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repainting acrylic

Painting Acrylic, A Review of Sorts

I tried painting acrylic before, but it just didn’t look right (not without a bunch of work). But I got tipped off on an easier method from the Shopping Sherpa when she painted her powder blue Panton chair black. SS mentioned using spray paint specifically for plastic, by Tamiya which is widely used by RC hobbyists. Sounds obvious […]

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How to Make a Photography Lightbox for Under $5

Make a Light Box for Miniature Photography for Under $5

Warning: this post is more so about photographing minis than minis itself! Also – if you don’t want to read the summary of photography lighting, go strait to page 2 for my directions on making a homemade light box. A big reason for my being such stickler for details with the minis I make and […]

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make cheap miniature tumblers cups

Making Tumblers on the Cheap!

I have a habit of thinking in miniature ALL THE TIME, so I am always on the lookout for 1:1 scale stuff that I can repurpose into something in 1:12 scale. In a recent trip to HomeDepot, I spied these end caps for the ClosetMaid shelving units and immediately thought “dollhouse cups!” They’re made of rubber but […]

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Teak Planters used as Reference for making miniature dollhouse furniture

Custom Miniature Planters

I’ve recently had my first custom order on Etsy. Honestly, I’m still very new to Etsy, so it was pretty exciting to get a custom request. It was for a set of two miniature planters in 1:12 scale, referencing the image above. I gave the buyer a quote based on the time I expected to […]

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noguchi table

1:12 Scale Noguchi Table Scroll Saw Pattern

Back in college, I spied the Noguchi table in one of those trendy furniture design stores in Miami. It was front and center in the window and it stopped me in my tracks. My broke college self could not afford the $1k+ price tag (I still can’t!), so I moved on, but I never forgot […]

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