Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A sweet repose on top of a mystery mountain

A traveling salesman takes a nap in a boat after his wagon wheel breaks-click on picture for details-Undereneath the mermaids are rocking the boat

Click for details of wagon contents

Elves living underneath the mountain

Elves carting off contents from the wagon  click on picture for details

Elves carting off contents from wagon as owner sleeps

This is one of my first room boxes that I ever built.  The theme is a traveling smithy and his wagon stop off for a nap in a boat and his wheel breaks.  Unbeknown to the sleeping man the elves are carting off his goods.  The skeletons are also under the mountain.  On the front, you cannot see very well, there are mermaids in the water underneath the boat.  The resin has clouded up a bit.  I made the mountain out of Styrofoam that gets holes in it when you spray paint.  When painted it looks like a rocky limestone ledge.  At this time these elves were popular at Christmas and available in a set.  I have never saw them again, but they are so cute.  The little houses, furniture and tables and trees were popular at one time, they were mushroom covered cardboard.  On the back side is a little house underneath and there is pie baking going on top of a stump.   I filled in with gravel rocks, mosses, and white deer moss.  The wagon was from a kit in the boys section in a craft store.  It was a covered wagon and I took off the cover.

This was one of my first tries with resin.  One that I learned a lot from.  The gas and heat from resin is not as bad as it used to be.  I remember looking into the container and got a whiff of the resin.  I had choking fits all day.  Use adequate ventilation  with resin.  Even though the resins have changed somewhat and are almost orderless, still use proper ventilation, rubber gloves and prepare for the heat that comes off it.  Place somewhere it is not going to have to be moved.  It does take time to cure.  If you use inside plastic you must coat with a thin layer of glue to keep resin from eating your plastic.  If you use in metal, coat with a thin glue layer to prevent the resin from getting rusty from the metal later.  I used to make dolls in a washtub with bubbles on tops.  After many years the water resin which was  clear at one time became very brown.  It became very dirty water.  If you received one of these pans, I truly am sorry.  We all have to learn sometimes the hard way.  I did not have anyone to tell me otherwise.

I must say I have enjoyed the technology changes over the years, which have helped in the growth of miniatures and sharing with friends worldwide.  We have come a long way since the first America On Line.    With a snap of a digital camera, within minutes we can download, edit and post on to a blog, face book, twitter.  We can blog, post pictures and place a How to in less time than it takes to walk to the mailbox.  The comments from our labors are always welcome, and spurs us on to better things.   We are able to keep up to date with current happenings in miniatures, like the shows, what, who, when.  When someone needs encouragement, help finding someone or something, we are there in our on line groups, or with a click of a button, we can find what we are looking for.  Shopping has never been easier with EBay and Etsy.  Of course the downside has been the fall of many brick and mortar stores.  I used to plan a vacation around what and where the mini stores were.

There are so many talented people out there sharing ideas, pictures, and inspiration.  If you find a blog you like, see who they follow.  Many times you will find others that you would never find out about otherwise.

If you are looking for printables, google--free miniature printables-  over a thousand sites come up.  It will keep you busy for a long time.   As you save, right click once inside the web site, jot down on paper what was in it you liked.  It will save you a lot of time when looking for a future project.  I love these mini share sites, and would like to thank each and every one that posts and shares with other miniaturists.  The more you share the more you will be blessed with more ideas and inspiration.

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