Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Part Four & Final Part Of Little Cardboard Box Project!

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.
 From This - A Simple Box With Lid....
To This - A Painted Night Sky Scene....
Then To This....A Room With A Twinkly Night Sky View Through A Window....

 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....
And Finally To This!
The doll was specially made for me by my mate 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!
Celia
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.

9 comments:

Robin said...

Having seen this wonderful box in real life, I must say that brilliant though the pictures are - they don't do it justice. It really is magical and has been much admired.
Rx

Susan said...

Gorgeous! Specially love the night sky through the window and the toys...and it goes without saying that I love all of Robins 'people'!

KT Miniatures said...

Aww.. shucks Robin..I'm blushing! Haha.

Thanks for your comment Susan. Yes, Robin's dolls are quite special arn't they....unlike many other dolls, hers can be manipulated and posed with ease and they have such characters. Celia

12Create said...

It is amazing to think this started out as a cardboard box. I love the night sky and the wonderful scene.

Steinworks said...

its Lovely! Im so happy that I got to see the finished product.

marisa :)

KT Miniatures said...

Many thanks for your kind comments 12Create and Marisa. Have really enjoyed making this...makes a change to be able to create something that I can keep for myself too. Celia

Troy said...

What a great room box! I love all of the details. Very thought provoking.

Lady Jane said...

What a wonderful project. It came out beautifully. Hard to believe it started as an empty box. Love that doll....

KT Miniatures said...

I have tried to make it quite different from anything I've made before Troy.

Lady Jane, yes...it is amazing what can be made inside a simple cardboard box. Celia