Aug 24, 2013

The cheese and squeek of it all: Miniature Rodents

Good day!

Are you all being naughty, trickery, mini boys and girls? You know the Pumpkin King is always watching *wink*

I thought I would try to make the smallest most frustrating thing I could ever do on the planet, mice and rats.

I am going to just copy and paste what I wrote in Greenleaf about the creation process here.. as it still applies to how they are made:

"Yes they are handmade, all my mini's start out the same ,a tiny lump of polymer clay. ......then, you drop the lump on the floor and curse to the clouds.. then you pick it up and fix it and attempt to attach the ears, they stick to your fingers.. so you curse some more..
 
But after that bake your pinkish lump, and attach some fine cut fur with tweezers and glue.. till most of the fur is glued on your fingers but some is still on the mouse..
 And TADA! You have some meeses and a rat ;P 
 
Pretty much ;)
 
Ok some more detail, You start with a translucent mix of pink white.. we all have tons and tons of translucent clay..right?
 
Some of you might want to create the body and then twice bake for ears/tail legs.
 
After baking you might want to apply a bit of watered down rose color for the nose ears and hands just to bring a shadow to them.
 
Then you will painfully apply bits of glue and a fine flock of really trimmed down fluff, make sure to curse up a storm throughout this process as it will be mandatory *smirk*
 
As you can see the rat is slightly bigger, than the mice but he is going to be for close ups. A few mice in the SF build and one or two are taking a trip *hugzzzz*
 
Maybe some time..when I have some time..and quiet ..I will try a video on this, I haven't made a video in ages have I?
 
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Monster High Dollhouse
 
My daughter picked out some scrapbook paper so we stared to apply that to the Monster high dollhouse, and We did some simple cusions for the couch chair bed, so far.
 
 
 
 
Have a wonderful weekend! 

33 comments:

  1. Your miniature rodents are fantastic and each seems to have such sweet personality!! Such tiny wonderful work. ♥ Hugs, Jean

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    1. Thanks Jean ;)

      They do work for cheese, so as long as I have that they are happy ;P

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  2. Hey Jane, your tiny mice are gorgeous! I would love to have one in my kitchen :D.
    It's nice to see your progress on the Monster high dollhouse; your daughter seems to have a talent for interior design; her choice of scrapbookpaper for her house is perfect. Hugs, Liduina.

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    1. Hi Liduina ;)

      My daughter did pick up on some great paper for the house right? She is only 6 but already stylin;P

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  3. Dear Fairy Godmother! I do not want to go to the ball this evening, and Please do not turn the mice into carriage horses tonight. I am tired of princes and pretty dresses and would much rather stay Here amongst the ashes and cinders, playing with JANE SMITH'S ADORABLE LITTLE MICE, rather than going to that tiresome ball with my 2 step-sisters .... the Rats!

    yours sincerely

    cinderella

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    1. You my dear are a nip off the old crazy headed bud ;P

      I can see one of these fine little guys sitting apon a white pumkin and awaiting the transformation.. but maybe he just steals some seeds ;)

      Hugs to you!

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  4. Rats, it's the cutest and friendliest rats I have ever seen. Beautiful work, Jane.
    Hugs
    Wyrna

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    1. Thank you Wyrna, They are content with a small crumb and a cotton ball for bedding , easy to please ;)

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  5. You need quite the nimble fingers and mind for those wee ones. BRAVO and well done !

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    1. Ohh the fingers are rough and warn from the garden, and they do fumble the ball a bit ;)

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  6. And I thought I hated rats and mice! Dear Jane you changed my mind, I adore these tiny creatures you created. You also made me laugh about your curses.
    The Monster house wall paper looks perfect for it. Your little girl has good taste.
    Hugs, Drora

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    1. Thanks a bunch Drora ;)

      As long as my daughter doesn't want this look for her bedroom it works ;P

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  7. Oh wow!! I love the meeses and the rat! Soooooo cute =) I can't seem to learn that flocking-thing =) I tried, and gave up, and tried again, and gave up... maybe 3 times a charm?!
    You have done a great job!
    Hannah

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    1. Oh you will get it, your creations so far are always amazing third time is definitely a charm ;)

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  8. your little ones are just adorable!great small work!
    hugs,
    Gee

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  11. Un bellissimo lavoro, Jane!I tuoi topolini sono con una espressione molto dolce♥
    Abbracci, Manu

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  12. Hi Jane, Thanks for the fantastic tutorial for making tiny rodents. Yours are darling! That Monster High dollhouse is coming along so well. I wish I could play with it too! xo Jennifer

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  13. The rats and mice are fabulous! So much personality! I would love to see them in a little log house. Hmmm...I feel a children's story coming on...

    Best to you,
    Vicki

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  14. Jane I adore your little 'meeses and rat' - so full of character. I also love your little write-up at the top. It conjures up such a wonderful mental image. I think we have all ended up with more glue on our fingers that on the item we are making when working with tiny things.

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  15. Wonderful work Jane!The rats are beautiful!kiss!

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  16. Me encantan esas ratitas, preciosas.
    un abrazo.
    Yolanda

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  17. Ooh, these little guys are adorable!! I can see why you would curse a lot while making them.... they're so tiny!! Now all you need is some mini cheese for them to steal :D
    Your daughter's monster high house is looking better and better. I wish we had something like monster high when I was a kid.... they're way cooler than barbies :P

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    1. I know right? Who doesn't love fantasy and monsters and Halloween.. now put that into a doll and spur a girls creativity beyond being a good little housewife, I love it!

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  18. Hello Jane,
    The m ice are wonderful. So well done and the fur is a wonderful touch. the house is looking beautiful, great wallpaper choices.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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  19. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!! Ermaghered they are sooooo CUTE!!!! Gimme gimme! d that Monster High house is pretty sweet. Ack, I love your stuff. ♥

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  20. Omg, you even used flock.

    Super impressed by those tiny mice. They're so detailed!

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  21. О, Джейн!
    Ваши мыши очаровательны! Я люблю из глазки, лапки и хвостик!!! Они настолько малы! Чудесно!
    Это невероятно кропотливый труд!!!
    Объятья
    Татьяна

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  22. Your tiny mice and rat are so sweet and full of character . Fantastic work. Great choice of wallpaper for the monster high house.
    Hugs Maria

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  23. Your mice are perfect! Great job!

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  24. I love the spider/ cobweb wallpaper! I think this will be a fantastic monster house to play and have fun. It is something very different than always the same boring pink Barbie houses. But unlike other children your daughter has the advantage that her mother is itself masterfully creative and can do many wonderful things by herself
    Hugs
    Melli

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  25. Your mice are tiny and very nice.
    The wallpaper is perfect for this house.
    Bye, Faby

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