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New Half Scale Room Boxes! And FLASH SALE on Bead Caps!

Filed under Art Projects, Featured Artwork, Giveaways, Jewelry, Miniatures, Nichola Battilana, Sale

Note: most of the links on this post no longer work, as we moved to a new Web site in 2018. However, you can see the supply list items from Nichola’s project that are still available on the new site.

Before the beautiful artwork by Nichola Battilana using the new Half Scale Arch Front Room Box (and 2 more new half-scale items), a new sale! ALL Bead Caps are 25% off now through Monday night, June 13th! Like the Mini Cake Stand Kit and Raspberry Tulip Beads shown at right. And that new 16mm Brass Fancy Bead Cap or Dollhouse Vase shown in the left photo would be perfect for a little vase in that room box Nichola used…

Design Team Member Nichola Battilana has created a lovely, lovely creation called Venus’ Grotto.

I bet you’re wondering exactly how big is this pretty little shrine? Well I’ll tell you. Nichola used the new Half Scale Arch Front Room Box and it is 1/2″ scale (1:24). That is a whopping 5″ wide (with a 1″ apron at the base), 6″ tall including the facade (about 4-3/4″ tall inside the “room”) and 2″ deep. Mind boggling, isn’t it how Nichola can create such masterpieces that seem to get smaller and smaller?

Now if you wanted the same size to work with, but perhaps a bit deeper, and with a square front instead of arched, we have you covered on that! The new Half Scale Window Room Box has the same dimensions as the Half Scale Arch Front Room Box except it is 3 inches deep instead of 2. AND! What’s really cool about this particular room box is that you can even add the new Half Scale Bay Window to it. Both boxes are so versatile, especially if you have a small space or wall to display it on.

Nichola embellished the top of the grotto by making fancy embellishments out of Creative Paperclay and the Architectural Flourishes Mold. The lovely Venus is standing upon a new White Resin Column Capital (upside-down, how clever) and if you look behind her, there are sweet flowers Nichola made that are resting on White Shelf Brackets. Venus’ Grotto is finished off quite nicely with Asparagus Fern draped over the arch, and smatterings of 1/2 Inch Pale Pink Paper Roses here and there.

Venus’ Grotto Supply List. For more details and photos, please visit Pixie Hill.


Hooray for the Classical Beauty Giveaway! It’s all sooo pretty!

I picked out a bunch of items from Nichola’s Venus’ Grotto supply list:
– 2.5 Inch Venus Statue
New Half Scale Arch Front Room Box
– 1/2 Inch Pale Pink Paper Roses
– Asparagus Fern Garland
– Fern Garland
– Flower Soft – Sweet Pea
– Rectangular White Shelf Brackets – Set of 2

Then, I added a couple of the new iems that would be pretty used in the Half Scale Arch Front Room Box:
New 16mm Brass Fancy Bead Cap or Dollhouse Vase
New Medium Shell or Acanthus Leaf Charms – Brass Oxide

To enter the Classical Beauty Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, June 10, 2016)! And tell me: What will you make with your Half Scale Arch Front Room Box? Bonus: let me know if half scale is a size you like working with.

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won Pixies in the Greenhouse Giveaway? That would be DianeD! Congratulations!

Posted by Leslie, June 9th, 2016

53 responses to “New Half Scale Room Boxes! And FLASH SALE on Bead Caps!”

  1. Debbi Decker says:

    I actually prefer working in 1/2 scale and have done quite a few doll houses in that size. Am working on one right now in fact.

    I would probably use the 1/2 box in this article to create a crypt and show in the interior, etc. Would make a great Halloween scene.

  2. Jean Marmo says:

    How cool! another fun project! I have never tried anything like this. It reminds me of some of the architecture we just saw in Italy.

  3. my goodness, this grotto is simply gorgeous! I haven’t done anything on this scale, but would love to give it a go. I think a Christmas scene would be fun to create. 🙂

  4. Kat Cashwell says:

    I am a miniaturist and my favorite is 1/4 scale bit I live 1/2 scale too! this is awesome and I can’t wait to see what is in store from you all at Halloween!

  5. Yiannis Vasalakis says:

    Greetings from Greece 🙂

    Been experimenting with miniature crafting for a while. Sure would like to try some of your Alphastamps goodies. Thinking of recreating an abandoned ancient greek temple, lost in the forests of Arcadia. What do you think?

  6. Kim Lucak says:

    Adorable vignette! I love the idea of a grotto, maybe adding a fountain?

  7. Leanna Alverson says:

    I think a miniature formal garden with a fountain, the statue, etc. How pretty!

  8. Connie L. says:

    I love to work with this scale. I’d make a day of the dead shrine.

  9. Traci says:

    I would make a grotto for the Blessed Virgin Mary with lots of flowers and display it at my front door. >^..^<

  10. Laural says:

    I love this idea..I would make a museum grotto perhaps with a picture of Mona Lisa and a Van Gogh with incorporating the statue and I like the half scale.

  11. M. C. Sparks says:

    I’m thinking use all this plus for something Halloween …

  12. Nadine says:

    I would make a shop window!

  13. Maggie M says:

    Love the grotto idea, but would probably do a small fairy garden due to the small scale. I like working with the 1/2 scale size. Thank you Alpha Stamps for this generous giveaway. Your designers are the best!

  14. Karen D. says:

    Love anything garden theme.. never made anything this size but I have made miniature flower pots, arches and walkways out of clay.

  15. barb macaskill says:

    WOW!! This is amazing!! I would make a bathroom scene with a shower that has a wing washing and drying tool so the fairies can get sparkly clean! I absolutely LOVE working in miniature scale whether it is 1:12 or 1:24! I am totally addicted to making mini scenes thanks to you!!!

  16. Verna J says:

    Nicola’s room is so,perfect I would follow her inspiration. Thanks for another beautiful chance to win!

  17. Kathy Bumb says:

    Love this size, and since I love fairies I would transform this box into a fairy shrine. This size is ideal for fairies due to the size. I adore all your products. They are fantastic!!

  18. Betty Geist says:

    So gorgeous.So many ideals going through my head now

  19. Michelle says:

    I would make this into a forgotten garden.

  20. Margaret D says:

    Love the Classical look! I would love to do a shrine with a mythic flair. I would probably have to put wings on the statue though lol. All these new room boxes are great!

  21. Jen R says:

    I would love to make a little grotto with these awesome items. I have never worked in half scale but would love to try it out.

  22. April Dudko says:

    I have to say I’d make the Venus Grotto! I just fell in love with this project!

  23. Emily Ann Dale says:

    I would make a miniature old west bar room. I’d put big doors on it like the swinging doors they had (so they say).

  24. Carla says:

    I love smaller scales, not a lot available in 1/2 inch. This would make a great hideaway

  25. Marilyn Hughes says:

    I’d but the roombox up on the bead caps, and drape the fern all over the inside with the statue in the middle & roses scattered at the bottom (if they fit the scale). Maybe use the flower soft in with the fern garland. Lastly, I’d affix the acanthus leaf charm to the top center.

  26. sheila AR says:

    I enjoy working in all mini scales. I will probably make a Grotto of Art and Beauty featuring Venus and adding an artist painting her. Love Nichola’s project, so soft and beautiful!!


  28. Winnie says:

    Beautiful! I would make a fairy shrine!

  29. Mary Mac says:

    I think half scale would be fun to work with, I would love to try a secret garden.

  30. Joanne Root says:

    Although 1/2 scale isn’t a scale I normally work in, I’d use these items to create a secret garden.

  31. Karen Mallory says:

    What a lovely giveaway. I love working in all sorts of scales. The smaller (1/24) doesn’t take up as much room so you could make a lot more of them! LOL

  32. I’d make a deep forest witch’s shrine to love and youth.

  33. Alexis Mills says:

    Hi there,
    I like working in many scales. I would make a Goddess Shrine with this kit, I would change the Venus with a brass Kwan Yin figure. I love all the floral elements.
    Thanks, Alexis

  34. Michelle PEDIGO TOOPS says:

    I’m not really sure what I’d make yet but this Venus grotto is very pretty.

  35. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    A grotto … simply fabulous.

  36. Dennis L. says:

    Beautiful Venus Grotto, Nichola! I like the 1/2 scale, because the smaller stuff is hard to manage with my big hands and too hard to see with these old eyes! Would do my best to replicate the grotto and give it to my wife for her upcoming birthday.

  37. carmen g says:

    I would use the fountain you introduced last newsletter and make a lush grotto. Love it!!

  38. Catherine Sutton says:

    I am new to your site and am falling in love! On my limited budget, I could use all the free bees I can get!! I would love to build this Grotto for one of my swap pals!!

  39. Phoebe Diamond says:

    I like the idea of a store front selling oddities. Any size and scale works for me, I do it all.

  40. linda lee says:

    SO cool! I am inspired!

  41. marykay chisum says:

    Definitely a mausoleum. It’s never too early or too late for Halloween!

  42. Susan Gunter says:

    I love half scale! I’ve done a dollhouse that is a reproduction of my grandmothers house. I’ve done a few of Nichola’s project in half scale as well. I love what she did with this grotto and I’d like to experiment with the architectural design mold too.

  43. Kristie says:

    The grotto is lovely. I enjoy half scale, but my first love in quarter scale. I’d love to give this project a go with my own touches.

  44. Denise Bryant says:

    I’d love to make a Christmas scene with a fireplace! Love the half scale size to work with!

  45. Ginette says:

    I like both scales

  46. Evelyn Reyes says:

    I just love, love tiny things! I would make the little doll a queen!!

  47. Charlene says:

    What a cute theme. I’m also thinking about something for Christmas.

  48. Carol Slowik says:

    I would make a Mother Mary shrine. Love this one!

  49. Diana Bittaker says:

    Love this little grotto- I all I would add is a little water feature!

  50. Lou Anne says:

    I love Venus’ grotto. I would make one with some modifications-just not sure what would happen!

  51. Nancy S says:

    I just love this. Think I’d like to try my hand a recreating this!

  52. Susan M L says:

    Beautiful scene! I make miniatures in whatever scale happens to fit the container and look in proportion. The flower soft is SO much fun to use in flower making!