November 18, 2017

A magic castle light show

The micro sized 2017 Castle kit. The lighting is done with a single LED tea light that has a color changing bulb in it. These color changing tealights do a slow fade from one color to the next rather than flashing; they are very pleasant to look at.

I finally got my camera back from the repair shop so I am busy creating the instructions for the kit and they should be done in a few days.

August 13, 2017

Tiny Village Necklace

I have been playing with miniatures again. This time I put the little lighthouse from the Micro Tiny Coastal Village 2016 into a little glass dome pendant necklace. It does make a nice necklace or Christmas tree ornament or ...something fun to hang in front of a window. I plan to have a limited quantity of ready to wear ones with pre-assembled buildings inside for sale in my Etsy store for the Christmas season. But they are not listed yet as I am still waiting on the supplies to arrive which seem to be taking the slow boat from China :) When they are ready I will update this posting and add an additional one.

The dome is great as it protects the building. Overall size of the container is 1 inch wide by 2 inches high. Not all of my micro sized tiny village buildings will fit inside of the dome but quite a few of them will.

For those of you looking to purchase this size of dome you can find them in the Tim Holtz line at places such as Michaels and Joanns.  Or for a safe way to order them in larger quantities with  options for style and other colors such as silver... you can get them from an Etsy seller who ships direct from China. Buying through Etsy will give you good buyer protection policy plus additional ways to pay within this country. This Etsy store has a 5 star rating.

I am not going to stock quantities empty domes to sell with my kits. My storage space is mini sized :) This is why I tell you where to buy things such as these domes and other supplies.

April 19, 2017

What I have been up to lately.

It has been a while since I have done any significant work on miniatures. I was making good progress on the design for the castle when I experienced an issue with my left eye. It was its time to have a sudden posterior vitreous detachment. That same thing happened to my right eye in the summer of 2015. Once again I pretty much lost functional vision from that episode which created masses of dense, cloudy floaters that constantly moved back and forth across my visual field. The standard medical practice is you have to wait 3 months to see if any of that material will reabsorb which is something that does not happen for me. So yesterday I had a vitrectomy on that eye. The most simple way to explain that procedure is to say I had a fluid change :)  Fortunately it is not painful to recover from as there are no nerve endings inside the eye but it will take a few weeks for it to internally calm down and have the minor swelling go away but six months to fully recover. But one day post operative my vision is already much clearer with the floaters gone .

To complicate matters my right eye which had some retinal damage from its sudden PVD that had led to scar tissue forming in my macular layer was also having a lot of issues. It was supposed to have been stabilized by the vitrectomy on it in late 2015 but unfortunately it turns out that I was statistically the one in hundred persons for whom the procedure did not arrest further scar tissue formation. So I now have very wavy looking vision in that eye as well as having the visual focal depth change month by month and the pucker has grown. This results in the loss of detail vision which any person who makes miniatures has a pretty critical need of. I will be having an operation inside of that eye on May 15th to get rid of as much of the scar tissue as possible. Obviously it is a fairly delicate surgery. That recovery time will take longer and it won't be very good during the first month post op. It is supposed to take three months to be fairly decent and a full year to be fully stable. But if all goes well then once recovered I will have no trouble continuing to make miniatures. I will still have some minor wavy distortion and loss of detail vision but not a major amount of that.

So for those who are waiting to order the new Castle kit I am hoping to get that photography and instruction writing task done in the few weeks that I will have between surgeries as well as cutting some kits to sell. Those kits will help fund the cost of fixing my eyes and I am happy for that!

I will have to admit that the wettest Seattle winter on record along with the frustration of being back to having bad vision once again all through those recent winter months resulted in a constant battle against depression. But now there literally is more light  both in the sky and in my vision. The clouds have literally parted and it is no longer freezing cold all of which is improving my mood day by day. But I am still sad that I won't be able to get as many projects done this summer as I had been looking forward to and also sad that I did not get anything productive done this winter and early spring.