I can now give a sneak preview of this "how to make" project that has literally just been completed for the Dolls House & Miniatures Scene Magazine. It is due to be in the issue that comes out about February/March time I understand and is something very different from my usual projects.
It is a scene from The Old Curiosity Shop - a novel by Charles Dickens and is set inside a model of an old book.
The project will show how to create the book from simply cardboard, card and paint.....and also how to create the antiquated scene inside.
A variety of items were used in the shop scene including some of my handmade books and a replica of a Victorian family painting that was created to look like an old portrait on canvas.
For those of you who are collectors of antique and vintage dolls house items.....no, your eyes are not deceiving you. Yes, that is an antique Victorian chair with red velvet upholstery you can see...and a vintage unmarked Elgin chair! Both were broken and totally unsalable so almost worthless in their present form - so no I have not completely lost my marbles as had they not been broken both would have been rather valuable! However they have been put to good use and are arranged in such a way that you cannot see the missing bits or damage.
Similarly, I have used other old broken mini treasures such as a Victorian table that is minus a foot and a vintage chest of drawers with decidedly wonky drawers (not a pretty sight). Again, they have been arranged in such a way that one cannot see any damage......cunning eh?
This was great fun to do.