Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Rust and Steel Miniatures: an ancient room box.

Hi all, I hope you're well!

Today I received an antique room box which I totally love! The thing is very old, run down, weathered, and looking the worse for wear; in other words: perfect!!!!

Needless to say that I won't change a thing; I'll leave it as it is, including the cracks in the walls and stains on the ceiling.

I borrowed the bed which I made for the Metamorphosis project, and placed it in one of the rooms (it has two), then took some pics, one of which is shown here. Now... can you already smell the scent of old wood, and enjoy the beauty of decay..?


* * *
Thanks for visiting, and see you next time!

© José Pereira Torrejón. All rights reserved. No part of the content of this blog may be distributed, published or reproduced without prior authorization from the author.

Monday, July 15, 2019

The "Metamorphosis" project: pillow talk (sort of).

Hi all, I hope you're doing well! A fresh week has started, so let's make the best of it!

Today I want to touch base on the degree of realism that one wants to put into miniatures when creating them.

Of course this varies greatly across our 'miniaturists community' for reasons too numerous to contemplate here, ranging from the level of skill the miniaturist has, to the perceived need to create something more or less resembling the original object one wants to portray.

Personally I'm quite pragmatic on the subject, and the level of realism I apply serves the purpose for which I create a mini. My aim is not to recreate 'reality' in every minute detail (although I sometimes truly enjoy doing just that!) but to create a scene that brings about a certain feeling with the viewer.

More often than not, the objects I create are not totally faithful to a certain scale; they do not mimic the details of the full scale object which inspired them, nor are they always perfectly finished. But again, that's not my intent. 
My miniature scenes are more like a canvas, portraying an expression (and impression) of the images I have in my head.


The above pictures show a pillow I made for the Metamorphosis project. Actually, the pillow was already made, but it was filled with some stuff that did not give it a natural look. 

I wanted to make a little dent or impression on it, as if someone had just slept on it, but no matter what I tried, the thing returned to its original shape. So I cut it open and replaced the filling with something more workable, then gave the pillow the shape that I had in mind. I hope you agree with me that it looks pretty realistic. Never mind the bed, this is just the frame (self-made) on which a mattress and bedding will eventually be placed.

So there you go: reality serving a purpose. But then again, I'm a very pragmatic guy.

* * *
Thanks for visiting, and see you next time!

© José Pereira Torrejón. All rights reserved. No part of the content of this blog may be distributed, published or reproduced without prior authorization from the author

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Jane's attic update LV: an old pair of boxed leather gloves.

Hi all, I hope you're well! 

The other day I came across a miniature that I thought would be perfect for Jane's attic. And although the attic project is done, if I see something that fits, I'll just add it to it. So in a way it's an ongoing thing of sorts.


The item I saw was a pair of gloves in a box, and my mind immediately created a mental picture of them in the attic, as a memento of the old lady that once lived there.
But the gloves didn't look as you see them in the above image, in fact they were brand new. So...., you will understand that I had to take care of them..!


This image and the below one show the gloves in their original state. Much too clean for my taste!


And below is a close up of the gloves after my 'treatment', sitting on my hand to give you an idea of their size.



Although I was done with the gloves, I got the uncomfortable feeling that something was still missing, that something extra needed to be added. Somehow the box looked too 'bare' to me, so I decided to add a piece of very thin paper, much like you will normally find in boxes containing shoes, ties, and shirts. The paper was weathered to match with the box and gloves. Below you can see the end result...





Now the box was truly done, and ready to be added to Jane's attic. The below pictures show the box sitting on top of a pile of old, hat boxes there.



* * *
Thanks for visiting, and see you next time!

© José Pereira Torrejón. All rights reserved. No part of the content of this blog may be distributed, published or reproduced without prior authorization from the author.

Friday, June 14, 2019

The "Metamorphosis" project: a desk and chair.


Hello everybody, here's a new update for my ongoing "Metamorphosis" project; a project inspired by and centered around the famous story by Franz Kafka. 

This time I'm sharing images of a desk and chair to be placed in Gregor Samsa's room. By the way, Gregor is the protagonist of Kafka's story, a guy that woke up one day and discovered that he had turned into a bug. Indeed, this can happen to the best of us...

 
Both items were already painted when I bought them, but the idea was to change them in such a way that they acquired a 'personality' of their own. In my view they were simply too plain and boring to be used without alterations. 


For starters, the desk, which was actually a washing table, had a trimming on the back and sides which I removed. Then I covered the tabletop with a sheet of cardboard which was painted and weathered to look like leather or wood.

 
The original painting of the table was removed for the most part, and replaced with new coatings to make it darker and more in line with the rest of the furniture in Gregor's room.





Then I turned my attention to the chair, which was similarly stripped of its paint, and received new coatings. The fabric of the seat was weathered to make it look well worn because, as you may know by now, I like things much more that way!


The below images show two examples of the same chair; the one on the left in its original condition, and next to it the one which received my 'treatment'. 



For some reason, a chair that looks old and 'tired' is much more attractive to me that a new and shiny one! Same goes for interiors and furniture in general, not only in the miniatures world, but also in my own apartment. So, if my mom should decide to visit me and started asking when I'm gonna paint that ceiling or replace what's broken, I would invariably say: "Leave it, mom, it's industrial!"


This is it for now! I hope you liked it, and look forward to welcome you again here for the next update on this special project!

* * *
Thanks for visiting, and see you next time!

© José Pereira Torrejón. All rights reserved. No part of the content of this blog may be distributed, published or reproduced without prior authorization from the author.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Steamroller

Hi all,

I've been playing around with a small steamroller I have. Nothing special, really, just relaxing a bit and taking a break from the "Metamorphosis" project. 

The little roller measures about 6,5 cm long by 4 cm tall (2,5x1,5 inches), and is quite new. I bought it some time ago, and it was just sitting on a shelf gathering dust, but today I decided to take a few pics of it and have some fun editing them.


By contrast, the building in the background is quite vintage: an old, rusty, metal train station used for 0 gauge toy trains. I think the combo came out quite well, and it was definitely fun to do!

* * *
Thanks for visiting, and see you next time!

© José Pereira Torrejón. All rights reserved. No part of the content of this blog may be distributed, published or reproduced without prior authorization from the author.

The "Metamorphosis" project update: a white metal radiator takes shape.

Hello everybody, I hope you're doing well! Here's a new, pictorial update for my ongoing "Verwandlung" project';  a room box dedicated to the immortal Franz Kafka and his famous story "The Metamorphosis".


Today I'm sharing the work on a white metal radiator. It consists of a kit which was easily assembled, but which took many layers of paint to get to the final result. I think it was worth the effort, though. It will be added to the room box in due course, but I thought it would be nice to share it with you already.


This image and above: the radiator -still unassembled- after receiving two paint layers.
This image and below: the final result!






This is it for now! I hope you liked it, and look forward to welcome you again here for the next update on this special project!

* * *
Thanks for visiting, and see you next time!

© José Pereira Torrejón. All rights reserved. No part of the content of this blog may be distributed, published or reproduced without prior authorization from the author.

Monday, May 13, 2019

The "Metamorphosis" project update: a nice window is installed.



Today I'm discussing a window I installed as part of my current 'Metamorphosis' project. And although discussing 'a window' does not seem particularly exciting, I do feel that it deserves some attention. What I like about this particular window style, is that it has one panel opening outwards, instead of the usual sliding panels. Somehow I felt this would be more suitable for my room box, which is supposedly part of an apartment building. So I ordered it online, and waited with great anticipation.





When it arrived, I noticed that, although the window was beautiful, its finishing could have been done better. For instance, the perspex of the fixed windows came separately, and didn't have the wooden jambs needed for the inside face of the window, i.e. the side facing the interior of the room box. So basically I had to do them myself with thin pieces of wood. More wood was needed anyway, because the walls of my room box are 1 cm (0.39 inches) thick, which is much thicker than your average room box or dolls house wall. Adding extra wood on the inside 'bridged' the open space and created a perfect fit!



This image: the window didn't have any jambs on the inside, so I made my own.
This image: the wood looks lovingly weathered!



I'm pretty happy with the end result. The window looks lovely and wonderfully weathered. And all that extra wood makes it more interesting to look at, as well as quite realistic!

* * *
Thanks for visiting, and see you next time!

© José Pereira Torrejón. All rights reserved. No part of the content of this blog may be distributed, published or reproduced without prior authorization from the author.