Magical Miniatures

If you love all things magical and miniature you are in the right place.

About me and my blog

I am a mother of three and work on a market stall. In my free time I love to make magical miniatures. It all started with my gran who spent hours when I was a child teaching me how to make do. This entailed mending and fixing and making things from scratch. My dolls house consisted of cardboard boxes with windows cut out, beautifully decorated and all furniture hand made. We sat for hours making clothes and accessories for my dolls to the envy of my friends that all had the same generic stuff. So thanks gran for the inspiration. I hope you enjoy my art and my blog. Thanks for visiting.

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I love to make magical handmade miniatures.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Scenic water in my sink

After deliberating on how best to make solid water I decided to buy it! I tracked this tub of  Scenic water down and at £16.50 a tub it's not cheep but it will do loads of features.
I took out the amount needed and put it in a small glass jar witch I then put in a cup of boiling water, replacing it as it cooled until the jelly like substance melted. About ten minuets.
Then poured  it into my sink. It was touch and go as my sink is thick card. I thought it may have sagged but it didn't. Throwing in some pots and pan I left it to set.
I dripped some of the remaining scenic water on the bottom of a pan and it,s lid and on the draining board. It's not quiet set yet so it's being left for now but tomorrow i'll do the doors and draws etc.


Tuesday, 28 May 2013

1:12 scale kitchen sink

I have got my head around scale now and with that decided I wanted to make a kitchen set for a dolls house. So far i've started on my sink.
Using balsa wood for the unit I cut it to size then sanded and stained it. I cut a hole to fit a ring box that I painted with metallic enamel paint. I will be setting some pots in some clear resin within the sink.
The draining board is thick card doubled, painted then varnished and glued on.
I have made a tap from wire coated in milliput clay. Once painted and dry i'll attach. I am hoping to have clear resin as though the tap is running too.
I also have a shelf to pop in accessories and doors to make. I'll then move on to the cooker!  

Thursday, 23 May 2013


I have decided to have a give away and in some way thank those of you who follow my blog. You are all appreciated.
You may remember I did an Alice in wonderland tribute jar, well that's the prize.
All you have to do is be a follower of my blog or a google plus follower (new followers welcome) and if you can put up a link or a mention of my blog on yours or your facebook page it would be much appreciated. Please leave a comment if you wish to be entered. I will do the draw on 10.06.2013.

Contenders so far....

Mely Giunta
Ascension Ruiz
Angeles Sanchez Ruiz
Jane Smith
Eva Alonso Fernandez
Emanuela Valenza
Isabel Ruiz Alonso

Well I wrote all of the participating names on strips of paper and drew one from the bowl at random .... and the winner is Drora. Congratulations. x
Thanks to everyone for joining in and better luck next time. 

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Miniature seamstress.

On the lines of my knitting nanna I was also asked for a sewing curio too. With this in mind I gathered some ready made miniatures and started putting some of my own together.
Nothing is actually ready  yet but here is a look any way.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Nanna's new home

Nanna has impressed me. I think she and her accessories have turned out great.
I used a thick material for the carpet at the bottom of the jar and made a basket by layering pva glue over strands of wool that I draped over a small plastic deodorant can lid, then when they became hard I wove more wool around them.
Nanna was fixed into place on her rocking chair and I made a small magazine for the table. 
I wound some small balls of wool and added pins as knitting needles. Some I used in the basket and some I used in the lid after I covered its base with black card.
Once the scene was set I made a ball of wool charm from wire and some tags that I hung from ribbon around the jar neck.


Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Nanna has things!

Well with Nanna done I have a scene to set for the pickle jar. 
I had bought some flat pack dolls house furniture a while back so I glued together the rocking chair and side table, sanded, filled and painted them.
 I made a standing lamp from a flat wooden bead a length of dowel, polystyrene ball , witch I cut in half, hollowed out and covered in net. 
Then I cut some pins down and added beads to the edges using the pins to hold them in place. 
I have also glued some beads to create a vase adding flowers and a decanter to sit on the side table.
Just need to carpet the jar and we are off.