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The Key To Drafting Smooth Curved Lines - Many times I find modellers are afraid to work with custom curves in small buildings. For those of you who build fairy or fantasy houses, and want curved topped doors or windows, the answer may be to use a flexible curve. These basic drafting tools allow you to mark, copy, flip and reverse curves. Use them along with a plank forming jig and curved roofs, windows and doors can easily become part of your miniature building repertoire.The Key To Drafting Smooth Curved Lines originally appeared on ...
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Special Paints and Finishes for Models and Miniatures - I've joined the ball joint doll enthusiasts who love the velvety matte finish of Mr. Super Clear UV Flat Topcoat Spray for final coatings for 'faceups'. Even my husband the car modeller was impressed with how easy it is to get a perfectly flat coat on a glossy surface, great for an easy flat / gloss combination. As the product information is generally only in Japanese, assume the worst when using this spray and make sure you have great ventilation!Another speciality model paint from the same company GSI Creos Corporation (formerly Gunze Sangyo) is Mr. Base White 1000. This is a primer with such fine pigment that it doesn't fill in detail on metal, resin and plastic miniatures. Too bad the paints don't come with ...
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Tiny Barbecue Tools - In time for Father's Day these miniature barbecue tools can be used to decorate a card or to fill out a scene in a miniature garden. They are light weight enough to be used for miniature jewelry as well. Use them along with the printable miniature chefs touque and aprons and don't forget the hamburgers and ...
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Grilled Burgers for Tiny Barbecues - In time for a Father's day scene, these miniature hamburger patties can be set up to look raw or in various stages of grilling. Try to avoid getting your clay too warm when you make these miniatures. You want the clay to be chopped together rather than marbled for the best effect. Once again I've used Pan Pastels to make the grill and char marks on my burgers. You don't need too many colors for most polymer clay foods. I tend to use "orange shade" which is an ochre color good for bread crusts, as well as burnt sienna and raw ...
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Miniature Buildings for the Outdoors - There are a number of methods you can use to make miniature buildings for outdoor scenes, miniature gardens, fairy gardens, garden railways and others. Depending on the temperature range your buildings need to withstand, you can use anything from wood and natural materials (sticks, bark, stones) through styrene sheets, high density insulation foam or epoxy putty over a framework. The best references for outdoor buildings are usually for garden railways. I can happily recommend Buildi...
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How Many Will Fit In Your Hand? - This week's project is dollhouse sized wieners for hot dogs. These are an easy project, but you can learn valuable skills from blending your own colors of polymer clay to make them. Shown here in my hand they are 1:12 scale, but this is a project which can be scaled up or down. ...
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How to Choose Glues for Miniatures and Models - Which glues do you use for making miniatures or modelling? Plastic cements? Zap (CA) glues? PVA? I've made a list to put links to reviews and specialist glue suppliers all in one place on the miniatures site. The useful glues list has information on movable glues, paper glues, silicone glues, plastic weld glues, epoxies .. Some glues work best in certain weather or under particular temperature conditions, some glues add texture or 3D effects to a project so check the list and make your choice. My general advice for choosing a glue would be to choose something which you can control, or reverse if necessary, instead of something which will hold until it cracks, or needs strong thinners to dissolve. There is a reason fine furniture is made with hide glues and not things like Cyanoacrylate!...
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Honoring The Handing Down of Skills - Instead of making something for my mother for Mother's Day this year, I'm paying forward what I learned from my grandmother. She patiently taught me how to sew my own doll clothing, which led to a love of sewing and pattern that has lasted throughout my life. As we celebrate Mother's Day this weekend, think of ways you can pay something forward to honor the women of your family, the simplest skills are always useful, and making small things with a child you know may take them in exciting new directions. You don't need to be a mother to take these skills forward, you just need to act like one! With summer finally on the horizon, my simple sewing project is an easy to handse...
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Tips to Help You Maintain Your Paper Punches - Paper punches are an important tool to miniaturists. Keep your paper punches in good running order with these simple techniques and materials. If you use your punches on unusual materials , like thin metal sheets, polymer clay, or tissue paper, you'll need to keep them sharp and clean. If not, you may need to read how to fix a stuck paper punch which explains how to ease the sticking, or even take the punch apart for minor repairs. Inexpensive punches are often the first to lose their edge or the ones that start to bind. Heavier commercial weight metal ticket punches might be a good inves...
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Are You a Fan of Dinky Toys? - Collectibles that bring back childhood memories are always popular. Children's toys which suffered a lot at the hands of their owners have a wide range of values and that is certainly true of Dinky Toys. These toys encompass everything from O scale train accessories, cars, airplanes, military vehicles through to dollhouses and doll's house furniture. The packaging can be more valuable than the contents for some of these toys, so it is well worth watching out for original items in your collecting forays. Be careful to understand if you are looking at originals or reproductions! These die cast toys have a long history so they are available in all price ranges for collectors, from parts and playworn cars suitable only for rebuilding, t...
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