Monday, September 23, 2013

Miniatures in Motion

As many of my readers are aware, when I am not creating miniatures to sell to collectors, I am working in Los Angeles in the art department of the film industry. Well recently I have been focusing a lot of energy on the film 'Myrtle the Witch', which was written by myself and for which I am building the scale miniature sets and hand-sculpting the characters and props. It will be created mostly the same way as films such as 'Coraline', 'Frankenweenie', 'Wallace and Gromit' and 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'. So if you're a fan of those films then please do click over to the links below and show your support for my film - 'Myrtle the Witch'!

There are good witches, there are bad witches... and then there's Myrtle. 

This film is about Myrtle and her quirky little world - her household of monstrous pets and her haphazard attempts to fit in and be accepted.

Thank you for showing your interest by becoming a fan of the Facebook Page here

And if you want to follow my blog about miniature film-making and Myrtle, then find it here.

The production company website is here.

Thanks a lot!

PS Stay tuned as I will be running a Pixie Dust Miniatures competition soon in which you stand to win a rather large and exciting prize... one of the conditions for entry is that you follow the above mentioned Facebook page and blog! :)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

My Workspace - dragonskin spellbooks

Anyone remember my dragonskin spellbooks which I made back in 2011? I had some which opened, and others which didn't - both ranges had genuine leather covers. I used various mixed media to make the leather shimmer different colours like dragonskin. (See one of the old posts about them here).

Well when I run low or run out of an item I like to re-make but change the design and find ways to improve them. I liked the old design, but I wanted to do something a bit more special this time, so these dragonskin spellbooks are made of the same leather, but with the addition of a Swarovksi crystal set into the leather on the front. The crystal isn't simply stuck on - instead I bought a new tool from the internet so that I could stamp into leather and cut the exact depth and size to set the gem into. This way the books still stack neatly and are smooth on the front.

Here's some snaps of them and the scorcerer's library which will house them until they all sell... in the making of course. The bookcases and fireplace are Bespaq and I bought them as unfinished wood. I stained the wood and aged it, then applied gold to the mirror frame, and I painted the fireplace to look like green marble.

 - Stay tuned to see it all finished!

Follow my progress here on this blog or on the Facebook page.

Find my online Pixie Dust Miniatures Etsy shop -where these NEW dragonskin spellbooks will soon be listed.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Pumpkins and Jacks for Halloween!

It's already September so I'm starting to plan for Halloween 2013... starting with these witchy pumpkins in one inch scale.

Here we have smiley pumpkins, worried pumpkins, smiley gourds and Jack o Lanterns.

I'm going to start listing them at my online Pixie Dust Miniatures Etsy shop momentarily...