Tuesday, 26 May 2015

House Elf Heads & Cages

 Over the Weekend, I spent some time in the Cabin making a few little bits.
I tried my hand at making a Cage for Eeylops, from the Laser cut wood I brought at KDF, from Templewood Miniatures, some stiff wire already in my stash, two Black Glass headed Pins and a small piece of Leather. 
Firstly, I gave the Wood a wash of Acrylic Paint. I then measured out where the wire was going to go and marked the wood. I then used a needle pointed tool to make holes into the wood, on both the top and bottom of the cage pieces, but made sure the needle didn't go all the way through. I then cut all the wires to the same length and glued them into the bottom piece. While I was waiting for the glue to dry. I cut a small piece of leather to make the handle and folded that and glued. I then cut the tops off two very small Glass headed pins, leaving a short piece of the pin to knock into the wood. These I used to attach the handle to the wood. Once everything was dry, I put the top of the cage onto the wire. It was a nightmare getting the wires to stay in place, but eventually after a lot of swearing, they all fitted in. I finished around the bottom and top edges with very thin cut veneer and touched it up with paint. All in all not bad for a first attempt, though next time, I'm going to hunt out my Dremel and drill the holes.
I've also made some more House Elf Heads to put in Frames. They are all made with Super Sculpey. I brought the Frames from The Works, they are bare wood, so can be stained or painted in any colour you wish. I originally brought them for my Scrapbooks, but they are the perfect size for 1:12th Scale. There are ten in a pack, 2 of each design for £1.00.
Please excuse the pictures as they were taken on my phone and it was dark outside the Cabin.

Kensington Weekend 2015 ~ Part 3

These are the pictures that were taken when we all met up outside Kensington Town Hall, for a chat and catch up. There may be a few faces you recognize.
The bottom pictures are of the pieces I brought home with me..
Jolie & Ann
Karen & Kat
Here's the links to everyone's blogs and websites:
Jolie : Jolie's Sanctuary
Ann : Runs a Dollshouse Club
Karen: Is a collector
Kat: Kat Hazelton
Jayne: Tallulah~Belle Originals
Me: Tiny Treasures
Wendiekins: WendiesMiniWorld
Nikki: Witch & Wizard Miniatures
Joolz: Joolz Kendall
Michael: MichaelR Miniatures
Carlanne: Nature's Fae
Janice: On Being A Mini Mum
The Laser off cuts came from Templewood Miniatures.
The Fire Crane & Fire Dogs were from Romney Miniatures.
Ornate Brackets from Art Of Mini.
Little Owl In Cage from Kastlekelm Miniatures.
Toadstool with Face from MichaelR Miniatures.
Owl from Aidan Campbell.

Michaels wonderful Miniatures
Jolie & Jayne to the right
Me giggling wearing Kat's Horny Head dress
Michael showing us his wares

Jayne & Janice
Joolz, Jolie, Jayne & Janice
Laser Cut Off cuts from Templewood Miniatures
Fire Crane from Romney Miniatures
Fire Dogs From Romney Miniatures
Ornate Laser Cut Bracket's from Art Of Mini
Little Owl From Kastlekelm Miniatures
Toadstool from Michael R Miniatures
Owl From Aidan Campbell Miniatures
Pickle and I having a cuddle at the end of the day

Friday, 22 May 2015

Kensington Weekend 2015 ~ Part 2 Gifts

 As I knew I'd be meeting up with Friends at Kensington, I made sure that I took a little Gift for them.
If you remember I made a mould of the Dragon head, well I thought they would be a nice gift for the Girls. I made them from Super Sculpey. I made a hanger from wire and inserted it into the uncooked clay. Once the Dragon heads were cooked. I painted them with acrylic paint and used Rub & Buff to make the details stand out. They also got a layer of Glitter paint, as I wanted them to Sparkle in the light. I used Rhinestone's for the Eyes. Once they were dry I used a matching Ribbon to hang them on. Although they are made from a mould, each one is slightly different as the decoration is all done by hand. I literally use my fingernails to make the markings in the fins.
 I also found some lovely little wooden frames in The Works, think there are 10 in a packet and five different shapes for a pound. I'd actually brought them for my Scrapbooks. I made a couple of little House Elf Heads, but made sure they had a flat back. I painted a couple of the Frames, first in Black, then in a Metallic paint and finished it all of with an antiquing medium. I then cut a backing from Scrapbook Card and mounted it to fit each Frame. I then added the Head.
I also took loads quite a few packets of Welsh cakes with me, which I forget to take a picture of, but luckily Bea showed them in a tweet, on Twitter. so I've borrowed her picture.
I hope everyone liked their pressies and I know those Welsh Cakes came in handy at the show, kept everyone going. Fuel for the Soul..

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Kensington Weekend 2015

Presents Wrapped & Welsh Cakes Packed
 Last Thursday, I travelled South for the Kensington Dollshouse Festival, which also coincided with my Friends 50th Birthday. I made sure that I had the presents wrapped and a copious amount of Welsh cakes for friends exhibiting at the festival and friends that I was meeting there.
On the Friday morning, I travelled into London, I was the first one of our KDF Crew to get there and ended up having a chat with Bob from Country Contrast & Paul from Country Treasures, who were outside, before I got in the queue.
The rest of the gang met me outside a little while later.We all seemed to get split up inside the venue, but all met up at 2pm outside under the tree. (Photo's to follow in another Post).
I went with a strict list this time and told myself that I wasn't going to let my heart rule my head. I wanted bits for Slug & Jiggers Apothecary and Eeylops Owl Emporium.
Petite Properties ~ Bea Broadwood
Petite Properties ~ Bea Broadwood
Petite Properties ~ Bea Broadwood
 Bea Broadwoods, Petite Properties stall that was jam packed, lots and lots of new kits and some that were retiring at the show. Managed a quick catch up with Bea and Mr Bea.
Carol & Tomas Kubrican ~ True2Scale Miniatures
Carol & Tomas Kubrican, from True 2 Scale were over from the United States exhibiting and it was lovely to finally meet them in person after following Carols Blog for years. Such a lovely couple. They had some fabulous Kits. One that really caught my eye was the Red Stove, inside the Oven was a miniature version again of the stove and the other was the Creep Coffin Kit. Brilliant.
Lidi Stroud ~ Basketcase Miniatures
The lovely Lidi Stroud, of Basketcase Miniatures, was also exhibiting all the way from Australia. Her Baskets are beautiful.
Bob's, Country Treasures stall was overflowing with yummy food's, enamel ware and some lovely wooden tables and dressers and as always the lovely Doreen was behind the stall. Managed to have a good chat with them near the end of the day.
Bob & Doreen ~ Country Contrast
Country Contrast
 I have to say, there were some absolutely fabulous stands with exquisite miniatures on Display. One of my favourites was Janny Warnaar's, Art Of Mini. Janny was really busy when I got there, but I did manage to say Hello to her lovely Hubby. Their stall was absolutely jam crammed with miniatures and the most fabulous Room Boxes filled with so much detail, they were absolutely beautiful. I have no idea how they had managed to transport it all over and keep everything looking immaculate.
Art Of Mini
Art Of Mini
Art Of Mini
Art Of Mini
Art Of Mini
I also had a lovely chat with Jenny Kelm of Kastlekelm Miniatures, who had some really unusual bits and pieces on her stall, but unfortunately I didn't get a picture.
Also caught up with Jane from Thimbleminis, who makes the most beautiful Prams, Pushchairs and other Baby equipment. Her modern Prams are fabulous. 
Jane Timms ~ Thimblemins
Crumpled & Rumpled ~ Judith Laird
The Little Hatter ~ Annette Shaw
I also managed to catch up with Judith from Crumpled and Rumpled and her friend Annette from The Little Hatter. Think they were glad of the Welsh Cakes to get them through the day.
I did manage to buy a beautiful Owl from Aidan Campbell for Eeylops.
Aidan Campbell Miniatures
The Giddy Kipper
By the time I got to Julie Campbell and Jain Squires, both their respective stands were looking very empty. But we did manage a quick chat and a catch up.
I have to say I had a lovely day, all be it a long one and it was lovely to catch up with Friends old and new. But I know I missed a few on my travels around the show.
The lovely Jain Squires & Julie Campbell
Julie Campbell Doll Artist
Julie Campbell Doll Artist
Julie Campbell Doll Artist

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