Thursday, March 23, 2017

Chicago Fairs this April

Hi my dear friends and followers!

I am just wondering if any of you will be there in April as well.

It would be fun to meet up and do a f2f over a cup of coffee or so ... 😎 🍹

I can be found at the Tom Bishop Show and at the Miniature Show (the link does not work since about 10 days... grr..).

If so, let's organize this via my regular mail address:


BTW: As always - after making a model from scratch I think it would be great to share it with the mini community.  And so, I just added a new chair to my Shapeways shop...

Monday, March 6, 2017

Beach Hut Kit

After all these large house I built during the past years, I am running out of storage space!!

So, this is a smaller project using a pre-fab (mdf) from the dollshousebuilder in the U.K.

Bashing it and covering the walls with siding still offers plenty of room for creativity...

As a first I covered the inside and outside walls.
I used a 'plank' for the inside. Only 0.8mm thick!

The overlap clapboard outside siding I could only find in the U.S., 2mm thick.
Both are great because they are so thin!

And I covered the floors with veneer.

Making these sash windows was a 'first' for me: I used 1mm thick wood to make them look as dainty as possible.

For the round window I found something suitable in the plumbing section of the hardware shop...

I was so excited to finally find a local wood supplier in Switzerland after all my mini building activity! And not just online - he even has a shop about 50km away! And he has the full range of Everlast plastic products are well.
Rummaging around there was like being in heaven :-)

Now busy trying to integrate basics in this tiny inside space..

I keep you posted.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tutorial wooden folding chairs

Once I found the right drawings and measurements making these chairs was quite easy.

They do not really fold but it is easy to make a folded one with the these drawings.

Materials needed:
  • Wood strips 3x2mm
  • Round 3mm wooden sticks or skewers
  • Wooden U-shape profile with 2mm inside measurement
  • 7x1mm wood for back rest

Download drawing with measurements

  • wet back rest, bend and let dry round  a bottle or so
  • cut the wood pieces and sand them lightly
  • make the seats with the u-profiles and wood strips
glue side pieces together using a fram of some sorts

glue seat onto the one side

place chair upright against a straight wall and glue on other side

glue backrest and foot rests between sides
- paint or varnish but don't spray them accidentally with a primer instead of varnish like I did 😏. Well, they are now in for a color rather than looking like wood..
- stick 'metal' hinges onto sides

The only fiddly part is the assembly. But with forms and guidance bits it works just fine.

Enjoy -


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Provence House Videos

Here the summary of a year's mini passion!

Video of the model

Video of 'behind the scenes'

Monday, January 23, 2017

Provence house patio with tree

The last project was the garden - and that is now blooming with lavender and has a large plane tree. It turned out just the way I wanted it to :-)

After straightening this branch of wood for a couple of months in the vice, the stem is much straighter now. Glueing some 2500 leaves on the tree was actually very rewarding. Nothing one could really do wrong. I don't think I ever 'heard' so much TV in a long time...

Just spray painting the paper for the leaves had its suprise: one of the cans left lots of dust, which creeped in everywhere in the room! It took me some time to clean up my hobby room and every shelf...Lesson learned: only spray outside!!

'Tree planting' was not about getting the shovel out! The tree needed to be removable. Drilling straight into the stem and getting this alu rod straight was very interesting... 

A bit of lawn in front of the pottery studio - could not find pebbles the right size...

I bought the garden furniture at the Paris fair earlier this year. After a little work on it (it was an awful blueish green and the table top was not in proportion with the bench) I am happy with it. For a moment I fancied the furniture from Catherine Ferouelle but it would have been a bit too shabby-chic for this freshly renovated house ;-)

Basically, this house is now complete!
Video summary to follow...


Monday, January 2, 2017

Tutorial Mediteranean Roof

After much testing and trying other tutorials, this is what worked best for me.
But mind you: it is a luxury version because of the amount of tiles it needs!!
And I needed to make sure that the house can actually cope with the weight...

I decided NOT to have two layers of tiles (bottom and top) but to fake this only at the endings.
Reasons: the roof would have become too heavy and it is difficult to keep the tiles straight without the guidelines of the cardboard. Because there are no reverse tiles at the bottom, I had to arrange them a little closer than usual. This way, the cardboard is not visible. I covered about 1/2 to 2/3 of the underlaying tile with the next one. I needed 120 tiles for an area of 20x20cm!

The materials I used:
- Packaging cardboard (preferably not 'sandwiched' but open on one side, or peel off one side) with a 1cm wave.
- Clay roof tiles from The size I used is: length 3.5cm, width 1.6cm to 0.6cm (narrowest side). Exact description: Arab miniature tiles 35mm long. Ref. 3500771 Keranova.
1:10 scale is too large, I tried that..
- Chalky paints to color the tiles
- Wood strips for the facia, stained
- White glue
- Acrylic terracotta paint

1. I tiled the roofs before glueing them onto the house: glued the packaging cardboard onto 5mm foam board.
IMPORTANT: makes sure that you have an EVEN number of ridges.

2. Glue facia on sides, making sure it is wide enough at the front to add guttering if you want to.
Glue facia on side ensuring that the top is level with the ridges of the cardboard - to make an additional ridge on both sides.
Tip: if you want to attach guttering, the facia must be wide enough...

3. Stain or paint facia boards
4. Color the 'valleys' of the cardboard with terracotta shade crayon, feltpen or acrylic paint.

5. Color the clay tiles. I used white chalky paint, partially watered down or added other shades to create an uneven colored, lively roof.

6. If the underside of the roof is visible, best to now glue the faux roof underneath. Here one to download.

7. Lay roof tiles, using any glue. The white wood glue worked perfectly well for me.
Start at the gutter side and let them protrude minimum 1cm (try and see if the the guttering fits).
I used 17mm spacing laying these tiles.
I waited with attaching the last row of tiles in case I need to trim them.

8. Fake endings: I cut the tiles with my table saw and glued the small pieces under the first row of tiles.

9. Glue roofs onto the building. For added stability I insered wire rods through the roof into the side walls.
10. Then glue the last row of tiles onto roof and add the ridge. Ridge: make sure that both sides are level. In my case, I still could see through the roof top under the ridge - so I inserted painted strip of cardboard or wood before adding the ridge tiles.

I hope that this helps someone interested in Mediteranean mini roofing!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Bedrooms Provencal

My nativity model (last blog entry) is ready in scale 1:10 - but mary, joseph and family have not made it from the U.S. to Switzerland yet - maybe they are having too much fun in California 😉
Well, no photoshooting for x-mas card this year. But I am ready for next Christmas 👍

In the meantime I have completed the two bedrooms upstairs.

The proportions of the rooms were not cosy - so I added ceilings instead of leaving them open to the roof - worked!
I divided them with a wardrobe made with wood veneer. Gives it that country-side look.

Mum wanted hers with wallpaper and a bedside lamp from Miniarquitect (she has excellent taste...)

I did mine in a more Provencal style. The bedcover is a knitting pattern Mum started some 30 years ago, never finished it - but kept it! (This would not have happened to me: I am not a collector and things get thrown away....). Perfect color and size, just had to knit the one ending 😃
Recognize the sneakers? Gift from Carol... ;-)

Electrical candle: made with Fimo, a candle light from Nalladris, and bought some of these cylinders the florists use for putting single flowers in water. There is a glass workshop for disabled persons nearby and they cut it for me into the right length. I was lucky: if the glas were Pyrex (and most of e.g. lab equipment is) they could not have have cut it! This was quite an exercise beause for them it was not routine work and it was all trial-and-error.
at the glass workshop - grinding them straight was tricky...

Busy with landscaping and roof right now...
Enjoy the Festive Season - whatever you are up to!

Regards, Marion

P.S. My tree is already done :-)

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Modern Miniature Nativity

I am so excited! Just found and bought these miniatures....


Now I will give them a different shelter and put them into a more urban environment.
How the heck can I intergrate a cow in this?? Or a sheep? mh....
My mind is just boggling with ideas!!

Only four weeks to go  - this will be fast and furious!

Update, January 24 2017

Well, the figures did not make it for the christmas card fotoshooting. Never mind, it is now ready for this year's card.
The bus stop seemed to be an ideal scenery for them :-)

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Garage with laundry and work bench

The addition of the garage with the workbench and the pottery studio is completed - except for the tiles on the roof and the light above the entrance of the studio.
With this addition the house is getting bigger... and intended to make something small again... haha.
I even had to make it in two pieces so that it would fit through the room door!
Definitely too many ideas I want to see in mini format 😉

Short Video

Carol gave me lots of inspiration for the workbench with her tutorials - and even sent me a few goodies I was not able to make, such as the perfect paint tray. Thanks my friend...
And I finally could use her tool and stacking boxes - yipee!!!

The pegboard is made from stuff one needs for circuits, copper lined on the back. Got it as a electronic rummage shop nearby.

Most of the tools (and especially the vice!) are from Superior Dollhouse, and Miniatures World.
Obviously all shipped via my friend Cindy in the U.S. - thanks Cindy!!

The garage door was tricky: the house is situated in a narrow road that does not allow the garage door to protrude into the road - otherwise one can never get into it with a car.
For a minute I thought about automatic openin/closing .. but only for a minute ;-) I mean, how crazy can you get ???
here the meachnism, made it with plastic ASA

This is what the addition-to-the-house project looks like right now - I wonder whether there is actually space for the car ?!