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Shrinking World

Posted in ART, DESIGN, HOME with tags , , , , , , on February 12, 2010 by echostains


our miniature cake attempt (and tins)

As the post before this was about Ron Mueck’s hyperrealist sculptures – works of huge proportions, I though I would post about the interesting world of miniatures.  I’ve always loved miniatures.  There is something so aesthetically pleasing about them. 

loved making these!

To make them is like recreating your own little world.  But the very art of making these tiny items is indeed difficult and there are some amazing miniature artists around, that put mine and my daughters efforts to shame.  We did enjoy doing them though and found it quite challenging!

quite Archimboldo don’t you think?

The scale of these is 1/12th and they are made of just ordinary Fimo clay that you bake in an ordinary oven.  We made these tiny cakes and fruit and vegetables a few years ago.  I did have tiny plates with meals on too, but I lost those.

our mini meats

Here’s some exquisite examples of miniature cakes and puddings!  Looks delicious – and the chocolate sauce is very realistic.  There are lots of materials, pastes, liquids available for the real enthusiast, plus many books on the subject.

these are exuisite! not made by us

I quite like the simplicity of this salad veg stall.  It is available HERE.  A lot of people opt for having a shop instead of a doll’s house, taking great delight in stocking it to their own requirements.  When the shops are finished, they make nice ornaments.

lovely veg stall

 The Min Food Blog is a particularly lovely one dedicated to miniatures – look HERE

butchers shop (Mini Food blog)


All that wonderful meat on display!  Making meat is particularly challenging.  The ones which we made (below) include  Black puddings which are threaded with dental floss and I think, had talcum powder rubbed into it lol!  It’s true the chicken could have done with more work…


enjoyed doing the black puds!


Crafty Old Sugar!

Posted in ART, BYGONE ADVERTISING AND PACKAGING, HISTORY, LIVING IN THE PAST: NOSTALGIA, SCULPTURE with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2008 by echostains


An Icy Front

An Icy Front


I was watching a programme today which featured the Bowes Museum in County Durham.  The exhibition was about Sugarcraft as a sculptural medium.  I never realised that this craft was so old.  Apparently it was featured in the household of Princesse de Lamballe, Marie Therese Louise de Savoie-Carignan (1749-92) who was a favourite of the famous  Marie Antoinette.  The collection featured moulds and tools which the curator used to demonstrate.


Basket moulds

Basket moulds


The paste is pressed into the mould, then scraped round with a small brass tool and assembled.  These were used for table decorations and even deserts.


Cucumber basket

Cucumber basket



I love miniatures: my daughter and I used to have a lot of fun making miniature food with Fimo.


Butcher meat

Butcher meat


There has always been debate between Art and Craft and craft as an art form.  The Tate was founded by industrialist Henry Tate who made his fortune as a Sugar Refiner.

More information about the exhibition can be foound here;