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I made a bookcase for Stephen's dispensary (which features so prominently in the "Sir!  Sir, it's Mister Hollom!" scene and elsewhere...  What, you've never noticed it?) as well as a random jar of marmalade for him to breakfast upon.

I also adapted an old shelf/dresser thing that I've had since childhood in my old dollhouse, but I never quite liked it.  However, I found that it fits perfectly in the low-ceilinged sick bay, so I decided to use it there with some adaptations.  I think it just may be the only thing that comes from my original collection of miniatures!  Mostly because none of those things are good enough for Jack and Stephen.

     


Bookcase in progress










The shelf with the rail below is to hold his largest bottles that won't fit on regular shelves.  The rail is to keep them from falling out or over in a heavy sea (which is also the reason for doors on the bookcase, I imagine.)  Really I had no idea what was below the bookcase (even after poring over countless screencaps and adjusting the brightness and contrast to TRY to see what it was), so I decided just to invent a shelf for big bottles.  Because it was easy and because I'm kind of lazy and because I really didn't want to have to make more books than absolutely necessary.  (Why does Stephen have to have so many books in his dispensary???)  So far I've made 3 books.  Phew.


Here's the beginning of the breakfast stuff, with the marmalade.  (I keep wanting to type marmelade, which Wikipedia tells me is the name of a town in Haiti and a misspelling of marmalade.  I think I must have been spelling it wrong all these years!)


I made the jar out of some tubing and jewelry findings, and the marmalade itself out of Realistic Water and some shavings of an orange plastic prescription bottle.


Here's the old dresser shelf thing.


So I ripped off all the fronts of the drawers and made new ones, as well as removing most of the varnish and also some of the stain in the lower portion, because I expect it's gotten wet several times in its life.  Probably not submerged in standing water, but what with leaky walls and all, and the sickbay being located right at the stern where the ship goes crashing forward into the waves, I expect it gets wet sometimes.  And I dirtied and scratched it up too.


I don't know what he'll put in there.  Bandages and lint, non-precious things.


And just for curiosity of how it would look, I took this picture of a view out their window.  (I set the roombox up in front of my computer screen.)  "There's the Acheron, and - hey wait a minute, that's us over there!"


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Date: 2009-05-17 01:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ldhenson.livejournal.com
You're amazing!

It's great that you put the before and after pictures of the dresser, because you can see what a huge difference you made in the doors. And your use of the plastic pharmacy bottle is inspired.

I love the view out the windows!

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Date: 2009-05-17 02:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grace-poppy.livejournal.com
Thank you! Yes, the drawers on the original were quite clunky and didn't fit well together at all. It still looks a bit like a hotel counter for the guests' mail, but I think it will look decent once I put a bunch of smaller bottles in there.

Hee, the view out the windows is kind of funny. It looks like I did it with a blue screen.

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Date: 2009-05-17 04:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ozfille
Maybe Stephen would store his coca leaves in one of the draws, but then he wouldn't want the rats to get to them like before, so he would keep them under lock and key in a metal box.

Perhaps you could look up some of the medical terms listed on Kerry Webb's Maturin Medicine site -

Maturin's Medicine

to create labels.

Yes Stephen I'm sure likes Sophie's marmalade almost as much as Jack, but unfortunately no hot buttered crumpets are to be found on a man-of-war, just hard tack. *g*

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Date: 2009-05-17 06:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ozfille
That should be drawers. *g*

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Date: 2009-05-17 07:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grace-poppy.livejournal.com
Thanks for the comments! Yes, I'm afraid the drawers would be a bit susceptible to rats or, more likely, common seamen, because the chest/dresser thing will be in the sick bay rather than locked away safely in his dispensary. But maybe I can obtain a metal box for him...

I do like that website! But the labels are about the size of a grain of rice, so I wouldn't be able to write anything on them. I've made some tiny indistinct pencil scribbles on them, but that's all.

Hard tack and toast! I'll have to make those next for the breakfast scene! There was a fellow miniaturist who was going to make a plate of hard tack with two weevils for me, but then she disappeared. Oh well, I'll just have to do it myself.

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Date: 2009-05-17 04:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shipotl.livejournal.com
I love looking at your creations. I can only imagine how much more I would like them if I saw the real thing.

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Date: 2009-05-17 07:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grace-poppy.livejournal.com
Thank you! You're welcome to come by any time and see them. As long as you don't mind the mess everywhere in my full-sized rooms!

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Date: 2009-05-17 09:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luisadeza.livejournal.com
Gosh, these are so pretty. I mean, they're pretty cool before you work on them already, but all the loving little details make those special!

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Date: 2009-05-17 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grace-poppy.livejournal.com
Thank you!

You know, I'm tempted to make a Merlin miniature scene, Gaius' laboratory. But that's faaaar down the list, after an Antarctic hut and a Hebridean blackhouse and the basement of the perfumerie in "Perfume"... Wait a minute, that shop was on a bridge. How did it have a basement?

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Date: 2009-05-18 10:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luisadeza.livejournal.com
Those are quite ambitious plans, but I'm sure you can do it! I'd like to see all of those!
Haha, well, I have no idea. Maybe the strange construction was the reason for the bridge collapsing in the end?

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Date: 2009-05-19 05:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grace-poppy.livejournal.com
Haha, that made me laugh. (The strange construction, that is.) I am remembering it right, aren't I? But maybe it wasn't a basement. Maybe the shop was just in an upper story... *confused*

But I think the perfume basement and the Gaius lab are mainly because I love Stephen's sickbay and dispensary and all the BOTTLES and chemical/scientific gadgets. I'm really surprised I haven't seen any Merlin miniatures yet. There are SO many Harry Potter miniatures. Somehow I would have thought the same magic/olde-tyme apothecarian things would correspond.

(HEE I LOVE MERLIN)

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Date: 2009-05-17 09:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tealight-rookie.livejournal.com
:D

I especially love the marmalade jar and the view out of the window!

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Date: 2009-05-17 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grace-poppy.livejournal.com
:D Thanks!

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Date: 2009-05-17 06:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kindstar.livejournal.com
How sweet this is! I love the breakfast setting, it looks perfect. I think I remember when you got the toast rack. The marmalade jar is delightful. (Someone, I forget who, said "I cannot trust a man who can only spell a word one way," or something close, which I really like, since spelling was never one of my strong points.)

Everything you make is amazing. The refurbishing of the old dollhouse piece is excellent. It was an odd little piece. It looks like the top over the drawers is not level, but slopes down a bit. But now it really looks like something, and no doubt Stephen will find it very useful. I particularly love the little white knob handles on the drawer. Very nice!

And, what a view! Of course, if any other ships got that close, I suspect Jack would be taking pot shots at them! Oh, but they are British, of course, or they would never have gotten that close!

Delightful, as always!

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Date: 2009-05-17 11:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grace-poppy.livejournal.com
Thank you! It's so much fun to play with it all.

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Date: 2009-05-18 06:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tootsiemuppet.livejournal.com
I think half of the joy of these is just to see how you make things transform. I can't even IMAGINE that kind of patience.

*snug* You're a treasure.

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Date: 2009-05-18 06:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grace-poppy.livejournal.com
Hee!!! Yay! Thank you!

It's crazy, being a conservator has been so freeing. I have much less respect for objects now and have no fear in ripping things apart, bwahahaha. It used to be I would NEVER have altered something store-bought, because I wanted it to be pristine and all. But now, NO RESPECT. Rrrrrip!

Bookcases, gilly!

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Date: 2009-05-18 06:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tootsiemuppet.livejournal.com
Bookcases! I want to come live in your miniatures!

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Date: 2009-05-19 05:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grace-poppy.livejournal.com
There are 5 boxes to choose from! Which one??? Choose wisely...

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Date: 2009-05-19 06:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tootsiemuppet.livejournal.com
AUgh! Put them next to each other! I don't want to choose! You can't make me choose!

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Date: 2009-05-18 12:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] soho-iced.livejournal.com
I'm in awe of your crafty-ness, as always. Possibly nosy question: did you become interested in renovating and re-modelling (as opposed to only collecting) miniature things before or after you began working in conservation?

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Date: 2009-05-19 05:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grace-poppy.livejournal.com
Mostly after. And I think conservation had something to do with it, but also just being older and having more confidence in my skills. And also having money, which lets one not be quite so afraid to experiment. And also wanting such specific things that didn't exist in the retail miniatures market.

I hadn't really worked in miniatures since my undergrad days (early 20s), and back then I hardly had any money, and I was also easier to please with the way things were when purchased. Plus I was fitting out a 1930s/Victorian dollhouse, and it's not so hard to find things suitable for that era (1930s family living in a Victorian house, that is). Fitting out a dirty dark damp leaky ship demands a whole different style of furniture - stuff that's dirty, damp and leaky and also sturdy and either built-in or highly portable. I really love the idea of campaign furniture now, and things that fold up or come apart or put together, or even things like the bookcase that has doors and rails to hold things in place... The chest/dresser and the bookcase I've decided were purpose-built for the spaces they are going to occupy.

Anyway. So conservation does have some to do with it, and probably also has a lot to do with my hand skills and confidence.

Previously I did do SOME adapting, like changing upholstery or bedlinens when I didn't like them. But never anything quite so drastic as ripping the fronts of drawers off.

Long answer!

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Date: 2009-05-18 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chrisisthelawr.livejournal.com
SO CUTE. Now all we need are some adorable little Jack and Stephen dolls who can sit, hold tea cup or instruments, and so on. <3


I made a little Stephen with a dollmaker. Don't know how accurate it is, for the pics usually don't show his lower half.

http://christianisthelawr.deviantart.com/art/Stephen-Maturin-Doll-122931753

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Date: 2009-05-19 05:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grace-poppy.livejournal.com
Hee, cute!

And little miniature dolls would be cute too, but I don't think I'd ever be quite satisfied with them.

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Date: 2009-05-19 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chrisisthelawr.livejournal.com
There's a better one, too.

I made a bunch of little BB dolls and now I'm trying to make some M&C.

http://chrisisthelawr.livejournal.com/2669.html

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Date: 2009-05-23 03:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thehappyreturn.livejournal.com
I want to kidnap you for the Hornblower fandom. This is amazing.

(here via [livejournal.com profile] despatches - hope that's ok).

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Date: 2009-05-23 07:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grace-poppy.livejournal.com
Thank you very much! I am still very fond of Hornblower, but not quite as much as I love Stephen and Jack.