Hi guys! It's been awhile since I've visited! Thank you so much ! Here's my website: http://www.kivasminiatures.com I started in 2005. I started buying dolls, then other miniatures to furnish a house. Mom built me two dollhouses, which I crammed full...THEN, I discovered miniature food and I was FLOORED! I had no idea that people actually made that stuff! One day, I bought a couple bars of clay, black and white, and just started making stuff. I had no clue what I was doing and I painted everything. Honestly, it turned into an obsession right off the bat, and I kept experimenting, almost 24/7. I finally did a little research, bought every book I could find on the subject, and kept honing my (limited) skills. In time, I stopped consulting the books and just relied on my own experimentation...and just really studied actual food, whether that be the kind sitting right in front of me, or photographs. Sometimes the food in the books didn't look right, to be honest. I wanted my food to look REALLY cooked ;-).
Just keep plugging away at it! It is an endlessly fascinating hobby, which can turn into a career :-D.
You guys, I haven't been here in ages!! Hi !! I'll post some new pics very soon and also be back to check out all the new, amazing creations I know I've been missing. Thanks so much!
LOL, CraftyZedral, merci beaucoup- a better compliment you could not have paid me, honestly!
thatsneat, yes, I do cane! Do I like making really intricate, complicated canes? Hell no ! I make them when I have to, but I get more joy out of the actual sculpting. I actually use shading, say with artist's pastels, before baking...but sometimes I will add a touch of color with acrylic paints after it's baked. I use those chalks like no one's business- love em! You know, the very first time I made bread, I just looked at it and was just so unsatisfied and I knew I was missing something (this was before I got my hands on any of the popular how-to books). In frustration, I grabbed some of my matte brown eyeshadow and started brushing it over the tops of my bread. It was one of the biggest "aha!" moments, ever ! I danced around like a maniac because my bread suddenly looked like freaking bread, lol!! So yep, I must own hundreds of chalks and I use them ALL the time! I am a regular contributor to American Miniaturist, Dollhouse Miniatures, Dollshouse World, Dollshouse and Miniature Scene, and one article in a Spanish mag. What happened was, a woman spotted my work on ebay about 3 or so years ago and started buying some of my pieces. It turned out that she was a writer for miniature mags in the U.S. and she wrote an article on my work for AM magazine. They asked me to become a regular contributor after that. Some other people wrote articles on my work for those other mags as well, and that's how I started. I write how-to's for them now. But a dvd of my collected how-to's is in the works- when I find out the release date, I'll let you guys know! I have a scan of the Spanish article and I'll post it here. I hope this is allowed!?
Kimmermonroe- thank you mommy for me :-D ! WOW, she has been making miniatures for 40 years?? She must be GREAT! I would love to see some of her creations!!
p.s. There is a tutorial on making Rainbow trout in Spanish. I think it might be easy to follow even if you don't speak Spanish
Thank you fairchild ! Yes, love cookbooks!! I work right near my laptop so I'm always googling images, too. Looking at pics of the real thing is the best! This sounds kinda kooky, but if my mom has something for dinner that I think I can "use", I take pics of it. I snapped pics of raw squid last time
fairchildart, I don't know anyone whose first cane was perfect, trust me! It takes practice, for sure. But I wasn't lying when I said that if I can get away with not caning something, I will . I just like the actual sculpting part the best, methinks. Keep it up!!
You're well on your way, sweetie ! I'll tell you a dirty little secret: I'm not fond of caning. Shhh!! If I can get away with making something without caning (I'm talking about complicated caning, not simple), I'll do it . Angie is a demon caner- her canes are spectacular. There are certain times that I think her caning is unnecessary, though. For example, in her book, the use of canes for whole fish, where she makes a cane for the body and eyeball. And a tutorial she has in a UK mag for caning pommegranates (it left the insides with no dimension, it was totally flat). And a big one: the use of caning for bread, where she uses brown clay for the crust. Yikes!! I actually don't think she makes her bread like that anymore, though. I prefer not to cane for stuff like that. But her book is the first one I ever bought and it taught me ALOT of basics!!
Keep it up- I'm happy to hear that you are making something every day. That's the way to go to see your skills improve RAPIDLY. Great job fairchild!!