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Hi everyone! I haven’t been around in a bit because I’ve been building my Etsy shop. But- I’ve reached a point where realize I could really use the input and combined miniatures wisdom of this community-
First, I have to say I love Etsy and especially miniatures shopping on Etsy- and it’s really kind of mind boggling when you realize just how many miniatures makers and artisans there are all over the world!
I know at least some of you must have experience as merchants on Etsy, either of miniatures supplies and/or handmade artisan miniature items,etc. and I’d love to hear your thoughts or experiences with any parts of the process! One thing I have come across is the huge amount of mass manufactured dollhouse miniatures available for very cheap. It’s hard to compete with those kinds of prices!
When setting out to make items for an Etsy shop, how do you decide what to make , and if it will sell? How can you find a niche without overspecializing?
These are just some of the things that I have thought as I’ve gone through the early processes of setting up my shop. Here’s the link if you want to check it out https://etsy.me/2M1CJOj - all positive and constructive feedback is welcomed!!
By My Miniature Madness
I've been busy over the last several weeks going through my collection and dismantling three of my major dollhouse projects. I have literally run out of space, and if I want to do more projects in the future (and I really do), I need to let go of some of the older stuff. Here's a link to the items I have listed on eBay - all the opening bids start at $.99 and most things are just sold as big lots of like items:
These are the dismantled structures I have on Craigslist. They are all big and heavy and the shipping seems pretty cost prohibitive to list them on eBay. I am not even sure what to ask for them, so please feel free to make suggestions in terms of pricing or whatever you think would be helpful to move them on:
By Homemade Miniatures
Homemade Miniatures is available on Facebook with new inventory weekly!
Sharing 3 generations of love for dollhouses and miniatures! We create modern and organic 1:12th scale furniture kits made from solid wood and soft fabrics. These kits are enjoyed from miniaturists filling their dollhouses to loved ones looking for a hobby to share together.
Our furniture kits include instruction booklets, pre cut pieces, sanded & unpainted wood, and linens (if applicable). These kits are ready to be designed, painted, and turned into one of a kind pieces that are homemade and handmade by you!
Toilet and sink made using homemade cold porcelain, ( my toilet actually flushes water..fill the tank, push the handle and watch the water disappear ), roll top bread box, leather mules for Barbie.
Cold porcelain......easy to make, put in air tight container it will last for months and not rot, easy to work with, no baking,
drys as fast as school glue and hard as a rock almost...hard enough to carve like wood and sand too.
For a lump about the size of a golf ball ----
1/4 c Cornstarch
1/8 c School Glue ..doesn't have to be school glue, any white glue or craft glue will work.
1tsp Mineral Oil....baby oil is ok as well as face cream like Noxzema, maybe even olive oil or coconut oil- sewing machine oil? LOL ....worth a try!
Ive used mineral oil and Noxzema ...both worked fine except Noxzema is too smelly.
Put the 3 ingredients into a container and stir until it starts clumping into chunks, then using your fingers,
need the clumps together..adjust the consistency adding more corn starch to firm it up or more glue to moisten...
You will know the consistency is correct when the inside of the container looks clean as well as your fingers.