Saturday, March 29, 2014

Miniature Marie Antoinette inspired pastries - 1:12 scale miniature dollhouse scale

Do these look familiar to you? Yeah, it's more St Honore and other Marie Antoinette inspired pastries! But this time, in 1:12! And...polymer clay :)

The order was for 4 white St Honore, 1 pink Religieuse and 1 pink Nipple of Venus. I have done a version of the Religieuse and Nipple of Venus in larger, 1:4 scale before, but not out of polymer clay nor in 1:12. As usual, I made extras 'just-in-case' and for practice. 

Top view of the Religieuse and Nipple of Venus pastries. The reference photo wasn't clear, and I couldn't find any other good references, so I came up with my own design, which included a touch of actual gold leaf.



Vanity shots! It's kind of difficult to show the little piping details on the 'fat nuns'....click to enlarge!

~fin


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This week has been rather eventful, the fiance and I went down to pick our unit on Monday...as my 'jie' says, SHIT JUST GOT REAL

-_-"""""

The spare bedroom will be converted to my workshop, and I think the theme for the flat will be Minecraft XD SHO EXCITING NA~ more exciting than planning for the wedding, which should be mid-next year. I think. Dad wants me to sit down and plan the list tomorrow...until he told me this afternoon, it never occurred to me that I would be the first of his kids to get married and that he would be interested in the nuts and bolts of it. *blinks*

/whine on

AIEEEEEEEEEEE CAN WE JUST ELOPE AND GET IT OVER AND DONE WITH PLEASE (I know this doesn't work, tried it every chance I could....AUGHSOCIALOBLIGATIONSAUGH)

/whine off

Sunday, March 2, 2014

1314

So...it seems there is a new anniversary date to remember from today onwards ; )
The proposal was inelegant and yet extremely memorable, echoing how he asked me to be his girlfriend oh.....8 years ago? I am still recovering from the shock and cannot stop smiling.  No wonder I can't get to sleep XD

He picked out a really apt ring. Surprising because our tastes are so diverse but I love it cos it's kinda masculine, and has a slight hint of steampunk-ishness to it :) if it were up to me, I'd wear a lug nut..but he wouldn't stand for it :-/  Will bring it back tomorrow for resizing, they didn't have my size for this design...so right now it's on my pinky finger kekeke.

Also, the moment came as quite a shock to me. He had had a rather hectic week at work/school (part-time degree program)  with an important mid-term assignment due today, and me just recovering from yet-another-cold..... You know how girls are supposed to always anticipate and imagine how their wedding would be like? Well I have never done any of that, so it was very interesting to experience the sort of elation and light-headedness that I had just barely 2 hours ago :P

As I lay in my bed staring at my ring he went, "aren't you going to whatsapp D the ring?" LOL . He even prompted me to change my fb status, and we did so simultaneously.  But as things tend to go with us, fb comically picked one of our friend's photos as the 'icon' of our engagement status change (it was mis-tagged with our names!)

Anyhow, I have rambled on too long but I guess I can be forgiven for it :P

=stares at sparkly ring one last time in the dim glow of my handphone= :P :P :P

p.s. 1/3/14 is significant because in Mandarin and Cantonese it sounds very much like "one life, one lifetime" :)))

From Wikipedia
  • 1314: "一生一世" This sounds like "one life, one lifetime" in both Mandarin and Cantonese, and is often used romantically, akin to "for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part" in English.
 As you can probably tell, he's the romantic in the relationship :P

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

More updates on the Miniature Tidbits Stall

I made a little more progress on the tidbits display counter...I think this will be the final arrangement for the sweets, gum etc. Although there were a lot more little toys and sweets that I would like to add, it seems like I've run out of space! (the blank spots are for 2 more items which I am still working on.....)

1:12 miniature Hudson's and Sugus sweets

 These are the little candies that I've added. Hudson's in 3 different flavours, the ones that I remember seeing in my childhood - Honey Lemon, Lime and Eumenthol. Although I would have liked to add Hack's sweets, I don't think I have the time or energy to keep wrapping more sweeties after this batch -_-"""" My hands are all cramped up from working with tweezers!

In the centre are Sugus sweets! It seems they're no longer sold in Singapore, and the closest match would probably have to be Fruit-tella? Maybe I'll make them for a different sort of tidbits stall :)

1:12 miniature Fusen Bubble Gum

Chewing gum has been banned from import into Singapore, so it was a little difficult to obtain any as models. I had to re-work the graphics for these from scratch (using Inkscape) and referencing photos I found online. These were a childhood fave of mine, behind the wrapper is a water-transfer tattoo!!!

1:12 miniature woven hand fan, with the abandoned first attempt at top :P

1:12 miniature woven hand fan

I suppose on warmer days, the stall owner would need to keep himself cool....I had wanted to solder up an electric fan but seeing how cramped the store was, the idea shifted to this little handheld fan. Although the detailing is terrible and weaving worse, I figure, it's not going to be -too- noticeable, probably even overlooked, what with so much detail going on. But....again, it's another one of those details I thought would be cute to have :)

I hope to complete the roombox by this weekend. There are SOOOOO many other little odds and ends to add to the realism of the scene, but I think I'll save them for another roombox.

On a personal level, I feel almost sad that this project is almost done. It's like, whenever I get near to the end of a good book or movie, I almost do not want it to end? Do you ever feel that way too?

Also, there's another bloodwork to be done tomorrow, part of my annual checkup. Probably going to get some stern looks and warnings from the doc, but I'll blame the Chinese New Year celebrations for my blood sugar and cholesterol levels :P :P :P

As for Dad, he's mending well and will also have another checkup tomorrow. :)

G'nite, and thank you all for the nice well wishes for Dad's recovery! He was really happy to read all of them ^_^

Friday, February 21, 2014

Updates on the Miniature Tidbits Stall


 1:12 miniature Apollo Chocolate Wafers, Lemon tablets (aka Gula-Gula Limau)

There's been a little bit more progress on the tidbits stall, while I busy myself with some stuff that's going on concurrently in my 'real' life.

1:12 miniature tidbits stall display unit, WIP

Almost there!! Lots of teeny sweeties to work on still....

1:12 miniature White Rabbit Milk Candy

Like these....they are still a favourite of mine, though I allowed myself just the 2 1:1 ones which I'd used as models for these :)

 Original 1:12 broom
'edited' (XD ) 1:12 miniature broom

So......this being a tidbits stall and all, gotta keep it clean! Decided to add the 'plastic sheathe' so it would stand out a little more. The stall needs a wee bit more colour!


1:12 Miniature Formica-Metal foldable table (non-working)

There wasn't really an original plan to put in a foldable table, but as I looked into the teeny space, the dimensions didn't seem to allow for a desk....so I decided to go with the (stupidly tougher) choice of a folding table. As I also did not have any brass rods of the correct width on hand, I went with 1.5mm aluminum wire. Now, I am fully aware that it's ridiculous to want to solder aluminum on a regular 40-60W soldering iron...learnt that the stupid way a loooong time ago! But gluing it together seemed equally stupid, so I went with another stupid idea....drilling holes - and thus breaking 4 drill bits -  to re-inforce the gluing of the joints. HAND DRILLED TOO I WANT A DRILL PRESS GDI

As for the formica top, I googled and found a wonderful texture set!


Thanks borysses! I had a look through the rest of his portfolio (some are NSFW btw)....pretty good stuff!

If I had a more affordable source of brass rods, I would definitely keep a stash on hand! But there was a momentum going and you know how it's like an itch, and I can't seem to work on anything else once an idea kicks about in my head!!! Aluminum wire is a stupid idea btw, but since I'm going to glue it down into the roombox, ah well. And this isn't for sale anyway, so....JUST SAYIN', if you decide to try it out. Main reason being, it's too soft and flexible to be sturdy. Use brass if you can. Or other more experienced miniaturists can help with it, cos I am pretty new to all this and am winging it. The next one I attempt will be a brass one, I got myself a 60W soldering iron BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HAH AHHAHAHAHHAAAAA

(ugh I need sleep.)


1:12 Miniature Formica-Metal chair

Of course, there has to be a chair! The poor shopkeeper can't be expected to stand or sit on the floor all day...:E In case anyone was wondering, I used the black rubber portion of a 0.3cc syringe as chair-leg stoppers :) You can thank me later *snorts derisively at haughty self* 

:P

PERSONAL STUFF AHEAD!!!!
Dad went for his 2nd cataract surgery today (he did his right eye a few months ago). It was a day surgery procedure that went without a hitch :) This is him before entering the operating theatre. I joked and said dad looked fashionable in the hospital gown, and he told me to take a photo XD

aaand, the joker an hour and half later! He said he's a one-eyed Jack and wants to steal a ship XD XD XD He's now resting, albeit restlessly. I seriously take after that dude XD Thanks for all the well-wishes, those who follow my Instagram! He was quite happy to read them :) :) "Practice for my good eye" he said! XD

We had a pretty good few hours of chat, and I always cherish these few moments when we're pretty much stuck with each other. Growing up, I was a difficult baby/child, worse as a teen. Made impossible by our similar temperaments HAHAHAHA. But now that he's retired, and mellowed down ALOT, and I've learnt how to agree to disagree a lot better (thanks for the training, L!), I like to think we get along great and are much much closer. I can talk to him about pretty much anything and everything :) 

grarghhh the haze from Indonesia must be coming in ;P Anyway. GET WELL SOON DAD! STOP FACEBOOKING OR I'LL HAVE TO HAUNT YOU AS INSTRUCTED BY THE PREVIOUS EYE DOCTOR!

:E :E :E


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Miniature Impulse Sealer in 1:12

1:12 scale dollhouse miniature impulse sealer. Resin, brass, aluminum, glue, acrylic paint.

Apologies for the blurry photo, it looked alright on the phone but it's really hard to tell after transferring it to the laptop :( difficult to take a photo with just one hand too hurhur.

My grandma had one of these at home, back when she ran a small provisions store. I was never allowed to touch it lest I hurt myself, or spoil it. So of course the tidbits stall had to have one, how else would the owner seal the biscuits ey? :P

I wanted to write a more comprehensive post with more photos of my progress NEXT week, but something silly and funny and surprising and probably life-changing happened today, while having breakfast at Toastbox. But as usual, until things solidify, I dowanna jinx it. BUT I do want to jot it down, so I know I'm not hallucinating. Let's hope I know what nonsense this is about when I read about it in the future. :E

And no of course it doesn't work.

OR DOES IT DENGDENGDENGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG

(lame joke, I know)

Friday, February 14, 2014

More items for the 1:12 tidbits stall....

1:12 scale miniature Milo can register. Inkscape, aluminum, decal, acrylics

Just completed this moments ago. It was alot of guesswork what image to use/make, and I went with one from the late 70s/early 80s as it was simpler, and I could age it so it'd fit :D

This was a common sight during my childhood. Electronic cash registers were not affordable I s'pose, and many hawker stalls and neighbourhood shops used a pulley system with a large MILO can as their cash register!

 1:12 scale miniature wafer circles
 This wafer biscuit was a fave of mine (one of many haha -_-") and of course it had to be available in this stall :P For those outside of S.E. Asia, did you also get to try these, or do you have similar in your region? It's quite tasteless...a mild sweetness if I recall. Now that I'm done with making it in mini, it can be consumed bwa ha ha. Doubt I'd enjoy it as much as when I was a kid though :P

1:12 miniature lollipops. Brush bristles, clay, decal, Inkscape
 Can you guess how many lollipops there are in this half inch diameter container (really a pill blister-pack thingum)? Not sure how many baby teeth I'd lost to these.

1:12 miniature Ding Dang and Tora boxes. Inkscape, decal, paper

The Ding Dang boxes used to contain a toy and a few chocolate coated biscuit balls which were TERRIBLE. The centres were supposed to be a crumbly biscuity thing, but to me, it was plasticky and horrific, like a plasticized version of corn puffs (?!). When my brother would share his chocs with me, I'd suck off the chocolate and spit out the centres. No point chafing off the roof of my mouth! kekekeke. I don't recall trying the Tora ones though. Ding Dang put me off similar snacks until I found Maltesers.......... :E

SO that's what I've been up to. Still lots more to do, am quickly losing steam (AND TIME) but am really happy with what I've done so far. :)


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Miniature Mamee and Kaka snacks from the Eighties - 1:12

 1:12 miniature Mamee Monster Noodle Snacks. Inkscape, Decal Sheets

Of course I have updates for this 80s tidbit stall project :P I just found out that Mamee Monster Noodle Snacks are also available in Australia! Since I was unable to find an exact photo of the packaging, I had to rely on Google and my shoddy memory to draw these up.

1:12 miniature Kaka Chicken Flavour snacks. Inkscape, Decal Sheets

The same goes for these. I also know that 'kaka' is also slang for 'poop' in quite a number of other languages (can anyone verify this? I only know this through watching foreign films and subtitling but don't know it for sure if it's just a homonym)

Also, the original packaging in the 80s IIRC had a white background, unlike the more recent foil type packaging. This is also difficult for me to verify, since Google threw up little-to-no results on these. Last I'd seen Kaka sold in Singapore was maybe late 2012 at some random mama shop. Don't know where I can get some anymore. My middle brother was the fan of these, and I vaguely recall these having some cheap toy in them. A friend told me it was random and not all packets had the toys! Interesting!

K. Time for dinner. Let me know if you can also find these in your country if you're outside of South East Asia!