December 25, 2013

December 20, 2013

Old Town Clock Tower Gate


Tiny Glitter House, Putz by Karin Corbin
 The old cities in Europe often had a number of gates into the different sections of town. This is my interpretation of one of those buildings. I found a photo of a real building of that type which had the tower coming into the building at that same 45 degree angle. That angle really livens things up a bit!

No clock on my prototype.  I will have to make one to put on my instructions website as an option that can be used as a printable.  But it might be nearly impossible to tell what it is on the micro scale version if there was glitter over it.

I love the look of that crystal star under the house. It is a crystal wine glass turned upside down. Certainly makes for a classy display stand for a prototype. But even better is that it elevates it above the clutter on my worktable so I did not have to clean up just to take a quick photo. Now that really speeds up a photograpy session.


December 14, 2013

Welcome Harry Potter Fans!


photo coypright Karin Corbin 2013

photo copyright 2013 Karin Corbin

photo copyright Karin Corbin 2013
Just playing with the prototypes for the new "Old Town" section of the Tiny Village series. It will be a little while yet before I get all the tall buildings designed, cut, photographed and the instructions written. But at least I am on the path to get there. The folks at my local coffee shop are long used to see me bringing in buildings to assemble. But they have never seen them used like this before now.

I made no attempt to get everything perfect, this is just conceptual play time. A reward to myself as well as good motivation to keep on going with the process of hatching new buildings. But the ancient medieval sections of European cities are far from perfect so perhaps a bit of chaos, gaps, leaning this way and that is actually very appropriate.

If anyone has ever wondered about the scale of the Tiny Village set it is basically done at Z scale in model railroad, 1:220. But truthfully it is a very loose Z scale as I am not trying to recreate scale models buildings from measured drawings.  However it will make a charming snowy train scene, especially if you can find (and afford) a brass Z scale train set. Or of course you could paint a plastic set white, silver or gold.  The Z scale people and other accessories will work with the Tiny Village. There are unpainted sets of people available in Z scale, that kind of item is probably not going to be in a local train store but you can get them on the internet.

Holiday displays

photo copyright Karin Corbin 2013

Holiday display pieces can be very classy without costing a lot of money. The photo above is a 3" wide crystal salt cellar with a few of the Micro Tiny Village buildings set on top of cotton batting. Very simple to do as well as classy looking. The salt cellar cost me $1.00 at the local thrift store.
photo copyright Karin Corbin 2013

I now have a whole table full of lead crystal glasses, candlesticks and vases purchased for under $25.00 from my local thrift stores. Those colored 50% off stickers and senior discount helped out.  Turn a wine glass upside down and you get an enclosed dome at the bottom as well as a display stand on top. An upside down narrow champagne flute can hold a decorated bottle brush tree in the "dome" with a glitter house village up top. Some of you will already have a china cabinet full of lovely pieces that can be used to make a temporary display. But don't drink too much "holiday" while you work or you will get nothing done and all the glasses will need washing.
photo copyright Karin Corbin 2013

Of course I have no idea what will happen to the crystal Christmas display when I am finally finished with it as I don't have a fireplace mantel and my dining table rolls from side to side when it is stormy.  My workshop space is not a good place for fragile crystal either. There is no china cabinet in my life; crystal and motorhomes do not mix well. But it is important in terms of marketing to show these kind of display ideas using my designs, so it is still a good investment of my time and money. I know, one of you can invite me to a New Years dinner party and I can bring the centerpiece! I have a lot of work to do if I am going to get this display pulled together by January 1st. But I know you enjoy those behind the scene shots so here you go...

Another new hatchling

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Hatchling number three is designed. it is 1-5/8" tall. Numbers one and two are almost production ready. See the prototypes in the image below. Today I will cut what is hopefully the last prototype version of these three designs. I am very picky about the proportions and the ease of folding and assembly so it generally takes three or more prototype revisions to fine tune the details. No major changes, just fussing with how deep is an overhang, how wide is a window, how large are the perforations, etc.


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When I get tired with the fussing on the final fit I start slicing back roof overhangs on buildings to see how they look with the walls touching each other. I won't know the final arrangement until I get the whole grouping done but I can't resit the reward of playtime.

I have been having way too much fun at the local thrift shop buying cut glass pieces. Most of them are real crystal. For $30.00 I have a whole table full of pieces to use as display stands and cloches. I do need to make some larger scale buildings for that project. No shortage of ideas for new pieces in my head, I have clip files full of images of old buildings plus Seattle has lots of fun 1920's and 1930's Tudor style cottages and bungalows as well as some good looking
Victorians.






December 12, 2013

Hatchlings


New buildings for the Tiny Village Series!
The new babies are jumping out of my head this week and becoming real objects. Two so far but hopefully a half dozen or more for this next grouping in the Tiny Village series. I have no idea when I get started exactly where I will be stopping. I just have to let the work talk to me until I hear that answer loud and clear.

Here are some of the tall building designs I mentioned in my posting the other day. I hope you like them, I think they are coming out nicely.   I won't decide which ones will end up smacked against the other until I get most of this grouping done. A bit like arranging flowers, it is best to have the objects in hand.

I have already started cutting the prototypes.

December 8, 2013

Nesting Instincts

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 The faeries have been busy again. This time they have taken over a bird's nest. You just never know what you will find when you go walking in the woods in December.

The florist shops and garden centers have a lot of natural types of Christmas items out this year. I thought it would be fun to create a Tiny Village in a birdsnest. I have set it on a wine glass. That allows for some height but also gave me a place to tuck the battery for the lights in so it is invisible. I used a small set of warm white LED lights on thin silver wires that I purchased at Joann's. I fed the lights up through the bottom of the nest.

The first step in this project is of course to assemble then buildings then glitter the walls. Next I put snow and glitter on the roofs. I purchased a roll of bleached white cotton from the drug store. You can find it in the first aid supplies. After tearing it to the size needed I set it in the nest. Next I glued the buildings in place. After the glue was completely dry I sprinkled some fine crystal glitter over the cotton and sprayed with hair spray to fix the glitter in place.

I used a tooth pick to find the small hole that is in the bottom of each building. I widened the hole enough to slip a light up inside the building. The extra lights were coiled underneath the cotton. They help create and extra glow with the soft light coming from under the cotton snow.
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The little trees are made from silver tinsel pipe cleaners that have been brushed with glue and sprinkled with soft green glitter. I double over and then twist together the two strands so the trees are nice and full.

I used some moss that is on a wire mesh, another floral supply purchase, along with few sprigs of glittered artificial ferns to create a base for the bird's nest to nestle on.

A sprinkle of Vintage Mica Snow for some added texture and sparkle completed the project. Photo from the Vintage Mica Website.