Progress.

Hi everyone, well as promised i have managed to take a few shots of how this piece is progressing. It may be a little difficult to understand how this piece is going to look once complete so I'll try my best to explain, also please excuse the spare rooms tidiness!! lol.


This is a top view showing the walls and floor space, the roof overhang to the left covers a recessed area inside the building this will have lights mounted along not only the inside section but also the area that covers the entrance. To the bottom of the image you can see one of the full wall length windows, this along with the two wall sections to the left and also the top are fully removable for ease of access and also for photographing items on display, i will mention that the property is meant to resemble a gallery for displaying not only pieces i make but also for some of the items i have collected.
 
This image shows the front of the build and the main entrance which as i said before will be a sliding door, all of the windows and doors are or will be constructed from walnut, the main frame and floor are all solid oak, also in this shot you can see the overhang that will house the lights, again the end wall section in this shot with the two window panes is fully removable.
 
 
This photo shows the wall section removed. The interior solid walls i wanted to do something a little different with i decided to panel these with different hardwoods, these are beech, oak , maple and koto.
 


 
Again showing the main entrance with the overhang also in this shot you can see the different timber i have used for the interior walls.
 
 
An end view shot through the floor to ceiling windows, i wanted as much natural light as possible to shine inside the gallery once completed.
 
 




And finally showing the main entrance again with the interior wall timbers, again because i have made the wall sections fully removable this also enables me to construct different designed sections which will also give the building a different look.
Well that's the progress i have made so far, there's still a fair way to go but I'm happy how its turned out up to now, I'm still planning the roof and also looking around for different lighting options as this moves forward i will make more progress reports on how things are going.
Have a great weekend everyone.   Tony.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

New Build.

Yikes another none image post!! Well work on the new build is progressing and i do promise to post some shots of it soon, one thing that's struck me after starting this is how big it is compared to working in 1/24th, i suppose the fact that i usually make items which go inside buildings as opposed to me actually making the building also has something to do with it. Because i hadn't actually put any plans on paper or even worked out dimensions it means i have had tell myself when to stop and that the building at least for the time being is adequate for my needs, one thing i have learned is that its so easy to get carried away when building something like this and before you know it ..well its a long term project and that's what i didn't want, there's also the fact that i'm limited for space.
Ive used all completely recycled timber for this project the main framework of the building and floor is Oak while all the window frames are currently going to be made from walnut, also as things have progressed I've managed to construct it in such a way that 3 of the 4 exterior  walls will have large removable panels this will make it easier for me to take better internal photographs, another reason i went with this idea is it allows me to design new panels to give the building a different look and also extend it if i ever wish to, this has been made easier by the fact the building has sliding doors, i do apologize if it sounds a little puzzling but as i said hopefully i will have some images up pretty soon.
Have a wonderful week everyone.   Tony

Monday, 8 April 2013

New Project.

For the past few months I've been rolling ideas around in my head about constructing a build in 1/12th scale! i know i still have the cobblers shop to complete but constructing a build in 1/12th would serve more than just one purpose for me, it would enable me to take photos of the pieces i make in a 1/12th scale setting plus after constructing the cobblers shop  in 1/24th doing something in 1/12th would most likely be a lot easier. After some deep thoughts i decided that what i wanted to construct had to be quite simple not just in terms of the build itself but also the actual look. I have rather strange tastes in real life architecture mixing both old and modern yet trying to blend the structure into natural surroundings, One of my all time favourite architects is Frank Lloyd Wright , i also have a passion for Huf Haus, founded in 1912 the German company is now the worlds leading supplier of houses built in the Bauhaus tradition.
So I'm thinking how can i combine a little bit of all these together!!  Its not going to be anything on a very large scale, in fact a single story only, but suffice to say it will allow me to take photographs of future pieces i make in a 1/12th scale setting.
                                                           Let Construction Begin!!
Have a great week everyone.  Tony.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Tick Tock.

Hi everyone, firstly i hope everyone has enjoyed there Easter weekend.
The piece I'm about to share with you so the story goes was picked up by a semi retired clock restorer at a local antique auction quite a few years back. There was no description that accompanied the piece except that it was not working and there was no access to the inside mechanism.


Upon inspecting the clock at the auction, the restorer who eventually won the clock noticed on the front was a engraved plaque that mentioned a well known archaeologist which for him gave the piece a certain mysticism about it.

 
Upon getting the clock back to his workshop he struggled to find a way of viewing the internal mechanism so decided to leave it until the next day.
After spending a few more hours pondering over what he had brought home he discovered something special about the clock.
 
 
The fact that the clock didn't actually have any working internal mechanism but was in fact a type of secret box that had been constructed to look like a clock, to his amazement what sat inside was a small piece of treasure like he had never seen before, The solid silver head bust of Nefertiti Mounted onto a base of Ivory.
 
 
Obviously the clock restorer was over the moon with his purchase and instead of restoring the outer case decided to leave it just as it was so it would not draw attention and keep it in his own personal collection. An imaginative and interesting story made up with the help of my grandson.
The clock itself measures a little under 2'' in height,with the silver head bust measuring 1''.
This piece of work will be available on my for sale page.
Have a great and safe week everyone.   Tony.




Saturday, 30 March 2013

Giveaway Winner.

Hi everyone, Hope your all enjoying your Easter weekend, i would just like to thank all of my followers who decided to enter my giveaway, my daughter wrote down all 69 entries and then my grandson who i have to say has been rather excited about it all picked the lucky name.

 
 
And the winner is!!   Sab
 
Congratulations to sab if you could email me your details please, the water colour and case will be on its way to you ASAP.
Again many thanks to everyone who took the time to comment :)
 
Have a great weekend everyone.         Tony.

Friday, 29 March 2013

Artists Box.

Hi everyone, id like to start this post by wishing all my followers a happy Easter and for all the wonderful comments on my previous posts, I would also like to congratulate Brae who's blog otterine has just been voted No1 in the readers choice awards for 2013, I'm sure as most of you are aware Brae creates some of the most inspiring pieces of work and is an inspiration to all miniature artists around the globe. Many congratulations Brae.

As mentioned previously when i was making the case for the water colour painting it gave me the idea of making a artists box, Ive decided to create two of these one for watercolours and one for oils which will be a little more complex as i want to include more items.

 
Obviously it made sense to start with the least complicated first so the watercolour box was born.
The box measures 1.5'' x 1.25'' and as you can see is a well used item.

 
The artist who owned this lived in Paris at the turn of the century and spent most of his days painting simple watercolours which he would sell to acquire money for his rent and food, looking inside the box there's also a receipt and a couple of addresses of potential clients pined to the lid.
 

The box contains all the basic items he needs to enable him to also carry it with him on journeys and especially when he visits his parents in the country.

 
The paint tray is also removable as are the tiny water pots and painting board. Sometimes simple pieces like this can also be the most special.
 


I still have a box very similar to this which i acquired when i started as a young apprentice sign writer when i first left school only my box was used primarily for carrying different kinds of brushes and not paints. After a couple of years i moved to the restoration of horse drawn carriages carrying out basic carpentry skills and the complete repaint of the carriage down to hand painting crests and applying the gold leaf this was my introduction into the artistic world.
The tiny artists box will be available on my for sale page.
Have a great day everyone.   Tony