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.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Giveaway .

Hi everyone, Firstly not much to report on my new build as yet, i have cut all the timber to size and am currently in the process of measuring out the window openings, once the basic carcass has been put together as a dry fit i'll post some images ....secondly ive decided to do a giveaway and share my birthday celebrations with all of my followers which will run until the 27/06/15 i have a very busy month in june celebrating my own birthday and taking a holiday so the winner of this piece of work will be announced once i return from my vacation.
So if you're interested in entering to win this little Ivory and tortoise shell tea caddy just drop me a comment and of course you must be a follower of my blog.

The tea caddy is made from reclaimed ivory and tortoise shell and measures just under 1'' in height and 1/2'' in width and depth.

The draw will take place on 27/06/2015 and the winner will be announced on my blog the same day
I've also Reduced the last two items on my for sale page but only to followers of my blog.
Have a great weekend everyone.  Tony.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Making plans

Whilst i still have the other ivory casket to complete and now that i've finished most of the items i started last year i've started drawing up plans to start a new house. I still have two projects that i started a fair while back which have not been completed but after serious consideration i really want to build something not only that i can put my own miniatures in but also ones which i see for sale by other artists but won't purchase as i have nowhere to keep them.
Having such a wide and varied taste in what i like creates problems when it comes to constructing a house to display them in, on one hand i have a passion for antique items and period rooms but then on the other i like modern settings too, so ive had to sit down and think of something where i can combine both of these if i so wish too. The basic plans are inside my head and have been for a couple of months now but i really need to get these down on paper and see how they form together then i can get started on construction, i'm not anticipating completing this in just a few months and will still continue to make pieces to sell as this will also help fund the build but i look forward to sharing developments as and when they happen.
Have a great weekend everyone. Tony.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Jewellery box.

Hi everyone, whilst i'm still working on the ivory casket i've virtually completed this jewellery box.

The main body s ivory whilst the lid has an inlaid section of tortoise shell surrounded by a small ivory band, the mirror inside also has a tiny ivory surround.

The removable tray is lined with a red calf leather which i've turned upside down and brushed this gives a felt effect and contrasts perfectly with all the other materials.
This box measures 1.5'' in width by 1'' in depth and stands a fraction under an inch in height the wood is slightly aged as most boxes of this age would genuinely be,  i would have loved to have put some  antique or even modern jewelry inside but im afraid im not that talented still its a nice little piece.
This piece will be available on my FOR SALE page.
I've also started working on plans for another project one that will take some considerable time to complete hopefully i can share more details about this in the near future...well busy weekend in store two dogs and two grandchildren to take care of and keep amused for two days Lol!
Have a great weekend everyone. Tony.

Friday, 1 May 2015

A work in progress

Remember i mentioned a couple of posts back about a larger project i was working on, well heres a short glimpse of what it is, i've always fancied making a larger casket from ivory but i've had to wait until i had enough to carry it through.

Its been difficult at times making this piece as all the recess and carving i've done with files only the reason being i wanted it to look reasonably authentic as caskets of this period would have looked but also because i've been taking this piece to work with me in a small wooden box complete with my tools and working on it in my dinner break, theres still a lot more to do on it yet including adding hinges polishing and then decorating the inside it measures 2.25'' in width x 1.5'' in depth the height is also 1.5''. I'm not sure yet what it will hold maybe a bible or some other treasure but i'll keep you updated with more photos as it progresses.
Have a great Long and safe weekend everyone.  Tony.