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A Groom for the Clothespin Bride

Friday April 18, 2014

The loving couple are now complete with the well dressed clothespin groom in his tuxedo. I used scraps of black satin ribbon for his outfit. You could use felt or seam binding as well. Just be careful not to add too much glue!

Bride and groom dolls made from clothespegs with ribbon and lace clothes.You can make an entire range of dressed bodies, then just switch heads to set your clothespin character in different settings. You can see the groom on vacation in casual shirt and shorts, same head, different body. If you prefer a full head of hair, see the instructions for adding hair in the instructions for the kilted clothespin doll.

These little dolls make a great project for a child's party. Prepare some basic bodies with arms (or use pipe cleaners) and set out scraps of fabric and ribbon for clothing. Colored pens make it easy to add simple facial features. For younger children you might want to prepare the doll heads with various hair styles ready for finishing.

Photo 2014 Lesley Shepherd

Miniature Gardens From the 2014 Seattle Dollhouse Show

Thursday April 17, 2014

Dish Garden with Polyanthus exhibited by Janit Calvo at the Spring 2014 Seattle Dollhouse ShowIf you love plants and gardens you need to check out the miniature garden photos from the Spring 2014 Seattle Dollhouse Show. This year there were enough to deserve a gallery on their own. Janit Calvo, writer of Gardening in Miniature presented a number of very simple living miniature gardens, ideas anyone with a green or brown thumb could easily imitate. Janet M. Oliver presented a Shabby Chic Garden retreat which has lovely weathering while Barbara Tynon set up a delightful scene in a garden lantern and a Dolly Wyttenberg turned a small Wardian case into a garden shed.

Photo 2014 Lesley Shepherd

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Summertime Miniatures To Make

Monday April 14, 2014

doll carrying air mattress made from drinking strawsIs it summer yet? Some of the summertime miniature projects might make you feel that way. Get started now on

Many of these make cute decorations for summer and retirement cakes as well.

Photo 2011 Lesley Shepherd

Painting Tips for Modellers

Friday April 11, 2014
Two different nozzle styles on cans of spray paint.

Modellers and miniaturists need to pay careful attention to paints and paint techniques. After you spent so much time working on a finely scaled miniature, you don't want to blow the paint finish and obscure all your detail. Check the list of painting tips for modellers to see where you could improve your technique. Try to use the best quality paints you can find and learn to read the MSDS information and ACMI labels which pertain to Safety tips for craft materials. Use artist's quality paints if possible, they generally have finer pigments and identify lightfastness, both of which give you more control over the final outcome. The painting site on About.com has great information on how to read paint tube labels. The more you know, the better you'll be able to control your final finishes!

Photo 2014 Lesley Shepherd

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