Sunday, June 30, 2013

June moments


Hello, and sorry for the long time with no posts! : )

As you might have noticed, I made a few changes in the template of the blog.
Now it should be easier to reach my Tumblr, Facebook and Pinterest profiles, and both my Etsy and Storenvy shops.

I also added the possibility to follow Mijbil Creatures with Bloglovin', since Google Reader is closing.
Hope you like the new look of the blog! : )

I am probably going to add a few more features, but for now I am kind of satisfied with the result..

It is a rainy Sunday afternoon here in Sweden, and since it is also the last day of the month jt is definitely time for the "June Moments" pics! : )


Many bbqs.. because apparently in Sweden people like to grill everything, from meat to fish to veggies.
And since the days are so long and light, it is lovely to spend the evenings outdoor and enjoy many different barbeques!

In good company: my boyfriend's mother and sister came to visit us for a weekend!
And having guests at home is always an extra chance to explore our little town..



Oh, did I mention that during summertime there are parakeets in the park?




Sunlight, flowers and the seaside.. I know you already saw these pics, but they just make me happy, expecially on a rainy day like today


And yes, if the weather is bad there's nothing better than 
a cup of tea and a lazy afternoon on the sofa :)

Now, in case you are wondering why I am wearing a pink flower crown in the first pic of this post, you have to know that in Sweden Midsummer is - apart from Christmas - probably the most important celebration of the year.
We spent it outdoor with friends, and enjoyed the traditional Swedish buffet - herrings, salmon, boiled eggs, potatoes and créme fraiche.. and quite a lot of schnapps (namely very strong shots of alcohol), to be honest, but we couldn't really fight the Scandinavian tradition, right? : )

Anyway, the best part of it is that girls get to wear fancy dresses and flower crowns - I wish I could do that everyday!





But I guess that to compensate a nice pic of me with a romantic expression..

..it takes another one with one of my usual silly faces! :D

And speaking of flowers, here is something else I adore about living in Sweden: it is always possible to find a wide range of wild flowers everywhere, which can make your house look really colourful!





And to close the post, here's a few random things that just make me happy! : )

Feeling like a woman because for once in my life I managed to wear matching cardigan, shoes and lipstick!

Teeny tiny bottles of red wine (with a cute tag..)

..lazy mornings in bed..

..the last book by Douglas Hofstadter..

..homebaked blueberry cupcakes..

..and unexpected flowers from a friend! : )

Wish you all a lovely Sunday!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Silver linings



Hello my lovely friends! : )

Well, I guess the time has come to explain
some of the weirdest purchases I ever made:

Yep, that's a gas torch along with its butane refill! 
And you migh wonder what has it to do with miniature making?

Well, I have started working with silver! : )
Actually, I am talking about PMC, which stands for Precious Metal Clay.

PMC is a material made of precious metal particles (silver, in this case) mixed with an organic binder, which is about 9% of the total volume and burns off during firing. This means that it can be sculpted and oven baked like normal clay, but what's left after firing is an object made entirely of pure silver. Cool, right? : )

Now, the problematic parts..

What I have found out is that PMC is considerably harder to sculpt than normal clay, expecially on a tiny scale. It's not elastic nor sticky, and you only have a few seconds before the clay starts hardening and becomes impossible to sculpt. 

PMC is also as expensive as pure silver, since that's what it's made of. 

And of course silver clay pieces need not only to be sculpted, baked, sanded and refined, but also fired at more than 1600 °F to turn PMC into solid silver.


And after that they have to be polished with metal brushes to make them shine.
A few seconds over the recommended firing temperature is enought to melt them down, making the whole process quite tricky to manage. 


You can see the problem in these pics. 
This tiny duckling was my first attempt at working with silver, and although she was cute enough, she lost part of her head during firing. I'll keep her as a good luck charm! 

But I have also to admit that the final result is so charming that is totally worth the effort - wasn't the title of this post "silver linings"? : )
It is really exciting to hold a solid silver item that you have designed and brought to life.
All the more so when it is a OOAK micro teeny tiny piece! :D

So, let me show you my experiments!

A silver kitten smaller than a grain of rice.
This one was a commission, and has already been adopted.



 A sweet micro mouse, which is available here.



The tiniest and cutest gnome, which is of course a source of joy and good luck!
He already found a new home, and I am sure he'll be much loved!



And now my absolute favourite, this incredibly tiny silver fox.
I don't even know if I'll ever be able to recreate such a tiny thing!
She's also waiting for someone to bring her home, here.

But I also think that silver works great when mixed with different materials and texture, so I decided to create a miniature silver mushroom and turn it into the heart of a tiny polymer clay terrarium.


Please welcome my latest fairy garden! : )

The terrarium features real moss, many handsculpted mushrooms and plants, and a little gnome that measures less than half an inch - or a quarter of an inch, if you don't include the hat!

The base of the terrarium is just 1 inch in diameter, and there's a little glass dome to protect it from dust. 



You can find it here, along with quite a few other new items in my Etsy shop
I am having quite a hard time to decide whether I want to focus more on my work or on my everyday life here on the blog. I like taking colourful, happy pics so much, but at the same time I'd like to show you every little thing I make.
What would you like to see the most? I'd love to know! : )

(oh, also, have a cute little fairy hat, just in case :P See you soon!)

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Bjärred


Well, you might already know that I am not the biggest fan of beach excursions nor sunbathing.
But the weather has been so nice lately that even a lazy, winter-loving person as me decided to reach the seaside and spend a few hours in the sun. : )

It took us less than an hour by bike to reach Bjärred, a lovely and peaceful village on the western coast which is known for having the longest jetty in Sweden. : )

I think the best thing was riding across country paths and poppy fields to get there!
Flowers have been blooming in Sweden since the end of March, and it really seems to me that new colours and scents are always around the corner..



  (and yes, you sometimes have the sensation of being stuck into a Windows wallpaper) :D









There's a little restaurant at the end of the jetty, and after such a ride I felt I deserved a little treat ; )














Oh, it was such a lovely day! : )
Bonus pic: Elliot, once again! He's been following us everywhere! ^__^