Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mini Critters! // 1:12 Scale Miniatures

I have been having SO MUCH fun making these miniature animals. The last one I showed you (and my first mini animal ever) was a scruffy-looking raccoon! Here are a few more animals I have made since then!

The second animal I made was this cute little skunk! I have to say, this may be my favorite animal so far... He even has a name already! Walter! Dubbed so by my friend, Karine! Walter is part of our most recent trade and will soon be on his way to Canada!

The third animal I made was this grey cat! I love cats, but I have a little bit of an allergy so I have to keep my distance most of the time. The face was a bit of challenge, but I see many more in my near future- so there will be plenty of practice. It's tricky blending the longer fur with the flock on the face, while also keeping the features clear.

Oh! I also made this mouse after I made the raccoon. I wanted to try something REALLY small. I think it looks fine from a distance, but once you look closer you can see there isn't much shape. I still love it, though! You can click on the picture to zoom, if you'd like!

And just in case you missed the last post, here is a picture of that first animal I made. This little raccoon was my first miniature animal  I have ever made! I made it with a bamboo/silk blend yarn I found at Hobby Lobby, however I feel like the fiber was TOO soft to work with. It kept slipping between my fingers- and even the tweezers! The mouse is also made with this type of fiber. After those first couple critters, I ordered some alpaca fibers online and thats what the skunk and cat are furred with. I LOVE working with the alpaca- it has a cleaner look to it and it wasn't hard to get used to working with.

That's all for today! Oh! I also want to let you all know that I have applied for the Indie Craft Parade in Greenville, SC, again this year! We will find out June 30th who the final exhibitors are. Keep me in your thoughts! I had a blast last year and I would love to be a part of it again this year. When I was in it the first time I had no idea how to prepare so I didn't really make an "announcement" I was in it. I want to make sure that if I get in this year I will let you all know ahead of time so I might get a chance to meet some of you! :D

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 1, 2015

New Projects // 1:12 Scale Miniatures

Well... I have made a lot of progress on my entry for the 2015 HBS Creatin' Contest but I can't share any of that! I guess I just mention it to tease you! Haha! But I DO have a few other things to share! It's been on my (seemingly) never-ending todo list for a while now to make some sort of animal in miniature. I think I put it off for so long because I knew it would be tedious... and man, was I right! Not only do you have to be able to sculpt the animal, you have to have the patience to carefully add fur (or feathers) to it in itty bitty patches! That being said, I already love the process. It's meditative and really easy to get lost in. Here is a picture of my first animal! A little raccoon!

Its 1:12 scale and made from polymer clay, then detailed with a bamboo/silk blend fiber. The only detail left for it is the eyes. I want them to pop a little more but I don't know how just yet. I also have a couple cats and a hedgehog that I have sculpted and I will happily share those once I have some fur on them!

Besides the animals, this weekend I put together The Painted Lady kit. All the pieces were there! Thank goodness. I was a little worried because the box has been opened for about a year now and we had to move it around a little so I wouldn't have been surprised if something had gone missing. Here it is dry fitted together. There is also a third floor, and a tower room/attic, but the MDF is so heavy the tape wouldn't hold all those crazy pieces together.

The houses tower room is probably the most exciting part for me right now. I imagine it to be the attic, with all the forgotten treasures. The shape will also be a challenge that I am very much looking forward to! I don't know where this build is going to go, but I have bits and pieces I am putting together. I did manage to start painting the outside walls in dark browns. I will be giving the outside of the house a slight crackled effect, so I want the wood to be darker in the cracks.

That's all for now! I am off to clothe these naked animals.
x - Blake

Monday, May 25, 2015

HBS Creatin' Contest 2015 // Kit Dry Fit

I hope you had a great weekend! Mine started off with a trip to a couple malls in Charlotte, NC. There we ate at The Cheesecake Factory and shopped around at all the wonderful places in the mall that we don't have around here. I didn't get much, except for a few small plastic boxes at The Container Store. There were so many things I could have purchased but... hello, budget!

The real excitement was when I came home to the Creatin' Contest kit waiting for me! I wasn't expecting it until later this week, so to see it here so early was a pleasant surprise! I did a dry fit to make sure I had all the pieces and to see what the kit looks like as-is. As you can see I'm also filling orders for Twintrees and currently confined to this small computer desk. Excuse the mess...

I had a little confusion with some pieces but, as you can see, I got it together! Now... the plans for my contest submission will be under wraps from here on out! I plan on sharing some sneak-peeks every so often, but to make up for it I have also started plans for "The Painted Lady" kit that I mentioned in the last post. THAT build will be shared from start to finish! I am hoping that my newly-found motivation will be the kick in the butt to post more often and work more often.

Is anyone else entering the Creatin' Contest? I feel like I have a late start on things, but there is PLENTY of time left.

Until next time! xoxo