Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Miniature Tea Party

It has been a while since my last posting, and I know I said I'd be back with part two of the Chrysnbon kit, but here I am, carried away with my latest creation: sugar tea cookies and caramel cheesecake cupcakes.

Dollhouse miniature tea parties are the best, and when you have the right cookie selection you can't go wrong, right? :)

I wanted to make quite a few, so that everyone can pick their favorite. So amongst them you'll find different shapes and sizes, all of them smaller than even I could have predicted they'd turn out.

So, I let my imagination get the best of me, and created some funny shapes, that actually remind me of my grandmothers' cookies, which I so much loved to eat. And although this batch is all polymer clay and pastel colors, I can't help but feel the smell of sugar frosting and fresh cupcakes in the air.

I can't really tell which is my favorite, I'll let you be the judge of that. So pick out from the miniature mushrooms, tiny white ghosts and pink peaches and let me know if you fancy any of them for your dollhouse party guests.

PS: In case you were wondering, the ceramic stand used for the serving is made out of two plates and an old earring stud I happened to stumble upon. Pretty ingenious, right? I told you I really let my imagination run free.

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

My First Chrysnbon Kit

Let me say that ever since I have started to constantly dedicate time and thought to my passion for miniatures, starting with six months ago, I have been time and again changing my take on a lot of things. 

At first I started to collect miniatures. That was enough for me. No matter the object, no matter the scale, just randomly, without any discernment, I really, truly loved each one of them, and it made no difference to me that the finishing touches were rough, or that the scale was not precise. They were just pretty in and of themselves, or so I thought.

But now I feel I have more refined taste, and my appreciation for finer things is starting to kick in. And that is how I came about to buying (on eBay) my first ever Chrysnbon kit.

I have to admit that I had my doubts from the beginning, and with good reason, it's made of plastic. But once you see the elements, even unassembled, rough, without any paint, even then they look so delicate that it's impossible not to love them. You just can't get the same detail with wood, not on that scale. All other wooden miniature pieces simply pale in comparison to the Chrysnbon kit - plastic as it may be. All of a sudden it becomes clear that the other miniature furniture you once owned is simply chunkier, rougher, and what's worse, that it has proportion flaws.

But let's get back to my kit, it's for a miniature kitchen cabinet, and it is just like a swan (for lack of a better word), swimming amongst little geese in my tiny, unfinished kitchen (which I will write about at one time, when I feel ready). 

So, I ordered it, I got it in the mail, I opened it, and I started to read the instructions carefully. Easy enough right? Well, not quite, as I have always had a problem with patiently and thoroughly reading the instructions - even when it comes down to medicine :)). To be honest I get the very distinct feeling that there is nothing anyone can teach me that I don't already know, or can make a logical assumption of. How many times I have been mistaken on this account, I couldn't possibly know, but one time too many, that's for sure.

Long story short, turns out you were supposed to paint it first. Meaning, all those tiny pieces, with all those tiny accessories glued on top had to be sprayed on first with paint - that is before assembling them. Made sense, as it did come with a small paint box, but since I couldn't even stand having it brown, I painted it white.

As you can imagine, it took some time, mostly because of my crappy glue. But after gluing my hand to my hair, my hand to my chair, two fingers together, well, let's say practice makes perfect, and after a while it was done. First thing I learned though - throw away the crappy glue (it was an a+b epoxy) - goodbye and good riddance.

On account of my impatience, which we have already determined somewhere above, I am missing intermediary pictures :(. So we'll have to do with whatever I was able to document, my hand trembling with the excitement and emotion of getting to the patina stage, which, for me is the icing on the cake.

Now I am waiting for my second kit, for which I will be better prepared - The Miniature Bathroom. I promise I'll have more details, and hopefully more pictures. :))

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Strawberries, real ones, miniature ones, I'll take them all.

It is strawberry season, and I feel a new challenge arising. I have to admit that I have always dreaded making "berries" of any kind, and that's why I kept postponing for as long as I could. And I'll tell you why. They are quite small in real life as well, and I've rarely seen realistic miniature strawberries, so I thought I'd stay away for the time being.

However, their abundance in the local market, and their wonderful aroma filling the air gave me the push I needed to change my mind. I manned up, and decided to give them a try.

My recipe? A polymer clay that is not Fimo (it's called Cernit). It's less translucent, and it gives you the perfect white that you find inside a plump strawberry. My technique is like this: first I paint it using pastel powder, and then I add a touch of red paint. 

And since they seemed to turn out quite good from the very first try (or so I think) :-) well, I ended up using them for pretty much everything...breakfast, my first strawberry cake, my second strawberry cake, and probably my third cake and so on :-)

So now you know, that's how I came about making miniature strawberries.