Last summer we started talking about a mouse for the gorgeous French mouse house
she is working on. She thought she would like to have a little girl about eight
to ten years old. One that bared a family resemblance to the portraits Catherine
has painted of them for the house. Which she explained had more of a rat like
Having never made a doll or dressed one, I wanted to give it a try. The
first problem I knew was the fact I didn't have anything to dress her in.
Catherine sent me a box of fabric. Many pieces were over 100 years old.
The challenge began.
I had no idea what the body of a child REALLY looks like. You have to begin
a sculpt with a drawing or a photo. So as usual I went to Google.
Ah-oh! The last thing you want to do is search for....dare I
even say it here...NO, I can't. I don't need the FBI at my door thanks. So I
searched instead for little girls in a ballet class. That I thought would be
fine. Children in leotards. PHEW!
Refining the body sculpt. OOPS....Her bottom got a little flat. I left her on it while I was away.
I spent many hours sculpting a body that would be hidden under clothes. I printed
pictures of all the portraits on the walls of Catherine's house.
I needed to
understand what sort of face Miss Mousey should have. She was going to be 45 to
48 inches tall in RL 1: 1 scale.
The sculpt finished, it was time to dress her. I was worried, I played with
fabrics for ages. Never cutting into anything. I quickly found out that fabric
has a mind of it's own. I didn't want to torture these beautiful fabrics by
using some stiffening agent.
I drew my patterns and first tried them in something of my own. The only
fabric in Catherine's box that would act right turned out to be a cotton print
and it was new (not antique). It would hold a finger pressed pleat. You can't iron pleats into
place without making them look unnatural. Asking fabrics to become 1:12 scale
curtains is one thing but this was a lot smaller.
I gave her leather boots that had to be built right onto her feet and legs. I was very happy with how those worked out.
It is very hard to capture what someone has in their minds eye. Perhaps it
is impossible. It is too bad they take so long to make. You usually come a lot closer
after five or six.
Please visit ' Suzanne' in her GORGEOUS new home on Catherine's blog at the above link.
I have been busy again making a Christmas walnut shell cottage. This time one to sell
hopefully on eBay. The listing should be up later tonight and I will then post a
link here.... http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=310805102137 This one has a Christmas tree inside the big bay window. On the back of the house there are lace curtains in the small windows.
It is too bad the gold star ornaments don't photograph very well, because they are holographic. They sparkle & wink in a rainbow of colors, even in low light. The snow glitter sparkles too but that also doesn't show in pictures. :-(
Yes! This is the same house. It is just a view of the back side.
Of course the house could be hung on a Christmas tree but a better idea would be to hang it
in one of those domes for a pocket watch. Those are optically clear and have a
hook on the top, inside the glass.
BTW...Later this week you should see what that hand I posted a picture of
was all about. Now that it has arrived in it's new home in France. I will post a
link to it here.
Among other things... I have been making this new chair. It was a bit more
difficult to upholster then the other ones I have made because of the squared
ends on the seat cushion. I was very happy to find this fabric because I never
thought I would find anything that could be in the same room as the William
Morris wing chair I made.The beautifully carved legs are ones made for me by Linda Master http://miraclechicken.blogspot.com/. Thank you Linda!!!
I was very pleased to find two porcelain pieces by Terry Curran, A jar of
clotted cream from 'Harrods' and a tiny container of hot coco powder. I don't
know what it is but I love ceramics that have writing on them.
Welcome to my blog!
I am artist and a metalsmith. I have always loved miniatures and dollhouses. My interest in making miniatures is not restricted to the metal work I do. This year I plan to design and build a dollhouse.
I do not sell the miniatures I am making right now while I am trying to build my own collection.
Who is Kilmouski? ... He's my cat. And he sits right next to me no matter how many hours I work.