Way back this year, I started working on a project...not a paid for commission this time, but a project situated in a simple cardboard box based on a nursery rhyme theme.....I chose TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR. This is a project for our local Thame club, and it was time to complete.
Having shown you the different stages on earlier KT Miniatures Journal postings, (CLICK HERE to pick up from Part Three) I then did promise you that I will show you the finished scene. So here we are....
Robin Britton of Coombe Crafts. Her character dolls are gorgeous and can be manipulated into different poses.
I completely succumbed to these special items....the aged rabbit is by Teeny Tiny Teddies, the jointed teddy was made by Pat Kay, the plant by Jan Southerton and the tiny doll by Janice Crawley. The starry sky does show up better in real life, it is very difficult to photo due to the light, shadows and reflection but am pleased with how it turned out.
Haha...I have a bit of a thing for toy giraffes, and Robin gave me her prototype giraffe which she made for our last Nostalgia In Miniature Workshop project, wobbly legs and all....I love him! The bed I made from scraps of wood, bedding from scrap material and the pink eiderdown is a vintage Dol-Toi one from Marion Osborne's Collection.
The printed dolls house on the aged chair and various children's books on an aged book shelf you will probably have recognised as being made by yours truly...from KT Miniatures. The curtains were easy to do and I have used a combination of double sided tape, Tacky Glue and a pelmet constructed from scraps of wood.
A rectangular piece from the lid was cut out with a sharp craft knife to create a frame, then using a combination of burnt umber and gold acrylic paints, produced a mottled paint effect. I will not cover the rest of the box as this is simply going to sit on a shelf. I've plans to insert an acrylic cover inside the frame to keep the dust off, but that will have to wait for another day.
I really hope that by seeing this little project, it may inspire you to have a go....after all, this started out as a simple cardboard box!
PS. This and other various projects made by members of the Market Town Miniaturists Club (Thame) will be on display at the Thame Dolls House & Miniatures Fair on Saturday 22nd February 2014. KT Miniatures will be having a stand at the fair.