Birds are amazing creatures. It is fun to study their behaviour and how they move. I started to make birds from silk clay and feathers in 1:12 scale and even a few in 1:24 scale.
Is it possible to make garden furniture in 1:24 scale? At first it was a bit tricky using big tools for such a small piece of stone. But when I got hold of much smaller tools I could start the Project.
Beside the bird baths and benches I also made some tables. On one of the tables I even tried to fold in a light green stone.
The benches looked so tiny so I made a lady in 1:24 and found out the bench fit perfectly for her.
I got the idea to make garden furniture from the opaque soap-stone. The stone bench and bird bath is supposed to look rough. The ball is made from translucent soap-stone with a small led light from below.
Notice the different looks of the bird bath whether you leave it a bit rough or if you polish it with oil. The stone is full of surprises
Before the soap-stone period I tried to improve my skills making 12 scale characters. Most people call them dolls but if you make the “dolls” in action, using expressions and movements I think I will refer to them as characters. It has been a long journey trying to make characters and I have also been to England to learn how to make them. So far I´ve been to two workshops with Jamie Carrington who is a magnificent character maker. I leearned how to make characters from polymer clay and how to make clothes.
The old man feeding birds reminds me of my grandfather who took me to the park to feed birds and squirelles, but grandfather´s shoes where not worn out.
My interest for miniature making started about twenty years ago when I made a dollshouse for my daughter. We lived in a big house on the countryside outside a small village in Sweden so there was plenty of room for my new hobby. Since then I`ve tried to develop my skills in making miniatures. I like to make different kinds of peep-shows illustrating the everydaylife from different times of periods.
The pleasure of making room boxes is that you have to work with different kinds of materials; wood, clay, cloth, soapstone etc.
I´ve been creating miniatures of various materials and whenI found soapstone as a possible way to make miniatures I washooked. It´s not just how it looks, it´s the feeling when you hold it in your hand. You feel the weight, the smooth surface and thewarmth of the stone. Finding out that soapstone varied in colour, structure, consistence and even have different gradations of translucense opened new ways of creating. I have quite rescently started to explore the possibilities of the stone wich is exciting. It is also a hard job to shape the stone and there are many stepsfrom raw stone to a finished object. The remains you get from the processed stone is talc.
History and use
You find soapstone all over the world and man has used it for different purposes since 5000 BC. In the beginning people made bowls, dishes, sculptures etc. Today you use soapstone for instance to make fireplaces, table-tops and floor-tiles. It is also used as talcum-powder and in the cosmetic industri.
Facts about the stone
The stone is in various colours as white, green, pink, brown and black. The texture goes from very soft to very hard.
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