Sunday, 16 September 2012

Smokers Chair 1/12th scale

Been relaxing and having a play this week at furniture making, having never been trained in any sort of furniture making or miniature making I have this week managed to get hold of a lovely piece of an exotic fruitwood, took a bit of doing chopping it down to size but eventually did it and this is my first attempt at a decent piece of furniture, it measures just over 2-1/4" tall and is based on a smokers chairs from one of my reference books, for a first attempt I am more than happy.
Now I know how to build it I can now make a template and hopefully produce a few more chairs of different types.
No staining here, 12 different grades of sandpaper and finished with a couple of coats of lacquer, which has given a real nice smooth finish.
I'm afraid my carpentry skills does not do this piece of wood justice, but I shall keep trying, but must say 17 turned pieces and two carved pieces tested my patience to the full.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

New bench

Photo is of my prototype for a cartwheel bench (3" long), just need to iron out a few things before making any more, but was an interesting learning process in making this, I will show it on my table tomorrow at Stafford and if there is any interest I will proceed and make a couple more.
Still a lot of ideas in my head so lots more to come yet.

But for now it's watercolours time, want to see if I can get the two miniatures I am working on finished in time for tomorrow.
Any yes I have, Eltz Castle, two versions, thanks Chell!

And if you are in the area then do pop into the County Showground at Stafford for what promises to be a quality Dolls House and Miniatures Fair, open 10.30 till 4 and it's only £3.50 to get in.
Do say hello to us at Harvington Miniatures if you come along.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Chamber Pots

Well a week today (Sept 9th) and we shall be at the County Showground in Stafford for the Stafford Dolls House and Miniatures Fair over 60 exhibitors at this well established fair.
And as I've said before, again we shall have new items on our stand, we somehow to manage to introduce a few new miniatures at every fair we do and for this fair we shall be selling our new Chamber Pot (or Potty).
Have done this in 1/12th and 1/24th, the photo above shows them painted in stoneware style against a background of a £1 coin, they will also be painted up in other styles.
Have also made some more new stoneware in 1/24th scale plus a couple of new pop bottles and also currently working on a couple of new paintings which I hope to have ready.

After this fair it is 6 or 7 weeks till the next one, stills lots of ideas on the table which we are working on, so I may be quiet for a couple of weeks.

Hope to see some of you there.