Saturday 2 June 2018
Thursday 17 May 2018
I have a little over 2 weeks before I head for Castine, Maine. I am so honoured to have been picked to be one of the teachers this year - and am running two classes. One is the market basket which is a 12 hour class - pictured below:
|Showning handle detail|
The second class is the Old Style Laundry Basket, which is a 24 hour class. Most of the time will be spent on finishing the basket with a woven border - should be lots of fun!!
Posted by Basketcase Miniatures at 17:46
Still have to complete the gate down the side alley and fill it with trash, but these are things I can do a little later. I'm very pleased with the first of the three buildings I'm doing for my Diagon Alley scene. The next will be Slug & Jiggers, which is actually part Tanglewood, but I've added another floor on top and a carriage way down the side. Can't leave well enough alone can I?!! The third building will be Olivanders.
Anyway, the Sydney Mini show was great fun - always wonderful catching up with various mini friends and seeing what everyone is doing and making.
Posted by Basketcase Miniatures at 16:53
Tuesday 2 January 2018
has afforded me so much pleasure this past week! Peter made it for me for Christmas
and I've had so much fun with it.
These couple of photos show the results of my first attempts at throwing a piece on the wheel. I
used Creative Paper Clay for these which of course, is an air drying clay - and I painted them
with acrylic paint, aged with some pastels and then sealed with a clear varnish.
I was happy with the end results. I think I'm really going to enjoy working with the pottery wheel!!
Posted by Basketcase Miniatures at 21:46
Sunday 31 December 2017
I had a whim to make a small table/stool with a woven top and here is the result. I was quite happy with it seeing I didn't really put a lot of thought into it before jumping in!!
Maybe time to make a bigger one now!!
Posted by Basketcase Miniatures at 21:05
Sunday 10 December 2017
Today I did some more work on the cobblestones, painted the door (yet to be installed), finished the step and the bollards got their first coat of paint. Ever onwards!!
Posted by Basketcase Miniatures at 22:37
I have finally finished laying and painting the cobblestones. Still have to add a few details like bits of grass and moss etc and I also have to clay the step. Once the bollards have been painted, they will be installed and the chain attached. Slowly but surely coming together.
Posted by Basketcase Miniatures at 01:49
Thursday 7 December 2017
Having a little fun here!! I got a beautiful doll made by Irina Martin some time ago and at last
got around to making a cart for her to pull along. I also made a few teddies
and thought they would look good in the cart. A pleasant change to be doing
something for myself for a change!!
And here is the dolly - isn't she just gorgeous. I was so lucky to get to Etsy just at the right time. Irina's dolls are so very hard to get your hands on!
Posted by Basketcase Miniatures at 21:25
Sunday 3 December 2017
I've been playing with handle decorations on this market basket.
Detail of the cross knot at attachment point
Detail of the V knot on the top of handle.
Just some ideas for the students at Castine Guild School to play with in June when they do my class. Really looking forward to it.
Posted by Basketcase Miniatures at 23:17
Saturday 25 November 2017
Tuesday 21 November 2017
I have started working on the internals of the two structures I want to get finished for exhibit at the Sydney Miniatures Show in May 2017. I need to get these finished sooner rather than later, as I also need to get stuck into my basket work, but am enjoying doing something different for the moment. However, time is running out!!
|This is the start of the internal workings in Flourish & Blotts. I have another|
1300 books I need to make, which might give me the amount
of clutter needed in the whole building. Should keep me amused
for a little while!
|The right wall of the Venice Canal House completed. I have all the books|
I need for this one!! Also working on bits of furniture to be added.
|A long shot of the room upstairs. The lower floor is his work area and I will show that|
I am happy with progress to date but need to keep going and get both structures put to bed!!
Until next time!
Posted by Basketcase Miniatures at 14:11
Sunday 12 November 2017
Friday 10 November 2017
Wednesday 8 November 2017
Isn't this just beautiful work?
By Rosie Woodley, AMEA Convention Workshop, Hobart, Tasmania, October 2018
Makes my day when I can share my knowledge/experience in miniature basketmaking
and get results like this. My time is not wasted!!
Posted by Basketcase Miniatures at 18:30
Sunday 5 November 2017
Front part of roof installed along with the dormer window.
A side view showing chimney stack.
Showing ground floor.
Showing the upper floor area.
Posted by Basketcase Miniatures at 00:58
Friday 3 November 2017
This is Serafina - but she has many nicknames. Some that come to mind are:
Fatty Foofa, Fooda, Fatty Boomba, Fatty Arbuckle - the list goes on. Does this give one the impression that she likes food? It should, because she does!! And she loves hoomans too!
|I'm obviously doing it all wrong!!!!|
Posted by Basketcase Miniatures at 21:42
........installed the staircase today. The stair rail has only been propped up to show it - but it still needs painting and distressing. The ground floor lighting is also being worked on at the same time. Trying to get all the little things done before the roof goes on and it becomes difficult to work in!!
|Mock up of the painted railing - I think it will look ok.|
Posted by Basketcase Miniatures at 01:08