Saturday, November 30, 2019

Crafting for the museum

Isn't it wonderful when you just have to craft something because you cannot wait to see it finished?  The museum room is starting to have pieces to display.  First one: a jewelry box that used to belong to an Egyptian queen!

Remember that old jewelry box that I repurposed into a Tarot cards box?  Well, it has been repurposed again into a jewelry box!  I removed the golden sun charm from the lid, and painted it again for a new decoration.  Hubby lent me the paints - I had to use a mix of two colors to match the box's brown:

Then, I used an scarab charm to decorate the lid.  I wanted it to be yellow gold, like most jewels were in the Ancient Egypt.  I simply painted the scarab with a golden paint, let it dry, and affixed it to the lid:

Before and after painting
I even added a red jewel to the center of the piece!
Then I decorated the sides with scenes taken from Egyptian papyrus, depicting scenes from the Book of Dead.

And the most fun part: to add the jewels inside!  Naturally, they are pieces from Bindels, except the Ankh, which I already had.  A nice pair of lotus earrings, a bracelet and a charm piece!  I love them!

I hope to be able to do the table in which everything Egyptian will be displayed this weekend.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Tom Bishop Show 2019

Back home from Madrid, after attending the Tom Bishop Show!  This year I did not get a lot of stuff, but some of the stuff I got is out of this world.

First purchase, a showcase cabinet for the museum, from Mariví Sacristán:

I already have pretty much all the furniture I need.  I do not think I will be buying more pieces, unless they are small, but we'll see...

Then, the fabulous hand-made pieces!  First, a couple of items for the museum, courtesy of 64TNT Miniatures:

A wonderful collection of bird eggs...
... and a tall glass dome display with a big egg
Loredana's work is simply astounding!  Every year I come home with at least one piece from her.
Then, a kit from Taller Targioni:

I will use the dome to finally make the Phantom of the Opera shrine I have wanted to make for a long time.  
And a couple of pieces for the soap shop.  Two pillows from Pilar Alén:

And one from MiniMaribe:

But the crown jewel of this year is this espectacular beauty:

This is the otherwordly creation of Elena González.  She makes dolls, but her specialty are these amazing gothic ladies.  I fell in love with her, and my mom bought it for me, as an anticipated Christmas gift.  Here she is, getting acquainted with Kassandra:  

I'm guessing they will make friends very fast!

Friday, November 1, 2019

New minis for the museum

Happy Day of the Dead, and belated Halloween!

Nothing like a free day to craft and enjoy minis.  Today I was busy with some pieces from Bindels Ornaments.  I made two sets of vanity tray, one for me and one for my mom:

Marijke shows you how to do the lovely box in this video.  And you can see how to make the rest of the pieces here.

I wanted to include this tray in the soap shop, in the Black and White shelf.  I think now the shelf is finally finished:

And I made another box for the museum scene.  This one is a piece recovered from an Egyptian site, with lapis lazuli inlays:

I am still waiting for the furniture to arrive, but in the meantime, I can share this lovely fossil from the hands of Val Harper, owner of Unique Miniatures:

See the box with the triceratops head?
Triceratops have always been my favorite dinosaur!  I was very lucky to snatch this piece!  I am currently working on more pieces for the museum.  Very soon Kassandra will have lots of tales to tell you about the new "acquisitions"...