Have you ever exhausted yourself looking for something that isn’t what you want it to be, even though you know it could be what you want it to be if you could only find it? Going into a second-hand or antique store had become almost embarrassing. I lost count of how many times I was asked by a clerk to describe what I was looking for. All I could really say was, “I’ll know it when I see it.”
I finally DID see it but only after hours and hours online looking for “miniature glass vases”. As we have discussed before, the word “miniature” does not always mean the same thing. Its definition varies. A 4″ vase might be miniature to a person who simply wants a vase that is much smaller than an average sized vase in TRW, but a 4″ vase in the fashion doll world would be 2 feet tall! The miniature vase search evolved into searches for “shot glasses” and “glass half shots”, both of which were just as fruitless and succeeded only in me wishing I had a Jello shot or two to make the search more interesting.
The “I’ll know it when I see it” item was actually NOT a shot glass after all. Well…a friend did actually find one, sitting on a shelf in an antique store, that was labeled “Catholic Shot”. LOL Yes, you guessed it. The glass vases that OSS uses for its citrus, snowflake, and heart lined, 1:6 scale vases are, in TRW, vintage communion cups!
Each is made of heavy glass and measures in at approximately 1 and 5/8 inches tall with an opening diameter of 1 and 1/8 inches. In TRW, that would give you a glass vase 9 and 3/4 inches tall with an opening diameter of 6 and 3/4 inches. (If the math is incorrect, send all complaints to my husband.) The cups are slightly heavier at the base, as you can see in the photo above, and are able to hold a nice sized floral bouquet without tipping. I have seen shorter glass communion cups on Ebay and Etsy, but I prefer the taller version for OSS purposes.
I have not found any in my local stores yet, so I shop for these vintage cups on Ebay and Etsy. On Ebay and Etsy, the cups can be found in lots of usually one or two dozen. I am assuming most collectors have no need for dozens of doll vases, so I now offer the empty vases (Yes, they are now VASES in my reality.) in the OSS Etsy Store. These vases can also be used as ice buckets in your 1:6 scale dioramas. They hold just enough “ice” (also available from OSS) to cradle a bottle of wine or bubbly or sparkling cider. I have a friend (Yep..only one.) who would know whether or not a bottle of wine truly ever belongs on ice, but in my doll world, I like the look of bottles on ice whether or not they belong there. 😀
This is where I sometimes tell you what to expect in my next post to The OSSome Blog. However, at this moment, I have no idea what I’m going to write about next, so I suppose you will have to be surprised. See ya!