Here at Steampunk-Shrunk Towers, we love recycling. Mrs S is, to quote Shakespeare, ‘a snapper up of unconsidered trifles’. Junk packaging, broken dolls and furniture, charity shop finds… all are squirrelled away and lovingly upcycled when inspiration arrives.
Some of our favourite finds are the little packs of boot and shoe eyelets we pick up for a fairly modest price (and an excellent cause) from the local children’s hospice charity shop. They are leftover stock given to the charity by Clarks – the famous shoe manufacturers a mile or two down the road.
As you can see, the plain round ones make quite perfect camera lenses at 12th scale.
There are all manner of fancy designs, though. It didn’t take us long to realise that they would be ideal as miniature candlesticks.
We hand-roll wax around a length of sewing thread, place them in the eyelets and light them just for a moment to blacken the wick and (if we’re lucky) create a drip.