February 8, 2016

sugarsweet

I made this working sugar pourer! Well to be exact: I made the spout. From tealightmetal and it's of course the part which basically makes it one :D. The rest is a glass miniature-perfumebottle* & a closed metal jewelerypart (endcap) that I made a hole in for the spout to go through. It can actually 'pour' the sugar (with a little help by tapping the bottle), the 'sugar' being regular white sand I've grinded to get it very fine. It's so fine, that to the naked eye it looks like powder, but as you can see in the photo on the right, they're still 'sugar'chrystals. Just very tiny and - probably - about the right size for miniature.


and as I've done with my other working miniatures, I've made a video of it being used! I have so much fun making those :D.





while filing the bottleneck to make the cap/jewelrypart fit (the neck was too wide for it) I unfortunately damaged the upper part of the glass, the part directly under the neck. It got scratched, although I really thought I was careful enough and avoiding just that. But apparantly didn't ;), so I decided it to be a feature of the glass ;). Like it's a section of sandblasted glass, albeit not the most neat one, but hey :D. With the 'sugar' in it it isn't even noticable.


also, the neck broke off while trying to get a tiny piece of metal out of the spout while the cap with it was on the bottle.. not a smart thing to do apparantly ;). I did have another one of that same perfumebottle I could use, but didn't feel like filing another bottleneck, which hadn't been the most fun part. It's also very delicate/risky to do as that part of the glass gets very thin because of it. So I decided to glue the piece of glass back on and hoped for the best. I used 2-part epoxyglue, that worked perfectly! And the cap still fits too, yay! It's still how it was before glueing: fitting snugly so it stays put while pouring, even with 'vigorous' tapping ;), but also detachable - very carefully - to be able to fill the bottle.

the little teabag for anyone who hadn't seen it before and because I really like the photo of it. I made it like a RL-teabag, glued in the middle so it gets two compartments, filled with real - finely ground - tea, folded and then closed at the top.




 
*unfortunately discontinued.., as are the other 4 models of perfumebottles from the same company...

59 comments:

  1. Once again you have amazed me. This is just wonderful. I can't imagine where you found such fine sand. I wish I had one of those in 1:1 scale. :-)

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    1. thank you Catherine! It's just regular white sand, but I've grinded it to get this fine, you don't find it like this anywhere I'm pretty sure.. ;)

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  2. Really wonderful! I always say that you can buy anything you buy for a real house in miniature (does that make sense?).....but I have never seen one of these in miniature.....well done you!!!!!

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    1. thank you Linda! I have to say that however there's an amazing amount of things in miniature, there's a lot that is not available, yet. I will make as many as I can, I've got many things to miniaturize :D

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  3. Me gusta mucho,se ve muy real!!! Y con la arena molida es azúcar verdaderamente!Genial idea!!!
    Besos.

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    1. mucho gracias Pilar, su respuesta entusiasta es un gran elogio :D

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  4. Wow !!! I love love love it. I want the same !

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  5. I love it when the miniatures really work! Awesome!

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    1. thank you! it's fun isn't it? because of the small size it's very hard to see the 'sugar' coming out of it, but that's why video's - and the possibility of editing with slowmotion - are so great :D

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  6. Fantastic work as ever but that teabag is just beyond amazing! :o You could genuinely make a 1/12th scale cup of tea with that!

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    1. thank you Christine! Haha, yes you could and I've seriously considered doing that for the video, but didn't for multiple reasons. One of them being that I couldn't use water hot enough for it as the pottery doesn't feel it could stand the heat.

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  7. This is amazing work to see a miniature so finely crafted that it works beautifully. Since tea drinking is a lovely part of my life it was very enjoyable to see an actual cup of tea being made in 1:12 scale...fantastic! The little tea bag was just delightful to see...very well done and thank you for sharing in a video as seeing is believing!!!

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    1. thank you! I enjoyed making a little 'teaparty' out of it, being a teadrinker my self and I just love adding a little scene to a miniature, in photo and video :D

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    1. thank you Fabiola! And although it's not really a tutorial, you might be able to use the photo's to make one yourself!

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  9. You never cease to AMAZE me Monique! All of the infinitesimal things that you set your mind to achieve, you accomplish. BRAVO!!!! :D

    elizabeth

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  10. Hi Monique! Ik heb eerst maar eens effies gekeken of ik niet weer op een blogpsot reageer die 'eigenlijk nog niet moest verschijnen' ;)! Maar gezien de andere reacties.....
    Jouw suikerstrooier is weer een echt staaltje van unique-miniatuur-Monique-werk, echt werkend ook nog én mooi om te zien! Ik schrok echt eventjes omdat het kapot was gegaan, gelukkig kon je 'm weer maken: fijn!
    Mooi dat je het zand extra fijn kon vermalen, het zijn juist die kleine dingetjes, die het nog eens extra realistisch maken, kortom prachtig en prima werk, zoals al jouw miniaturen!!
    Groetjes, Ilona

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    1. haha, dat snap ik Ilona, dit was inderdaad 1 van de berichten die door Blogger met een aantal gepubliceerd werd, bij het publiceren van een heel ander bericht, maar dit keer was het de bedoeling en toen ik het strooiertje eenmaal gemaakt had bleek het ook veel leuker er een langere post van te maken :D. Dank je wel voor je complimenten, erg leuk!

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  11. Wow!!! I Am Floored by your Amazing awesome tiny work!!! You are just Beyond incredibly talented! Your persistence and details are just Perfection!!! AND you make a video too!!! WOW!
    I Adore your tiny teabag too!!! Wow!!!

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    1. haha, are you up yet? :D Thank you so much Betsy! :D :D :D

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  12. Hello Monique,
    That is just incredible! It is amazingly realistic and I love the fact that it works. Excellent work!
    Big hug
    Giac

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  13. ongelooflijk, zo klein en dan toch werkend. wat een juweeltjes maak je toch. ik ben er helemaal weg van.
    ook van het theezakje trouwens. super!
    Groet,
    Gee

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  14. Once again your ingenuity and imagination astound! What a wonderful little creation, it looks perfect in your scene. Thanks for another smile moment! Happy day to you.

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    1. I meant to say you can make water pour from tiny spouts by dipping the point of a pin in washing up liquid and mixing it in, it makes the water "slippery".

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    2. thank you Susan! It's always nice to make someone smile and I'm happy my little sugar pourer and scene could do that :D. Ah, that's a good tip, thanks! I'll try that next time I need to pour something! I thought it was because a waterdrop is bigger than the spout of mini-teapots and is the reason it doesn't pour, but that's not it then.

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  15. This is fantastic! Perfect in scale sugar, and how you can manipulate such incredible tiny miniatures! I love this video, the scene is so real that you can't tell it's mini until you see your fingers :)

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    1. Linda, I'm so sorry, I'd seen your comment back in February and had been very happy with it, but apparantly never published it somehow.. and didn't respond either :(. Anyway: thanks for the wonderful compliments, such nice things to read!

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  16. Crazy small and crazy awesome!!! :D You make the best minis!

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    1. thank you so much Brae, that's quite a compliment! :D

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  17. A brilliant idea! It looks so very real.
    Hugs, Drora

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  18. So teeeeeenie! I'm constantly amazed by the level of detail you manage at this size.

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  19. So very imaginative and I love your little tea bag with its tag.

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  20. Hello Monique,
    incredible! It Looks like one in real life!
    Great job!
    Greetings
    Melanie

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    1. thank you so much Melanie, that's a great compliment! :D

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  21. Wow Monique, your attention to the smallest detail is so inspiring and delightful to follow.

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    1. thank you so much Janice, that is a wonderful compliment!! :D

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  22. You never cease to amaze me with your super realistic miniatures Monique. Fantastic! =0)

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    1. thanks sweetie, that's such a lovely compliment!! :D

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  23. Hahaha! Geweldig dit weer Monique! En een leuk filmpje ook.

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