Friday, October 20, 2017

Well I did finish it. And it is Friday...

Empty wine glass sitting on a cutting mat in front of a selection of bagged kits and a one-twelfth scale miniature wall with a metal clock on it.
I'm acting up this week and next, so this is the only sort off Finish-it-off-Friday action happening around here tonight...

Monday, October 16, 2017

Making time for miniatures on Monday

Industrial miniature scene of a large metal clock on a distressed wall behind a desk with various brass items displayed on it.
So that only took four years (and five minutes once I actually started)... *sigh*

In other, more heartening news, look what's finished (if, I now see, a wee bit wonky):
A miniature one-twelfth scale shadow box in the shape of a house displayed behind a tiny dolls house for a dolls house and a Toby dog figurine.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saturday, and so many kits

After last night's win, this afternoon I felt the urge to return to The Tub of Undone and see what else I could complete quickly and tick off the list.
Cutting mat with a ruler, tweezers, cutting knife and tube of Weldbond glue arranged on it. To the right is a package of baking paper and to the back is a tub of miniature kits.
The first kit I pulled out was a Punch and Judy theatre by Jewel Lewis, which I got at last year's NZAME convention but didn't seem to blog about. Probably because I didn't actually buy it, but won it from a lucky ticket thingo.

You've seen Jewel's work on the blog before, and I'd obviously just dumped this kit into the tub when I got home, without opening it. Because today when I opened it I found that it included Punch. And Judy. And even Toby:
One-twelfth scale miniature Punch and Judy figures next to a card which reads 'Punch and Judy Toby A gift from Jewel'
(So much detail, as usual for Jewel...)
Close up of a one-twelfth scale Judy puppet.
I actually put this kit back in the tub because I have no need for a Punch and Judy theatre at the moment and figured I might need the components at a later stage. But I was feeling very happy to know about the figures!

Another Jewel Lewis purchase from last year's NZAME Convention that I did blog about is the Very Small Dollshouse.
'Very small dollshouse' in its packaging, on a cutting board with a cutting knife next to it.
Which, as it states on the packaging, is very small.
Pieces of a 'Very small dollshouse' and instruction sheet, arranged on a cutting board.
So small, in fact, that I found that my reading glasses weren't enough for working on it and so I had to go rummage in my embroidery stash and pull out my neck magnifier as well*.
Side of a 'Very small dollshouse' displayed on the tip of a cutting knife, and showing the details of windows, siding and chimney laser-cut into it.
While on the subject of very small houses, I started on Jane Harrop's House shelves kit.
Pieces of a one-twelfth scale house shelves kit and instruction sheet, arranged on a cutting board with a ruler, cutting knife and tweezers.
I'd been putting this off because I thought I could perhaps bash it into a miniature version of IKEA's FLISAT house (which, if you're wondering, is still sitting in my laundry half-built). I decided to just go with the kit instructions.

While waiting for glue on my two tiny houses to dry, I unpacked the Chrysnbon cookware kit I bought at last year's Sydney show and sorted out the contents (sorting and re-bagging them and putting them back in the tub for similar reasons to Punch and Judy kit).
Plastic one-twelfth scale cookware kit pieces, dumped on a cutting board with some still on their sprues.
Another kit sourced from the Sydney show (but the year before's), did actually meet the glue:
Pieces of a one-twelfth scale plastic storage crate, laid out on a cutting board.
And while I was pulling out the Jane Harrop House shelves kit, I spotted this:
Photograph of a one-twelfth industrial trolley kit, with the kit pieces laid out beneath.
Which seems far too clean and tidy for my tastes, but which I plan to grunge up rather a lot. Starting with the wheels:
Wheels from a one-twelfth industrial trolley kit mounted on skewers and painted black and rusty shades.
So in terms of completion, I'm not doing very well (what with waiting for glue and paint to dry), but I feel like I'm definitely making good progress...

(*Getting old sucks)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Finish it off Friday (and I deserve a drink!)

In the spirit of 'done not perfect', look at what I (finally) finished this evening:
Modern one-twelfth scale modern miniature Alvar Aalto Trolley 900 set up for drinks.
There are still a few final touches I need to sort out, but for now I'm just going to bask in the glow of awesomeness I feel in wrestling it to completion.

Thanks Kikka N, I love it!

Monday, October 09, 2017

Monday (and the story of the missing metronome...)

Because I'd bought a Lori Loft to Love online from David Jones, those pesky Google algorithms kept throwing up ads for other Lori items offered by them.

Which (as you do) I basically ignored. Until the morning when my eye caught the prices on the advert. Which were much lower than it had been when I'd last been on their site (and, dammit, when I'd bought my loft...).

So I found myself clicking through. And discovering that the ballet studio was deeply discounted. Enough that I could easily justify yet another miniature edifice to try and find room for.

Soon after it arrived, I pulled the mirror sticker off the back wall and sawed off the barre. And (I'm not sure how) the space decided to become a piano studio with the addition of a bed I picked up half price from the Blue Star Kiwi stall in Wellington last month, an afghan from a 2014 Melbourne trip and the desk from Margell Public School. Plus a rug I picked up back in 2008 (used to cover the holes in the floor where the piano was attached for shipping) and the cushions I bought at the 2016 NZAME convention.
One-twelfth scale modern miniature piano studio with a grand piano in front of a bay window. On the floor are strewn several pages of music.
I contemplated adding a poster from the set I bought last Christmas (which seemed apt, as I'd decided that this was an early Christmas present to myself. Let's not even discuss the fact that I don't do Christmas, shall we?)

But if this was to be a studio for a dedicated piano student, there was something missing: a metronome!

I knew I'd bought a beautiful Alan Waters one many years ago: I just had to find it.

Many miniaturists will understand the frustration of looking for that one tiny thing. I checked Stephen's apartment (the most likely home for it). No luck.

I checked all my other scenes, with the same outcome.

I checked my storage boxes for 'Pastimes and hobbies', and 'Lounge decoration'. Still nothing.

Finally, I tried miniature meditation. You know the one. Sit. Relax. Focus on the object you're looking for...

And it came to me. The metronome was on the shelf of a music room. That I'd made for (and given to) my mum years ago.

So long ago, in fact that it hadn't (as far as my nifty search skills told me) been blogged about. And a search of the envelopes of printed photos from my film camera found nothing either.

I guess I need to make or buy a new one. In the meantime, I still need to decide what year my piano studio is set in. That will inform the choice of desk chair, among other things...