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Dream a dream - a miniature Les Mis tutorial!

15 July 2013

Whether you’re lucky enough to have seen the powerful stage musical or enjoyed the
compelling film version of Les Mis, there’s no doubting the potential for a miniature diorama!

The characters, furniture and décor of revolutionary Paris, where the story is set, lend themselves perfectly to dreaming a dream of another life.

The musical version of the Victor Hugo book Les Miserables has become a global phenomenon… were you swept up in its wake?

Audiences have left performances elated at the show.

Our creative assistant Louise has also immersed herself in the history and the drama - to recreate screens from the story as inspiration for you to try.

If you want to follow the epic storyline, it’s easy to start at home!

It needn’t be quite as intense as the dramas in the story…

Simply click through to the Les Mis Miniature Tutorial here.
View the complete tutorial at
The opening scenes of the film are set in the walled city of Montreuil-sur-Mer, not far from the Channel ports, where hero Valjean trod the winding cobbled streets.

The story moves to Paris for the characteristic 19th Century backdrop.

The musical’s emblem is a picture of the waif Cosette, based on an etching which is itself based on an original drawing by Emile Bayard.

It appeared in several of the novel’s earliest French-language editions, and you can include it in your display by cutting out the miniature version we’ve posted on this page for you.
Les Miserables in miniature

Recreating Deyrolle of Paris in 1:12 scale!

7 November 2012

Deyrole is an unusual Paris store, situated at 46 rue du Bac.
It opened in 1831 and is part store, part museum and part gallery.
And it was this wonderful mix which provided the inspiration for Jeanette Causon's entry to the 2012 Dolls House Emporium Creative Competition!
Jeanette, from Victoria, Australia, describes the real thing - and her own 1:12 recreation - as hosting a variety of formerly living merchandise and other "natural curiosities".
It contains everything from a meteorite to a wall of birds to a giraffe!
Dolls House Emporium creative competition

Here's a video she's made of the work:

Dolls House Emporium creative competition

And here's the real thing for comparison: Amazing!

Dolls House Emporium creative competition

Dolls House Emporium creative competition
Back inside Jeanette's version, nearly all of the animal figures are Scleich brand as they are about the right scale.
She made her birds from fimo and they all sit on stands made from buttons and toothpicks. Many of the actual exhibits she hand-made too.
Dolls House Emporium creative competition

Dolls House Emporium creative competition
But there was drama before the project could be completed: not only did Mother Nature throw down 11 inches of rain in a day, stranding Jeanette's mail-order goodies at the post office but she also suffered an earthquake and another flood a week later, which severely held up the build, to say the least. So here's a picture of the inside of the real store to look at for a moment:
Dolls House Emporium creative competition
Jeanette says: "While waiting for the flood waters to go down, I spent time filling the dollhouse with handmade items, and cutting the heads off plastic wildlife animals (which scared my visitors and started rumours around town that I had 'swamp fever'.
"We also need people. A lot of them as a shop like Deyrolle is a very busy place. Out with the fimo and 15 people come into creation. Thirteen went into the house - one didn't survive the cooking process and my dog ate the other while I wasn't looking."
Dolls House Emporium creative competition

Dolls House Emporium creative competition

The Pop-Out House – a different kind of dolls’ house

28 September 2011

We thought you might be interested to hear about a lifesize dolls’ house created for a children’s store in Paris.Read More
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