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Monday, September 28, 2009

Mme Alexander Dolls from McDonalds

Chris Pecherzewski made this adorable scene with a Michaels pumpkin and Mme Alexander dolls from McDonalds.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Fisher Price Dolls

Dolls add life and character to a scene. A couple of miniaturists use Fisher Price Dolls to great advantage in their work.
Tanya from Ty-nee-stuff has many wonderful scenes.
http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/5815043

Doreen Playter uses her FP family to illustrate phases in the construction of her dollhouse.
Here are David and Julie in action.

http://doreensminiatures.blogspot.com/2009/05/flooring-gets-stained-and-wallpaper.html

Also look at:
http://minitreasures.pbworks.com/fisher_price?SearchFor=fisher+price+dolls&sp=3
There is a section on dolls - use the search button for character dolls, or look in the sidebar for inhabitants.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Display Ideas

Some wonderful pics of Queen Mary's Dollhouse, Colleen Moore's fairy castle, and hobbit house. Also a bookcase display.
http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2008/12/small-wonders-miniature-palaces.html

Monday, September 21, 2009

Rust and Weathering Techniques

video
Noel and Pat Thomas invented "bug juice", widely used to age woods. They also do workshops - check the schedule.
This is a link to their site.
http://www.thomasopenhouse.com/index.html
Rust painting Tutorial
http://www.acanthusminiatures.com/page13.html

Monday, September 14, 2009

Fairy Houses

Rachel Pace makes wonderful Fairy houses.
video
Sumaiya Mehreen posted about Rachel's houses
http://smehreen-dollhouse.blogspot.com/2009/06/wizards-hollow-rachel-pace.html

Check out the Mini treasures wiki for more Fairy stuff!
http://minitreasures.pbworks.com/fairies

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Maharajah's Palace


San from Singapore has a wonderful blog, where she is creating an Indian delight!
http://sansdollhousediaries.blogspot.com/search/label/Palace%20Interiors


Sumaiya Mehreen makes Fabulous dolls.
http://exoticdolls.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wigging Cross

video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpA-TwH2DpI&feature=channel

White House in Miniature


John Zweifel and his family have created a masterpiece- a 50 foot replica of the White House is 1:12 scale, which is updated to reflect the current occupants.
When the miniature house isn't on tour, it is on exhibit in the Presidents Hall of Fame in Florida. Check out the circus too!
http://www.presidentshalloffame.com/


http://www.ohdeedoh.com/ohdeedoh/books-guides-resources/learning-about-the-white-house--087284

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Miniature Pinecones


Papaya seeds - inside the round husk of the papaya seed lurks a pine cone! Put the seeds on a paper towel, rince the outer menbrane away, and what remains is a cone with prominent ridges, about 1/4 " long and and 1/8" wide.
Also check
http://www.pinecones.com/shop/?shop=1&itemid=15 - miniature pinecones

Garden Lawnmower



John Scapes is a retired mechanical engineer and uses his expertise to create exquisitely detailed projects.
He created this push lawn mower for his log cabin, and is kind enough to contribute the directions.
Now if you make this mower, please show him the results!

John has a sense of humour! This gentleman doesn't exactly have the right outfit for mowing, does he? But notice how perfectly to scale the figure is!

This Tut will be posted at http://minitreasures.pbworks.com/ - look under Projects>Gardening.
There is a comments section at the end of the page. You can let him know what you did with the TUT and share a link to pictures of the result.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Airwick Gives up Shower Head or Swivel light


Chris from Canada wrote:
The larger size Airwick Freshmatic refill cans all contain a bonus 1:12 modern shower head or swivel light for track lighting, cunningly disguised as a spray nozzle. I haven't seen the newer mini units here in Canada yet, but they likely have a similar nozzle.
Remove the nozzle and cut the round part off where it meets the part that sticks onto the tube going into the can. Scrape off the bits left from the molding process (2 raised circles and the seam lines) with a craft knife and paint if desired. For a shower head, trim the stub so it is at a 45 degree angle and with a flat washer or bead slipped over to form a collar, glue to the wall. For track lighting, leave the cut end flat, glue a circle of card stock, a bead or a sequin over the end to conceal the hole, glue a small bead or piece of tubing to the lamp where it will attach to the ceiling and glue it in place.
I'm not sure what the rest of it could be used for yet, but give me time. ;c )

Melanie's Sewing Roombox



Melanie used batting and fabric to make her project look like a sewing basket.
A wonderful original idea.
See her Picasa album for more pictures.
http://picasaweb.google.com/melanie8383

Sewing - Work in Progress (pattern and dressmaking pins)

De-De Heeter wrote:
I just posted a little tutorial on my blog about how to make a very realistic looking sewing pattern "in use." I utilized the pattern sent in one of the posts earlier today and printed it on tissue, and it looks great! Best part is it took me maybe all of 10 minutes to do from start to finish.
http://facefromthepast.wordpress.com/doll-tips-projects/how-to-print-a-miniature-pattern-on-tissue-paper/



Evelyne Martin in Brazil wrote:
I made my own 'work in progress' (fabric with pattern and pins).
It's not that hard. The tricky part is to make the pins. I got one of those 'wires' we use to fasten food bags, like sliced bread - know what kind? So here's what I did:
  • Peel the plastic part and use the thin wire inside.
  • Cut several pieces (about 3/16" or 4mm each).
  • Dip one end of each piece (use tweezers) in a 'puffy' paint, bronze. That will make a little ball.
  • Stick them in Styrofoam to dry.
  • When dry, use a pin or needle to 'drill' some holes on the patterns, where you think the pins should go. Pierce two tiny holes next to each other for each 'pin' (1/16" or 1.5mm apart)
  • Using tweezers, carefully insert each pin on the holes, as if they were holding the patterns on the fabric (in one hole, out through the other).
  • Put a dab of white glue on the back of the pattern, where each pin is. That will hold them in place.
  • Let dry.
  • Glue patterns to the fabric of your choice.
Check out her sewing room in her Picasa Album.
http://picasaweb.google.com.br/Sowl.Mini/SewingRoombox#