Saturday, 31 January 2015

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Let it snow!

It's snowing, it's snowing!

I grew up on the Isle of Wight and we hardly ever got snow. We thought 2 inches was The. Most. Snow. Ever. So I get ridiculously excited over relatively small amounts of snow. That is until we get stuck at work or the traffic is stupidly slow. But at least it's pretty to look at.

With that in mind, I found a great tutorial by Artful Musing for adding a little snow and ice to your miniature projects. Enjoy!

Artfully Musing: Tutorial – Adding Snow and Icicles to Your Project

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Blast from the Past

Following on from my Mona Lisa painting, here are a few more scale miniature paintings I made a few years ago. You can see from my thumb how teeny tiny they are.

Whistler's Mother

The Scream

Water Lillies and Japanese Bridge
Once again, the frames were made by the wonderful MiniBuilder on Etsy.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

My avatar

A few people asked me about my current social media avatar, 
so here is where it comes from:

I painted this a few years ago, it is a 12th scale version of the Mona Lisa (hopefully the subject was obvious!) done in water colours. I was pretty pleased with the result. The whole picture is about 3 inches high to give you an idea of the scale. I had to use a very small brush!

The lovely wooden frame was made by MiniBuilder on Etsy who does wonderful miniature carpentry such as this:

Friday, 23 January 2015

Blue and Brown

Here are a couple of patchwork cushions I made on request recently, with a blue and brown theme.
I hand sewed all the triangles and squares, then hand appliquéd the petals on. I used a machine to add the brown and cream borders, and to make the envelope openings at the back. I enjoy a bit of peaceful hand-sewing, it's a nice way to spend a few dark winter evenings indoors.
I need to work on the placement of some of my petals,
I suspect investing in some disappearing chalk/pens would help!

Monday, 19 January 2015

The Tutorial Page

I enjoy making the odd tutorial, or if not a full tutorial then an insight into how I make my miniatures.

Hopefully you enjoy reading them too, so this page right here is going to be where I list all the tutorial posts on this blog so they are easy to find. I'll will add new tutorials as I make them.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Winter nights

The winter nights are technically getting shorter, but they still feel long and cold to me.
Here's a treasury in which I was featured on Etsy to help us get through those dark evenings.
How sweet is the dollhouse miniature tea cosy!?

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Better late than never

Here's a rather late festive post! I'm not as disorganised as I first appear, because this cushion was made with leftover scrap fabric from my tree skirt, which was ready in plenty of time for Christmas.
 I only started making this cushion after the big day,
since I wasn't anticipating having so much leftover fabric.
Lovely fabrics.
Here's what it all looked like together 10 minutes before we took the tree down
and packed Christmas away for the year.
Oh well, at least I will appear super-organised next Christmas.

Monday, 12 January 2015


I went on a miniature cherry making spree!

Can you see each little dimple in each little cherry?

Here are a few of the ways I have used my dollhouse miniature cherries:


Friday, 9 January 2015

Never too old... celebrate your own birthday! Happy Birthday to me! 

I'm still in my 20's, but only just. I'm not quite sure how I feel about this. Anyway, it's rubbish having your birthday in January. It's cold and dark and grey outside, it's so soon after Christmas no-one feels like celebrating anything and even if they did someone near and dear always has some horrible winter bug so all planned events are cancelled! But who cares, it's my birthday so let's have some cake.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Happy Epiphany Day!

I'm half French, so on the 6th January we have often celebrated Epiphany - or la Fête des Rois (the Kings' Festival) as it's called in French. It does of course involve cake like all good traditions! We eat a gallette des rois, which is a puff pastry almondy thing:

The exciting part is the little figurine hidden within the cake. It's traditionally a small porcelain figurine from the nativity scene, much like this:

The youngest person decides who gets which slice, and whoever finds the figurine is the king. They get to wear a paper crown - and buy the cake next year! I loved finding these porcelain miniatures as a child - apparently I've always been fascinated by small things. Eventually you should have enough figurines for your nativity scene, but I always seem to end up with 15 shepherds and no Mary. Never mind!

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Salmon Dinner

It's about that time of year when we start to think about eating healthily again, so here is a dollhouse miniature salmon dinner platter I made recently. Some yummy salmon, asparagus, tomatoes and red onion for a special dollhouse dinner party.

Friday, 2 January 2015

12th Scale Pizza Tutorial

You will need:

For the pizza base:
Beige polymer clay
Chalk pastels in ochre tones

For the tomato sauce and cheese:
Red polymer clay
Terracotta polymer clay
Liquid polymer clay
Yellow and white oil paint

Various toppings

Other tools:
Rolling pin
Sharp blade
Soft bristled brush
Ceramic tile to work on
Gloss varnish
Matt varnish
Round cutter (optional)

1. Before you begin, you need to ensure your work area and hands are clean, because unbaked polymer clay is a fluff magnet. I like to work on a large, blank ceramic tile, as this can go straight in the oven when it is time to bake the clay, without having to move your work and risk unwanted fingerprints. It helps to use a white tile, as fluff shows up better on it.

2. Let's begin with the pizza base. You need to roll out a blob of beige until it is a flat circle, about 25mm (1 inch) diameter and a couple of millimetres thick. I use a round cutter, but it's not necessary for it to be a perfect circle. I like to flatten out the middle so that the crust is the thickest part. I use the end of my rolling pin, but you don't want a sharp edge.

3. Scrape the ochre chalk pastel with an old blunt blade you no longer use for polymer clay so you have a pile of dust. Using the soft bristled brush, dust the pizza base so it is golden brown. Add slightly darker areas on the crust so it isn't too even.


4. If you want your pizza to be whole, then bake the base now, according the polymer clay maker's instructions. If you want slices, then using your sharp blade, cut the base into as many slices as you like, I'd recommen 6 - 8 per base.

5. Use a small square of sandpaper to add texture to the edges of your pizza slices. I also use a pin to add details, or if it's too fiddly to get the sandpaper in. Be careful around the crust not to texturise the outer parts. Once you're happy with the texture, bake according to the polymer clay maker's instructions.

6. To make the tomato sauce, mix approximately equal amounts of red and terracotta clay until properly combined, but do not try to mix it too thoroughly. In this instance, it's good to have some difference in colour. Add the liquid polymer clay a little at a time, until you have a lumpy consistency. You do not want this to be too smooth, liquid polymer clay tends to become runnier when baking.

7. Apply to the cooked (and cooled!) pizza bases as much as you want. I use a pin to do this so I don't put too much on at once. I like to have the odd drip coming off my slices, as I'm a messy eater.

8. To make the gooey cheese, use some liquid polymer clay and mix the tiniest little blob of white and yellow oil paint. And I mean TINY. As you can see from these photos, most of the oil paint is unused. If you want lumpier cheese, then you should use white and yellow polymer clay rather than oil paint, and you will be able to achieve whatever consistency you like by following the tomato sauce steps. But I like my cheese to be properly melted so I use oil paints and liquid polymer clay, which makes for a very runny substance.

9. Apply the cheese to the pizza using a clean pin in small swirly motions until you're happy with how much you have on there. This can be fiddly, so I bet you're glad you pre-baked the base!


10. Now is the time to add whichever toppings you like. I like to add salami, tomato slices and olives. Olives are simply tiny squashed balls of black polymer clay. Salami is made by combining red, brown, white and transluscent polymer clay until not fully mixed, and rolling into a long cane with a white outer skin. The tomato cane requires a tutorial all of its own, but if that looks too hard you could always start with a simple red slice.

11. Bake your pizza slices according to the polymer clay maker's instructions.

12. Once cooled from the oven, apply matt varnish to the crust of the pizza, and gloss varnish to the sauce and topping. And voilà, some delicious looking miniature pizza!