I didn't think that I'd ever find anything quite as addictive as making polymer clay miniatures...I was wrong! I seem to have developed an addiction to weaving mini baskets as well & am enjoying myself filling them with my mini foods...
I just hope that I don't become addicted to anything worse than playing with clay .....too late for alcohol, I'm already addicted to that, not to mention the cigarettes!!
I've been making peaches......by the hundreds, or so it seems! I seem to have peaches in every nook & cranny of my workbench! Here are a couple of the pieces that I have made using just a few of them!
I was inspired to make the "ring" of peaches in the little basket by Bertie of BertiesMiniatures...he turns the most gorgeous pieces & an unusual wooden fruit ring is one of them & can be found on Etsy. The jar of jam lifts out of the basket, leaving a "ring" of peaches!
Still having several (hundred!) peaches left, I used a few of them to make this peach flan on a cooling rack....sadly though this only used up 1 & a half of my peach stash! I suppose I'll be making more peachy things very soon! :-))
I was asked some time ago now (too embarrassing to admit to just how long ago it was!!) to make some John Dory for a customer who had seen my Artisan submission all those years ago & fallen in love with the John Dory on my fresh wet fish table! As it has been pretty miserable, wet & cold here the last couple of days I had no excuse but to actually get on with the fish.......It made such a lovely change to get away from making all those sweet things & it seems that my customer is thrilled with her fish!
Having really got into "the swing" of making the fish, I had a little basket lying on my workbench & I decided to fill it with 3 more John Dory & ice..................
Did you know that the distinguishing feature of the black spot on their back is said to be a result of St Peter picking one up in the Sea of Galilee & leaving his thumbprint there! As the Sea of Galilee is a freshwater lake & John Dory are a salt water fish this is highly unlikely!! Nice idea though!
The Bride-to-Be is safely on a plane back to the UAE this afternoon so perhaps I might get back to work & manage to actually get something created! I did manage to make this little basket this week, so I suppose I can tell myself that I have managed to do something :-)).........there's still that oh so long list of commission work to wade my way through though & with only 5 weeks until the wedding is over I think my poor customers will be waiting a while longer yet!
The little jars have blackberry jelly & sliced mangoes in syrup in them & are loose in the basket.
I've been slowly, oh so very slowly, working on a commission for nursery rhyme cakes......I'm almost embarrassed to say that I was asked for these over 4 months ago...OH DEAR! So far I've managed to finish these 3 & there are several more still in the UFO pile on my workbench...I blame my youngest & the fact that I have her wedding to organise for the 21st August.....not long now...HELP!!
Humpty Dumpty Sat On A Wall
Teddy Bear's Picnic
An Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe
I'm truly amazed that I've managed 2 posts in as many days!!
Just a quickie this time as I'm desperately trying to "catch up" on my mini making now that the weather has changed for the worse...who knows when the sun will be back to stop me!
I've impressed myself by actually managing to make this little tropical fruit basket with cherimoya, dragon fruit, persimmons, bananas, oranges, coconuts & pineapple today. Granted I had already made the basket while I was out in Al Ain in March & there it has been sitting on my workbench ever since just waiting to be filled with something........
I just couldn't resist taking the photo of it with one of the "real" fruits in the little basket!
For the last week or so we have actually had summer here so there was NO way I could be in my mini sweatshop while the sun was shining....it doesn't do that too often here LOL...so I had to make the most of it.
I have been power hosing for England, pruning dead wood out of roses, cutting grass....you name it, I've been doing it....for the more squeamish amongst you STOP reading now! I even managed to shoot one of the damned foxes that have been decimating my chooks........before anyone gets upset, you have to see what a fox does with hens before you condemn......they kill for the fun of it & leave headless corpses lying around...they ARE NOT nice cuddly animals..they are disease ridden vermin who are natural killers & the sooner we can be rid of them the better as far as I am concerned!
Minis emerging from my sweatshop have been very thin on the ground recently but I have actually managed to make this little tidbit tray in which I've mixed sweet & savoury...I do get so very sick of always making sweet things...but it seems that they are what people want!
I am honoured to have been made a Fellow member of IGMA, November 2009 & my miniature creations totally absorb me..it's wonderful to see the minute detail that an artist can produce in something so small! I am constantly challenging myself to create more & more realistic & detailed pieces, often finding I've lost a whole day while working on one piece!