During the past 20 years that I have been trading as KT Miniatures, I have undertaken all kinds of commissions for customers plus “how to make” projects for various publications, as well as my own random creations sold via KT Miniatures’ website. Some of these were joint projects too with my Nostalgia In Miniature Workshops colleague – Robin Britton. There are simply too many to show you them all on here but below are details of some of my favourites.
This unique little scene was made inside a carcass of an antique 1920s/1930 wooden mantel clock and filled with an array of antique, vintage and handmade pieces. Once completed this was made available to purchase on KT Miniatures’ website.
Let’s Play At Dressing Up!
This little scene was set inside a tiny wooden drawer from an antique smoking cabinet. I lined it with antique wallpaper from the early 1900s and then filled it with a combination of both vintage and handmade items by KT Miniatures. The star of the show was a little c1950s German celluloid doll. Whilst I was fiddling to pose this doll and the hat, it suddenly slipped over her face all on its own in such a way that suddenly this scene took on its own life! Once completed this was made available to purchase on KT Miniatures’ website.
WW1 Officer’s Dugout, Trench & Poppy Field
This was a joint project with my Nostalgia In Miniature Workshops colleague Robin Britton. It appeared in three consecutive issues of Dolls House & Miniature Scene magazine as a “how to make” project, beginning in the August 2014 issue.
The completed scene was displayed throughout the summer of 2014 in Thame Museum (Oxfordshire) as part of their WW1 Centenary Exhibition. This was then sold and 50% of proceeds were donated to the Royal British Legion. CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL STORY
A Victorian Seaside Scene
This was a joint project with my Nostalgia In Miniature Workshops colleague Robin Britton, that appeared as a “how to make” project for the Dolls House & Miniature Scene magazine, run over several issues….beginning with the August 2013 issue. The finished scene was sold and 50% donated to Breast Cancer Campaign.
Big Dolly & All Her Friends
Inspiration for this scene was gained from old book illustrations and the aim was to capture the childhood magic of a vintage style scene, giving the illusion that the dolls are actually alive and having a jolly good time when us humans aren’t looking!
Created inside an antique smokers cabinet, the centrepiece is the beautiful large doll, probably early 1900s and German. The other dolls are mostly antique and vintage, and have all been fixed in place. The rocking horse is pre-WW2, minus its back rest but looks perfect in this setting. There is also a vintage lead soldier. On the vintage oversized wooden chest of drawers is an old carved wooden elephant with one tusk (other tusk long gone)! I had intended to sell this but in the end I simply couldn’t part with it, and it is now tucked snugly on a bookshelf in my living room.
The Old Curiousity Shop In A Book
This was created as a “how to make” project for the Dolls House & Miniature Scene magazine, March 2012 issue. It is a scene from Charles Dickens’ Old Curiosity Shop. The book was created form cardboard and given an antiquated finish by using a special paint technique. Then the interior was filled with an array of KT Miniatures handmade items plus vintage pieces.
On A Cold & Frosty Morning…The Morning After The Night Before!
This was a unique joint project I undertook with my Nostalgia In Miniature Workshops colleague – Robin Britton, for the January and February 2012 issues of Dolls House & Miniature Scene magazine as another “how to make project”. It was then sold in a sealed bid auction for Breast Cancer Campaign.
A Dusty Old Attic
Here is a variation on my old attic theme, heavily aged and created to look rather dusty. Once completed this was made available to purchase on KT Miniatures’ website.
A Box Of Memories
This was created in an antique smokers cabinet and sold at auction to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign, at Thame Dolls House & Miniatures Fair. It appeared as a “how to make” feature in February & March 2010 issues of Dolls House & Miniatures Scene Magazine. Several items were donated by specific UK artisans.
Variations Of A 1950s Lean-To
This very different project featured over a few issues of Dolls House & Miniatures Scene Magazine, starting in August issue 2010 (194) as a detailed “how to make” project. The structure of the lean-to had previously been made by James Parker as a magazine project and my brief had been to decorate and furnish it as a 1950s lean-to.
However, during my research I discovered that it was common place for these lean-to’s to have a variety of uses during the 1950s, hence I came up with the idea of creating two different scenes. The first was to be a “Utility Scene”, the second a “Porch Scene” which could have been either at the front or the back of a house. Was great fun to do.
WW2 Hospital Ward At Christmas Time
My customer brief was to produce a realistic scene in an antique Victorian smokers cabinet of a wartime hospital ward staged at Christmas. It was great fun to do. For more details including a picture show of the various stages of this creation, please CLICK HERE.
1930s General Stores
My brief for this room box was to make an aged and realistic general stores scene based in the 1930s, to be crammed full with relevant packaging from that era. This was the result. .
Attic Room Scene
This scene was created inside an antique “smoker’s cabinet” and filled with specific items requested by a Canadian customer. My brief was to create an old dirty attic room filled with junk and paraphernalia, including a book by Darwin, old doctor’s bag with stethoscope plus old botany pictures etc.
Old Loo Room Box
This room box was created for a Canadian customer, as a tongue in cheek present for someone called “Lennie”. My brief was to incorporate books, pictures, items personal to the chap in question plus a “lookalike” doll was commissioned. The whole scene was created in a vintage smokers cabinet
This hallway scene based in wartime 1940s was created and sold at the Thame Dolls House & Miniatures Fair 2009 auction to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign. Specific items including dolls were donated by some UK artisans. The room setting, fixtures and fittings appeared over several issues as a “how to make” feature in Dolls House & Miniatures Scene Magazine. It was created inside a Sid Cooke room box.
The aim was to create a kitchen scene very different and unique. The corner cupboard and food safe had opening doors. The table had an opening drawer.
This now resides in Belgium!
My First Day At School
This was created as my contribution for our local dolls house club’s annual project of a room box scene based on a special event. I created a room box scene based on my own memories of my very first day at school back in the early sixties. Our school was an old 1930s wooden building complete with outside loos. The only form of heating was the huge old coke stove.
The entire project was featured over four issues of Dolls House & Miniatures Scene magazine (Issues 164-167) as a “how to make” project. Finally this room box was auctioned off at the 2008 Thame Dolls House & Miniatures Fair in aid of Breast Cancer Campaign.
1950s Lounge & Kitchen
This setting was created for a “show how to make” article featured in the August & September Issues 2006 of Dolls House & Miniature Scene magazine.
It was a quite a challenge to combine two rooms in such a small space & then having to write instructions for people to construct this themselves!
The architecture was that of a 1930s house that had been updated by the elderly gentleman of the house who was keen on DIY. He is reading the latest issue of Practical Householder whilst listening to Dick Barton on the 1950s radio; his wife is cooking him some delicious fish-fingers (quite a novelty in the mid 50s).
A Very Special Attic Room
This box was created to feature in the October and November Issues 2003 Dolls House World Magazine. Over the two issues, detailed instructions on how to create this room setting plus many of the items that went in it, were given in the accompanying articles.
Finally this was presented to my father for his 80th birthday present, as it is most of his mementoes that are featured in this room box.
He had thought I had been borrowing his possessions such as RAF jacket, certificates, documents, photos etc just to create the article. Little did he know it was all part of a cunning plan!