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Beads and Jewelry Findings as Dollhouse Accessories

What I did for my summer holiday
Part 1 of 3

We had a great time visiting friends and family in England last month. One highlight of the trip was a visit to cousin Barbara in London.

She is a dollhouse designer and interior decorator who does amazing work. I remember staring at her tiny 1/12 scale slice of kiwi fruit made with Fimo clay and marveled at her skill in making it so tiny and yet look realistic.

She definitely has a creative eye as she uses rather familiar items to make some of her dollhouse accessories! If you know little girls or even not so little girls who have doll houses, you could make them some little gifts from your stash.

As you can see from the photos, in Barbara's hands, beads, crystals and metal rondelles, even bails become exquisite perfume bottles sometimes complete with trays. The trays are pendant findings.

The picture below left shows a goblet on the left made by gluing two bead caps together. The filigree "cake stand" as well as the vase at the back should remind you of certain items too! Note the globe lamp at the back. See the cube beads topped with clear beads in the picture on the bottom right? These are miniature liquor decanters in equally tiny wooden tantalas. Tantalas are old fashioned, now antique, lockable liquor holders to stop the servants from imbibing!

Barbara also had a wonderful collection of cloisonne beads some of which she will turn into luxury dollhouse vases. She now wants me to teach her how to make jewelry since she has a lot of supplies already on hand. It's a promise, Barbara!
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  1. These are just beautiful and inspired. I'd LOVE to see more pics of her dollhouses! If those are her goblets and liquor bottles, I can only imagine the rest! Very cool!

  2. Her work is beautiful.


  3. Barbara had only two incomplete dollhouses as she usually makes and sells the rest. So I was unable to show you her incredible work!

    One she is working on is an art deco style house.

  4. These bottles are truly decadent. What doll wouldn't feel like a Princess with these perfume bottles on her dresser! I especially love the red ones at the top.

  5. What a great idea! They are lovely.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you'll come back again. :)

  6. These are absolutely amazing...her detail is so intricate...I recognize all the beading components she has used!! Great ideas she has!

    Her jewelry might be interesting!!!


  7. How tiny and delicate.... perfect for any princesses doll house! Absolutely exquisite!!! Love them. Thank you for sharing... can’t wait see what Jewelry she creates!


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