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Old 11-26-2017, 04:58 PM
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Miniatures (tiny models, "little worlds", "dollhouses")

Is anybody into miniatures?

Many of y'all know I'm a portrait and ethnic artist, but I also dabble in hand-making miniatures. I'm currently constructing "Gail Town" (oh, the EGO!), not just as a modeling hobby, but as a mental health and mindfulness venture. I'm making little structures that have personal meaning for me, and making meditational use of them in daily life.

I'm really enjoying it!

If you'd like to have a look-see, here ya go...

https://miniaturesandmindfulness.blogspot.com/

I recommend the idea, in fact, if you have the inclination. You can make everything yourself or buy stuff from dollhouse merchants... it's the 'mindfulness' that counts!
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Old 11-26-2017, 05:25 PM
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Re: Miniatures (tiny models, "little worlds", "dollhouses")

Those are wonderful! I love this idea. I get similar results from other hands on crafting, most notably knitting and crocheting. It’s amazing what a difference it makes in my day-to-day life.


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Old 11-26-2017, 06:10 PM
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Re: Miniatures (tiny models, "little worlds", "dollhouses")

Very nice work. My eye's are no longer allow me to easily do such small, precision work.
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Old 11-26-2017, 06:50 PM
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Re: Miniatures (tiny models, "little worlds", "dollhouses")

Inger... YEAH! There's the therapeutic aspect of DOING it, and then there's the therapeutic aspect of THINKING/PLANNING. I have passed more than one tedious gathering/meeting while contemplating how to make a tiny thing or two out of this or that!

Bill... recent lens transplants have beefed up my acuity! I have to take all kinds of steps to brace and steady my hands, but... I make it work. Fortunately, my creations are "primitive" in style, not "precision"!

I'm working on a teensy-weensy Rickeybird to perch someplace in my little town... he will of course be gloriously silent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ah, the benefits of a tiny world under MY control!
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Old 11-26-2017, 07:11 PM
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Re: Miniatures (tiny models, "little worlds", "dollhouses")

Incredible, Gail!! I love your work, particularly The Chukka. Large enough for incredible detail, small enough to easily display. How many "woman hours" would you estimate to completion?
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Re: Miniatures (tiny models, "little worlds", "dollhouses")

Gail, your town is fabulous! Your attention to every detail is wonderful. The little chihuahua is especially close to my heart
I can't wait to see the RB addition, though I fear even a tiny Rickey may go on a rampage!
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Old 11-26-2017, 07:13 PM
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Re: Miniatures (tiny models, "little worlds", "dollhouses")

Quote: Originally Posted by GaleriaGila View Post
I'm working on a teensy-weensy Rickeybird to perch someplace in my little town... he will of course be gloriously silent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ah, the benefits of a tiny world under MY control!
Ah, do not diss the RB! You can meld modern technology with old-style rendition by supplying a small computerized sound module with various beautiful noises from the RB!
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Re: Miniatures (tiny models, "little worlds", "dollhouses")

those are awesome.

I make 1/4" scale models of theater sets that I design.


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Old 11-26-2017, 07:26 PM
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Re: Miniatures (tiny models, "little worlds", "dollhouses")

One of my hobbies is collecting miniature scale diecast aircraft in 3 major sizes:

1/400 airliners, comfortably fit in the palm of your hand.
1/200 airliners, twice the size of their smaller cousins
1/72 military, roughly 5" to 18" or so.

Also have several "odd scale" airliners that are resin constructed, including the centerpiece which is an Airbus A-320 measuring 5.5' long.

The airliner models are highly accurate, detailed, and painted with a tampo-printing for longevity and sharpness. (no decals)

1/400 aircraft can be placed on detailed dioramas including accurate ground markings, terminal buildings, jetways, and vehicles.

1/400 scale on diorama made by a friend, aircraft is about 6" long:



Larger scale 1/200. You don't need to know anything about aircraft to spot the incredible fineness of detail!
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Re: Miniatures (tiny models, "little worlds", "dollhouses")

Oooooooooooooh-weeeeeeeeeee, Scott... hours? I can more easily tell you the days (with anywhere from a couple to a lot MORE hours involved)...
From the idea to the research to the construction to the decor to the final touches...
A few weeks?????

Terry... thank you, thank you! I'll have to be careful where I put the Rb... maybe an outpost at the city limits!

Back to you, Scott... I do fear diss-ing the Rb... I have some research to do, don't I? Yes, I do!
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