August 2010: Issue No 25, Cover Image: Malcolm’s Miniatures
5 Editor’s Note: Read Bea Broadwood’s introduction & welcome to this month’s fabulous edition of the FREE AIM magazine! 28 Tool Junkie: The latest instalment of Mel Koplin’s informative column. 46 Getting To Know You: Get to know more about AIM member Viola Williams. 60 Blog Of The Month: This month we take a closer look at AIM member Debbie Wright’s online blog. 62 Cross Over Crafts: Featuring AIM member Louise Goldsborough. 64 Diary Of An Edwardian Dollshouse: The 6th instalment of Julie Campbell’s dolls house adventure! 72 Through The Keyhole: This month we take a peek at the work space of AIM artisan: Julie Dewar. 80 The Work Basket: Read the latest instalment of this popular new series. 83 Show Reports: From all around the miniature world. 84 Aunt Anastasia: If you have a miniature dilemma, then why not write to our very own agony aunt for her well considered advice? 88 New On The Web: ‐ AIM This month we take a look at Paris Miniature’s new website. 98 In Season This Month: This month Vicky Guile and her fellow AIM food artisans take a closer look at the delicious ‘summer berries’. 116 AIM Gallery: The High Street... AIM members come together to celebrate a high street in miniature. 142 The Miniature Grapevine: Catch up on all the latest news and announcements from the international world of miniatures.
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6 Cover Story: Malcolm’s Miniatures: AIM members and artisan couple Malcolm Smith & Silvia Lane tell us more about their stunning work. 14 The Hardware Shop: Don’t miss Catherine Davies’ nostalgic miniature store. 20 Steampunk: AIM member Sally Watson (with a little help from her friends at AIM) introduces this new mini series. 24 Something For Sir?: A gallery of Gentlemen’s attire. 38 Quarter Scale Shops: Jean Day takes a closer look at smaller scale miniatures. 50 The Little Flower Shop: By AIM member Linda Master. 54 The Shambles Of York: Research and inspiration by Vicky Guile. 76 The Catwalk: Wilga Van Den Wijngaart’s knitting skills are on display in her miniature shop. 86 As Seen On TV!: Regina Passy‐Yip tells us all about her recent brush with fame. 90 Dolls House Tiles & Ann Marie Miniatures: ‐ We talk ‘shop’ with AIM members Graham & Ann Marie Simpkin. 134 Bartholomew & Sikes: Part 1 of the construction of a Gentleman’s Emporium by Ian Jones. 38
26 1:12th ‐ Smorgasboard Of Smores: AIM member Melanie Navarro shares her stunningly realistic tutorial. 32 1:12th ‐ Basket: Vicky Guile shows her simple and adaptable way of creating inexpensive miniature baskets. 36 1:48th ‐ A Shop Counter: We know you will just love Bea Broadwood’s innovative quarter scale project 108 1:12th ‐ Blueberry Baking: AIM members Janet Smith & Betty Hagen share their secrets for creating delicious miniature deserts using seasonal blueberries. 130 1:12th ‐ Chef’s Hat Tutorial: Annemarie Kwikkel teaches how to create this tradition kitchen headwear. 26 140 1:12th & 1:24th ‐ Knitted Dish clothes: AIM member Frances Powell generously shares yet another of her fabulous knitting patterns.
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The AIM Magazine’s Editorial Team:
Welcome to the eagerly anticipated August edition of the AIM magazine; which is officially
office@petite‐properties.com our largest issue to date!
AIM members have been busy over the summer, working hard to fill an unbelievable 145 pages with fabulous miniature content for you all to enjoy ‐ for FREE!
Now, fresh back after their summer break AIM members have taken a closer look at the ‘humble shop’. So if you want to find out more about the talented house builder Malcolm Smith and his doll sculpting partner Silvia Lane, gaze at the stunning hardware shop brought to life by Catherine Davies or let Vicky Guile teach you how to make your very own traditional basket (in miniature of course); then look no further!
As you will see this August issue of the magazine is packed from cover to cover with interesting features, profiles, editorials and projects; covering every aspect of the dolls house hobby. What more could you wish for!?
Please note AIM is an active association to which all members contribute …
I am also excited to announce that over the summer the future of the AIM magazine grew even brighter, when the editorial team expanded! On behalf of AIM I would therefore like to officially welcome Celia, Helen, Jean and John to the magazine’s production team. Collectively they bring with them a wealth of valuable experience and energy that will both compliment the existing team and enable the AIM magazine to continue to grow from strength to strength!
Formatted By Bea Broadwood, Janine Crocker, Jean Day, John Day, Sally Watson & Vicky Guile
Editor (& General whip cracker) August 2010 www.petite‐properties.com
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By AIM Members, Malcolm & Silvia
Malcolm and Silvia of Malcolm’s Miniatures are pleased to share their love of miniatures with the readers this month. Malcolm has been involved in making models since he discovered Airfix kits as a young lad. Over the years he has made many different types of models vehicles, – military railways,
buildings and scenery. For 20 years he was active as a volunteer model maker for Pen‐ don Museum in Oxfordshire where the rural scenery of the 1920s and 30s is being re‐created in 1:76 scale with a village, railway responsible for
and the countryside, he was buildings and scenery for them. In fact, he has worked in all the popular scales from 1:144 to 1:12. When Malcolm took
retirement from a career in electronics and IT in 2001 he got the opportunity to model‐making his main activity and set up Malcolm’s Miniatures.
Malcolm & Silvia...
This gave him an opportunity to try another area of model‐making or miniatures which he hadn’t tried before ‐ doll’s houses, room boxes and furniture. Although new to the doll’s house and miniatures scene, he was able to apply all the skills from his other work. One of his pet subjects is the cross fertilisation of ideas and techniques from other fields of model‐making, for example the military modellers have great techniques for creating realistic figures and weathering vehicles, the railway modellers have a lot of great techniques for creating buildings and scenery and these techniques can be applied to the doll’s house world as well. When he met his partner, Silvia Lane, they found they had a common interest in miniatures and modelling and so they are now both part of Malcolm’s Miniatures – Silvia specialises in sculpting and dressing character figures and sculpting cats and birds, whilst Malcolm focuses on houses, room boxes and furniture. One of Silvia’s pet subjects is that figures should be doing something, with hands that grip properly and actually do hold the objects they are working with. One of her specialities is old ladies falling asleep like the one shown here.
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Old Lady Asleep...
All of their work is ‘one of a kind’ – either to commissions, like the cobbler’s workshop (above) or to their own designs. Much of their inspiration is drawn from the Victorian and Edwardian painters such as Helen Allingham, Charles Edward Wilson, Carlton Alfred Smith and AR Quinton. They know these artists were known for creating a “chocolate box” view of rural life – but isn’t that what we often do with our miniatures? Another good source of inspiration for them is the rich variety of costume dramas on television, such as Lark Rise to Candleford and Cranford. When they are creating miniature pieces they can escape into another world and shape it the way they want. Working in miniature can be frustrating though when tiny pieces fly across the workshop or bury themselves in the carpet never to be found again! Most of their pieces fit into a cottage theme – thatched cottages, windsor chairs, dressers and the characters that might have inhabited the cottages. Their own creations generally cover the period between the Victorian era and the 1920s/30s but they can make items to commission outside this period.
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They also work in other fields, for example they made a vegetable garden for a 1:43 model railway so their work is not restricted to the conventional scales of the doll’s house world. Most of their pieces are in either 1:12 or 1:24 scale but they have also produced houses in 1:48 and scenes in 1:43, 1:76 and 1:144. They have also used Malcolm’s experience in electronics to produce a range of controllers for model railways and he is currently developing control units for lighting in doll’s houses. Apart from the ‘one of a kind’ items they produce they also have a range of items for the DIY enthusiast. These include the range of Brick Impress Moulds that enable you to produce realistic brick, stone, tile and slate finishes on miniature buildings. The range currently has 14 different patterns of brick, stone, etc in each of the scales 1:12 and 1:24 and a new range of 1:48 moulds will be available later this year. The years of modelling for Pendon Museum and a longstanding interest in vernacular architecture makes Malcolm want to create accurate replicas of houses for the doll’s house market like this half timbered house.
This means the correct brick bond or stone finishes weathered to make them realistic. Malcolm developed the Brick Impress Moulds originally for his own use but they have become very popular and they now ship them all over the world, as well as selling at the fairs. To help people get the most out of the moulds they also have two DVDs explaining how to use the moulds and other techniques for creating realistic buildings in miniature. A third DVD about scenic modelling will be available in the near future.
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Malcolm and Silvia do offer a mail order service and attend a few fairs each year – you can find them at Miniatura in Birmingham twice a year and at the Thame fair. One of the nice things about doing fairs is when they see regular customers returning to buy more items from them – that means that somebody really appreciates what they make. That happens sometimes with mail orders as well – like this email from “The a DVD lady in Hamburg ... "Model Buildings" is excellent. I really love it. Today I looked it twice. I would like to thank you for the brilliant DVD. I like the mold too. I have not tried them, because I have to build a house first ... lol. Now I want to order some more molds.” Reactions worthwhile.
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make all the hard work
Text & Images © Malcolm’s Miniatures
Why not find out more about Malcolm & Silvia’s stunning miniature creations by visiting their website:
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Edited by Helen Woods. Formatted By Bea Broadwood
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of excellence in original handcrafted scale miniatures…”
dedicated to promoting a high standard
“An association of professional artisans,
The AIM Association was set up in 2007 in order to The way in which provide a global platform for professional AIM Association membership miniature artisans who wish to actively promote their work and actively take part and support the is offered has changed! opportunities and promotional facilities which AIM
Due to an overwhelming uptake of membership over recent months, as from July 31st the AIM Association now has limited memberships available…
uniquely offers for free: notably including... The AIM online forum Monthly FREE AIM magazine AIM Member's online directory AIM website Aim’s facebook & social networking pages The AIM blog.
AIM membership is only available for professional miniature artisans, selling quality handmade miniatures to the public. Membership is reserved for artisans who wish to showcase & promote their work, through active participation within the AIM Association. Please note; A waiting list has now been introduced regarding new membership applications.
AIM is completely FREE to join and completely FREE to be part of.
So… if you are a professional miniature artisan and you would like to find out more about joining the AIM Association, please email AIM’s Membership Secretary: Tony for more information:
Or alternatively visit our website… www..artisansinminiature.com
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I did not put my hardware shop together with the intention of its being an artisan piece. As a miniaturist, my own specialty is making food and flowers, so a hardware shop wasn’t something I’d normally contemplate in the course of what I do. Rather it was something deeply personal, a less than faithful representation from a memory of a visit to the reconstructed hardware shop that I saw at the Black Country Museum in Dudley, England.
This particular real shop is set in the 1930s but I wouldn’t claim that my version is the same. Truthfully, I haven’t kept to any precise era. You can most accurately describe my hardware shop as being “old fashioned”, sort of Victorian, sort of Edwardian probably with later elements thrown in. To me it doesn’t matter. I was aiming to capture an atmosphere and a feeling of generic age. Were I to burn a paraffin lamp nearby, I would probably even capture the smell of the place too.
Apart from that, why did I choose to put a hardware shop together in the first place? I suppose I was attracted to the clutter of practicality. The hardware shop used to be the modern day equivalent of a department store for home wares. You could purchase the majority of goods for your home from a hardware shop in days gone by, and my first impression of the hardware shop in the museum was that of clutter.
Tins, packets, bowls, baskets, brushes and anything else you care to mention were everywhere; particularly hanging from the ceiling, not to mention outside the shop. In miniature terms, that translates as “anything goes”. The occupational hazard for most dolls house collectors is accumulating piles of odds and ends that have taken our eye for no particular reason, then end up in drawers waiting for a home. A hardware shop could be that home. The building itself is the Sid Cooke corner shop ‐ ok I cheated. It was already built and ready‐wired when I bought it. I like constructed shells ready for me to move into. I don’t particularly like woodwork and I’m no good with copper tape, screws and electrics. The nearest I got to woodwork was making the tongue and grooving for the walls. I could have bought real, sophisticated miniature tongue and grooving, but for some reason I can’t fathom, I chose to paint individual pieces of wood and stick them one by one on the walls. Looking back, I think it would have been better to have chamfered the sides first since they look rather stark, but they’re stuck solid now, so they’re staying. And I don’t think anyone would notice, unless I told them.
Oh yes, the flooring is wooden as well, but I had the sense to buy that in a sheet and lay it in one piece. The beauty of creating a hardware shop is that the floor can be as rough, shabby and grubby as you like. In reality, that meant a lot of staining, sanding, more staining, more sanding, a bit of boot polish, loads of expletives and probably a lot more boot polish. You can actually throw anything you like on a floor like that while you try to get the right effect. If it doesn’t work, just take yet another sheet of sand paper to it and if that doesn’t scrape away a mistake, you can always blame it on the miniature public stomping through the shop in their hobnail boots, bringing in the dirt and generally making a mess.
The nearest faithful, authentic representation of anything in the museum is the counter. This counter particularly grabbed me with its quality mahogany top and black body (with some strains of mahogany peeping through cracks in the black paint). My counter started off as a plain wood cheap import and I first stained it entirely in mahogany. Leaving the top mahogany, I went on to paint the sides in several coats of matt acrylic black paint and sanded off a few areas to reveal the mahogany beneath. Similarly with the shelving, I just bought some plain wood units and stained them roughly in mahogany.
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The advertising inside the shop was fun. A few pieces I bought complete as they are, others I cut from pamphlets (or dare I say it, even books). There is a wealth of material out there, often from curious places. For example, the notice for soap flakes (above the mangle and tub containing soap flakes) was cut out from some rather original wrapping paper.
I made the Sunlight bars of soap from small slivers of wood. I actually bought one real bar of Sunlight soap years ago from the old fashioned style Apothecary shop to be found in Howarth, Yorkshire, England. (This is the real shop where the brother of the Bronte sisters bought his drugs in the nineteenth century – I digress, I know – but it was very interesting). Back to the bar of soap – I simply scanned the wrapper into the computer, shrank it down then printed several copies to wrap round the slivers of wood.
I did the same for the blocks of Reckitts Blue after having found a real one. The rest of the tins and packets were bought ready made. There is a great variety available on the market that to choose from if you find you can’t make them yourself.
If you are wondering why the soap flakes in the tub with the mangle look so realistic, it’s because they are real soap flakes bought from the same wonderful Apothecary shop. Add real water and you’ll get real froth. The rest of the contents of the shop were the results of years of collecting and hoarding, just like any other miniature enthusiast. Looked at objectively, I don’t think my hardware shop is full enough, but that doesn’t matter. Like I said at the beginning, it was never intended to be an artisan piece. It is a piece of my own history, a piece of one memorable visit to a memorable museum that is organic, like a real hardware shop and I will continue to add to add to it as I go along. It is a moment in no particular time that will grow with me for the rest of my miniature days.
Formatted by Vicky Guile
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I beg your pardon? Sorry – wasn’t intending to be insulting. . .
An attempt to define the indefinable by AIM member Sally Watson
I imagine 3 different reactions to the phrase Steampunk – if you are familiar with it you will grin, knowingly; if you have heard it but got lost you will feel relief that someone might just explain; if you have never come across it you will consider me a rude person! Stay with me…… I first came across the term about 4 years ago and thought it was a fine description of a quirky style. So how do you define it? Well….you don’t but here are some pointers. Throughout history there have been thinkers, artists and inventors who have defied the restraints of time and reality. Bosch, Da Vinci, Escher, Dali, Heath Robinson, Jules Verne, H P Lovecraft, H G Wells are but a few that spring to mind and I already hear folk yelling about the ones I missed. Some of these amazing minds used machinery in a futuristic way as they saw it at the time of writing/ painting. Thus, a time machine invented by a Victorian would have brass bits and cogs and dials and…..STEAM! Still with me?
Now let’s consider the terminology: steam =power; that’s fairly easy.
Punk, though…. Sex Pistols? Safety pins? Sid Vicious….? Malcolm McLaren? Perhaps we should go further back in time. The original meaning in the late 16th century was prostitute! Shakespeare uses the wonderful term “taffeta punk” in “All’s Well That Ends Well” and “Romeo and Juliet.” Whilst in “Measure for Measure” we have “My lord, she may be a punk; for many of them are neither maid, widow, nor wife.” Some other uses by the bard are best dealt with elsewhere—we do have younger readers! Later it was used in American English among the early settlers to refer to a kind of burnt corn and in the Delaware Indian language it means ashes. Perhaps unsurprisingly it became slang for a cigarette in the late nineteenth century before becoming a derogatory term for a low‐ life/hoodlum/waster. And then in the late 80s it hit the music and fashion scene. So with such a chequered history it seems that punk has joined with steam to describe a strange and eclectic art form which has permeated literature. The actual term is thought to have been first used in a letter written to Locus magazine in 1987. f a s h i o n , architecture and design via
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Author K. W. Jeter was looking for a… “general term to describe his material set in the 19th century or 19th‐century‐like worlds, with strange technology and wondrous marvels.” It is the concept of futuristic 19th century styled worlds that has always intrigued me. Some are utopian – others dystopian; love’em both. Now we are seeing the creative minds in the miniature world reflecting this delightful style; they have taken... and run with it! As in real life it is used in fashion and jewellery, furniture, interior design, domestic tools and architecture.
The concept provides a multitude of opportunities in various scales as will be demonstrated in forthcoming articles on this topic. Jean Day will be describing her Steampunk room box and Grimdeva will introduce us to her spooky take on the style.
Places to look for more Steampunk: Art by Jane Walker ‐ www.jane.walkerillustration.com www.theclockworkcentury.com ‐ www.datamancer.net ‐ www.thesteampunkhome.blogspot.com www.theclockworkcentury.com/?cat=17
Clock and lamp by Grimdeva ‐ Cauldron Craft Miniatures www.cauldroncraftminiatures.blogspot.com ‐ www.CauldronCraftMinis.etsy.com Steampunk witch by Nancy Cronin ‐ Nancy Cronin Miniature Dolls www.nancycroninminiaturedolls.blogspot.com Fashionable ladies by Mary Williams Attaché and Contraptions with Pipes (below left) by Patricia Paul Miniatures www.patriciapaulminis.com Clockwork Calendar & Time Turns in Clockwork Motion by Oberon’s Wood ‐ Sorceress Hollow www.sorceresshollow.com ‐ www.oberonswood.blogspot.com Hats by Janine Crocker ‐ Miss Amelia’s Miniatures www.MissAmeliasMiniatures.com Steampunk room by Jean Day Miniatures www.jdayminis.com ‐ www.jdayminis.blogspot.com Chrono Seidh (below) by Dawn M Schiller ‐ Odd Fae and Autumn Things www.autumnthings.com ‐ www.oddfae.blogspot.com Dollshouse Dolls www.dollshousedolls.co.uk ‐ www.marywilliamsdollshousedollsblog.blogspot.com
Thanks to the willing contributors to this article and keep watching for further developments. Text ©2010 Sally Watson ‐ SallyCat Miniatures ‐ www.sallycatminiatures.com
All photographs ©2010 by their respective Artisans. Formatted by Sally Watson.
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AIM Member Melanie Navarro shares her edible recipe for delicious ‘Smores’ along with step by step instructions for 1:12 scale miniature polymer clay versions.
The REAL Thing... Ingredients
1 cup butter, melted 1/3 cup white sugar 3 cups graham cracker crumbs 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips 3 cups miniature marshmallows.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish. In a medium bowl, combine butter, sugar and graham cracker crumbs until well coated. Press half of crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Top with the chocolate chips, then the marshmallows. Sprinkle the remaining graham cracker mixture over the marshmallows and press down with a spatula. Bake in preheated oven 10 minutes, until marshmallows are melted. Cool Artisans In Miniature 15 completely before cutting into squares. Calories Per Serving: 190
The Miniature Recipe... Ingredients
Polymer clay in white, chocolate brown and beige, foil, light brown, red and black pastel chalks.
Using your white clay, roll small balls and lightly flatten on top to form your marshmallows. You can use the black pastel to shade some of the marshmallows to create a “roasted” look. Take your chcolate clay and using a rolling pin or pasta machine create a flat chunk approx. 1/8” thick and create both vertical and horizontal lines on top to make your chocolate bar. (Foil is optional) To make your graham crackers, you need to roll out some beige clay as thin as you can, but not so thin it breaks, then using your light brown and red pastels, shade the clay to your desired colour. Bake according to clay package.
Calories Per Serving: ZERO!!!
All text and photos ©2010 Melanie Navarro ‐ Mels Miniatures www.melsminiatures.com
Formatted By Vicky Guile
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a shop counter...
By AIM Bea (Fiona) Broadwood
1:48TH QUARTER SCALE
Thin card & Medium card Materials…
Brown & black acrylic paint (or colours to suit your own scheme)
Believe it or not, it is incredibly easy to make 1:48th scale furniture from scratch. No wood or wood working skills are needed and if you can cut and fold card ‐ there will simply be no stopping you!
Step 1 Side
Draw out the shape: part A shown in Fig.1. onto a piece of thin card.
Cut out, then score along the lines indicated using the fine point of a scribe, guided by a metal ruler. The card should be sufficiently scored so that it folds easily and neatly along the marked lines.
1¼ in Cut line
½ in Score line
Step 2 Fig.2. onto a piece of medium card.
Cut out and score as appropriate.
Draw out the shape: part B shown in
Step 3 it with double sided adhesive tape.
Draw out 5 panels, see picture 3 and cut out and stick into position. (NB there is 1 panel on each end of the counter and 3 on the front elevation.)
Take a piece of medium card and back
Shelf ‐ Part B 2 in
Step 4 glue to the exterior of the two end
tabs, see picture 4. Stick into place to form the interior shelf of the counter. The bottom edge of each tab should be flush with the bottom edge of the counter, again see picture 4. Take the pre folded part B and apply
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To create the counter top, cut a rectangular piece of medium card
which is slightly larger than the counter. Liberally cover the top edges of the counter in tacky glue, then sit the counter on top of the rectangle of card, see picture 5a. Clean away any excess glue. Once dry use a small pair of scissors to trim away the excess card, see picture 5b
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Paint your counter with 2 coats of brown acrylic paint, then distress using a tiny amount of black paint and a dry brush.
This project was taken from ‘Making Dolls House Furniture In 1:48th Scale’ written by AIM member, Bea (Fiona) Broadwood. Priced £5.99 To find out more about the project books she has written, why not visit her website:
Text & Photos © Petite Properties Ltd 2010 Formatted by Bea Broadwood
Working with smaller scales has fascinated me for a long time so I’m delighted to be presenting Smaller Scales articles for AIM magazine. I will try to alternate between scales and include projects and printables which I hope will inspire you with your own tinier projects. After working in one twelfth scale for a long time, smaller scales can be a great space saver and the tiny details really have such a delicate appeal.
Quarter Scale Shops is the theme for this month and I’m very pleased to be featuring Janet Smith’s “Shabby
Chic Chocolate Vignette”, Bea Broadwood’s “The Corner Shop” and my own ‘Chubby Cheeks” Toy Shop. For those not really familiar with quarter scale, 1:48, or 48th scale; one quarter of an inch is equal to one foot in real life. I always like to use graph paper the is 4 squares to the inch for designing.
The “Chubby Cheeks” Toy Shop
I designed years ago and recently enjoyed finishing it. It was very easy to make using a foam core base, sides and back. I glued wooden u strips to the top, back and sides, front sides and bottom, so I can easily slide in pieces styrene plastic to protect this box from dust. The size is 4” (10.1cm)heigh x 6” (15.2cm) wide x 5” ( 12.7cm) deep. The outside was painted with artist quality acrylic paint to which I added silica sand for a bit of texture. Strips of wood were added to the exterior for more interest. Then I aged the surface with watercolours. The windows were made by using plastic containers and set into the foam core walls.
Quarter Scale Toy Printable
To separate the baby furniture and clothing side from the toys, I cut out a piece of archival board. I have used my made up quarter scale outfit and furniture kits to decorate the baby side of the shop, there is also a baby box with a layette from my kit. I used larger Fimo clowns to add a theme to the shop, there are tiny ones on the shelves too.
In the toy part of the shop in the upper photo, you can see a train layout I made in a plastic container and then covered with wood veneer. On the right side is a made up dollhouse and wizard kit. There are doll kits and teddies, bunnies, toys and clowns I made from Fimo and a few toy gifts I have received. Also on the shelves and children’s play area are some of my quarter scale books. Some of the thinner books are folded cut outs from the printables I’ve included shown above for your personal use. These can be printed on card stock and should print out about 3” in height for quarter scale. The rocking horse, train and toy soldiers I scanned from an antique Tuck post card of toys. The books are covers from my antique children’s book collection. I designed the other toys and found the lamb toy in one of my children’s books. The rocking horse is put together by gluing the front and back at the top horse part and opening the two sides of the rocker. You can add fine silk thread to the kites and foam to the back of the train box.
Shabby Chic Chocolate Shop Vignette
Janet Smith designed this wonderful Shabby Chic Chocolate Shop for an on‐line class. This vignette is only 2.5” x 2.5” x 2.5” (6.35 cm x6.35cmx6.35cm). Janet’s husband is a wood‐worker and builds these three sided vignettes for her out of exotic hardwoods to display her foods in scenes on her sales table. He used becote wood on the sides and yellow heart on the base. The becote is a very hard wood; the results are so beautiful, as you can see from the photo of the back of the store. The wallpaper and flooring are scrapbooking paper. The border is something that Janet designed and printed onto paper. Janet’s wonderful cakes were made using a 1/4” Kemper circle cutter and then painted using 3D paints. Her cakes are really remarkable in their tiny size. The cookie sheets were cut from aluminum sheets, approximately 3/8" by 1/4", equivalent to a 18” x 12" cookie sheet. The pie tins are about 3/16" in diameter at the top equivalent to a 9" pan. The pans she used for the brownies and the jelly roll are jewellery findings. Everything in the shop is made either from polymer clay or paint. The Shop comes with a plastic baseball case, and the whole scene fits inside the case. Janet Smith ‐ firstname.lastname@example.org ‐ Desert Minis, Inc. ‐ www.desertminis.com Photos © Janet Smith 2010
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The Corner Shop by Petite-Properties
The Corner Shop was the first ‘kit’ package to be released by Petite Properties’ in their exciting new quarter scale series. The inspiration for this shop came from the traditional red brick vernacular of Hertfordshire where Bea Broadwood was born. On her web site Bea says: “All of my 1:48th scale kits are designed to be a fusion between scratch building and normal kit construction, for 'hands on' miniaturists who wish to build their own houses following step by step instructions, but without the need for woodwork. There are a wide variety of techniques included in each book which 'once learnt' are of course transferable to other miniature projects and in turn other scales too; making them incredibly versatile!!!” Each ‘Kit Package’ within Petite Properties’ unique quarter scale series consists of a precision ‘laser cut’ kit used to create the structure of the miniature property and is complimented by a high quality booklet which provides step by step, detailed instructions on how to construct and finish your 1:48th dolls house; both inside and out. The size of the completed project is 3.3” (8.5cm) wide by 8.3“ (10cm) deep x 5.9”(15cm)in height. Please note: you will require very basic, inexpensive craft materials to create the interior & exterior finishes, such as small pieces of paper, card and air dry clay, these are not included in the kit.
Furniture: To accompany Petite Properties' quarter scale 'Kit & Book' series, Bea (Fiona) Broadwood has also written a new ‘how to’ series which teaches just how easy and inexpensive it is to make ‘life like’ quarter scale furniture that will compliment a whole range of property styles and genres. The first book in this new series: Making Dolls house Furniture in 1:48th Scale, features 18 furniture projects which have been written exclusively for the smaller quarter scale. Uniquely none of the projects include the use of any wood, instead inexpensive everyday craft materials are utilized with dramatic effect!!
All of Bea (Fiona) Broadwood's publications & kits are available to order via the new online store; which is on her website: www.petite‐properties.com
Petite‐Properties has also come out with a quarter scale room box kit that would make a shop as well. To coincide with the launch of this kit, they are very excited to be launching a new range of ceramic, ready to paint fireplaces and chimney breasts. been specifically designed to fit inside their room box kit. These versatile fire surrounds are sold unpainted, however they can be easily brought to life using either acrylic, emulsion or poster paints. Indeed one design can be painted in a multitude of different ways; offering a truly unique and inexpensive focal point for our new 1:48th room box, or shop. Choose from either: 1. Full brick 2. Full stone 3. ‘Panelled wood’ 4. 1940s style 5. Victorian style 6. Victorian Kitchen style
Photos © Petite Properties Ltd 2010
Following on from the success of our first 1:48th scale room box, which was released back in May, Petite Properties are now excited to release a brand new quarter scale ‘Shop box Kit’. Exclusively designed by AIM member, Bea (Fiona) Broadwood this new quarter scale shop box is directly based on a popular 1:12th scale shop box which she made many years ago. However, Bea says,
“I have recently been inspired by a puzzle game I play with my granddaughter, where you have to match a person’s body to their legs and to be honest this mix and match concept got me thinking”
“I have recently been inspired by a puzzle game I play with my grand daughter, where you have to match a person’s body to their legs and to be honest this mix and match concept got me thinking...” Interestingly it appears that there is more to this shop box design than meets the eye… but in the meantime the new shop box kit is priced at just £14.99 and comes with full colour, step by step instructions; all you need to do is just add paint & glue!
This versatile shop box kit will be available to purchase from the Petite Properties’ website in August, via the online shop (mail order) or from the Petite Properties’ exhibition stand.
To visit the new online store simply go to our website: www.petite-properties.com and follow the link...
Text & Photos © Petite Properties Ltd 2010
‘Getting to know you...’
In this regular feature a brave AIM member answers our probing questions, helping
you to get to know both them and their work a little bit better! This month our willing victim volunteer is the well respected miniature artisan; Viola Williams... Can you tell us a bit about your life before Miniatures? As a child my days always revolved around doing "projects." My mother said that as a preschooler I had a small blackboard and piece of chalk, and that I loved to draw and that people were able to tell the difference between my "houses" and my "barns". We lived on the farm at that time and would have been recognizable. I don't remember those days as I was very young and dependent on my parents for their recollection of those times. We left the farm when I was four or five years old
around both buildings so it would not be surprising that I was able to draw them both to be
As time passed I continued to like to do creative things. As a pre‐teen the neighbourhood girls and I would sit outside after dinner and I would make up stories to tell. Later a new family moved into the neighbourhood and their daughter took over the story‐telling because she was so much better than I was. I remember those days very well because it was such a pleasant way to spend an evening. One neighbour had one of those porch‐style swings. A large one that was built outside of the house instead of on the porch. We girls would sit and swing and sing. Sometimes I would just listen while they sang because I do not have a good singing voice.
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As a child, what were your favourite toys? As a child my favourite toys were always my dolls. One year at about age 7 or 8, I was given a doll with real hair (not just painted) for Christmas. It was a very special gift and no doll ever had her hair combed and styled as often as that doll did. I named her "Annabelle Clarabelle". I apparently lacked some name combination talents. I kept that doll and sewed for her for a very long time. I think I continued to enjoy her until I was about 12 years old. Whenever I moved I took her with me because she carried so many wonderful childhood memories for me. I owned her until about 9 years ago when we moved, and the movers lost her. Another favourite activity was sewing clothes for my dolls. I was allowed to use my mother's sewing machine but preferred to sew when she was out. I was given permission to do so after I promised to not sew my fingers. Surprisingly I was able to keep that promise. My mother kept a "rag bag" which held out‐grown clothes, left over fabrics etc. I would raid it often for my dolls. One day I did so in order to make a skirt (from the legs of a pair of my father's old pants) and a blouse (from a bleached flour sack) for my younger sister. We were both pretty young so had no idea how really awful they must have been. For example, I did not know how to add a zipper to the skirt so it was held closed with pins. We both thought they were beautiful! My comment: "oh, honey.. everyone will think we're so poor." I had no idea what she could possibly have meant by that comment. (How could a really pretty outfit make people think we were poor??) What attracted you to miniatures in the first place? When I married and had daughters I could once again justify the purchase of dolls (for them, of course)....then after seeing a dollhouse picture in a Lady's magazine, my addiction moved to a smaller scale. But first I made a dollhouse, with furniture. Later I had to add people. At that point I did not yet know about miniature shops, or magazines. But someone had shown me purchased. So my first dolls were made from polymer clay. I quickly decided that I wanted them to be made from porcelain but had no idea how that would be done. Not knowing where to go for advice, I chose a Ceramic shop that had a "doll making" sign in its window. They taught classes for making big dolls. By now, however, I was determined that my dolls would be sized fit
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sister begged to be able to wear them to school the next day. I can still remember my mother's
some polymer clay that she had
into a dollhouse.
I was never really told how to do it because of course they wanted to teach a big‐doll class to me rather than eventually came up with a porcelain doll. I had no idea that I would become so thoroughly hooked on miniatures.. but it's been nearly 30 years and I'm not bored yet!
give away their secrets, but I did glean bits of information and from there it was trial and error and I
What was your first purchase? I've never been a collector (except of course for supplies such as fabrics, trims etc). My interest has always been exclusively in the "making" end of it. The dolls I made were kept in a box until I heard about miniature shows. Fortunately all miniatures were very popular at that time and they sold quickly. I kept replacing convinced me that it would not be fair to my daughters to not let them have a sample of my "addiction".. so I did save some for them. They are now adults, and really, I have to say that they do not have an interest in them at all. They hid it well with profuse thank‐you's... but I never saw that "spark" each time they were given another doll. Have you had any unusual commissions? I don't usually accept commissions because my own imagination keeps intruding into the project and it causes me to stay away from the commission that was ordered. But I did one on my own at one time. I made a witch and put her into a bubble bath. She had no idea she was less than attractive and was reading a glamour magazine and looking into a hand mirror (that had cracked after it held her image). On a stool beside the bath tub was her black gown and pointed hat. Do you have any hobbies unrelated to miniatures? I've had so many hobbies, crocheting, oil painting, leather work, quilting.. and on and on; but NONE has kept my interest for as long as miniature making has done. Like most miniaturists, I began by making a dollhouse, and then furniture and accessories for it. But... a house is not a "home" without a family, and when I made my first dolls, I never went back to any of the other miniature items. I had found my niche. Doll‐making seems to use up the majority of my time. If I had another hobby it would be my trying to write stories. I don't mind that I'm not particularly talented. It's fun. I always loved reading and I think it's just another extension of that activity.
those that sold, but kept none for myself. When a friend learned that I wasn't keeping anything she
Any phobias or fantasies? I'm not aware of any. But then, does any miniaturist think their addiction to minis and their fantasies about them are anything other than perfectly normal and usual? I'm afraid we view others, who seem to be free of the mini fantasy, to be at least a little abnormal. And we pity them.
You can see more of Viola’s stunning dolls on her website:
Photographs & Text (Answers) © Viola Willliams 2010
Formatted By Bea Broadwood
By AIM Member Linda Master
I had always dreamed of making a 1:12 scale
flower shop and my original plan was to build it from scratch. I drew up my plans and began to concentrate on the inside, filling it would be such fun! I figured in this case, it would be smarter to create all the ideas that popped into my head and then build the rooms to house it all. Then one day all that changed, a friend came to visit and he had a surprise for me! He had found a little Arthur dollhouse on the side of the road (in the trash, would you believe it?). How I dearly regret not taking a photograph of the state it was in for the “before” shot. This little Arthur house was all but destroyed. It had so much hot‐melt glue all over it, was never painted or finished outside and most of the shingles and trims were gone amongst other things. I tried to salvage as much of the original house as possible, remaking the missing trim etc. and luckily I was able to salvage the original porch. I knew that this battered and bruised little house would become my own little flower shop!
After the initial repairs I knocked out one wall and built a new room, cut out the other side and installed a bay window. I constructed and added lattice for under the porch and now off to the side is a parking lot and back alley. The close up photograph of the alley shows some of my attention to the smaller details. I don’t know what was more fun, making the rusty metal dumpster from scratch (the wheels spin just like the real one), or filling it with trash! I made all the flowers in my little shop from paper and clay.
Upstairs you can see the gift shop. The card rack, which I made from cardstock, holds 49 different greeting cards with 4‐5 of each card and each has its own working envelope! Where to find tiny multiples of the same picture? Those annoying little address labels that keep coming in the mail, of course! There is also a bakery for which I made all the food that you can see.
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An addition to the house is the Bonsai room. I created the trees from bits of root and other natural materials. As you can see, the space under the steps I modified to become a restroom. The little pink plastic toilet is one of my very first miniature toys that I remember from being a child. Can you see the tiny toilet paper rolls too? Everything else was handmade by me.
And here are some of the critters that live at my little flower shop. The shop is fully electrified including handmade and lit “exit” signs above both doors. The lamps and lit ceiling fan are also handmade and for those I also installed fake floors above so that I can access the lighting layout directly and install it into the ceiling on the floor below.
Text and photos ©2010 Linda Master ‐ Miracle Chicken Urns
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Nestled in the centre of the historic city of York, in the North of England, you will find a tiny street filled with the quaintest of lopsided, leaning and overhanging timber frame buildings. This street is known as The Shambles. On a recent whistle‐stop visit to the city of York I was quite taken with buildings of The Shambles, with their wonky walls and looming overhead stature. Although I didn’t have a ‘real’ camera with me at the time, I managed to take a few halfway decent shots with my husband’s mobile phone for further contemplation upon my return home. I must add, that I really think that these photos do not do full justice to the street that was given the Google award of most picturesque street in Britain of 2010. From reading the occasional plaques upon street walls and snippets at Tourist Information points, I learned that The Shambles was once filled with butchers shops dating back to medieval times.... I had to learn more!
Illustration by Bea Broadwood Petite Properties ‐ www.petite‐properties.com
Once at home from my visit, I sat down at my trusty laptop to learn more about The Shambles. My first step, of course, an internet search for ‘The Shambles of York”. The resulting multitude of finds, led me on a journey through time spanning over 900 years into the history of York’s oldest street. The Domesday Book, completed in 1086, has reference to The Shambles. It is now thought that the buildings there are of a later date, most probably around the 14th Century. So how does such a charming street come to have the amusing name of The Shambles? If we could re‐wind the world to Anglo‐Saxon times we would hear this street being referred to as fleshshammels, which literally translates as flesh shelves! The most picturesque street in Britain was once home to over 27 butchers shops and homes, with shammels in reference to the shelves and hanging rails outside the shops where the butchers would display their wares.
Butchers display and meats (above) by Philippa Todd ‐ IGMA Fellow ‐ Todd Toys & Miniatures ‐ www.toddtoysandminiatures.com Medieval style Toy Shop (left) by Bea Broadwood ‐ Petite Properties ‐ www.petite‐properties.com
Today, The Shambles is mostly home to gift and confectionery shops, but by looking a little closer at the architecture and surroundings you can easily imagine the street as it was in Medieval times. The butchers would quite often slaughter the animals in the street, looking down at the pavement, between the cobbles and flagstones, you can see the gulley which was intentionally built so that the waste could run and be swilled downhill. Many hanging rails on the timber frame shop fronts are still in situ, from which there would have been an array of hanging meats. Rabbit, hare, pheasant, goose, beef, pork and lamb would all have been available, along with less costly cuts and meats such as pigs trotters and ears, oxtails, sausages, black pudding and a wide variety of offal. Nothing was allowed to go to waste by a skilled Medieval butcher! So how would we go about creating our very own miniature shambles? A Medieval style doll house... meat and poultry hanging from a rail above the window... possibly furnished inside with authentic period style accessories and furniture... a Tudor butcher doll and his wife... and not forgetting some animals ready for slaughter???
Hanging Meat & Poultry (far left) by Paul Taylor ‐ House of Mindy www.thehouseofmindyminiatures.co.uk Medieval Style Shop (above and far left) & Illustration (below) by Bea Broadwood ‐ Petite Properties ‐ www.petite‐properties.com
...I recommend a visit to the AIM Members directory on...
...to find talented and professional artisans who can help you on your way to creating your own piece of history in miniature! Photos of The Shambles and text throughout © 2010 ‐ Vicky Guile www.njdminiatures.blogspot.com All other photos and images ©2010 by their respective artisans.
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I thought it only fitting that for our blog of the month we feature Debbie from Tiny Treasures. Not only is Debbie a very talented miniature artisan she also regularly promotes the work of other miniatures on her blog. Debbie originally started a blog so that Family and Friends, could keep up to date with what her family was doing in Wales, after moving from Kent just over 5 years ago. The blog was also a great place to share pictures of the miniatures that she was working on and to show what miniatures she was listing on the auction site. She has been blogging since May 2007. Debbie has made some fantastically wonderful friends from all over the world, miniature artisans and collectors alike. When she was suddenly taken very ill last year, they all banded together, to send her get‐well wishes, beautiful presents, cards. They gave support and encouragement to her children and husband; she feels she can never thank everyone enough. For Debbie, blogging enables her to keep in contact with the whole world of miniatures. She told me “We are a huge virtual family, we share our ups and downs, our miniature projects, leave comments on each others blogs and ask questions.” I asked Debbie if she has found blogging beneficial and she replied “I certainly think blogging has been beneficial, not only to me but most of the Mini Community for getting the word out about miniatures. I've also set up a Mini Link Blog: www.tinytreasuresminilinks.blogspot.com where I've been listing all the Dolls House and Miniature Links I can find. It's proven so popular, that I've had miniaturists and artisans email me to add their links.” Debbie has two favourite blogging widgets and gadgets. The first is her Blog List, this is a list of some of her favourite blogs. It updates as soon as someone makes a post, and enables her to keep up to date with everyone. Debbie’s second favourite gadget, is the Follower Gadget, this enables her to see who's following her ramblings and also serves as a link to their blogs. She always welcomes people to her blog and shares their links, everyone else can pop over to have a look, say hello and welcome them.
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I asked Debbie for her advice for starting a blog. She said “Give it a go and don't be frightened by all the jargon. Once you've started you might really enjoy it. If you need help just give a virtual shout and someone will help. I would also advise everyone to have word verification on his or her comments. This helps to stop spammers.” She is very well known for the miniature food that she makes, but like most miniaturists she will have a go at mostly anything. Her latest miniatures are inspired by J K Rowlings, Harry Potter books, to fill her own miniature Diagon Alley and Honeydukes Sweet Shop. Unfortunately, due to a few on‐going health issues, she been unable to make much at the moment, but she can't wait to get back to it. If you do go and have a look at Debbie’s blog, don’t for get to read her older posts from previous years as they are filled with lots of help and information.
Debbie Wright ‐ www.debbiestinytreasures.blogspot.com
Written by Debie Lyons, Formatted by jdayminis
a full size seamstress/dressmaker.
In this issue we are delighted to feature Louise Goldsborough, of Angelique Miniatures. Whilst she has become well know in the miniature world for her costuming, Louise now tells us about her life as
What is, perhaps, surprising is Louise began mak‐ ing dolls attire first, and then progressed to the full size equivalent. She has gained her City and Guilds Certificates, in Fashion and Design along the way, as well as completing a tailoring course.
Louise tells us that she is diminutive in stature and could not buy clothes that fitted her that she liked. Her other passion for ballroom and Latin American dancing meant she needed suitable dance clothes, so she resorted to making her own costumes, ones that suited her personality and were unique to her. Her favourite creations are evening and dance wear and fancy‐dress, as they provide her with the opportunity to be creative and to work with lovely fabrics. She is inspired by images on television for her evening and dance wear, but for her everyday wear she makes garments that she likes and that will suit her. For Louise the shortage of available time is the main drawback for her. She doesn’t like to work on garments for a few minutes, but finds that she works best when she has a few hours together to maintain her concentration on the task in hand. Her weekdays are tied up with her miniature career and her weekends are busy, so finding the time to cut, fit and sew her garments is limited. She uses a dummy to fit the clothing, which she describes as a “good likeness of me, but not a perfect likeness”. However, she has no ambitions to become a full size seamstress for other people.
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Originally, Louise thought that if she could make doll sized clothing, then she should be able to make full size clothes. “Unfortunately dolls don’t need to move “Unfortunately or breathe” so she had to learn different fitting techniques. She subscribes to two sewing magazines which she has found very helpful, as well as the training she has undertaken.
dolls don’t need to move or breathe”
Whilst Louise started working in 1/12th scale, before she progressed to costuming larger dolls and then to the full sized techniques, a reverse of the path that the majority of miniaturists seem to have trodden. But, for all that Louise still works in miniature, even though she uses completely different techniques from her full size costuming work. She prefers to work in 1/12th scale, although she also enjoys making ballet and historical costumes for 16‐23” dolls. Louise was asked what her favourite creation has been, and why? It is a lovely story and it has been quoted as Louise told us; “My absolute favourite has to be the costume I made for my wedding vow renewal ceremony in 2008. When I married in 1989, I didn’t have a proper wedding gown (I was only engaged for nine days so there wasn’t time!). I wanted to wear a real fantasy gown, a cross between an historical costume and fairy princess outfit, complete with wings. As it turned out, the dress was very similar to the way I dress my medieval/fairy princess miniature dolls, so for me it was the ultimate fantasy costume.”
This time around Louise had a year notice of her vow date, and found the perfect fabric and planned her design. However, it was not all plain sailing for her, as she had to cope with the constraints of not being able to stand for more than a couple of minutes at a time, because of health issues, and it took her four weekends to complete the pattern cutting for the lining, main fabric and overlays. By comparison the sewing process was easier as she did not need to stand!
Louise recommends that if anyone wants to learn dressmaking skills they consider classes at their local Adult Education Centre, or see if local fabric shops can provide information on local courses. There are some good magazines available on the subject, a good source of “how‐to” information, as well as some distance learning courses available via the internet.
If you would like to see more of Louise’s miniature world a visit to her websites is well worth it.
www.angeliqueminiatures.co.uk Blog: http://angeliqueminiatures.wordpress.com/
Text & Images © Louise Goldsborough
Edited by Helen Woods Formatted By Bea Broadwood
DIARY OF AN EDWARDIAN DOLLS HOUSE
By AIM Member, Julie Campbell
Belles Toy Emporium is expanding! I know I was planning to begin work inside but I couldn’t re‐ sist first buying something to add to the outside. That’s the thing with dolls house projects… They tend to keep growing!
I had really wanted to purchase Sid Cookes Orangery kit but my measurements just didn’t add up and the whole thing wouldn’t have fitted where I wanted it to go. Now that the house is built and on its turn table on the old chest of drawers in my sitting room I have measured up again and realised with delight that there is a place for the Orangery. It is to become Uncle Mortimer’s workshop and the place where the toys are made. This also solves the problem of the side door, the tradesman’s entrance that leads nowhere. I decided to add a fake doorway in the back wall of the shop that "leads" to the workshop. The tradesman’s entrance door will be rehinged on the opposite side and when opened lead into a little corridor with the fake doorway leading to the workshop for deliveries! The workshop will also conceal the wiring that will come through the back of the house and be a lovely "surprise" when the Emporium is turned around on the turn table. It feels like a great plan!
Now for the inside...!
First of all I had to decide once and for all the layout of the shop floor. Knowing I had the Orangery ordered I could go ahead with the layout I liked best. Firstly, to tackle the removable back wall which must be decorated before anything else can be done. I cut off the thin piece that went over the right hand top edge of the wall and then using the wall as a template cut a piece from MDF to glue into the stairwell cut out on the back wall. While this dried I searched my bits and bobs box for spare doors and found two identical ones which was lucky!
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Here you see one of the doors glued under the stairwell. This will "lead" into Uncle Mort’s work‐ shop otherwise known as the Orangery! I will fix the other door to the back of the house in the same position inside the workshop and it will appear that it opens. Unfortunately I didn’t notice that this door was glued on upside down until it was too late to do anything about it. One thing this project shows though is that we all make silly mistakes and in the end they just add to the charm and individuality of our houses! The tradesman’s entrance will open into this tiny passage way through which the tradesmen would be able to deliver goods directly into the workshop. The next bit I nvolved 2 days and much huffing and puffing and tea drinking! I put my newly filled wall into place and arranged the shop shelves to fit then measured up a back wall to go across the corner which in turn was glued to the back of the right hand corner shelf. With some ( well okay.... lots....) sanding and numerous trials for size I ended up with a wall that fit perfectly into the shop and permanently attached shop shelves which you can see I painted antique white. I filled in the gaps and added a little decorative trim that covered the join and strengthened the whole wall.
This is the back of the wall decorated al‐ ready. This is the decor for the downstairs passage way and entrance to the living quar‐ ters. I chose lovely muted green William Morris paper from Brodnax . The striped paper is also used in the tiny passageway at the other side of the house.
I antiqued the shelves a little more. The shop is to be old one and a little bit dilapidated. Uncle Mort let things run to rack and ruin and although Belle has cleaned it up a lot the furniture is still aged with time. My preferred method of ageing is to simply paint some wood stain (I use Ronseal) over the item and then rub off the excess immediately, with a soft cloth. The stain settles into the corners and detailing and leaves a soft colour wash effect which looks like the patina of time. I am using the most beautiful grey toile Brodnax wallpaper for the shop, you can see it here. I will be painting my parquet floor tiles in dove grey and cream to match and it should all look really beautiful with a slightly fairytale air to it and a fine setting for the wonderful toys . This is the beautiful light I have bought for the shop from Ray Storey.
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I have bought single versions of the same light for the passage ways. I am delighted with them and can’t wait to get the electrics sorted out! Here we have the cubby hole under the stairs. It will never be seen from this angle as the back wall of the shop pushes up against the stairs. You can only see a glimpse of it through the open side door, the tradesman’s entrance . I will probably just store a bit of junk under the stairs. So finally I was able to get the back wall of the shop in place. I was very relieved that it still fitted after papering and painting! The soft distressed green is so easy on the eye and gives a lovely feel to the place.
While at my local craft shop I came across this lovely item:
It is meant to be used for 3D card making, but as soon as I saw it I immediately thought of my shop shelves and how lovely this would look as trimming. At half price I bought three packs, ready for a moment to work on my shop. First though it was high time the windows went in so with the help of a paper template and some heavy duty acetate I set to work. Hind sight is a wonderful thing and I do wish I had made my templates before I put the house together. It was a bit tricky but once the pieces were cut I simply ran a bead of PVA glue round the edges and popped them in place.
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This is the front of the shop. You can see I have used the card kit to make a window trim, I love the effect it gives. You can also see I have had to remove the shop doors! They were such a tight fit they would not open with the parquet floor I am planning to lay, so they are removed and waiting to be sanded down.
This is the door into the house. I am most likely going to have shelves across these windows as the shop counter will go across this corner allowing easy access to the house and stopping any customers from wandering in there accidentally! I used some lovely maple parquet floor tiles for the flooring. I have decided to paint and wax them . Very time consuming but worth it for the effect! I used just one coat of paint so you can still see the wood, its more of a colour wash, in the cream of the shelves and the green of the woodwork. Then a coat of clear wax and fingers crossed my shop floor will look beautiful.
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Here you can see the floor almost finished. The instructions said to use double sided sticky tape to fix the tiles but I wasn’t convinced this would be permanent. I used PVA but be warned, the thin wood tiles curl up quickly. If you use glue have books or flat weights handy to weigh the tiles down until they dry.
Here is the floor with all the tiles in place. It looks so lovely. I finished it off with a coat of wax to protect it. You can see here the wax I used, beeswax and it is simply a case of wipe on, leave to dry and then polish up.
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Here is the finished floor! I am very happy with it. By just using one thin coat of paint I was able to achieve an old worn look and you can’t quite see it from this photo but the wax has given it a sheen and it looks as if the floor has been worn and polished many times over the years.
The one thing I didn’t want is a new looking shop. Although it was once rather grand, time has taken its toll and although Belle keeps her shop as clean as a new pin, but it hasn’t been decorated for many years. I will probably make some shelves to go across the side window. It is rather awkward , being two arched windows side by side .The Kit doesn’t come with interior window frames and as I am no expert with wood work I wouldn’t even attempt to make my own interior arched frames! The shop counter will also be in front of the window. I want to have some little tables with toys piled high in front of the shelves. Next month the decorating begins in earnest!
To find out more about Julie’s beautiful dolls, why not visit her website; ‘Bellabelle Dolls’
Text & Photographs © Julie Campbell 2010
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Ever wondered what it would be like to be able to have a closer look at the working environments of AIM’s members? This month miniature artisan Julie Dewar of Westwinds Miniatures tells us all about her workspace in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
ello and welcome to my terminally organized and ridiculously tidy studio. Unlike a lot of miniaturists I’m unable to create until all the dust bunnies are rounded up. Up until last year, I was either working at the dining table or at a folding TV table, which as you see, I still do. Why is that? Well, according to the principles of Feng Shui it is definitely not a good thing to sit with your back towards a door, so not to encourage any negative Chi, I sit so that I can see the door and have good light from the window.
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My studio is about 13 feet by 11 feet and has a built in clothes closet which my husband converted into a fabulous craft cupboard by installing extra shelves. I love this cupboard. The big plastic drawers at the bottom hold the fabrics and trims I use for my hats and lingerie. On top of them you can see my paper guillotine, which has paints for a current project in a caddy on top of it). There is my portable ironing board and another set of drawers where I keep the furniture that I will accessorize. On the next shelf are bins of glues and paints and two sets of drawers for tools, paints, palettes and various bits and bobs. Above, I store my portable daylight lamp, spare baskets (for organizing, of course), wall paper and card. The shelf above has all my supplies for our show table.
The top two drawers of storage unit with the display case on top, hold paper for my inkjet and laser printers. Next, is a drawer devoted to things I use for my carnival masks (including the dreaded, all‐creeping glitter). Then there is the drawer where the feathers live. Below that are 2 drawers of miscellaneous trims, and the final drawer is my glory hole‐if I don't know where to put something‐in it goes! Here is one of the display cases, designed by my husband that we use at miniature shows. I have it in my studio so that I can enjoy some of the miniatures that I make before they are sold.
I have a long IKEA table which I only work at when I bring in my Macbook to do some printing. It has adjustable legs, which is a good thing because I am a bit (a lot) on the short side. Here I have my magnifying lamp which I don't use very often as I am quite short‐sighted, a set of drawers for my silk ribbon, bunka and tiny trims and , near at hand are all my essential tools, brushes, scissors, pens and most importantly my collection of glue syringes (they are the only way to glue tidily!). Behind my chair is the thing that I love most in my studio: the fabulous storage unit behind my chair. It’s really for scrapbooking supplies (well that’s what it said on the box that held the bits and took an afternoon for my husband to assemble). I have all my essential stuff in labelled drawers and actually use those to store the scrapbooking paper for making hat boxes and shopping bags. There is also lots of room for my collection of miniaturist magazines and books too, but I wouldn't mind having another one ‐ I know I could easily fill it up!
So, there you have it, a tour of my studio. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did showing it to you. Well, if you will excuse me, I will turn up my Medieval music and get back to work.
To find out more about the beautiful miniatures that Julie creates ‐ why not visit her website:
Photographs & Text © Julie Dewar 2010
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AIM Member Wilga van den Wijngaart’s knitting skills are on glorious display in her miniature shop... ...The Catwalk!
This month we would like to introduce you to Wilga van den Wijngaart, a miniaturist from Belgium. Wilga has a vast array of miniature skills, but at the forefront is the world of miniature knitting, including a themed 1:12 scale shop. In Wilga’s Shop in Belgium, one of the mini projects is a 1:12 shop called The Catwalk. This shop sells patterns and yarns to knit all kind of clothes. Once a month the shop organizes a fashion show just outside on a catwalk, hence the name of the shop. The shop also sells ready made knitted clothes but the emphasis is on DIY, patterns and yarns in boxes like you see in the picture on the shelves.
This project really is art imitating real life, it has a vast array of the designs that are featured in one of Wilga’s many pattern books. Beautiful multi‐coloured jumpers, cardigans, hats, scarves and baby outfits, for men, women, boys and girls. It is a delight to see. Her entry into miniatures began many years ago and about twelve years ago she worked her way into designing miniature knitting patterns, in a contemporary style. Wilga tells us that at that time there were not a lot of commercial patterns available that fitted what she wanted to achieve, so she set about the design process for making cardigans and sweaters to meet her needs. It was important to her that her finished products could be removable from the dolls, just as a real life garment could be removed. Wilga also wanted them to be life like, so she concentrated on knitting items that would be knitted garments in real life, and trying to replicate them in miniature. Wilga’s patterns are generally made using size 0.8mm (Europe) (size 24 UK, 8/0 USA) double pointed knitting needles made of piano wire and various yarns made by Venne, Venus, and Gütermann. Occasionally crochet needles are used, mostly size 0.4 or 0.5.
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In 2000 Wilga wrote her first pattern book called Dollhouse Miniatures 1. First it was written in her mother tongue, Dutch, and later with the help of miniaturists who have English as their first language, the book became also available in English. The book not only contains designs for knit work but also patterns for embroidery, flowers and plants, small furniture, bears and more. In the subsequent ten years Wilga has published a total of ten books, nine of which are 1:12 scale and one for the 1:24 enthusiast. The Catwalk project is featured in the ninth book, which was published in May this 2010. Wilga tells us that she just loves to design new patterns and it feels so good that many people have found and appreciated the books. “Over the years I have received many pictures, from my clients all over the world, of their dolls dressed in my designs and that is just a great feeling!”
To see more of Wilga’s beautiful work and designs you just need to visit her websites, which are listed below. Patterns & Books ‐ http://poppenhuis.tripod.com/Poppenhuisminiaturen9.html Yarns & More ‐ http://poppenhuis.tripod.com/miniatureknitting.html Wilga’s dollhouse projects over the years ‐ http://poppenhuis.tripod.com/Wilga.html Photos & Text © 2010 Wilga van den Wijngaart Artisans In Miniature 79 Formatted by jdayminis
The Work Basket
If you want to learn more about miniature knitting, crochet and sewing, then you are going to love this regular feature!
Adapting full size crochet patterns for miniature crochet... By AIM Member Frances Powell
Some full sized crochet patterns can be miniaturised very successfully for personal use in your own dolls house, without changing the pattern, simply by using a very fine hook and very fine thread. However do bear in mind that certain types of pattern will work better than others. The best types of patterns to use are those that need a large hook and thick thread (for example a ladies shawl pattern may adapt quite well, as the stitches in real life are already quite large). Most baby patterns will not adapt well to being miniaturised, as the stitches, even when scaled down, will be far too large and the finished item will look wrong. It is not possible to give advice on which size hook to use or the thickness of thread, as this is best done by experimentation with various sized hooks and threads until you are happy with the finished results. If you are unsure of where to start with miniature crochet, then perhaps it would be best to start by using a simple full size doily pattern to make a miniature tablecloth or a rectangular mat pattern for a miniature bedspread. Whatever you choose remember that the finer the thread and hook required in the original crochet item, the better it will look in a miniature setting. Full size rugs and afghans (such as the one shown in the photo) may also work well when scaled down, using a much finer hook and thread. Unfortunately this scaling down method doesn’t usually work well with clothes, as if you are being true to scale the stitches would be too big (remember a stitch that is ¼ inch/0.75 cm when worked in miniature will be 3‐inches/7.5 cm if the garment was scaled up again). Another problem is that clothes are often shaped over several rows of pattern and this may not be possible when miniaturising the pattern. But the main problem with miniaturising is to make the items look right in the scales they are designed for. This means for example that some items will work in 1/12th scale, but not in 1/24th scale. Don’t forget that if you are working on making miniatures for a pre‐Victorian era dolls house, crochet did not exist before that time, but netting did. Netting can also look quite similar to crochet and in this scale is probably interchangeable. Text and photos ©2010 Frances Powell – Buttercup Miniatures www.buttercupminiatures.co.uk
Sewing Tips & Stitches...
By AIM Member Josephine Parnell...
As I am being continually asked at shows about the sewing techniques used in the production of my Dolls House Bears and the kits I sell. I have put together this article on stitches.
The main stitches used for all of my kits and the production of my Dolls House Bears, are BACKSTITCH and LADDER STITCH. I use FRENCH KNOTS for the eyes of the small bear kits and for buttons and false bead decoration on the clothing of the Dolls House Bears. I also use as decoration, CHAIN STITCH, this one is useful if you do not have that right shade of braid or you just want something a bit special. Another useful stitch is BLANKET STITCH or simply over sewing edges can look very effective on a garment.
For all of my hand sewing I use size 10 or 12 crewel needles as they have a really big eye, making them easier to thread. With all miniature work the smaller the stitch the better. There is nothing worse than a beautiful piece of fabric ruined by huge stitches.
Also get yourself a good book on sewing techniques. Although they are for full sized sewing they can be an advantage to the miniature dressmaker. You do not have to go out and buy an expensive brand charity shop for a few pounds. Or as I did, all those 20 years ago, go and speak to your local library, they can usually find some thing that would be of use. I have several good sewing books dating from new book as you can usually pick one up at a second hand book shop or
the 1930s up to the 1970s but then I am addicted to anything to do with
sewing. They also include details for making up clothing. These can be used in dressing your dolls. up clothing for yourself. I know a lot of you use copious amounts of glue as an aid to dressing your dolls. But, as a sewing addict, I would like to say that making
The process of making up clothing for your dolls is the same as making
the effort and learning those stitches will give you an extra feeling of satisfaction and pride. Honestly, knowing that bit of braid was not glued in place, but securely sewn or even replaced with a neat row of stitches can make all the difference. Instead of trying to find the right colour/size of bead or button why not try a French knot, it’s effective and really does look the part. Mind you in today’s
miniature world there are many very fine buttons to be had. Little Trimmings is
one that comes to mind, do remember they have gone to a lot of trouble to make sure that they can be sewn in place so please do sew them in place. And leave the glue pot on the shelf...
A FEW USEFUL STITCHES…
BACKSTITCH; This stitch is used in all of my work. These are short stitches placed end to end. The stitches just meet in the row, but the thread is carried under the fabric for twice the distance. LADDER STITCH; Used for closing gaps, such as when Bears have been stuffed and for placing sleeves into position. Start sewing at the very end and to one side of the gap. Push the needle through from the underside of the fabric so that the knot is underneath. Bring the needle and thread over the gap and make a stitch on the other side that begins level with end of the original stitch and running parallel to the gap. Then take the needle and thread back across the gap and make a stitch on that side. Continue working ladder stitches in this way all the way along the gap. At the end pull the thread up, easing along the seam as you go and making sure that all of the raw edges are tucked in. Then finish off firmly. BLANKET STITCH; Worked from left to right. Bring needle up through fabric. Holding thread under left thumb, form a loop. Then pass the needle through the fabric and over the looped thread; repeat. CLOSED BLANKET STITCH; Forms tiny inverted V’s all along the edge. The needle is slanted to the left as shown in the diagram for the first stitch, the next stitch starts at the top of the same stitch and slants towards the right, taking up a bit of the lower edge to hold it firmly in place. Alternate stitches 1 and 2 all across the edge. FRENCH KNOT; Bring thread up through the fabric. Wrap the thread over and under the needle, crossing beginning thread – this can be done several times for the eyes on small Bears also used for buttons or impressions of beads – in‐ sert needle in the fabric close to where it came out. CHAIN STITCH; Worked from the top down. Bring the needle up through the fabric; hold loop with the thumb and insert the needle again at the same place. Bring the needle up a short distance away with the thread looped under the needle; repeat.
Photographs & Text © Josephine Parnell 2010
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SHOW REPORT... SHOW REPORT... SHOW REPORT... SHOW REPORT... SHOW REPORT... SHOW REPORT... SHOW REPORT...
By AIM Member Ana Anselmo of Miniatures Forever
The 1st International Dollhouse Show – Andalucia 2010 was held during the week‐end of 12th and 13th of June this year. The event took place in the Hotel Villa “Flamenca” in Nerja, a small beach town near Malaga. There were 52 participants most of whom were from Spain, but the fair also had participants from several other European countries, Belgium, Denmark, Portugal and UK. The fair was organized by Syreeta Edwards and Matilde Mora. The show website said , “To all those who love the world of dollhouses and miniatures: We are very happy and proud to finally announce an exhibition of miniatures in Andalucia. The 1st International Miniature Exhibition ‐ Andalucía 2010. It is a show designed to bring together craftsmen and fans alike, to enjoy and appreciate the playful recreation of a wide variety of handmade miniatures under the light and climate of the Andalucian coast”. http://feria‐miniaturas‐andalucia.jimdo.com Syreeta Edwards ww.syreetasminiatures.com/ Matilde Mora: minisparacasitas.es.tl/ Ana Anselmo: www.miniaturesforever.com Ana’s Table
Ana and Matilde
Opening ceremony. Drinks and cookies were served
Hello, my dears! I am back from my Summer Holiday and found a question from my niece (you know, the one who lives in Canada and is married to a handsome mountie) waiting from me in my inbox that I thought I would share with you. email@example.com Looking forward to hearing from you soon….
Dear Aunt Anastasia…
I am making carnival masks again and am having great fun, but the glitter is getting everywhere! Have you any ideas on how to keep the mess to a minimum…you know what a neatnik I am :‐) I hope you had a nice vacation. Give my best to Trotters.
Tons of love, Julie
As you know, unlike you glitter on the floor does not faze me, but I asked one of my chums, Cheryl Clingen who is a member of AIM and she has this wonderful solution that I know you will love: Take plastic straw and cut off a piece approx 3" off. Cut it at an angle. Hot glue the straight edge of the straw to a small square piece of cardboard. You have now made a "Glitter pourer". Scoop up some glitter into the straw straight from it's container. Sprinkle the glitter over the glued area you have prepared, and you'll be able to use only on those places without
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having to dump the whole lot, and ending up having to collect and pour back excess into your container. You can stand the straw up on the cardboard side so you are hands free to apply glue to the next area. You'll still have to shake your material after a while to get rid of excess glitter, and can pour that back into the container, but less mess, less fuss! Isn't that clever?! Oodles of love, AA PS. Trotters wishes me to convey his best regards.
Dear Aunt Anastasia…
I have a new house that I'm doing up myself. It has all white either painted walls, or they could be melamine (seems more likely), not sure. Very smooth. I put up wallpaper using real wallpaper and real wallpaper glue. This was about 4 months ago. Yesterday I noticed all the wallpaper had just come off the walls as if no glue had been applied at all! What did I do wrong, and how can I fix it? Thanks , Glued aka Cheryl C
Oh dear, melamine…very tricky, but there are ways and means of getting that paper to stay put. I am afraid that you will have to take all the paper off and start again. Rather a nuisance! Once the paper is removed, I think that a light sanding of the walls wouldn't come amiss to give the wall some "tooth", so to speak. Now to the glue question: some people use white glue/PVA with great success, but my favourite adhesive in this case would be to use the premixed wallpaper border adhesive (also known as vinyl to vinyl adhesive) which you can purchase at your local DIY emporium. It is not as liquid as regular paste and you can reposition the wallpaper more easily during application than with PVA. I have also used it on foamcore board with great success; used sparingly, it doesn't warp the board. I hope this helps, Cheryl. Thanks for the great tip for controlling glitter. My niece thinks you are brilliant.
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AS SEEN ON
By AIM Member, Regina Passy‐Yip
Last month I was invited to display my miniatures on a local television station in my home country of Brazil. I had been absent from the miniature scene for a few years, and this televised exhibition has marked my return to the hobby. For a while I felt I had lost my inspiration and could not produce my roomboxes.
But whilst my husband and I were on vacation, celebrating our silver wedding anniversary, we visited the Postal Museum of Santiago. I found a scene of a desk, bookshelves and mailboxes. That moment my inspiration came back, I photographed everything, and on my return from Santiago I reproduced the museum post office scene in 1:12 scale.
I love old scenes and old furniture, especially the transition between the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The dark wood furniture, rich details and the charm of the historical period fascinates me.
Some years ago I made a miniature of my Grandfather’s bookstore, "Livraria Lealdade" (something like "Loyalty Bookstore"), which is set at the beginning of the twentieth century. I did research on the family in our photograph albums, and printed covers for books and newspapers from those years.
From the same historical period I have made a roombox called "Tempus Fugit," a shop of antique clocks. I spent half a year researching the time pieces, in books and museums, and have made some very valuable pieces, including a clock that works.
Being on a TV show did not scare me; I confess that I did this with some pleasure, not only because I was showing my artwork publicly, but also because it gave me the opportunity to present this delicate art to others in my country.
Regina Passy‐Yip www.reginapassy.com.br Brazil
The videos: http://www.redetv.com.br/portal/video.aspx?124,28,113126 http://www.redetv.com.br/portal/video.aspx?124,28,113125 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0Bo42JwS9o&feature=related
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…or Emmaflam and Miniman, are based near Paris, France and are well known for their range of 1/12th scale miniature food, accessories, hand painted tableware, paintings and furniture. They also produce a wide range of jewellery based on their food items – perfect for the ultimate miniature enthusiast!
They have designed and built their newly updated parisminiatures.com website themselves over the incredibly short time of roughly one week. With some previous experience in website development, but the majority of which being self taught, Emma and Neil wanted to create something original and using those self taught HTML/PHP/CSS skills and using Windows Notepad they have successfully produced an eye‐catching and consumer friendly website.
In brief, their goal was to create a website that was easy to navigate, clean, uncluttered, quick loading and interactive. It also had to be compatible with the PC, mobile devices, game consoles and tablets as these are becoming increasingly popular access modes.
Initially, they decided to design and build the layout in monochrome with the intention of adding colour later. But, on completion of the layout they opted to stay with the monochromatic theme as it seemed to be the perfect foil for their photographic content. The photographs are so realistic you will find that that at times, you are unsure whether they are images of miniatures or of ‘real life’ items.
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The introduction of ‘Paris Min AIM magazine is the focus Web’ feature. Whilst Emma known to many of our readers will guarantee to whet the
The website has all the whistles and bells – galleries, show schedules, testimonials and contact details. Everything is concise, clear and easy to follow by even the least experienced browser. The gallery system interfaces with Flickr, embedded YouTube videos, Etsy widget and analytics and the newsletter subscription service. It also links to Emma and Neil’s blog and to their Facebook pages.
Parisminiatures.com is not an active selling device, but an excellent showcase of their work and explains in detail where their work can be obtained. An excellent starting point from where anyone interested in their work can continue to explore the available options.
...Emma and Neil on your new updated website and thank you for sharing your know‐how and developmental experience with the readers of the AIM magazine.
Browse parisminiatures.com website very thoroughly, there is often an Easter Egg tucked away, and the finder receives a lovely surprise when they locate it!
niatures’ to the readers of the of this months' ‘New on the a and Neil’s enterprise will be , their newly updated website e appetite of many more.
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This month AIM is delighted to introduce Graham and Ann Marie Simpkin to our readers. They are specialists in the making and marketing of scale dolls house floor tiles and miniature shop fittings. It is also a delight to see that miniature skills are still being passed from one generation to the next in a traditional manner. Graham Simpkin was apprenticed as a joiner/ cabinetmaker and worked in this trade for a few years. Later, he worked in the automotive industry as a manufacturing craftsman, mostly programming industrial robots and setting up and maintaining automatic assembly lines. He always kept on with the woodwork and had a workshop full of large machinery including a monster of a pattern makers lathe over 12 feet long. His father lived in London and supplied some of the shops there with miniature furniture that he made in his small garden workshop. Every time Graham visited
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his father used to go on at him to “get rid of all those great big machines and start making miniatures” he said it was more challenging, used less wood and demanded higher levels of skill and accuracy. Eventually, Graham was worn down and he agreed to give it a try. He spent three weeks with his father, learning the how and why of miniature tables, chairs etc. Graham loved it straight away; it seemed to combine his love of working wood with the enjoyment of working to close tolerances as in engineering. Graham went home and started to sell off his large tools and set up a miniature workshop. After the first training session at his dads, in early 1992, Graham started off by making a batch of kitchen type tables and small side tables, nine in all, and took them off down to London to get some “constructive criticism” from his father.
He said there was room for improvement but recommended that Graham see what happened when he tried selling them. Graham went to an indoor market in Richmond where there was a miniatures stall, the owner bought seven of the nine tables and gave him lots of good advice how to improve and what different items may be saleable. That was it, Graham was hooked, his first sale. He still continued with the full time job metal bashing and teaching robots but also started making small things on a part time business basis. A Business of Two Halves The next step for Graham was developing a range of items, hopefully a bit out of the ordinary. He went everywhere looking for inspiration, but his favourite places were, and still are, The Black Country Museum, the museums at Ironbridge Gorge and a place in Halifax called Andy Thornton's Architectural Antiques. The last one is an old mill building absolutely full of old
furniture, carvings and counters/shelving, including complete shops, in fact it’s an Aladdin’s cave of a place. At that time, most people were working on miniature houses and miniature shops were just starting to gain slight popularity so he decided to specialise in counters, shelving and shop fittings for as many different types of shop as he could. Graham had nothing but help and support from all the staff and helpers at these places when he arrived armed with his camera and sketchpad and about a million questions. He slowly built up my range of items and started to add some furniture items such as the dressers, wash stands and the old favourite kitchen tables. Ann Marie, Graham’s wife, helps him in every aspect of running their miniature business. She controls the stock, helps with the research and design of all new items in the shop‐fittings and furniture ranges, deals with the customers and mailing of the orders.
Ann Marie also has a brilliant eye for colours, when Graham has drawn one of the mosaic floor patterns getting it ready to go on their website, it’s Ann Marie who sorts out which colours are the best combinations and corrects any mistakes. She organises everything, and this allows Graham to concentrate on making the items. They work very much as a team.
While visiting the Museums at Ironbridge Gorge, Graham became very interested in the Victorian mosaic tiles and encaustic tiles, the precision of the patterns and all the complex geometry that turned the finished floors into such beautiful works of art. He started to wonder if he could perhaps reproduce them in miniature. This was the start of the second half of their business.
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accuracy of the pattern and so destroy the beauty of a finished floor. Graham spent a lot of time at the Jackfield Tile Museum at Ironbridge. The Head Librarian, Mr John Powell, gave him enormous help, allowing him to photograph the old Victorian catalogues, measure the tiles, and gave him so much advice on the formation of patterns, and tile laying. Graham spent quite a long time designing the range of tiles, the patterns and most of all, perfecting the techniques of cutting the tiles as accurately as possible using engineering techniques. He knew that if there was a slight error in any of the tiles, it would ruin the They decided to go for four different product ranges, the first three are made from high quality laminate. The tiles are available in 17 different shapes and sizes, all the shapes are compatible with each other and can be combined to create an infinite number of patterns and designs. If you don’t see a pattern that you like, simply make up your own pattern, decide on the colour/range that you would like each tile shape to be made and Graham and Ann Marie will supply the floor to you.
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Mosaic Tiles These tiles have a matt finish to resemble the Encaustic or Quarry type tiles. These tiles are made in eight different colours; all of the Victorian patterns can be made up with combinations of these eight colours. Graham can easily change the any of the tile colours in any of the patterns, so this means the floors can be customised to suit most colour schemes or decor. Marlike Tiles These tiles have a high gloss finish to resemble highly polished marble or granite; they can be used in any combination of the seven available colours. The geometric patterns seen in the mosaic tiles can also be reproduced using the Marlike range. Simple checkerboard patterns or highly complex patterns can be accurately produced.
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Dual These tiles are a Matt finish. They are available in four colours and are a mottled effect. They can be used on their own or in combination with the Mosaic range of tiles to give even more versatility. They are useful also for contrasting borders Truwood These tiles are made from seven different types of wood veneers, chosen for their compatibility beauty and historical accuracy. The Truwood tiles can be used to reproduce simple block floors, herringbone and parquet patterns or the most complex tessellated patterns. All of the mosaic patterns can be reproduced in wood using the Truwood tiles. The tiles are extremely versatile; all of the 17 shapes can be combined to make an infinite number of patterns. Borders and floors can be customised to the smallest detail. They are always available via email or telephone to give help or advise on design, colour (ask for Ann Marie) or help working out the quantities you
will need for a particular size of floor. This makes it possible to have exactly the floor you want for any size of room, borders can be added from their extensive product range, inserts of different patterns can be placed in simple floors to give detail and contrast. Customers can design their own patterns and borders and Graham will make up the amount of floor packs needed. The only limit is your imagination. Shop Fittings When Graham started making the counters and other shop related items, he decided that he would try to design a range that could be mixed and matched. Rather than having lots of different moldings on the edges and individual pieces of vastly different design, Graham tried to make them compatible with each other. He went for the plain white wood finish so that miniaturists could stain or paint the items to their own colour schemes and to suit the type of shops they were creating.
He also has a complete range of counters available with Decrastone tops in five different colours. (Decrastone is a combination of real stone and acrylic, the markings go all the way through the material) They also sell the Decrastone separately for pantry slabs, work surfaces, stair treads. Graham was asked what where the best things, for him, about working in miniature. He replied: “1) The precision needed, I have always enjoyed the challenge of working to exact engineering type tolerances where something is as near to perfect size as you can possibly make it. 2) Being able to work creatively with wood. Turning and carving have always been one of my favourite things to do, so to be able to do it for a living is brilliant.” When asked about his worst experience Grahams says he hates dropping a small turned part onto the floor and having it disappear into the twilight zone, never to be seen again. a claim to
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Graham was also asked if he had any claim to fame? Their “C “ range of tile sizes are perfect for the 24th His answer, with typical modesty: “I don’t have a claim to fame really, the only thing I can think of is that a magazine once did an article on my work and mentioned me on the front cover, there on the same cover was a large photo of the Queen looking at a dolls house as she attended an exhibition. So, I can say I have been written about on the same page as the Queen of England. But, the thing that has made me most proud is not a claim to fame but when I first exhibited at the Miniatura, we had our stand next to a gentleman named Keith Marden. He specialised in treen, and his work was beautiful, I couldn’t get over the attention to detail and craftsmanship, the turning was perfect, and in fact every item was a small treasure. Over the years we met at various fairs and I always marvelled at his work. He retired a few years ago and at the last show he did, he asked me if I would like start making any or all of the items from his range. He said that he liked the accuracy of my work and turning, high praise indeed. He gave me all of the information on his work, research, drawings, measurements etc. and even gave me a copy of Pintos treen, which is the bible for small household wooden objects. I only hope I can live up to his example, the bar is set high but I am trying for it.” At the moment Graham works in 1/12th and 1/24th scale. When he started making the shop counters it was all 1/12 but over time he has been asked for lots of 24 items so he decided to duplicate most of his range in this smaller scale. The tiles have always been suitable for both scales. The smallest tile he makes is a ¼” x 1/8” triangle, and four of them form a ¼” square.
scale floors. He is working on a new range of turnings in even smaller scales but they aren’t available as yet. They are constantly expanding their range but the old favourites are still there, the counters that he designed when he first started are still popular. Whilst they do not make unique ‘one of a kind’ items in the shop counters and shelving, they will customise “one‐off” floor patterns and adapt the tile patterns to suit customer’s requirements. As mentioned above, Graham will gladly make up packs to suit a customer’s own pattern for a floor or border. When Graham started working full time in miniatures in 2002, he realised that he was doing the thing he most wanted to do. Since turning professional, he has been able to add a lot more items to both of their websites. He has more time to research and time to spend on the computer drawing the patterns and converting them from the hundreds of original floor patterns he has acquired from the Victorian catalogues. He has several projects on going at the moment, including making “how to” videos on tile laying and construction and the laying of the Victorian mosaics. (These will be on the website soon). Also he is creating a design CD, which will show lots of the original pattern from the vintage catalogue, and also a few colour variations of each pattern. Graham is also always looking for different vintage counters to add to their collection. Graham and Ann Marie sell their work mostly by mail order, although they do exhibit at Miniatura twice a year. They have two websites.
TILES ‐ www.dollshouse‐tiles.co.uk
Here you will find loads of photographs of the Victorian Mosaic patterns, information on all the available shapes and ranges.
SHOP COUNTERS www.ann‐marie‐miniatures.co.uk
This site shows all the counters, butchers blocks, shelving and treen. Mail order catalogues can be downloaded from the sites or are available on CD. Text and photos © Graham & Ann Marie Simpkin Formatted by jdayminis
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Whether you grow your own, pick your own or buy from the local market or supermarket, berries have the tantalizing taste that makes summer desserts complete! Probably the most versatile of fruit, summer berries can be used to create and transform preserves, cakes, tarts and pies. How you serve them is up to you! With ice cream, cream or custard they bring a fresh, sometimes tart, tingle to your taste buds. The strawberry for one, not only delicious on its own, is probably the most versatile of all the summer berries. Originally grown as a crop in France in the 17th Century, now as we all know widely available around the world, the strawberry is used in many desserts to bring colour taste and texture.
Opposite page (top) by Stéphanie Kilgast www.PetitPlat.fr (bottom) by Oiseau de Nim www.oiseaudenim.blogspot.com This page (down right side) by Daisy Carpi www.miniaturasdaisy.blogspot.com (below) by Amanda Speakman www.amanspeakminiatures.com
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Did you know that raspberries, one of my personal favourites, are not only available in the traditional pinky red colour? Black raspberries are also available (not to be confused with blackberries!) and the commercial crossing of these with the traditional red has resulted in a purple raspberry. Nature has also put this into practice, with purple raspberries growing in the wild of the United States. Golden, yellow and orange varieties are also available. The Scottish tayberry is another fruit resulting from cross breeding. A raspberry and blackberry blend that has a much sweeter taste than either, the tayberry is
probably not known widely as it has proven quite difficult to harvest, having to be picked by hand, but in it’s native Scotland it certainly is as popular as either. Loganberries are similar to the Scottish tayberry, created in California by crossing two varieties of blackberries, these fruit are more robust and resistant to pests and diseases than other berries. They can be harvested over a period of two months, making them a commercially viable crop. Popular uses for loganberries are just as any other summer berry, pies, crumbles and tarts are all delicious, and loganberries make the most perfect jam.
Strawberries and Ice Cream (and above) and Fruit Salad (above centre) by Amanda Speakman www.amanspeakminiatures.com
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Mulberry Bush (below) by Jacqui Perrat Ceynix Miniature Trees n’ Trains www.ceynix.co.uk Charlottes (right) by Stéphanie Kilgast www.petitplat.fr
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blueberry is next on my list, or blaeberry in Scotland (not to be confused with bilberries or myrtilles as they are known in France). Perhaps I should also mention bleuets as blueberries are also known? One berry more than one name... So confusing! The only way to tell the difference between a blueberry and a bilberry is to look inside, one has white or green flesh and the other a deep blue or purple. Whichever is a blueberry totally depends on where you are in the world, but in Chile they certainly know the difference ‐ growing more than 22,000 tonnes each year!
Cherries, Tart and Charlotte (top left) and Pastries by Emmaflam & Miniman ww Cherry Pie (below) by Dian www.dollshouseworldinmi Quarter Scale Pie and Cake (top rig www.desertminis.c Strawberry Jam (top right) by N www.NoaMiniatures.e Tarts (right) and Pie (bottom rig www.themousemarke
Whats blue and goes up and down? A blueberry in an elevator!!!
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With so many other varieties of berries available, I would need a whole magazine to my own to cover them all, so why not do some searching to see how many varieties there actually are? Tarts (above left and below left) by Stéphanie Kilgast www.PetitPlat.fr Cake (centre left) by Mo Tipton www.themousemarket.com Cake Prep (above) and Cake Slices (below) By Amanda Speakman www.amanspeakminiatures.com
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All photographs ©2010 by their respective artisans. Text throughout ©2010 Vicky Guile www.njdminiatures.blogspot.com Formatted by Vicky Guile
Blackberry & Apple Baking (top right) by IGMA Artisan Mags Cassidy www.mags‐nificent.co.uk Cherry Tart (right centre) by Emmaflam & Miniman www.parisminiatures.com White Chocolate Cherry Cake by Melanie Navarro www.melsminiatures.com
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Written and compiled by Janine Crocker of Miss Amelias’ Miniatures
Wednesday of every week, whether it be warm or bleak, Mildred and her sister Flo into Weatherford would go. Leave the house at 9.15. Mildred in her coat of green, With a large felt hat of red. Flo prefers a shawl instead. Right on time without a fuss, all aboard the local bus. “Morning ladies” twinkles Ben, driver of the number 10. Lanes and hedgerows whistle by And in the blinking of an eye Flo and Mildred join the throng “Come on dear, we don’t have long!”
Shopping ladies by Marsha Mees (top right and left) Teresa Thompson (middle right) Mary Williams (left)
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First stop is the Hardware shop. In the High street, at the top. Flo needs garden shears and more. Mildred thinks it’s such a bore. Flo wants mothballs, any size Mildred stands and rolls her eyes.
(above) Shopkeeper by Janet Harmsworth of
(clockwise from left) Oil can, vice, jerry cans, table saw, grease gun by Dave Williams of www.harvington.com
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(left) Hardware shop shelf display by Catherine Davies of
(clockwise from left) Band saw and drill press, set of chisels (they really cut!), folding stepladder and workbench by Linda Masters
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Petshop owner by Eileen Sedgwick www.Eileensedgwick.com
(below) Piglet, hand carved and handpainted by Linda Masters www.miraclechickenurns.com
Next door is a favourite place, See the smile on Mildred’s face. Reg’s Pet shop, here for years, and there’s Reg “hello my dears.” Mildred blushes, turns quite pink. As he gives her such a wink. Puppies bark and budgies twitter. Flo just needs to find cat litter.
Aquarium, Parrot on stand, Pet books and ‘Kittens and puppy at play’ by Pearl, Literature in Miniature www.literatureinminiature.co.uk
Needlefelted rabbits by Jean Boyd of www.Miniartworks.co.uk
Pet cheetah by Liz McInnes. Wood carved then furred. Acrylic eyes and gold filled collar and chain. www.elizabethmcinnes.com
Walking past the Christmas shop, Can’t resist a little stop. What a wonderful Display. Only 16 weeks away.
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’s Seems like Mildred stopped again. y Gazing like a brood hen. e, Into a fantastic stor oods filled with china, g galore.
Top left and centre: Wilga’s China Shop by Wilga van den Wijngart
Left: Shabby Chic Shop by Beatrice Thierus
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As they cross th they spy Mrs Mount standing b In her tiny antiq “Into there we’ll
Once inside Swamped by t Vases, lam Exotic pie Mildred likes “Can’t thin s
This page clockwise from left Silk handsewn purse and antique style gloves by Maia at Maias Twinkle Miniatures.www.maiastwinkleminiatur es.com, Egyptian gift shop ítems by Grimdeva of Cauldron Craft. Miniatures Hand woven silk and wool carpets by Ludwina’s Dolllshouse Miniature Carpets. www.dekorativ.tripod.com/dollhouse
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miniature carpets Antique luggage from the personal Collection of Carol Smith.
(Below) Egyptian artefacts on display shelf by Grimdeva of Cauldron Craft Miniatures
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(Right) Art Deco nude dancing girl, (below) Chinese and traditional standard lamps, (below left) Ebony walking stick stands by Kenneth Batty AlTurnAtive Solutions
e both mesmerized. treasures, hypnotised. mps, a vintage hat. eces, a china cat. a large stuffed crow, nk what that’s for” ays Flo.
(right) Silver and turquoise jewellery by Maia at Maias
(above) Swarovski bracelet, boy’s gold watch and a selection of gold watches by Carol Lester
While we’re here we must stop by at the jewellers, you know why… Cousin Bertha’s birthday gift. If we forget she’ll be quite miffed. Gazing at the trays inside, what a choice they can’t decide. Watches, earrings, rubies, pearls. Diamonds, best friends of the girls. Time is ticking on says Flo, We’ll take that brooch, it’s time to go.
Left and above right: Jewellery display cabinet and busts by Julie Dewar of Westwinds Miniatures
(above) 12th scale jewellery shop by Carol Lester www.thedollshousemall.com
(left) Jewelry display counter and Below: bracelets and hand display by Debbe Mize
Last stop now, the Corner shop. Find the list Flo, from the top. Earl Grey Tea and sweet plum jam, Gruyere cheese, a pound of ham. Something for my painful corns, Carbolic soap, and two cream horns
(above left) Traditional cheese counter by Fionas Miniatures.www.fionasminiatures.co.uk (above right) Cake counter by Carol Smith IGMA artisan.
“Well it’s been a lovely day, but the time has come to say, Ouch my feet are hurting very, Flo, I need a glass of sherry!”
(above) Fresh bake display by Margaret Cassidy IGMA artisan. (right) Exhausted Lady shoppers by Janet Harmsworth www.minimannequins.co.uk
Copyright of photographs belongs to the artisans credited. Text © Janine Crocker 2010 Formatted By Janine Crocker
By AIM Member Annemarie Kwikkel ‐ IGMA Artisan
After sculpting a gourmet chef tasting his culinary creation I needed to make a nice hat for him, here is the tutorial I created.
You will need:
2 pieces of thin cotton: 16x4.5 cm ( 6.3x1.75 inch) and 7x1.5 cm (2.75x0.6 inch). Tacky glue. Smallest sized pleater. Small bottle cap. Scissors and tweezers. Needle and thread. Iron. A clean brush, water and fabric stiffener.
Take the larger piece of piece of cotton and insert it into the pleater following the instructions. With your brush wet the cotton with fabric stiffener diluted with water. Leave to dry in the pleater, or, you could also use a hair dryer to speed up this process. Taking the smaller piece of cotton, fold and glue hems into place along the two long sides
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Take the large piece out of the pleater, it should look like the second photo on right. Take the iron and press the piece, flattening the pleats. To measure the head I use a piece of cotton and hold around the head. You can also use the bottle cap as a model. Cut the measured piece, leaving a little extra for overlap. Cut the small piece of cotton the same length as the measured piece. Make a hem on one short side of the small piece. Cut the larger piece the same length as the small piece. Glue the larger piece, forming a tube. Glue the small piece into a band, making sure it still fit the model. Run a small line of glue along one edge of the tube. Glue the tube INSIDE the small band.
Way too high !!! Place the hat on the bottle cap, try to find a cap where the hat fits. Cut the hat off to 3.5 cm or 1.4 inches height. Run a thread along the top edge of the hat. Pull the thread and make a knot, closing the top of the hat.
With a brush make the top of the hat moist. Press the top down on the cap, squeezing the edge to get a sharp fold. With a dab of glue close the top.
Now let the cooking begin!!!
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The construction of a Gentleman’s Emporium... By AIM Member, Ian Jones ‐ Part One.
Any true gentleman would use a handkerchief to sneeze into, even when alone within his own abode; always use a separate butter knife, and of course, most importantly, for over one hundred and fifty years buy a high quality suit from one of London’s Savile Row tailors. Materials used for such a statemented garment, would be of the highest quality and come from a special mix cloth from one this country’s leading textile mills. Linings, threads and buttons were of equal importance as `Sir` would not want to be seen to skimp on these refined embellishments. Many, many measurements would be taken and paper patterns made, unique to each client, and remaining within the establishment’s cutting room until notified that the `Sir` would `not be in a position to return`. The interiors of these churches of the hallowed cloth, were like no ordinary men’s wear shop, more akin to a Gentleman’s Club with comfortable high back chairs and leather Chesterfield sofas to relax upon whilst Sir awaited his turn with the tape measure. A warm and welcoming fireplace to keep the cold out of those old bones accompanied the current daily issue of The Times.
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The cutting room was usually in the basement, or the upper floors and certainly out of eyesight of one’s clients. Cutting room assistants were the `go between` in the transportation of the said suit, and Sir would be doubly checked for comfort of fit before final hand stitching of the finer details. The tailors would have an enviable list of high profile clients that would return again and again as fashions dictated, or the pomp and circumstance of military engagements. Those that were/are able to display the royal warrants, a sign of trust in faith of quality workmanship to the royal household, would be and still are, the envy of many. And so to our Gentlemen’s Emporium. This two part feature is the diary of the build of one such establishment, reduced in size to 1/12th scale. The building is on three floors and compounded into a space that would be too small in real life, but we as artisans, have the use of `modelers' licence`, a very useful tool indeed. Inspiration is drawn from a building on Elvet Bridge in the beautiful city of Durham in my beloved Northeast of England.
The main structure of this build is from our trusty friend, MDF. Not to everyone’s taste including mine now and then, but it has its uses and this is one of them. Although very absorbent due to its constructive nature (wood flour), it does stay flat if protected on both surfaces. Like any other material, it will warp if laminated on one side only. Don’t forget, MDF is hazardous, so cut outdoors and wear a mask. (NB. Always follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions) The base on which it stands is 26x19” and as per usual, I wish it were a little bigger. Trouble is with 1/12th scale, it takes up too much room. The main inspiration for this build is the old bank in the photo‐ graph opposite, now divided into different uses. It has all the qualities of a gentleman’s emporium I feel, and with a few adjustments here and there, will suit our purposes entirely. No pun intended. I wanted this to have the opportunity of butting up to another building, so the left hand wall is left blank with no base overhang. It would be nice to have more footpath area at the front, but I have already trimmed a little off here as it was a bit tight getting it into the car.
And now to the layout... The extreme door to the left and the window above, are missing from this build due to space constraints, so this leaves the main shop door in the middle with windows for displays either side, and the right hand door for staff entry and non customer uses. Externally, the rear wall is brick, render to the east wall and dressed stone and straw brick to the front elevation. All of these faces will be replicated in this build using my own techniques with some commercial products as required for speed. Internally, the main sales floor area on the ground floor is divided up into two. The right hand door on the front of the building is to be for the use of staff and some deliveries. A rear door in this `stockroom` is provided for the raw materials and there is a goods lift in the corner with access to all three floors. It is only in these modern times that we see deliveries being taken at the front door. Tut !. The main front door is of course for the use of customers which upon entry, are greeted by a grand staircase which snakes up the left hand wall to the first floor using two quarter turn landings. The ceiling is vaulted and supported by columns and piers. On this ground floor there is to be the two window displays, a large shelving unit on the back wall on the right for shirts and ties, a service counter under the stairs, plus some other display units to be decided. The walls on all three floors are to be paneled to waist height, stained to match a dark timber such as Oak or Walnut on the ground and first floors, and plain painted white on the top floor which is the cutting room.
The 1st floor area is for the fitting of suits etc and so shall contain a chang‐ ing room area, seated waiting area with fireplace and a manager’s desk to see that things are run to order. This is contained in one big room. The staircase to the second floor is directly above the first. This main room gives the suggestion of having once been two rooms and now opened up. This will be seen by the change in flooring and the supporting iron column (s). A herringbone oak floor will adorn the main area. Floorboards to the other smaller area are turned to an east/west alignment. The staircase up to the second floor will reveal one large room for the cutting room staff. The walls will be covered with completed garments, draws for buttons and threads, paper patterns and suchlike.
shelving for cloth, part works and
There is also a fireplace up here. Cold fingers cannot cut cloth straight and to a line. Other parts of the emporium are heated by cast iron radiators, evidence of which is supported by the radiators themselves and the associated pipe work runs.
The choice of paintwork to the walls is reflected in the use of the relevant rooms. These walls have been painted five times with two coats primer, and three top coats of the chosen colours. A deep Aubergine creates a grand feel to the entrance and ground floor. Something a little lighter for the first floor in a Autumn Red is more warming for those winter days, and a bright sunny yellow for the cutting room area to reflect the light and create a bright atmosphere.
The ceilings have also had the five coat treatment as nothing less would suffice.
Having now completed the main structure of the building, we can turn our attention to the finishing details, and as with any project like this, it’s the minor details that bring the whole thing to life, but also take the longest to complete. Whilst waiting for paint to dry in‐between coats, it is the ideal time to continue with the other items. The wall paneling is going to be one of the longest jobs, so this is a work in progress at present. There are many other small items that need painting or staining, so these too are placed in an orderly queue. Floor tiles for the ground floor sales area
are to be Travertine style grey speckled cream 9” square tiles. The staircase is to represent a marble structure and so is painted an off white and coated with glitter glaze to reflect the colours in the floor. This is difficult to show here but I will try to get a good close up for next time. Everything looks so new and bright at first, so time spent weathering and toning down is equally important as creating the finer details in the first instance.
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This is the first floor vaulted ceiling laid upside down, completed with all the beadings fitted, and in the early stages of painting. A lot work went into this small area but I think it is worth it. Lighting has yet to be decided. Talking of which, lighting ducts are cut into the MDF before the floorboards go down. Once the boards are fit‐ ted one is left loose for access at a later date above the light fitting.
Ideas and inspiration for this Emporium are drawn from many places, non more so that the numerous web‐ sites of the tailors actually on Savile Row in London. Some of these have a mini clip film which have proved invaluable.
Next time we shall see the finer details in close up and reveal a few ideas that may be of use to others toying with the idea of building something of their own. You are only limited by your imagination!
Formatted By Janine Crocker
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The Miniature... GRAPEVINE
Town and Country Planner…
Town and Country Planner are pleased to announce that the vast majority of our products under `The Salvage YardTM` label, will be available to purchase in store at The Miniature Scene Dolls House shop in Fossgate, York, from the first week of July. There will be no increase in shop prices to the website or at fairs. New AIM Members First of the new range of garden products is a 13 We would like to extend a warm piece 8" diameter Rotunda paving set, available welcome to the following new members who initially in Terracotta and Charcoal. New travertine style floor tiles have also been launched, in cream, have joined AIM in the past month: blue/grey and black speckles. See the website for more details. Naomi Machida Graham Warwick Iulia Chin John Day www.townandcountryplanner.co.uk
Jane Templeman Janet Smith Elena Gerli Courtney Strong Jean Boyd Ana Maria Villalon Fuster Margot Ensink Cristina Cabllero Evelyne Fontaine Diane Gregory
Anne‐Marie Kwikkel is very proud and happy to announce that her "Paul" sculpture has been made into a miniature doll mold by a professional mold maker, to create a porcelain male doll. The mold is a two‐ part mold: a head/ torso mold and a hands/feet mold. They are available separate or as a set.
Our apologies go to AIM member Ana Anselmo for incorrectly spelling her name in the last issue.
Desert Minis, Inc.
Desert Minis, Inc. can be found at the The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys Miniature & Doll Fall Show & Sale, "Attic Memories", taking place September 8‐12, 2010. The Shabby Chic Chocolate Shoppe workshop will be presented on Friday, September 10th . To register, go to
Anne‐ Marie has sculpted Paul’s very detailed face with strong features, eyes and ears. His hands are designed
For more information on Desert Minis, Inc., go to www.desertminis.com to hold something, like a glass of wine or leaning on a cane. His feet are sculpted to wear shoes or boots.
More information with picture and purchasing info here:
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Viola Williams recently spent 2 days teaching her 10 year old granddaughter how to dress a doll kit that was cast fired and painted by Sandy Calderon. It was wired for her to save time, then she took over and did all the dressing, wigging, etc. including the hat, as well as selecting the colours.
Helena Bleeker would like to introduce Marcia, one of a new range of clothing.
Viola is understandably very proud of her granddaughter and wanted to share this with our readers. The doll is now for sale on the MOA website. Viola has more news to share this month! She is very excited that her dolls will be at Miniatura this autumn. They will be available for sale on Carol Chinn’s table. Carol is new to the show so please visit her table and say hello if you are attending the show.
Julie and Brian Dewar are proud to announce the launch of their new web site. It is now live and the address is:
Linda Master aka Miracle Chicken will have miniature woodcarvings at the 33rd annual Great Lakes Woodcarvers Show and Sale. Sept. 25th and 26th 2010 Walter F. Ehrnfelt Senior Center 18100 Royalton Rd. (Rte. 82) Strongsville Ohio
Sarah Maloney would like to introduce her new website which is finally up and running. Visit her at... www.dollhousekitchen.com
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Changes to Scribd...
PMP fairs have now taken over the Dolls House Fair As it stands, readers of the AIM magazine can still at Worthing, will still be held at The Charmandean, download the current issue for free… But…. Scribd is now charging a fee for Forest Road on Sunday 7th November. 10.30 till 4. Entrance fees will be £3 adults, £2.50 seniors, downloading documents from its archive, however please note that the AIM Association does not children free when accompanied by an adult. For more information on visiting or exhibiting please receive any payment from Scribd at all. Happily readers can still browse through the AIM visit www.pmpfairs.homestead.com Liza who runs PMP Fairs says she will do her best to magazines for free. keep the exhibitors to 95% British Hand Made Obviously these circumstances are beyond AIM’s control and we hope that it will not affect your standard. PMP run all their fairs to raise money for Children enjoyment of the AIM magazine.
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Reader’s post box…
We love to hear what our readers think, The double summer edition was very popular and here are a small selection of letters received this month.
I don't know how it can keep getting better than the
If you would like to email us your thoughts, we would love to hear them ‐ so why not write to our editor Bea:
This month we simply have so much news to share that I am just not sure it is going to fit in! To kick off, August sees the launch of our new extensive 1:24th furniture kit range. The first batch of kits released are only just a tiny taster of what is to come!!!... With prices starting at only £2.99, our new half scale furniture won’t break the bank either!... Talking of ‘banks’... We are delighted to announce our unique new ‘Money Box Kit’ range, designed specifically for miniaturists who want to keep their miniature savings separate and safe! Our new novelty dolls house money boxes come in kit form and make an ideal and truly unique gift!! There are two fantastic ‘Petite Properties’ inspired designs to choose from: ‘Penny Pincher’s Cottage’ or the ‘Miniature Savings Bank.’ Both kits come with full colour step by step instructions. Money Box Kits are priced at £12.99 each and are available via mail order from our online shop. Petite Properties are also very excited to release a brand new quarter scale ‘Shop box Kit’. Exclusively designed by Fiona Broadwood (Bea) this new quarter scale shop box is directly based on a popular 1:12th scale shop box which she made many years ago. Priced at just £14.99, the kit comes with full colour, step by step instructions; all you need to do is just add paint & glue! For more details visit: www.petite‐properties.com
previous issues when each of those issues left me delighted and awestruck at the quality and variety of articles and projects ‐ but it has. And the covers themselves are works of art. What a pleasure to read over and over again. Thanks so much for all the hard work of both the "staff" and the contributors.... Lydia M
**Major kudos to everyone involved in publishing AIM Magazine! It is so professional, informative, at‐ tractive . . . I'm going to run out of adjectives. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and talent. Rosemary The Miniature Cellar
Just want to let you know I enjoy the on‐line maga‐ zine. Very talented miniaturists, it's lovely to see their work and the DIY articles. Regards, Anja I love the double bumper Summer issue of the AIM magazine. Yet again a superb publication, thank you to you, and the team. So much work put into it and it is free ‐ what a joy. Karen
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This issue would not have been possible without the generous contributions from the following AIM members… Many thanks therefore go to...
Annemarie Kwikkel Ana Anselmo Helen Woods Jacqui Perrat Janet Smith Jean Boyd Ian Jones Grimdeva Mary Williams Melanie Navarro Naomi Machida Nancy Cronin Patricia Paul Paul Taylor Mo Tipton Mel Koplin Marsha Mees
Bea (Fiona) Broadwood Beartrice Thierus Betty Hagen Carol Lester Carol Smith
Janet Harmsworth Janine Crocker John & Jean Day Josephine Parnell Julie Campbell Kathi Brindle Linda Master Liz McInnes Julie Dewar
Celia (Oberons wood) Cheryl Clingen Dave Williams Debbe Mize
Peiwen Pettigrand Regina Passy-Yip Sarah Maloney Sally Watson Silvia Lane Philippa Todd
Dawn M Schiller Debbie Wright Diane Gregory Debie Lyons
Emma & Neil Martinot Fiona Bateman Frances Powell
Ludwina Akbulut-Van Maia Bisson Oosterwyck
Stephanie Kilgast Teresa Thompson Viola Williams Vicky Guile Susan Newstead
Graham & Ann Marie Simpkin
Wilga Van den Wijngart
See you in September !!!
Please Note: The projects included in this publication are not suitable for children under the age of 14* The miniatures featured in this magazine are collectors items and therefore unsuitable for children under 14*. All projects are undertaken at your own risk. AIM does not accept responsibility for any injury incurred. All articles and photographs used in this magazine are copyright of their authors. The AIM magazine’s content is for private use only and it must not be reproduced in part or in full for commercial gain in any form.
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The authors/self publishers cannot be held legally responsible for any consequences arising from following instructions, advice or information in this magazine. *with the exception of the Mini AIMers feature which is written especially for children under 14.