Thursday, 9 January 2020

Hello Again

Hello Mini friends,


Well its been over a year since I posted and this is pretty much because my mum sadly passed away in December 2018 and it did set me back a lot.  I lost my motivation and while I continued to make some minis I am not sure really what was going on as the entire year seemed to fly past rather too quickly.  Mum's are so incredibly important and obviously my life will never be the same but I'm trying to locate my motivation and replace my sorrow with new things.  My last dog also passed away that year so I suddenly had a huge gap in my life and I felt a bit lonely despite having my family around me.  Now, a year on I am aiming to do more with my time and I want to also share with you some of the processes I go through when I create my miniatures but for now I'll show you what I managed to make last year.

My beautiful mum. 



So, back to minis...

I had a request from a lovely lady for some teeny 1/24th scale prams so I did oblige even though it was a huge challenge.  While I managed it, I don't think I ever want to make anything in 1/24th scale again because it's so fiddly.  It is strange to think that one of my first mini makes when I was just eleven years old was a tiny 1/24th scale pram with an interchangeable pushchair seat, well it just shows you I've clearly loved miniatures since being a child.

1/24th Scale prams

1/24th Scale prams

1/24th Scale prams

1/24th Scale pram

Another pram I made but believe I never showed you is this pink cord pram, 1/12th scale this time.  I made a tiny detachable pram toy to go with it. I made this pram using a printed frame I designed but I have already made improvements on these frames so future prams will be very different.

1/12th Scale Pram

1/12th Scale Pram

1/12th Scale Pram

After this I spent a long time (rather too long) designing some new modern pushchair frames.  I usually search the internet for inspiration before beginning my 3D design process on computer.  I save lots of pictures and then work out the full size measurements and lastly I scale down. The strangest thing about scaling down is that perfectly scaled down objects don't always look right, often one has to adjust the dimensions a little and the naked eye proves a much more friendly tool. I created a new frame and then set about making a summer pushchair with a little canopy and a multi-positional seat.  This seat can be lay back for a tiny baby or sit upright just like real life.  I also found some very cute, and super tiny, side release buckles and I used these on the harness and here is the result.

1/12th scale miniature stroller

1/12th scale miniature stroller

1/12th scale miniature stroller



1/12th scale miniature stroller

1/12th scale miniature stroller

1/12th scale miniature stroller

I did make a few other miniatures too but this post is long enough for now so I'll save those for next time.  Thank you for reading, see you soon. 

Gill x

P.S. If you want to purchase any of my creations here is a link http://www.teenytinythings.co.uk/shop.php





Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Ultra Modern Mini Pushchairs & Pram



Hello Mini Friends...

I have a lot to show you this post... I have been working hard designing new frame for my pushchairs and new wheels.  I wanted something that was more straightforward to put together and yet looked very modern.  I spent a long time researching modern pushchairs and then started 3D designing on my computer and once I had a few components designed I set about printing some of them on my 3D printer.  This process is lengthy since one has to get all the dimensions spot on for a good fit and as with all minis often the naked eye is a much better judge of size so this process continued with me making millions of parts in all different sizes and making endless notes along the way till I had something that actually looked good and fitted together well. 

The next stage was to perfect the new style for the carrycot section of the pram.  I wanted to use my last modern pram as inspiration for the new style and I coupled this with more 3D printing to give shape and stability.  Wait till you see my next new pushchairs, they will have completely new shapes and frames but for now though I used my tried and tested pushchair patterns for the seat section.  Next month I will add in a new feature of a seat that will change position.

As I was busy creating these new frames I also decided to make a simple pushchair kit that even the novice crafter can put together and these will be available in my shop very soon so keep an eye out for them.

So, in my shop this week are three new pushchairs and one new pram.  Two pink unicorn pushchairs, one with a Peter Rabbit lemon stripe print and the pram is in royal blue with a check print fabric. 

Here come the pictures...

Pink unicorn pushchair number 1.



1/12h Scale miniature dollhouse pushchair/stroller


Pink unicorn pushchair number 2.



1/12h Scale miniature dollhouse pushchair/stroller

My Peter Rabbit lemon stripe pushchair.



1/12h Scale miniature dollhouse pushchair/stroller

The ultra modern pram.



1/12th Scale Miniature Dollhouse Pram


Hope you like them :)

And here are my new kits...

 

Now I am working on a twin, side by side pushchair/pram with a new style seat frame and I also want to try and fulfill the requests for 1/6th scale pushchairs so for those who like playscale I may have some nice new pushchairs for you in a month or so. 

That's all for now.

Big mini hugs,



Gill x 




Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Twin Carriage Pram and Modern Pram



Hello mini friends,

As always I have been quite busy but I have managed to make two new minis somewhere in between the crazyness of life, even if I am a little late in showing you them.  

The first is a twin version of the Balmoral style carriage pram I make.  I was asked by a lovely customer if I could create a twin version, as I had wanted to do this for some time I decided I would craft it for her.
The pram has the usual features of being fully lined and gently padded inside with collapsible hoods and a removable apron.  I may one day bring out some twin carriage pram kits but it won’t be this year since I have so many other things on the go but the good news is I do have some single carriage pram kits in stock (and more almost ready) and these are available in my shop, just click this link: http://www.teenytinythings.co.uk/item.php?name=411

Here are some pictures of the twin pram...

Dollshouse Miniature Twin Pram

Dollshouse Miniature Twin Pram

Dollshouse Miniature Twin Pram

Dollshouse Miniature Twin Pram

Dollshouse Miniature Twin Pram

 
I also created a very modern style pram that was a sort of cross between an Egg pushchair (frame) with a Venicci style body.  This pram required an entirely new pattern and took quite a lot of time to get the apron to sit just right. 

This picture shows you the amount of tiny adjustments I made to each pattern before finally perfecting it.




I created bigger back wheels to compliment the smaller front ones as I wanted this pram to look really modern and I think this had the desired effect.  I intend to make some single pushchairs using this frame and sell them in my shop very soon. 

Here are some pictures.

Dolls house miniature pram

Dolls house miniature pram

Dolls house miniature pram

Dolls house miniature pram

Dolls house miniature pram


Well that’s all for now.  I am attending university at the moment and along with all those other things that us busy woman have to juggle so it does not leave me much time for crafting but I expect I’ll be back in full mini swing later in the year and if I'm honest, I can't wait! :)

Big mini hugs,
Gill x

Friday, 1 September 2017

Sunny Yellow Pram



Hello mini friends,

I've been super busy since last time I posted... I've been making some things with my 3D printer.  I know some of you are very technical and others not so I'll tell you a little bit about what I've been up to.  I got my printer about two years ago, I cannot believe how quickly time passes but I had wanted one for a while and even though it took a bit of mastering I got there and now I'm addicted lol.  Now before you rush off to buy one be aware, if you are not technical it's not quite as simple as printing something 2D in ink.   While this is my new fave toy atm, it is very time consuming and I wish I didn't have so many ideas because I don't have enough time to make everything I think up.  The fact is that it takes days, weeks, months even to design and scale any new project and this is on top of the general research, then when you come to printing something you need a printer that can handle the task and the variables are immense! Once you start to print there are lots and lots of settings that one has to get right and this process results in many, many wasted prints that are not quite right in one way or another.  However, once you have mastered all that, if you have any hair left lol you can print some rather cute components that help to enhance your minis... although most of the time you have to print everything in sections and then construct it later which can also be a pain - not to mention working out how to un-construct it and make it into kit form in the first place.


Anyhoo... this week saw me make a twin pushchair; one side has a carrycot and the other a seat for a toddler.  I wanted something bright so I opted for a sunny yellow with a grey base for contrast.  So far this one hasn't got a new owner so is up for sale on my website.  I wanted to make something a little different so I used my printer to create the parts which meant the parts were precise sizes (give or take a few hundred failed prints lol).  Usually the bit I hate most is bending metal and not getting it exactly right on the first attempt. Being as I have to make these in kit form anyway I decided I am going to make up some kits for single pushchairs that should be pretty reasonable in cost and sell them in my shop, that way more people can own their own mini pushchairs in the colours they choose. 

1/12th Scale twin pushchair.


Dollhouse Stroller


I/12th Scale twin pushchair.



Dollhouse Pram



Next I made a cash register, I wanted one with an opening drawer that had space for change and paper money and included a little receipt - sticking out the top mid sale.  I printed these in several pieces and then constructed them.  Not perfect yet but I think I may bring them out as kits for people to make up in a few weeks.  Everyone seemed to like them and I found new homes for some of the prototypes so that was positive.

Dollhouse Cash Register

1/12th Scale Till




Then I had decided to make some old 70's TV sets the ones with the huge back panels and wooden surrounds.  I figured I'd use actual wood for the outer edge and pop a light inside so they would light up.  I've included a pic of the prototype again for you.  As you can see it's a little rough so it will need a few adjustments but I think they will look good eventually.


Well that's it for this time... hope you like all my mini makes :) Next time I may have mini baby car seats and high chairs if I get time.

Big mini hugs,
Gill x