When I started in this hobby almost 35 years ago, I didn’t know anyone who did miniatures, didn’t know about Nutshell News, and the only time I got to a miniature store was on an occasional trip to California. I had some wonderful books that guided me but that was it. When I discovered Small Stuff miniature digest on the internet, I thought the world was my oyster. There were other people like me out there … and they could and did teach me so much! Then I was lucky enough to find MEE and actually interact personally with fellow miniaturists!
But when you are new to miniatures and are fortunate enough to find a club, you may feel sort of behind the eight ball coming into a club where so many of the members have been doing this for decades. Pretty daunting...And believe me, I know how it feels.
I’m no expert – more of a jack of all trades and master of none. But I’ve gained a certain amount of experience over the years and I’m pretty good at finding answers – and have ‘met’ a lot of people over the years who will help me find answers.
With that in mind, I offered to host any new members who were interested in a sub-club meeting once a month in my home to discuss/try techniques, trash to treasure, anything they might want to try.
Since it wasn't a good time for me on the second Tuesday of November, I called an initial meeting for tonight mostly to discuss some of the things I thought we might try to do in the future and maybe make a couple Christmas ornaments.
The timing may have confused people as there wasn't a very good turnout but we had fun and found a lot of answers to questions so I felt it was a success.
Trineke is from Holland and has always thought in metric so working in the Imperial measurements of 1:12 can be a bit confusing for her. And since I was raised in Imperial, the conversion to 1:12 scale is just so automatic that I find it hard to explain it to someone raised in metric. But that is where Peter Tucker came to our rescue! Peter, who is an incredible miniature artist/builder, has gifted miniaturists with a scale conversion chart that you can download to your computer. Once you've saved it to your computer, you can enter a RL measurement in the chart and have it automatically converted to the measurement in one of several scales.
One of the things that came up was painting Chrysnbon furniture - something I know nothing about! BUT I know enough to go to http://smallstuffarchive.com/tips and put Chrysnbon in the Search engine.
I had planned a project that we didn't actually do but I had done it so could explain it. I found some Christmas stockings on the internet. I copied them to a document then copied them again and flipped them horizontally. (Four sets of them shown here.)
I cut out the two matching stockings
TIP: When you're cutting out something, turn the paper - not the scissors!
In this case, I put a layer of glue over the 'fur' part of the stocking and dipped it in a pile of sparkle. You could use a bit of suede paper to simulate fur, or fancy it up with strips of cell phone or fingernail decorations.
(When you glue the stockings together, you end up with a white edge on the paper, so you can take a red (in this case) or other appropriate colour marker to recolour that.) Or you can run a piece of red, green, gold or silver thread around it...
Tuck a candy cane inside the stocking to emphasize the dimension of it. Or you could find picture of a teddy bear (or anything else), resize it, and tuck it the top of the stocking.
If you would like me to send you a .pdf file of the stockings, please comment and give me your address like this: mheucher at shaw.ca so I can just replace the space properly.
We didn't get around to making Christmas ornaments but here a couple hints for working with very tiny things:
TIP: To place very small beads, lick the end of a piece of spaghetti, touch it to the bead and put it in place.
TIP: Glue some low pile velvet/dollhouse carpet to a piece of wood or matboard. Use this on your work surface to hold beads, nails, anything small, in place so they won't roll off your working surface. (Three of them shown here.)
Hi, Susanne in Denmark. Thanks for being here...hope this gives you some ideas...