Sunday, 7 December 2014

Holiday Holders...........Acclaim Miniatures (USA)

I am curious how many individuals add festive holiday touches to their miniature settings?
Acclaim Miniatures make miniatures in a number of different scales (1/4, 1/2 and 1 inch) in both gold and sterling silver. Their website showcases a number of photos of their range along with prices as well.  Acclaim exhibit their miniatures annually at the Philadelphia show.
I was particularly drawn to the stocking holders and have a few to show you.

Stocking by Hill Country Miniatures

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Luxurious Leather......Gail Steffey (USA)

What is a library or a den without a comfy leather chair to curl up in with a good book?
Gail Steffey has made some of the finest leather furniture in miniature.  The leather that she uses is very fine and soft.  Gail's range of leather pieces were all numbered so that anyone wanting a matching stool or bench could request another item in the same leather. While she has carved some of the legs, she eventually called on John Hodgson to carve some for her and then cast them in resin.  A few of the examples shown in these pictures were made with the resin chair legs.  The tiny brass nails add a lovely finishing touch!
Gail is in the process of retiring.  Her work can be found through dealers and at the occasional miniature show.  Gail did not have a website.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Small Scale...........Frances Armstrong (Canada)

I have just returned from the Philadelphia Miniaturia show where there were a large number of people shopping for the smallest scale miniatures.  It seems that many people have decided that they do not have room for more miniatures in one-twelfth scale so they have switched to smaller scales.
When Frances Armstrong was making miniatures, she excelled at creating the most exquisite miniatures in this smaller scale.  She managed to get a great deal of detail in her miniatures.  She created whimsical scenes.  Frances along with her club members ran one of the local fairs in Ontario which is still running today.  Sadly, she passed away a few years ago.  People that collected her miniatures, certainly found some treasures!
Photographed with a penny to show the size