Posts Tagged ‘miniatures’

Aside from model horses, I try not to collect much. I might have a bit of a problem with sheet music and fabric, and the miniature collection is growing steadily… but honest, that’s all! My reasoning with miniatures is that because they are small, they take up less space. 😛

Well, maybe. My stuff fills two plastic boxes already. And this is just what’s “organized.” o_o

I make a lot of my own minis because 1:9 is an odd size, but I love finding pre-made things that work in the scale as well.

Over the last few years I’ve been collecting a lot of Re-Ment sets.

Re-Ment is a Japanese miniature/toy brand. Their pieces are roughly 1:6 scale but that seems to vary, especially with furniture. Many of their older sets are related to food, but in more recent years they have been releasing themed sets featuring characters from Disney, Sanrio, Snoopy and others I’ve never heard of before. (Moomin? Know nothing about him but he’s kind of cute!)

I could easily get carried away with buying whatever I thought was cute, so I set myself some rules.

1: it should be something I could use in my 1:9 scale world
2: is something I’m not confident on making myself

Of course, those “rules” quickly went out the window and I splurged on a few sets I loved. (*cough*SailorMoon*cough*)

Still, I try to keep those “rules” in the back of my mind whenever I feel like hunting stuff down. It doesn’t always work.

Most of my Re-Ments have come from ebay sellers based in China. (my favorite seller is fan21_hk) One thing I’ve noticed is that some sellers raise the prices HIGH, (sometimes ridiculously so) especially on older, complete sets. I’ve also noticed that once a set has been out for a few months, the prices tend to go up. In some cases it’s cheaper to buy a full 8-box set instead of individual boxes.
So if you’re looking for something specific, it may be a good idea to save a search and check for new listings every day.

I love them for their detail. This is probably the reason why I collect them in the first place. I grew up playing with dolls and always dreamed of having tiny, realistic (not PINK) accessories to fill their plastic homes with.

I guess I’ll never grow up. 😛

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*Printables are available for personal, non-commercial use only please! They are for fun – I do not make any money from these and will remove them if necessary or requested.*

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After making the yellow Breyer boxes in miniature, I knew I wanted to make a second set using images from the vintage picture boxes. I’m not a vintage collector and don’t know much about these at all, but as a miniature-addict of sorts I wanted to include them in my expanding mini-Breyer collection.

I have none of these boxes in my collection so photos were generously shared with me by Faracat and aneedforfun over on Blab – thanks again for your pictures!!

Like the yellow boxes these come in two sizes – micro/mini whinny and H0/1:87 scale. The micro ones were made with mini whinnies in mind, so they’re quite large in 1:9 scale. Personally I think they would be fun to store small tack and props in… or maybe something else, I’m sure you guys could come up with something more creative. ^_^

The H0 ones are significantly smaller…

… but they fit in a 1:9 scale world much better. 🙂

Assembly is a lot easier than the yellow boxes, as these are literally plain box tops & bottoms with no pesky windows to cut out. I put mine together with a glue stick and (as always) scored them before folding to get a nice shape.

I didn’t make every single box I had a photo of – experience has taught me that while it’s fun to have lots and lots of variety, putting together dozens of printable minis is a lot more work than you would think. (or maybe that’s just me… I have had so little energy lately, sorry) Anyway, I chose six favorites that were the most editable and this was the end result.

My favorites have to be the white boxes. (but I have such a soft spot for the FAS too!)

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Micro/Mini Whinny Boxes
HO/1:87 Boxes

Print on cardstock for best results. Have fun!!

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It’s nearly time for Breyerfest! I seriously considered going this year and had most of it all planned out. Then time got away from me, prices went up and other things got in the way. Now I am kicking myself.

In the end it’s probably a good thing I’m not going, because work has been, well, bad this summer, and taking a few weekdays off would be out of the question.

But then I had an opportunity to go see The Phantom of the Opera in Spokane (it was amazing and beautiful and the cast was perfect) which may not have happened if I had BF coming up… so yeah. I’m not going to feel too bad because seeing the opera ghost live was literally a dream come true. (now the ultimate would be to see the original on Broadway, but who knows if I can make a NYC trip happen!)

Anyway, even though I have to put Breyerfest off for another year, I’m still looking forward to hearing all about it. I can’t wait to read through blogs and see everyone’s pictures, as well as find out what the surprise model is.

I also want to draw attention to this excellent post by Knight’s Tale Studio – it’s definitely worth a read!

If you’re heading to Kentucky this week, whether it’s to meet friends, watch the performances, show or brave the NPOD…

She takes her NPOD shopping very seriously.

… remember to have FUN, and be respectful and kind and not like my obnoxious rider dolls.

Having fun is what it’s about right? I’ll look forward to reading all about it! 🙂

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