Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Toads and Snails in Print

Hello everyone!
Gosh, what a lot of travelling I have done this year! I have neglected Pixie Dust Miniatures over the past couple of months as I was away in China and then France. But, I'm back, orders are rolling in, the online Pixie Dust Miniatures shop is open and you're welcome to email me to make any request you like.

Today I was asked to make a pink warty cane toad for someone and I'm delighted to do this as I've never done it before. I'll show photos of my workspace when I get going on it.

Don't forget that my snails and toads are all available for sale at my online Pixie Dust Miniatures Etsy shop here.

That brings me to today's topic.... toads and snails in print! I am delighted to have a mention and some photos in 'The Dolls House Magazine' this month (June issue) and I have put the little feature all about gardening below. You can find a copy of this great UK magazine here.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

My Workspace... More Candy Apples

Hope you're not getting bored of witchy treats...!

I've made some more candy apples. These ones are a bit more unusual and some have faces, so they'll look fun in the witch cake shop for the short film I am working on (details here).

I blogged here about the inspiration behind these candy apples (or toffee apples as we say in the UK).

Scroll past the photos of my workspace and see some of the sketches / artwork for this project or go directly to the Facebook page and see more on the 'making of' this short film.

Monday, May 12, 2014

My Workspace... Snail Cupcakes

Another unique little Pixcie Dust Miniatures signature item is the snail cupcake!

Remember when snail cupcakes first appeared on this blog, back in 2011? I was trying to imagine what a witch might want to place on top of a nicely frosted cupcake, aside from a cherry. A nice little slimy garden snail seemed fitting.

As you know, I like to re-invent old designs, making them fresh and new and refining the detail. So here's a glimpse into my workspace as I make new snail cupcakes. I don't use bought cupcake molds, but instead sculpt by own bases and 'muffin tops'.

Scroll past these photos to see my original design and you can compare them. Maybe let me know which one you prefer?!

And if you're wondering what all these new creepy witchy foods are for... click over to my filmmaking Facebook page where you will start to see more of the miniature film sets, miniature film characters etc that these little mini foods will be joining. They are for the film 'Myrtle the Witch'. If it interests you then don't forget to 'like' the page to get the updates. :)

Older design snail cupcakes from 2011

Saturday, May 10, 2014

My Workspace... Bone Pies

Continuing the theme of witchy and fairytale food, which will be featured in the short film 'Myrtle the Witch' (details of this film here), as well as my book 'The Art of Pixie Dust Miniatures', I have made some tiny individual bone pies.
Each one has a little chicken bone sticking out and is wrapped in black patisserie paper.

Take a look at my workspace below and don't miss other creepy cake and poisonous pies here.

Friday, May 9, 2014

My Workspace - NEW design - Poison Apple Pies

Because Poison Apple Pies quickly became my signature Pixie Dust Miniatures item, and favourite thing to make (just as my birthday cakes with tiny candles became the signature item for my other blog), I like to re-invent them from time to time and improve on the design.

You can see my very first Poison Apple Pies here.

And a few years later, my second design of them was here.

But today, they look even nicer, I think. See them below in the making, and please leave me a comment and let me know which is *your* personal favourite design?

Look out for many more witchy and fairytale foods coming in the next few days, and find out what they're being used for over at the Tall Tales blog or Facebook page.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

My Workspace - Making Bat Apple Tarts

Ever heard of Bat Apple Tarts? Of course you haven't... they're only available at places like Ms Slugsy's cake and pie shop ' Beetle Treacle'. It's somewhere in Northern England.

Here is my workspace as I create my very own unique bat apple tarts....
I sculpted the base myself, so that it looks like a typical butter pastry crust that you'd get in an English pie shop. It was filled with 'pastry cream', then 'apple slices', a 'bat wing' in the center, and then the whole thing was glazed with 'caramel sauce'.

Don't forget there is a chapter on Fairytale Foods in my upcoming book - 'The Art of Pixie Dust Miniatures'.

If you're interested in this project and want to know more about it / see the final items / or learn more about the witchy cake and pie shop, then click over to my miniature filmmaking Facebook page here, and become a fan. You wont miss a picture or a story!

More witchy treats coming soon to the Pixie Dust Miniatures Etsy shop as well...

Monday, April 28, 2014

My Workspace... making Candy Apples

My book - 'The Art of Pixie Dust Miniatures', which will be out later this year, includes some Fairy-tale foods. So, today I have been creating some candy apples to contribute to it. Thought I'd share a sneak peek...

Scroll past the images and you can see my photo inspiration reference from the internet. ;)

I'll finish them soon and photograph. Some of these apples will also be available for purchase at the Pixie Dust Miniatures online Etsy shop.

Don't forget to find the Facebook page for more photos and up-to-date news.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter 2014!

You probably caught my last post about monster eggs (here), but in case you didn't, I wanted to give a shop update.

As you may know, I just got back from 2 weeks away in China.

The trip throughout China (starting in Hong Kong, then Guilin, Xi-an, Beijing, Shanghai and back in Hong Kong) was so wonderful and inspiring that there will DEFINITELY be some Chinese miniatures in progress soon...

So - the online Pixie Dust Miniatures Etsy shop is back online and business has been resumed as usual.

Have a lovely weekend and wishing you a Happy Easter from Pixie Dust Miniatures!


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Monster Eggs

Have you heard of Gerharda Grogglespot? I daresay not - very few have and even her nearest relations claim no acquaintance.
Grogglespot steals monster eggs. She has a gift for it.

As many of you know, I have just returned from two weeks in China, but upon my return 3 days ago I took some photos of Gerharda selling her wares in a Pixie Dust Miniatures marketplace. Take a look at the photos below and don't forget to buy your very own monster eggs from the online Pixie Dust Miniatures Etsy store here - just in time for Easter!

There are;

Frightspark eggs from Iceland,
Whizzle eggs from Greece,
Hicklyback eggs from North America,
Hairy Yellow Hibbet eggs from Holland,
Schleep eggs from Thailand,
Gruggle-snug eggs from the west coast of Africa.


On a more serious (less silly) note; if you're interested in my miniature scenes then you may like to see more of this at my flimic blog which shows much more about the making of miniatures and the use of miniatures in filmmaking. I will soon be writing a post all about these monster eggs and show different photos, so look out for that at my other blog or on its corresponding Facebook page.

All of these eggs and pretty much everything you see in the photos was made by myself in one inch scale (1:12 scale) using polymer clay and mixed materials. Images copyright Pixie Dust Miniatures 2014. Thank you for giving me credit and a link back to this blog when you share my images.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Want a Bite?

Remember my signature poison apple pie inspired by 'Snow White'? I never really get tired of making classic poisonous red apples or anything related, so I was intrigued when a client in Paris requested literally hundreds of miniature classic red apples. I took on this commission at the start of this year as a matter of fact, and ended up making her some other fruit as well.

So I know people like to see 'work in progress' photos of large commissions such as this and so I have included some here in this post.

If you follow my other 'filmic' blog (here) in which I talk about my work as a miniaturist in general, and not just for Pixie Dust Miniatures, you may have caught the post about this a while back - in January.
You can read about my miniatures in film, or what I have to say about miniatures in film in general at this other blog of mine.
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