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  1. Wood stain! Paint in the sample-size jar! Joint compound! (You can "carve" it into all types of fantastic stone, etc. and it makes great stucco and grout for paper egg carton bricks.) Painter's tape! Mini clamps from the electrical department!
  2. I have my Newport on top of a small antique dresser that originally belonged to my great grandmother. Before it became my Newport “stand”, it was literally just taking up space and collecting dust in our garage. The drawers are handy to hold miniature items such as seasonal decorations. I think turntables are a must have, really with any piece larger than a room box. Turntables make (miniature) life easier and more enjoyable because you have access to 360 degrees of your mini house, even if it’s placed near a (real life) wall.
  3. This is a brilliant tip! Thank you for sharing!
  4. Hi Tillie! I don't have a link to the specific lights you're seeking, but Evan Designs are a great go-to for miniature lighting. They probably have some combination you could rig up to create your desired under the counter lighting effect. https://evandesigns.com/
  5. Those arched doors are fantastic!
  6. When miniatures are done will, it's nearly impossible to tell that they are, in fact, miniatures. Outstanding work - you took it from hobby/craft to fine art, Kim!
  7. Oh Kells, that is brilliant! Don't you love it when the solution is right there "under your nose" all along, just waiting to reveal itself?! The shape is perfect for your piano.
  8. It's really interesting to see your formula/breakdown, Lee. Again, thank you for sharing! It makes it quite easy to justify the cost of these unique, 3D printed miniatures.
  9. Glad you weathered the storm, pun intended!
  10. So glad to introduce you! I've made many of his kits and they go together like a dream. I stumbled across his minis on Etsy quite a while ago and have been hooked ever since. I've loved every project, but the 16th century chest is likely my favorite miniature I've ever made from a kit. That and the Bible box just look sooooooo good once they're assembled. Someday I'll get around to creating an album for my Aster Cottage; basically I built it to have somewhere to properly display my Arjen Spinhoven miniatures!
  11. Thanks for your response, Roxanne. Interesting stuff!
  12. Slightly off topic, but mostly on topic question. . . I don't have a 3D printer, and while they fascinate me, I have no desire to fiddle with one at this point in my life. . . anyway, I have purchased some fantastic 3D printed miniatures on Etsy, but I always feel they are somewhat pricey for something machine-produced and not handcrafted. So my question is this - do the materials and labor involved in 3D printing justify these rather expensive costs, or is the price tag simple because the miniatures themselves are unique? Maybe it's a combination? Just curious what y'all think.
  13. Liquitex gloss gel medium was a game-changer for me. There are many brands out there, but I really like this one - great quality and a tube seems to last forever! You can add it to acrylic paint (I usually do a 1:1-ish ratio when I want a transparent, buildable "wash") and it adds a beautiful texture and transparency when painting furniture, etc. I've found it especially useful when painting mdf furniture kits that are laser cut, when the wood simply doesn't look very nice or take the stain very well. Since the paint does cover any less than perfect gluing jobs, it's really a helpful alternative to stain. I was first introduced to the idea of using a gel medium with my paint through Arjen Spinhoven's amazing kits. If you scroll down to the "painting instructions" section, he gives an excellent overview of how to paint to get a beautiful finish. https://arjenspinhoven.nl/en/Building_Instructions I've used alcohol markers to touch up very small spots on wood, but that's it. Just a week or two ago I tested a spot on a little table I was making thinking it would be easier to use the markers than to mess with traditional wood stain, but the alcohol marker just didn't look good. As always, experiment!
  14. Hahaha Love it! The pewter shop is darling, by the way, and I'm so glad you shared this story. I shared it with my husband and he got a good chuckle out of it too.
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