Malcolm's Miniatures: 1/12 and 1/24 cottages, figures and furniture
Malcolm has been making models for most of his life and when he took early retirement from a career in IT he decided to go into the miniatures business making furniture and houses. His partner Silvia joined him in 2004 and now specialises in character figures. An interest in vernacular architecture and the work of Victorian and Edwardian painters led to specialisation in cottages or roomboxes and the figures and furniture to populate them, covering the period from the Victorian era to the 1930s.
Most of their work is either 1/12 or 1/24 scale but they also work as volunteers creating the models at the world famous Pendon Museum where they are helping to create a miniature scene to 1/76 scale with a complete village, farms, fields and railways. So they are no strangers to the smaller scales.
All of their items are hand crafted individual pieces and they also undertake commissions for dolls houses, shops, roomboxes, furniture, figures, gardens, etc in any scale.
Brick Impress Moulds
Frustrated with the limited techniques available for the creation of realistic brickwork in 1/12 and 1/24 scales, Malcolm has developed a technique using DAS air-drying clay and impress moulds to create effective brickwork. The DAS is rolled out into a sheet (like pastry) and glued onto the wall, then the moulds are used to press the pattern of the bricks into the DAS. When dry, the bricks are coloured with thin washes of acrylic paint.
The range started with moulds for stretcher, English and Flemish bond bricks but has now been expanded to include herringbone brick infill, tiles and tudor bricks. See the website for full details.
Tel: 01491 680951
Pendon Museum website: www.pendonmuseum.com/