Sunday, November 14, 2010

Questions....

Nope, No pictures yet! And I'm too scared to go digging around for them, So hopefully the next time I go home, I can talk my Brother-in-law into fixing it again. But in the mean time..... I'm keeping myself busy! I made some 4 tier birdhouses.... (the one I had made before had only 3 tiers) ..... And I've made a couple of fat ones. Just have to finish up the roofs, and I'll be done with this set of birdhouses..... Then I have to make some stands. I did manage to order some supplies from HBS.. So I gotta wait on that to get here before I can finish the posts. I think I'm most excited about the 'dental molding' that I bought:) Can't wait to get my hands on it!! I also ordered some drawer pulls and door knobs..... But you'll have to wait to see what I come up with.

So...On to those questions....

What color birdhouse should I make next?? I tried red last night, and could not get it crackle~ So I'll have to play around with that some more! I did make one yesterday using the 'sand' colored paint I have~ And I really, really like it. The age and green mossy stuff show up so much better on the sand:)

An Etsy question~ How do you price your stuff? Sometimes I feel like I'm over charging... and sometimes I feel like I've really cut myself short and not charged enough. I want to be able to give my customers the best price I can...... without them, my store would be nothing. But if this is a business that I want to keep going, then I've got to figure out how to price things right.

Anyone got any good pointers on making 'miniature' strawberry jam? I got 2 tiny little jams jars from Nikki, and I'd like to fill them with some kind of jam/jelly for Marshmallow Manor.....

What do ya'll use to stick things down with in your dollhouse? I have some of that yellow tack stuff, and it just doesn't seem to work like I think it should..... Or it ends up sticking out from under the object you're trying to place...... Any suggestions??? I don't want to glue things down.... I like rearranging them....

OK.... I'm off to work on the birdhouses...... And finish watching Benny & Joon........ I love Joon's studio..... I love Johnny Depp~ and all his quirks.....love the music...... Just one of my all time favorite movies!!

Until Next Time......

5 comments:

Caseymini said...

Katie, for sticking things down so that they can be taken back up, nothing works better than Mini-Hold. It is a wax that is made especially for our miniatures. You can get it from HBS. It is 3.29 for a little tub, but one tub will last you a long long time. Good stuff!

Go here. http://www.miniatures.com/Mini-Hold-P17837.aspx

How about stained glass paint for the jam?

Susan said...

Tacky wax or museum wax holds miniatures well and isn't as visible.

Kim said...

Katie- you should check youtube and see if you can find some tips on mini jam making. I think I remember someone using silicone with added paint or something on there maybe? I use the Mini Hold from the little tubs too- I found what looks like the same exact stuff from the dollhouse store one year at Menards with those little christmas villages- since it's about that time in the stores maybe you'll find it there? I hope your Brother-in-law can fix things up for you!!

Carolyn said...

Hi Katie. I just use blutak in my dollshouse....I used tiny pieces that don't show and they work perfectly well.

I make jam using two part resin....you have to use actual resin colouring though. The one I use is called Envirotex and you can buy it in hardware stores if you dollshouse supplier doesn't have it. When I am in a rush, I use expoxy glue which is basically the same stuff but sets really fast. I wouldn't recommend that for your first try though or you'll ruin your jars!

Otherwise you could try liquid fimo with just a little bit of oil paint added.

We must be running in sync. My website was hacked the other day and send out 35,000 emails to goodness knows who before dying. It's alive again now. And your teeth sound like mine!

Sorry about this long comment! I mainly just wanted to say that the birdhouse arrived today and it is one of the most beautiful miniatures I have ever received. Thank you so much! I love it!

xx Carolyn

Sans! said...

I too use blu tac that now comes in white/black (my all time fav) blue/green/red. I wish they come in wood or brown. They are indispensable where i am concerned. You just use a very thin strip and they won't be seen. They are sticky even when it is just a teeny weeny dollop. But I will check out minihold. Never heard of it until now.

I am suffering a bad tooth too :( sighhhhhh!