nid_dabeille: bee (Default)
2011-05-13 11:27 pm

polar hut and Aubrey-Maturin

Updates of both projects, with lots of pics.


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nid_dabeille: bee (Default)
2011-02-27 02:23 am

enamel, rust, books, bonnets, bullets, etc.

Lots of various things, for my polar hut and for selling in my Etsy shop.


many minis )

nid_dabeille: bee (Default)
2010-11-06 05:30 pm

polar hut furnishings and other creations (plus magazine)

I've been working on furnishing my miniature polar explorers' hut, and some other things.  I've also been featured in a magazine!


click! )

nid_dabeille: bee (Default)
2010-09-14 12:17 am

Various miniatures

Here are some miniatures that I didn't get around to posting a while ago, plus some new acquisitions!


click! )

nid_dabeille: bee (Default)
2010-04-11 08:52 pm

Sick bay, specimens, reptiles

I haven't entirely finished the sick bay, but I decided to take some photographs of it today.  I'll take more when I have all of the electricity hooked up (two lanterns and an oil lamp.)  I've almost made some more bottles of specimens (some of which are available at my Etsy).  And I was given a pair of "live" specimens by my friend [personal profile] latin_cat , so I took some pictures of them investigating their new surroundings.


pictures )

nid_dabeille: bee (Default)
2009-09-21 03:45 pm

mini specimens in jars

I have at long last finished a set of specimens in jars, some to keep for Stephen's dispensary (though not for dispensing purpose, I hope) and the rest for Etsy.  

I also finished another batch of mini books.  I'm much more efficient now that I know what I'm doing.  It's nice to know what I'm doing.

No commentary, just pictures.

pictures! )
nid_dabeille: bee (Default)
2009-08-02 02:32 am

Dispensary, finished!

I have more or less finished Stephen Maturin's dispensary!  There are still a few things I need to make and add, but I'm ready to reveal pictures.

lots of pictures )
nid_dabeille: bee (Default)
2009-07-31 07:33 pm

internet fame!

A couple of days ago I was on the front page of Etsy!  At least, some of my miniature apothecary bottles were.  (First column, third row down.)  Amazing!  They sold quickly, and then I got several messages from other people who wanted to buy some, so I whipped up some new ones.  I feel really undeservedly lucky in my Etsy endeavor.  But I've just had my first repeat customer, so that's great!  I'm so glad people like my things.

Also, I forgot to mention that recently my miniature books were featured on Fluffy Bricks!  Thank you, longlongwaytogo!  I feel special and famous!

nid_dabeille: bee (Default)
2009-07-19 04:04 pm

mini dispensary

My mini dispensary is, I think, structurally finished now!

pictures )
nid_dabeille: bee (Default)
2009-07-11 03:54 am

mini desk things

I'm mini-spamming because I'm mini-crafting quite a lot lately.  Here are just a couple of Jackish pictures, primarily to show off the new inkwell and quill I made for him.


miniatures for Jack )

nid_dabeille: bee (Default)
2009-07-08 12:15 am

mini books, pocket watch, bones, bottles, and etsy shop!

I have been making more miniature books, and I have also sold some to my first customer!  I made a set of six which have found their new home in a hobbit house.  It makes me happy to think that Bilbo and Frodo Baggins will be reading my tiny books.  

And I've also finally set up an Etsy store!  My store is called honeyandbee, and I am selling many things similar to what I make for my own miniature Jack and Stephen.  Some are indeed prototypes of things I've made for them (such as the pocket watch, some of the messy bottles, and the dirty well-worn ledger.)

So, on to pictures!


miniature books and more! )

nid_dabeille: bee (Default)
2009-06-27 08:52 pm

Mini books picspam

I've been making a ton of miniature books, filling up the bookcase that I recently made for Stephen's dispensary.  They're made with real leather and hand-marbled papers, and some have gold tooling in the labels.  They don't open, though.  They simply grace the shelves.  Or the floor, or any other surface requiring a book.

I might consider making and selling some more.  

And in case you ask, I get the leather and marbled papers from the place where I work.  I don't know where one would get such materials by retail though.

mini books )

nid_dabeille: bee (jack acheron)
2009-05-23 03:35 pm

miniature picspam

There was good lighting today, so I decided to take some daylight pictures of the cabin.  After all, its not always night time with music and candlelight.

pictures )

linked at [ profile] doll_houses  and [ profile] little_world .
nid_dabeille: bee (stephen book)
2009-05-16 07:15 pm

mini bookcase and marmalade

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.


pictures )

nid_dabeille: bee (jack shrunk)
2009-05-09 09:17 pm

mini great cabin

Structurally, the miniature great cabin is finished!  Only structurally, mind.  It is also furnished and somewhat adorned and fully electrified, but I'm sure it will always be a work in progress.  It will never be officially FINISHED, of course.  And while I'm still working on the sick bay below, I'll have to keep unplugging it and taking all the furniture and accessories out so I can move it around, so I haven't even really had a chance to lay out all the little things - sextant, books, bicorn, sheet music, maps...  I did do a mini photo shoot though, with some of the things in place.  So take a peek!

pictures! )

linked at [ profile] little_world  and [ profile] doll_houses .  Oh all right, and [ profile] hms_surprise  and [ profile] perfect_duet  and [ profile] anything_aos and the Gunroom, because lots of comments make me happy.

nid_dabeille: bee (jack shrunk)
2009-02-12 10:05 pm

cabinets and windows

I made mini cabinets for the great cabin.  They go high on the wall next to the stern windows.  I also glazed the windows, at last.  I made the cabinets from scratch!  I think I'm getting pretty good at making functional pieces from scratch.  Soon I'll be able to make Stephen's "object" and his apothecary case.


pictures )
nid_dabeille: bee (stephen bonden slabline)
2009-02-04 05:17 pm

miniatures - glassware, china, paneling

Three subjects - glassware, china and paneling.


pictures etc. )
nid_dabeille: bee (jack smug)
2009-01-25 04:06 pm

mini china

Yes, I know I've been spending money like a banshee (because you know how banshees like to spend that money) and moaning about being broke...  But I have never ever known the British pound to be this low compared to the US dollar (£1 = $1.35 !!!!!!!!!!  WHAT?!) and so, I have finally ordered some pieces of miniature china that I have been wanting FOREVER, before the poor pound can recover (or before the dollar can sink, or whatever's going on there.)  They're from the amazing Stokesay Ware.

Thanks, Britain!  You know I love you.  Good luck with your economy, but, um, not until my order has been processed.


I didn't order the whole tea set - there's also a gorgeous dinner service - I only got 2 cups and saucers, 2 side plates, and a bowl.  I'll set my table as if Jack and Stephen have just finished dinner and they're having coffee with their dessert, or something.  (I already have a fine silver coffee pot.)  Or maybe they're having breakfast, and then I could get a fancy toast rack...
nid_dabeille: bee (antoine-laurent lavoisier)
2008-12-31 10:55 pm

doll house links

I just stumbled upon the most amazing website that's all one lady's collection of doll houses that she's made and filled - Mary's Dollhouses.  And I mean it when I say the pictures are breathtaking!!!  (Of course, having really good photography goes a long way to help, as pictured here.  The same room photographed with a flash would still look awesome, but not as amazingly realistic.)  I love this description (written by her husband):

Her interest is mainly in the furniture. She scratch-builds everything from basswood, using photographs or drawings from books and old catalogs as a guide. Fixtures and knobs are selected from her drawers full of thousands of scraps of cheap jewelry bought at flea markets. She makes pottery, her dolls' heads, and all the food in her kitchens and the fully stocked bakeshop, from Sculpy or Fimo brand clay!

Wow, just jaw-dropping wonderfulness.

Also, I'm so excited because, with the British pound being so low in relation to the dollar (and it's about time!!!) I just ordered a bunch of tiny chemical glassware from British artisan Ray Storey.  Just look at his things!  They're brilliant!!!!!!  (Click picture for bigger image.)

 And I talked to him on the phone just to make sure my order had gone through - I was confused because it wasn't showing up on my credit card yet - and he was just about to make my cobalt blue poison bottle.  He was so nice, and he lives near Newcastle so we chatted about that, and his son went to the same uni as me.  I also asked if he ever makes carboys (big stock chemical bottles - like what Stephen kept his main laudanum supply in, down in the hold) and he said yes, he does, so he's going to make me one.  I'M SO EXCITED!  I've wanted one forever.  And I've wanted to order things from him forever.  And he's going to make a carboy from scratch for me!  And also, he has brown bottles which nobody else has - at least, not that's suitable for me - and I like the look of brown for chemical/medical bottles.  So he's going to give me a mix of clear and brown ones.  YAY!

Randomly, if you haven't noticed, I LOVE miniature bottles.  I'm a little jealous of people who do witch and wizard miniatures and get to use bottles - jealous in a possessive "that's not fair, all bottles belong to ME" sense.  And watching "Merlin" and especially "Perfume" really made me want to make miniature rooms with bottles.  And of course I'm infatuated with Stephen's dispensary, which was the whole reason I started my M&C miniatures at all.  At first it was ONLY going to be a dispensary.  But Ray Storey has all these chemical utensils and stuff that wouldn't really fit in Stephen's world - he's a physician, not an experimenting scientist.  But that arc lamp really makes me want to make a miniature Enlightenment era lab, like for Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier or Sir Humphry Davy.  <3
nid_dabeille: bee (stephen pistol)
2008-11-01 06:34 pm

mini firearms and silver etc.

Miniatures!  I haven't posted any in ages, but I've still been collecting and making.  In today's showcase, my current pièce de resistance is a Baker rifle for a certain special [ profile] sharpiefan , a late birthday and I-appreciate-all-that-you-do and you-should-really-get-into-miniatures present, which she will be receiving soon!  Also, a flintlock pistol, sextant, yet another bottle, another bone saw and forceps, a silver coffee pot and silver cutlery set.


These are all things that I bought.  I didn't make them from scratch!  I just adapted some of them after taking these first pictures.

pictures! )