nid_dabeille: bee (Default)
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 )

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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! )

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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 )

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I bought some miniature marbles from J.R. Hooper, and they're amazing!!!

I had been wanting some clear beads without holes that I could use as stoppers for my miniature bottles, and then I realized that I could probably ask the marbles man that I kept seeing on ebay.  And of course, since his regular marbles were so wonderful, I just had to get some of them too.  So he custom-made the clear ones for me, and I ordered a tiny sampler bag of a variety of his different marbles.  So incredible and beautiful and tinier than I could have imagined.  Each one is like the head of a pin.


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nid_dabeille: bee (jack acheron)
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)
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)
This is not one of my miniature projects, but one that was posted in [ profile] hms_surprise  and in the Aubrey-Maturin Appreciation Society on Facebook.  It is James Choi's model of the Surprise, and it's just wonderful!  Look at it!  It will fill you with glee.  It's just marvelous.



Sigh, it fills me with glee AND with envy.  I want to make it too!  I wish I was making it.  However, I don't think I would enjoy the rigging at all, and I would also possibly get bored making dozens of the same things over and over, like all the guns.  Maybe not though.  But it would also be hard for me to work at that small scale.  Hmm.  Still, oh, it's very tempting.  Also, oddly enough, I don't really care to have the finished product of a ship.  I just want the process of making it.  What I really need to make is a 1:12 ship with no rigging.  Hmm...  Maybe a ship made out of lots and lots of roomboxes that fit together like a puzzle.  I don't know what it is that I want, but I WANT IT.

Edit:  Aww, look at this picture and caption particularly.  It will give you heartbubbles.

nid_dabeille: bee (jack shrunk)
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)
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)
Three subjects - glassware, china and paneling.


pictures etc. )

mini china

Jan. 25th, 2009 04:06 pm
nid_dabeille: bee (jack smug)
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)
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
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My dollhouse-loving nieces have been visiting, and we've been making wonderful little houses.  One was a house made from a cardboard box and pictures cut out of catalogs, and the others were edible log cabins made of pretzels in the style of gingerbread houses - one for humans (with Nutella and candy and dried fruit), and one for birds to eat (with peanut butter, nuts, dried fruit, and berries.)


little houses )
nid_dabeille: bee (stephen pistol)
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! )
nid_dabeille: bee (gasp!)
I've just been informed by a friendly visitor Josje that my Aubrey-Maturin miniatures are featured on her blog, Josje's Poppenhuis!!!  Her blog is so beautiful and full of such wonderful pictures that I feel humbled to be mentioned there so kindly! 

Dank u zeer, Josje!

PS - I love the word Poppenhuis.

Last night I dreamed about dollhouses, which is rather unusual.  I dreamed I was trying to finish the construction of an attic room with impossible angles and mitering and bits of molding that wouldn't quite fit, and pieces that kept falling off before the glue was dry, and argh!  It was so realistic.
nid_dabeille: bee (stephen giggly)
I'm famous!  Regarde!  Mini Rivoli, aka [profile] claireric wrote a lovely post on my Aubrey-Maturin miniatures in her blog.  I'm her featured miniaturist of the month!  And reading about my minis in French is just so... lovely. 

But LOL, clicking on the instant Yahoo Babelfish translator at the bottom gives a really funny translation.  For example:

Grace Poppy tient un journal sur la fabrication des vitrines qu'elle réalise d'après le film "Master and Commander" : il y a la cabine, le bureau et la "cellule de sommeil" du docteur Stephen Maturin -  médecin-chirurgien de la marine anglaise de l'aube du XIXe siècle...
My rough translation:
Grace Poppy has a journal about the creation of display boxes she makes based on the film "Master and Commander":  there's the cabin, the study, and the "sleep cell" of doctor Stephen Maturin - physician-surgeon in the English navy at the dawn of the 19th century...
Yahoo Babelfish:
Grace Poppy holds a newspaper on the manufacture of the windows which it builds according to the film “Master and Commander”: it there with the cabin, the office and the “cell of sleep” of Doctor Stephen Maturin - doctor-surgeon of the English of the paddle of the XIXe century...
ETA:  I was wondering where the word "navy" went in that babelfish translation, since he's supposed to be in the marine anglaise, but it simply says that he's a doctor-surgeon of the English.  Then I realized it was in the part of the paragraph I left out.  Where the original ends with:
...Stephen Maturin - médecin-chirurgien de la marine anglaise de l'aube du XIXe siècle, autrement dit également entomologiste, zoologiste, dessinateur et humaniste.
the full translation should say:
...Stephen Maturin - doctor-surgeon of the English of the paddle of the XIXe century, in other words also entomologist, zoologist, draughtsman and humanistic navy.
Such an admirable navy!!!!  Just the sort of navy that Stephen would belong to!  They probably even paddle their boats facing their destination!  They sail past inestimable prizes bent solely on enlightenment and furthering the study of natural history.
nid_dabeille: bee (Default)
I was thinking on miniature shops - I mean, dollhouses that are shops.  So many people make shops, and I was looking at a rather nice radio shop in miniature, and I suddenly thought, "I should make a shop!  But what kind of shop?" 

The first thing that popped into my head?  The shop for anarchy.

I can see it now... Stephen greeting customers at the door with a cheerful, "You've come to the right shop for anarchy, brother!"  I have no idea what he would sell.  Drugs, maybe.  And coffee.
nid_dabeille: bee (gasp!  blakeney)
Oh my goodness, I was only just today reading about Jack's new silver cheese warmer, and then I looked at today's new items on my favorite SP Miniatures, and they have a new silver cheese warmer!!!

For only $345!  Buy it for me right now.

It looks similar to the one in the movie (Master and Commander, I mean), but actually the one in the book is heated with a spirit lamp, and this one is heated with hot water in the space below the little trays and then held over a fire.  Actually, come to think of it, Jack's cheese pan sounds kind of like a raclette - the cooking apparatus, I mean, not the cheese.
nid_dabeille: bee (stephen cello)
I posted the violin a while ago, and I also recently got a cello.  But I decided they were both a bit wrong, so I redid them Dr. Frankenstein style.


May. 8th, 2008 08:24 pm
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I was just looking at the miniatures on ebay as I regularly do, and I saw this awesome antique craftsman house about to finish in 1 minute.  I didn't bid, though I was tempted (and surprised!) by the low price - only $175 with less than a minute to go!  Then suddenly, whoosh, 7 seconds before the end, it was up to $225.  And then, TWO seconds before the end, someone swooped in to win with $511.99! 

I felt excited to have witnessed such a coup.  :D  And I was glad that awesome little sweet old house fetched a nice price.
nid_dabeille: bee (stephen naturalist)
I made a miniature sea chest for Stephen.  From scratch! 


sea chest )
nid_dabeille: bee (stephen happy)
For your amusement, here are some other random miniatures that I'm currently in love with.  They're not going anywhere though (they're flightless), so I'll probably buy them later when the time is right.

Fancy silver toast rack from Kerbey Lane Miniatures.  "I smell coffee, toast!"

Coping saw from Kerbey Lane Miniatures (again with the saws!  Why do I LOVE these bone saws?  Plus I'm so enamored with my own little bone saw.  And when my local dollhouse store closed, I bought nearly all of their saws so I could distress them and reshape them and maybe sell them in surgical sets, maybe, eventually... plus lots and lots of little knives too.)

Sterling silver tweezers by Taller Targioni

I revere Taller Targioni, but nearly everything they make is out of my price range.  These are one thing that I could afford, and it would be lovely just to have one of their items in my collection.  (Other items I love - the pistol in a box, the various mineral and butterfly cabinets (I keep imagining that I want to make a Joseph Blaine roombox, or wealthy-Stephen's-house-of-dreams naturalist abode...) and this wash stand is almost exactly like something movie!Stephen has in his dispensary with the microscope sitting on it (oddly enough).  (Can you tell that I have obsessively pored over screencaps to identify every article in that room?)  And perhaps best of all - or competing with the butterfly cabinets - I adore this simple, beautiful, perfect chair.  I adore its simplicity and cleanness. 

Cristina Noriega is the miniaturist I most admire, I think, and then probably Taller Targioni second.  But then, Cristina's things are so very  expensive and superb that it's almost like she's a one-of-a-kind artist and not a seller, to me.  She's amazing!  So if Taller Targioni is my favorite seller, then Nantasy Fantasy is close second.  They made my fabulous scales, and I'm very proud to own them.  I also love their very fine sextant!  But at $167, heh, that's just wishfulness.  There are much less expensive sextants around, and I'll be perfectly happy with one of them, truly.  And now this wish list is drifting away from the probable and possible into the wishful.

But while we're there...

Anyone got a spare $610 for Killick?
I love SP Miniatures.  (Remember them, [personal profile] alto2? :D)  Maybe I can get it engraved to say that the Lively preserves the liveliest remembrance.

ETA:  I almost forgot, this cello by Heidi Ott.  It's the most accurate 1:12 cello I've found (so many claim to be 1:12 but are really much too big), so I plan on getting it as soon as the great cabin is ready for it.

ETA again:  Forgot something else!  Also from SP Miniatures!  New!  Beautiful glass carboys (demijohns) which can be filled with laudanum.

There's even another miniaturist who makes wicker coverings for them!  But they're really expensive.  I'll be happy with a plain carboy.  Maybe in amber.  Or green.  Hmm.
nid_dabeille: bee (remarkable stephen)
There's a seller on ebay, ulusminiaturas, that sells the most remarkable miniature tools and commonplace metal objects - battered kettles, measuring tapes...  They're just extremely, remarkably detailed, real works of art.  And every now and then they'll post one of these, and I just drool.  As I was looking at it just now, I realized that I was speaking aloud and saying "Beauuuutiful hacksaw.  That's just gorgeous."  (Think of whipping off a leg with that!)

Be still, my beating heart...!

nid_dabeille: bee (killick)
I finally installed my first light in the roomboxes!  And I also made my first lights from scratch!  Most of the others are store-bought (and also still not installed). 

I made little lanterns out of glass bottles (supplied by [profile] asyngin at [profile] miniswapsetc).  I've only installed one lantern so far, in the little sleep cabin, because that's the only room that has all the ceiling beams in place so far.  I made the lanterns by gluing strips of black fake-leather-buckram onto the bottles and then painting the glass a golden color.  I painted the black stuff too to make it look rusty and worn.  Then I just inserted my little flame bulb, attached the plug, and plugged it in (to a cunningly hidden socket in the woodwork.  Beams are handy for hiding stuff!)  Oh, and I made some little hooks to hold them too.

I'm very proud of my cute little lanterns!

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nid_dabeille: bee (stephen jubilant)
My local doll house store is closing!  I grew up there!  At least, I guess I started going there when I was about 13, and now I'm nearly 30, so it's been my store for a while.  Though there were several missing years when I went away to college.  As a teenager I used to take workshops there.  I learned how to make fimo/sculpey food, I made a wicker sofa, a gazebo, a dogwood tree...  They were so much fun.

Anyway, now it's closing because the owner's retiring, and therefore things are on SALE.  So I finally bought my scales!  My scales!  The Nantasy Fantasy scales!  Which I yearned for and loved so much, which swept me off my feet, and which I used to visit every time I was in the store!  They're mine.  No one else would have loved them like I do.  They're mine, and I will give them to the miniature invisible Dr. Maturin.  Even if they're unsuitable for life aboard a man o' war.

I also bought a beautiful table by CJ's Miniatures.  It's very simple, but it's so fine that the Bespaq things I looked at seemed chunky.  Though they were still tempting... but I find that I'm more drawn to simple things rather than the frilly fancy elegant rich Bespaq things.

And I also have a picture of my surgery table.  It was an unfinished table I bought and stained and distressed.  It was fun.  I thwacked it and gouged it, sanded edges, rubbed grime all over it, and...  ok, this may sound mad, but I cut my finger while working on it, so I dabbed blood on the table top.  It's very subtle, so you can't see it in the picture, and it's just a small spot.  But it's like my signature.  I'll spread the mini tools across it in the sickbay.  (No, there won't be an amputation scene.)  And I do know that a naval surgeon would often lash together the midshipmen's sea chests for an operating table, but in the movie of M&C they have a trestle table.  And it looks nicer in miniature than a bunch of vague sea chests.)

So here, pictures.

pictures )
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Mar. 7th, 2008 01:16 am
nid_dabeille: bee (Default)
It's 1:15am, but at last, my main roombox is WIRED.  For electricity.  At last!  This means I can finally finish things - there's a light at the end of the tunnel, and it's an electric colonial swag lantern.

You have no idea how long I've been waiting, how many things I've been putting on hold and couldn't do until it was wired.  Well, the miniaturists on my list know.

Bedtime.  In my tiny tiny hammock (I wish.)
nid_dabeille: bee (hornblower duchess)
I have a new miniature cot - or a hammock if you prefer.  Yes, I know hammocks and cots are different.  But if I tell most people that I have a cot, they picture a little bed, the kind with legs, not a swinging hammock-like thing.  So I'll obstinately call it a hammock.

It was made for me by the talented [profile] elwenlj (who also makes curtains and bedding and other wonderful textile miniature things) in exchange for a set of ivory handled surgical instruments that I made for her.  The hammock is SO cute in person, and it swings so sweetly.  I really wish I could crawl into it and swing to sleep. 

All I've done to it is finish off the rope ends and add the rings for hanging, but I plan to dirty it up a bit too.

She made a mattress as well, very cunningly weighted with rice to make the whole thing hang nicely with a heavy feel - but unfortunately the ceiling of my little tiny roombox is so low that the hammock touches the floor when the mattress weighs it down.  And speaking of ceilings, I'm rather proud of mine because I added beams and things, plus cleverly disguised the electrical connections behind the beams.  I've finally been working on the electricity.  It's a bit tedious, since it's just logistical challenges instead of cute tiny fun pretty things, but the lights are going to look fabulous.  I have the handsomest hanging lamp for the great cabin!

And now, pictures of the hammock (and the traded surgical tools):


linked at [profile] doll_houses and [profile] little_world .
nid_dabeille: bee (stephen tortoise)
Eek eek!  Look what I just got!

The thumbtack is just for scale.  And the middle item is actually a brandy decanter, not labware.  Eeek!  So so so cute!  So perfect!  The bowl and the mortar and pestle are for Stephen of course, and the decanter is for Jack.

They came from SP Miniatures, my favorite site (which I've never gotten anything from until now.)

I'm SO excited! :D  Happy Valentine's day to me!

Bigger pictures below...

Bowl, decanter, mortar and pestle! )
nid_dabeille: bee (horatio jackson gasp!)
Here's an article that [profile] cionaudha posted a while back, and I asked her ages ago if I could re-post it and then never did.  But I did finally get my hands on this book, and it was SO COOL.  So now I'm re-posting the article. 

The book is The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, and it's about miniature dollhouse type rooms and scenes that a woman made as police training tools back in the 40s.  They were used (and still are) to train police on crime scene investigation, being so incredibly detailed that detectives would be able to spot clues to hypothesize on the murders.  They were all based on real-life murders, but some settings and details were changed so as not to give the trainee detectives an unfair advantage in solving the mini cases.

The book is full of great photographs.  I just wish there were MORE photographs.  There are also schematic drawings of the rooms with important clues highlighted and explained.  Unfortunately, most of the murders don't have an actual solution given.  Usually they just have suggestions from detectives such as "Police would need to find out what the weather was like, since the victim was dressed so scantily, and an autopsy should be performed to determine whether the cause of death was smothering from the blankets, freezing to death or something else."  Or "It is strange that there is a kerosene can in the kitchen, and that only the right side of bedroom wall was burned.  It suggests arson rather than accidental fire."

The woman sounds amazing.  She made nearly everything by hand, and was incredibly meticulous - more meticulous than I've ever heard of a miniaturist being before (well except for maybe Queen Mary and the like, but they're wealthy and could just wave a magic wand to get master artisans to make things for them.  They didn't have to knit stockings with single strands of thread on needles made of surgical wire.  Or go to the morgue.)

linked at [profile] doll_houses and [profile] little_world.

And if you do a Google image search for "nutshell studies", you can see more amazing pictures.