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  1. Thanks so much to all who responded! I ended up deciding to return it, and get something else I've always wanted, a small kiln. I figure I can use it for things I already sort of know how to do, in both full-size and mini. But still enjoy the challenge of learning something new (metal clay is calling!) If anyone is ever looking, though, I HIGHLY recommend this company. Their customer service was outstanding. My husband explained what I was looking to do with it, and they were super honest, and said I probably wouldn't be happy with the fine detail, but that resin (not a
  2. I didn't even consider mold making, that is an excellent idea. I make molds for clay/resin a good bit. Not for mass production of any one item, but usually to create components. I think I would be willing to take on the software/design learning curve if I had a clear goal in mind. But, it might be more practical to use Shapeways in the meantime, for the cost of the printer itself. Would love to see some of the pieces you've had made!
  3. I was wondering how that was done without a flat iron!! Off to Google, thank you!!
  4. Ha! I do see your point, but I don't necessarily see it as a replacement for something like a traditional wooden chair. I think of something more like the Chrysnbon bathtub. It's something that would be almost cost prohibitive to make in traditional materials, in the appropriate scale (very thin walled, finely detailed.) That bathtub is used in some of the finest of mini homes, no shame! In smaller scales especially, traditional materials (even wood!) reach limitations in both durability and realism. And, while it's not my personal taste, I do think miniatures in general could us
  5. Oooh...nifty...thanks!! I did find some things online last night, but most were made with fancy pants ($$$$) machines, so it was hard to determine the differences in capabilities. For example, the one I'm looking at uses a spool of PLA (plastic), but others use ABS, and I think I read that Shapeways is some sort of a resin powder? I guess plastic is plastic, that it can all be painted one way or another, I'm just trying to figure out what I'm in for. :)
  6. My very sweet husband bought me a 3D printer (http://newmatter.com/#!/) as an early Mother's Day gift for my minis. However, before I accept (or return), I would love to hear from anyone else who has a home-use printer. I'm afraid that it won't really be able to produce the detail/quality I would want in something tiny. Or, that it would require A LOT of cleanup (sanding, filling, prepping, priming) after the fact, making it faster for me to create in traditional methods. None of my houses/scenes would be considered modern enough that plastic furniture or pieces (like Playmobil!)
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