Category Archive: club little house

using push molds to make miniatures

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Using pre-made silicone push molds to make your miniatures is an easy way to get good results. And there are lots of them available, especially on Etsy. The gingerbread mold above is from Stewart Dollhouse Creations. Aren’t they adorable? And super tiny!

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Above are examples of molds from another great source for molds for miniatures, Pe Li’s Miniatures. Pe Li also offers a few online tutorials on how to use these push molds to get excellent results. Here, here and here.

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More push molds for miniature making:

  1. Oreos http://www.etsy.com/shop/Kelarart
  2. Cookie Cutters http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheMoldHut
  3. Macaroons http://www.etsy.com/shop/StewartDollhouse
  4. Frames http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheMoldHut
  5. Silverware http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheMoldHut

club little house news

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Sign up starts next Friday for Club Little House! Yay!

Here are few details:

  • The items will be due at the end of May
  • The fee will be $10 (International: $15) to cover shipping and packaging
  • I’m adding a special Mommy and Me Club Little House for little ones to join in the fun (Alfredo’s idea)

Comment below if you are thinking of joining!

making a miniature pencil

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I want to show you how using a scale ruler will help you make your miniatures even more realistic. Often what gives something away as being miniature is the slightest inconsistency of scale. Getting your miniature as close to the scale representation as you can will make it that much more convincing. To illustrate this point (pardon the pun), I’m going to make a pencil from a toothpick.

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A scale ruler is just like any other ruler but it has 12 notches between each inch. These notches represent 1:12 scale miniature inches. I call these “tiny inches”. If something is 4″ in real life, it will be 4 notches on the scale ruler or 4 tiny inches. Using a scale ruler to measure your final miniature will help you determine how close to scale you are. It also helps when you are sourcing materials for your miniatures to determine if the size is appropriate.

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For the pencil, when I measure a real pencil, it is about .25″ wide.

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A toothpick measures 1 tiny inch wide. To remove the extra width, I gently glide a blade over the section of the toothpick that I’m going to make into a pencil. I keep the toothpick whole because it makes this part easier and safer.

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One benefit is that this shaving of extra wood will make it less round and more angular, like a real pencil is! I’m not really whittling, or digging into the wood. I’m just running the blade lightly over the wood, keeping my fingers out of the way by holding the end of the toothpick.

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Here you can see that the toothpick is now about 1/2 of a tiny inch. I could keep going but I’m okay with it here.

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With the toothpick still whole, I paint the body of the pencil a nice orange-yellow.

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Once that is dry, I trim the pencil so that there is about 1 tiny inch for the lead part of the pencil and about 1-2 tiny inches for the eraser part.

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I used my blade to carefully sharpen the pencil. This time I am cutting into the wood, creating a pointy end.

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I dipped the pointy end into black paint to create the lead.

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I dipped the other end in pink to create the eraser.

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Next, I simply painted the area between the pencil body and the pink eraser with silver metallic paint. Ta-dah!

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In the photo above, the fatter pencil was made from a toothpick that was not shaved down to size. It’s still a great pencil but perhaps it looks more like one of those fat beginner pencils, right?

Here’s a scale ruler for you to use. Just be sure that it prints out at 100% by measuring it up against a regular ruler. The inch measurements should line up.

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Laminate it or glue it to sturdy cardboard, or even the back of a regular ruler and keep it handy for when you are creating your Club Little House littles!

miniature kits

Maybe you are thinking of joining Club Little House but are unsure of your miniature crafting skills? Using kits to create miniatures is a great way to get started. Since everything is all figured out for you, including scale, you can concentrate on assembly. Success is all but guaranteed. And once you create items like these, you’ll be inspired to figure out how to create other tiny versions of things!

Here are some miniature kits I found on Etsy…12thdimension
I’ve purchased TwelfthDimension’s miniature toy kits before and I love them. Everything you need is included and they come together quickly. The log cabin and bunny are not currently offered, but check back for updates. Shop TwelfthDimension

ldelaney

L. Delaney is one of my favorite miniaturists! In her miniature bookmaking kit, you’ll find everything you need to make over 100 books! Shop L. Delaney

theminiaturegarden

The Miniature Garden makes it easy to create amazingly realistic flowers with affordably-priced kits. Shop The Miniature Garden

true2scale

Can you believe the scale of these amazing miniature glitter houses? True2Scale offers individual house kits, as well as the entire village. And she even has kits for lighting them! Shop True2Scale

club little house, anyone?

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Many of you may remember the Club Little House swap I hosted awhile ago. No? Let me tell you about it. Folks would sign up for the limited seats in the club (as many as 5 groups of 12). We would all make 12 of the same tiny thing, scaled at 1:12 for a dollhouse. Everyone would package up their little gifts and send them to me. I would then package up bundles of 12 different little items and send them back to each member. It was so much fun! I think it’s time to do another…what do you say?

So, start thinking now whether or not you’d like to join in the fun. This is a great project for a family to do together!

A few things to consider:

  1. There will be a small fee to cover the packing and mailing of packages, slightly higher for folks outside of the US.
  2. If you sign up and can’t fulfill your commitment, it makes things difficult. Please consider carefully whether you will be able to do it before you sign up, okay?
  3. Try to stick to the 1:12 ratio…every inch in the tiny world represents a foot in the big world. The closer you can get to this scale, the more realistic the shrinkage will appear.
  4. You can make your item from scratch or decorate an already made miniature. Whichever you do, make it lovely.
  5. Keep the total size of your packaging under 4″.

Sign ups open in two weeks, on Friday, March 14. Yay!

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