So, I was scrolling through my digital photos looking for some of my 'normal' miniature work. Slim pickin's. I do love making the strange and unusual. But I have and still rarely do make conventional miniatures. Those that appeal to the general collecting public as opposed to the quirky variety.
Still, I started making the usual miniature stuff, and have photos of past stuff from back in the covered wagon days when film had to be developed. And film came in rolls. And you could not edit the bad stuff out.
Some of the mainstream miniatures would have to be paintings. I actually got my IGMA Fellow award in paintings.
Then it followed that I would paint on things.
Success is never getting to the bottom of your to-do list. Marissa Mayer
Right now I feel like the worst blogger, I am totally incapable of following a schedule, so I have never made one. When I do even make a to do list, nothing on that list gets done by the end of the day because of so many shiny objects that fall into my path. Sometimes that's fun, sometimes frustrating.
I have had this 'normal' project on my so called to-do list for YEARS. MANY YEARS. I got the shell at Eileen Godfrey's shop long ago when that shop existed and when Eileen was here on earth. God, I miss her.
She got the shell from the UK and I do not remember the maker. She used to travel to the UK shows to buy wonderful things for her shop. She had the best stuff. This was back in the 80's when one pound sterling was worth about 50 cents US. So, yep, long ago.
Anyway, this was the first incarnation of that shop:
Once upon a time, I got this delightful room box on eBay. It was originally in an auction of miniatures owned by Caroline Sunstein, an avid collector of miniatures both antique and contemporary. I got only the box, no furnishings.
I did ask an expert, Susan Milmore, if she knew anything about it, like who made it, but she said it was not one that belonged to Caroline, but rather one that had been thrown into the auction. (By the way, Susan has a wonderful blog full of wonderful miniatures of her own as well as lots of information about exceptional miniatures in general.)
So here is that box. And I love it. The lighting comes in through the window via a regular light bulb. It makes a nice effect.
As an aside, those books you see everywhere are from my FREE book kit and you can get it HERE
So I happened to find more of these boxes made by this unknown maker in another auction at Ron Rhoads in March and I won 5 of them. Did I need them? Absolutely not. (There are worse addictions. They cost me less than a year of heavy crack use, which is the standard by which I measure all miniature purchases.)
BIRD CAGES ARE NOTHING OF INCREDIBLE VALUE, BUT I LIKE THEM. Elsa Peretti
So I already shared my obsession with CHAIRS, on my old Blogger blog.
And it would appear that I also have an obsession with bird cages based on the sheer number I have in my miniature collection. You can't really put a skeleton in every room of a miniature setting, (well I can) but you sure can put a bird cage in every room!!
OK, not really cheese exactly, but it's cheese that inspired the project.
Since my idea of big fun is Halloween, and my idea of bigger fun is miniatures, and I am obsessed with pumpkins and also treat baskets that resemble pumpkins, I decided to make said treat baskets by using fine sand wrapped up in plastic wrap. I'd seen this trick in tips and tuts over the years and know that jack o'lantern makers do it that way. I think they mostly use polymer clay. But I use Creative Paperclay a lot and have air dry clay in my hoard, so used that.
And it works. But its hard to get a nice and round little bucket, ball shape. For me.
Now, I had been saving the wax wrappers that come on those small cheese snacks. Because that wax is fun to play with and finally roll into a ball and then keep. Because I might need wax balls someday. You get that right? You might have some in your stash just in case.
Yes, you have seen these before. Made with the wax balls.
This is how it goes: