Monday, September 29, 2014

A Scary Tutorial Featured!

I love, love, love seeing my work in the magazine 'Dolls House & Miniature Scene'. Especially when I am on the front cover as well! I feel very honoured.
This is a great UK magazine, but you can order it wherever in the world you live and it's also available as a digital download.

My scary tutorial has a Fall / autumn theme... it's a spooky pumpkin scarecrow, but if you read the tutorial, you'll see that it can be adapted for a Guy Fawkes scene as well.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to;

- make a scarecrow (including his clothing and pumpkin head)
- make carved jack o' lanterns
- make fluffy black crows.

The instructions are for a 1:12 scale model and for an intermediate clay crafter.

Find the magazine issue here!

Interested in these sorts of spooky characters? See the 'making of' at my other Facebook page here.

See more about this particular spooky Halloween project in a previous post here and the tutorial below.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Magical Unicorn Horns

I stopped selling unicorn horns back in early 2012 because: a) - I ran out of stock, and b) - people wrote and complained that it was hurtful to them as it suggested violence towards animals. Since I feel I've cleared that matter up and fans are now happy with me selling unicorn horns again... I've just made them available again at my online Pixie Dust Miniatures shop!

Handmade by myself in one inch scale with great attention to detail, you can find these horns for sale here.

And if you'd like to read a little more about unicorns and the project they were for, don't forget to follow my 'Caroline blog' or better yet, the Facebook page here!

Here are some magical fairy tale photos to get you inspired when creating your own magical miniature setting. The witch that lives here had gone foraging on a warm summer morning, bringing back jars of moss, oak leaves, toadstools from fairy rings and unicorn horns which she found in the woods... see below...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Enchanted Forest in the Making...

What kind of miniature magic is happening over in the workshop of Pixie Dust Miniatures, you may wonder.....

This week I have been building an enchanted forest, complete with toadstools, fairy rings, bluebells, and soon there will be trees with faces as well! Take a look at a few snaps below, but for more information on this miniature project, don't forget to follow my 'Caroline blog' and the Facebook page here.

Must give a 'shout out' to the talented Georgina Steed, as it was her miniature flower kit I used to make the bluebells. They are in 1:12 scale (as is the rest of this miniature set piece).

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Scary Workspace!

I know, I know... I don't blog here enough at all! I update my 'Caroline blog' and its corresponding Facebook page more frequently these days. And of course, there's always my blog and about my range of miniature food here.

What have I been up to lately? Aside from making a miniature birthday with the tiniest candles ever, for a an artist friend at Dreamworks (read all about it and see photos here), I have been creating a scene for one of my favourite miniature magazines ever - Dolls House and Miniature Scene Magazine. Here's a iny glimpse of what is to come below... take a look into my workspace and don't forget to buy this brilliant magazine when it comes out next month! Find the magazine here.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Toads and Snails in Print

Hello everyone!
Gosh, what a lot of travelling I have done this year! I have neglected Pixie Dust Miniatures over the past couple of months as I was away in China and then France. But, I'm back, orders are rolling in, the online Pixie Dust Miniatures shop is open and you're welcome to email me to make any request you like.

Today I was asked to make a pink warty cane toad for someone and I'm delighted to do this as I've never done it before. I'll show photos of my workspace when I get going on it.

Don't forget that my snails and toads are all available for sale at my online Pixie Dust Miniatures Etsy shop here.

That brings me to today's topic.... toads and snails in print! I am delighted to have a mention and some photos in 'The Dolls House Magazine' this month (June issue) and I have put the little feature all about gardening below. You can find a copy of this great UK magazine here.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

My Workspace... More Candy Apples

Hope you're not getting bored of witchy treats...!

I've made some more candy apples. These ones are a bit more unusual and some have faces, so they'll look fun in the witch cake shop for the short film I am working on (details here).

I blogged here about the inspiration behind these candy apples (or toffee apples as we say in the UK).

Scroll past the photos of my workspace and see some of the sketches / artwork for this project or go directly to the Facebook page and see more on the 'making of' this short film.

Monday, May 12, 2014

My Workspace... Snail Cupcakes

Another unique little Pixcie Dust Miniatures signature item is the snail cupcake!

Remember when snail cupcakes first appeared on this blog, back in 2011? I was trying to imagine what a witch might want to place on top of a nicely frosted cupcake, aside from a cherry. A nice little slimy garden snail seemed fitting.

As you know, I like to re-invent old designs, making them fresh and new and refining the detail. So here's a glimpse into my workspace as I make new snail cupcakes. I don't use bought cupcake molds, but instead sculpt by own bases and 'muffin tops'.

Scroll past these photos to see my original design and you can compare them. Maybe let me know which one you prefer?!

And if you're wondering what all these new creepy witchy foods are for... click over to my filmmaking Facebook page where you will start to see more of the miniature film sets, miniature film characters etc that these little mini foods will be joining. They are for the film 'Myrtle the Witch'. If it interests you then don't forget to 'like' the page to get the updates. :)

Older design snail cupcakes from 2011

Saturday, May 10, 2014

My Workspace... Bone Pies

Continuing the theme of witchy and fairytale food, which will be featured in the short film 'Myrtle the Witch' (details of this film here), as well as my book 'The Art of Pixie Dust Miniatures', I have made some tiny individual bone pies.
Each one has a little chicken bone sticking out and is wrapped in black patisserie paper.

Take a look at my workspace below and don't miss other creepy cake and poisonous pies here.