Apr 16, 2013

The Africa explorer's desk

A new little scene with new experiments. It practically took me a whole week to finish. Of course it's not a surprise since I had to search the internet and make plans for everything in it. You all sure know the little paper triangles that cover a globe are named gores, but I didn't. I tried to describe them in google search, but the first results were just everything but what I wanted. Then eventually I found a very scientific website where I realized that these globe parts have their own names. After writing 'gores' into the search window hundreds of outstreched globe pattern in various style popped up onto my screen.
I was in trouble with the compass, too. It has to be a very delicate thing so any clumsyness was out of the question. I needed a perfect brass ring, and I found one. I cut the ring from the cap of a rotring mechanical pensil. Of course it was a dead pencil (or maybe not, but don't tell anyone...)
At the finish time I got a little carried away and I stole some fun into the scene. When I was young I loved the  Indiana Jones movies (still do) and the hat placed on the armchair is supposed to be my way to bring his spirit into my work.










23 comments:

CWPoppets said...

What a nice scene. I especially love the African Mask.

Johanna @ Villa Honey said...

Lovely scene! Thanks for the tip about the gores, I have been wondering how I should go about in making a globe for a mini-scene that I'm planning to do.

rose cat cottage said...

Incredible of realism for all these instruments! thanks a bout the tip of gores... I was thinking about the movie Out of Africa a few days ago and thinking about the desk of Karen Blixen!!! As usual your work is incredible! Doei claude

Mona said...

Love you scene, great work! I didn`t know that the name is gores. Your globe is looking really good.
Mona

Katrina said...

Very interesting scene. So many fantastic details. Where are the small globe from? Hugs Kati

Illyria Miniatures said...

Stunning, simply stunning! What a wonderful job! And the Indiana Jones type hat is just the perfect touch. My boyfriend and I watch all Indy movies at least once a year, hahaha...
And thank you for a great tip about gores, I had no idea how they make globes but I might try one myself now that I do. Yours turned out beautifully!

Illyria

My Wee Life said...

Your scene is just simply stunning. I grew up in Africa and still have a lot of artefacts that belonged to my parents and some of them are in your scene. Love the tusk - did you make that? The 'Indy hat' is a great touch as is the water holder :)

Anna said...

Beautifully done. I used to have a South African friend whose father's desk looked a lot like this!

Luce Fédière said...

Amazing idea, and perfect work, congratulations!
Mini hugs
Luce.

Norma said...

Absolutely wonderful! I would never have even thought to try to make a globe, and certainly didn't know that the map 'pieces' have a special name, how interesting. What fun adding the Indiana Jones hat!

cockerina said...

fantastic! I love every little detail... I especially love the African Mask!!
kisses
Caterina

Fabulously Small said...

this is a great scene and you made everything so wonderfully!! The kompass turned out great (I would consider bying a new pen for something like that if its what I need, so I think you're absolutely right to use a perfectly fine pen for that ;), by the way, it still works without the ring doesn't it?). I love the hat, the wink to Indiana Jones, but also how you've made it, as all the other things, you're so multitalented!

Steinworks said...

thank you very much for the tip about gores! I didn't know that or maybe I did and forgot it. the scene is wonderful right down to the little compass.

Hugs
Marisa :)

hannajaleijona said...

Fantastic desk. I love how much you can tell by the things there. Everything also looks amazing. Bravo!

SaMiRa73 said...

Brilliant work! Thanks for sharing about the gores I had never heard about that fact :) Your globe turned out loved and used well as does the whole table. And I love the horn you added and of course, Indy´s hat!
Sandra

windypointminiaturesblogspot.com said...

Wow Erzabet. You have outdone yourself. The attention to detail is incredible. I love that you included the hat and cane on the chair. I loved Indiana Jones as a child too.

Jennifer

Fabiola said...

Wonderful scene. I like everything. The musk and the globe are superb.
Bye, Faby

Natalia's Fine Needlework said...

Incredible, realistic, adventurous!

Elizabeth S said...

Hi Eirzabet! You have made a wonderful tribute to a wonderful adventurer! All the details immediately make you want to go exploring the world. The globe, the compass the magnifying glass and the maps and the sheets of information are remarkable in their realism. The chair is fantastic, It has the look of something from colonial Africa and is a beautiful color too. Fabulous work!

elizabeth

Elizabeth S said...

Hi Eirzabet! You have made a wonderful tribute to a wonderful adventurer! All the details immediately make you want to go exploring the world. The globe, the compass the magnifying glass and the maps and the sheets of information are remarkable in their realism. The chair is fantastic, It has the look of something from colonial Africa and is a beautiful color too. Fabulous work!

elizabeth

Bözse said...

Thanks for your comments, they mean a lot to me.

Caroline Fisermanis said...

So detailed and perfect. You did a great job :)

Anna Galli said...

Gorgeous!!!