And we are done!

So the very last piece for La Lanterna Rosa is now complete. I am speaking, of course, of the fire screen. This piece was fairly simple to create. I downloaded a rococo image that was in the general shape of what I wanted. I chose this one:

I used the “print then cut” feature on my cricut. I then used the basic cut feature to cut out a balsa piece that was the same size and shape. I painted the balsa white, cut it into 3 pieces and glued the picture to it. Then I covered the paper in 3 coats of clear nail polish. It adds a nice varnish effect to the paper. The las t bit was to “gild” the edges with metallic gold marker. I bought mine at dollar tree and it is better than some expensive ones I’ve used.

Everything is now in place, and here is the finished product:

That was quite the project.

Ciao!

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The tiniest violin.

Today I have been working on some of the final pieces for La Lanterna Rosa.

More specifically, I have been building a tiny violin. I used the template I found on Littlearchitecture.com. That author suggested making the body of the violin in three pieces. That was more realism than I needed though, so mine is made in one piece that I will paint to look as realistic as possible. I started with the template, which I cut from cardstock using my cricut.

I then glued the template to a piece of 2mm balsa and cut it out using my exacto knife.

Once the cut out was done, I removed the paper template and shaped the top with sand paper. I cut the neck out of a separate piece of balsa. I would have liked it to be more detailed, but the wood kept splitting and I got frustrated.

Now I need to add in the details to make the violin seem more real. I started by painting my violin brown and then adding the embellishments, which are made from tiny leftover bits of wood.

I also added a bridge, and strings. The bridge is another tiny piece of wood and the strings are raveled pieces of metallic embroidery floss. There is a bow, as well. Which is also wood and embroidery floss. The last bit of detail was to add F-holes, which I drew on with sharpie.

The violin now resides with a tiny flute in a box on the white side table. A few more bits and I will be ready to glue everything into place and the music room will be done.

Now I’m off to bed. Ciao, belle!

Side quest.

My dear friend is a children’s librarian at a local library. She has been asking me for some time to do a class in creative repurposing for some of the local kids. I have been reluctant to agree to this, as 1) a single scene can take months and 2) I’m not particularly fond of children.

However, while I was sick with COVID, I came up with an idea and Elaine jumped at it. So, much to my chagrin, next month I will be spending my afternoon decorating tiny dining tables with a bunch of kids. By necessity, the table will be in 1:12 scale, as I believe a bunch of 11 year olds will find 1:24 scale to be too challenging.

In my copious spare time, I have been collecting supplies for this class, and in anticipation of this, my miniatures will be on display at the library for a few weeks and I have spent the morning today making an example piece. Here it is:

Well, that’s it for now. I need to go mow the full size grass in my yard. The macrocosm intrudes.

Ciao

La Lanterna Rosa continued

I haven’t built the tiny violin yet, as I have been distracted with other pieces of the lantern. Things have been moving along rapidly. The walls and fireplace are done, the clock face has hands and I have completed the couch, chair and side table:

This all entailed a trip to southern New Hampshire and Earth n Tree miniatures. You all would love this place. I can, quite literally, spend hours there. Though I could wish they had more in the way of half scale supplies.

The frames around the “paintings” are made from 2mm quarter round from there, as is the music stand. I originally planned to build a music stand, but this one was so little and perfect I couldn’t resist. I also found a little piece of “pipe”’that will serve as a flute.

I have also completed the chandelier, which was a feat and took several days and many jewelry findings. I haven’t added the candles yet, but I purchased them on my shopping trip.

Many of the smaller pieces are completed as well, these include fireplace screen, some candle sticks, a tea service, a bowl of apples and some flower arrangements.

That’s all for now. Ciao, bella.

The grandfather clock

As promised, this post is entirely about the grandfather clock I am making for La Lanterna Rosa. I spent most of the day working on it, as tomorrow I am back at work.

I started with a half scale grandfather clock kit I purchased from Alphastamps (whose shipping time, I am pleased to say, is much improved). I purchased it some time ago and decided that it would go well in the music room. I assembled it and painted it white a few days ago. Today, I began embellishing it.

I started with pink card stock, which, at very small scale, can be layered to look like beveled wood. I carefully measured the dimensions of the door an drawer and cut out the “wood” on my cricut.

Here is the clock with the outline of the door. I did the drawer first and then decided I didn’t like it, so I took the charms off and replaced them later.

The center of the door is made of two rectangles, one slightly smaller than the other, layered and centered in the door frame.

Next came the drawer, which is also two layers of card stock. The embellishments are tiny metal confetti that are meant to be incorporated into resin jewelry. They are the perfect size for half scale miniatures

The sides were next, both are the same.

I embellished the sides to match the front

I then chose a clock face I found on the internet, shrunk it to fit and glued it in pace. I painted the clock face frame pink, to match the paper and glued that in place over the clock face. I glued the “wood” arch over the top of the clock and added a G clef. I also further decorated the spaces between the door and the drawer with more confetti.

Lastly I added some tiny points to the edges of the clock face, and the clock was pretty much done. The only things missing are the hands, which I haven’t figured out yet.

That’s it. Tiny violin will be next.

Buonanotte

La Lanterna Rosa.

Having been home for several days with COVID, I finally had some down time to work on my rococo music room. I simply don’t have the energy to work on any projects for my real house and I can’t focus long enough to knit or embroider.

I have decided to move the music room from the container I originally bought for it to this lantern I found at HomeGoods.

The lantern is eight inches to a side so it gives me a lot of floor space with which to work. The first instrument is ready as well. It is a harpsichord I purchased from FilamentFlair, an Etsy shop. The owner was kind enough to produce a custom printed half scale harpsichord at little notice for an extremely reasonable rate. Here it is, complete with bench:

I have begun work on some other pieces as well, that will include a grandfather clock, a couch, a chair, and some tables. I also hope to produce several other instruments and a music stand.

Here are some furnishings in the first stages of assembly.

The main color for the room will be pink, as people were quite fond of pink during that time period and because I haven’t done a pink room yet. Handling the walls has become a bit of a project in itself, as I fell it necessary for these walls to be more elaborate that the flat back drops I have used prior. I shall begin working in the soft furnishings soon.

That’s all for now. Ciao, bellas.

It has been a while:

Hi everyone!

Sorry I haven’t posted in so long. I recently bought a home and have been really busy working on that. Also, I lost my darling cat Johnny and have been bonding with my new cat, Poppy. Poppy is a love, and he came to me about a month before Johnny left. I would have been lost without him. He is a great comfort to me. I promise I will get back to miniature making soon, in the meantime, here’s a photo of the rococo room I was working on before my life went crazy. I have a floor at least.

Hang in there!

Catch up post.

Hi! It’s been a while since I posted. The library is complete.

I also took two weeks to create an Easter scene for my sister. She loves Easter and we weren’t able to celebrate last year due to the Pandemic.

My next project, which I just started today, is a Rococo Room that will be built in an old dresser case I purchased on eBay. Here’s the box:

And here it is when it’s open:

Sadly, the old silk lining is too damaged to save. It literally shreds when you touch it, so I am either going to have to remove it or cover it.

The color scheme for this room is going to be pastel pink and white, which was very popular at the time. Also, since the walls are only about two inches high, the scale is, by necessity, 1:24 scale, which means that 1 inch is equal to 2 feet. 1:48 scale would have been a possibility as well, but 1:24 scale is my favorite.

I was able to purchase some lovely furniture kits from Melissa’s Mini Wereld Etsy shop. She included a lovely thank you card:

She ships from Europe, but my order arrived very quickly. Here are the kits I bought:

I’ve also been making some architectural details using Crayola Model magic and some wedding cake decorating molds I purchased from Amazon.

The molds are very easy to use. Simply squish the model magic in and then gently peel it out again, and you have some lovely details. Model Magic air dries overnight, so I can just leave them until I’m ready.

Any one who knows Rococo design, knows that it is very ornate. The wealthy in this period liked gilt and marble and frescoed walls with plaster accents and textures. Versailles is a perfect example.

So this is all I have for now.

The study is nearing completion

I imagine that the study will be finished within a few days, I thought I would give an update on what’s been happening.

When I work on minis, I like to imagine the people who occupy the scenes I am creating. This one is fun because I have been imagining a couple, one person who enjoys lovely decorating and a second who enjoys researching bloody murders. I keep hearing the first person in my head, complaining to a friend about how the other person has destroyed the formal study it took so long to decorate. Thus, the room is basically divided into two halves.

The still undisturbed side has the fireplace and the other side has the desk. So here are some pictures of the fireplace side:

Though, considering the reading matter, it’s not totally undisturbed.

The fireplace looks good, but I need something to cover the hook holding up the bell pull. I’m not sure how person one feels about the hookah. I, however, enjoy how it looks.

I thought about adding more artwork to this wall but I enjoy how stark the one drawing is, so I’ve left it alone.

Now, on the other side:

Person one has tried to make the place less gruesome with some flowers and a bust of the glorious queen (Victoria, of course).

Of course, the wall of suspects commands attention:

Those are actually photos or drawings of the actual suspects in the ripper murders. There were more than are shown here, but I didn’t have more space. Most of those images were from newspapers published at the time. You can see Prince Albert Victor there on the bottom row, as well as Aaron Kosminski and John Pfizer in the middle row. They were both prime suspects at the time.

Also, my ripperologist has this map Whitechapel from the 1800s, as well as pictures of the victims and crime scenes. The desk has copies of various notes the ripper sent to the police and newspapers, and some newspaper clippings.

So, nearly finished. Final pictures to come soon!