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You can make 3mm, 4mm up eyes with this for our miniature creations!
In pressing different stuff together, like iron on interfacing, wonder
under, I get sticky on the face plate of the iron. I found and iron
cleaner.... Faultless Hot Iron cleaner....... works to solve the
Closing fine tip
applicators for glue, fray check, etc.
My suggestion is
to use knitting needle protectors. You can pick them up anywhere that
sells yarn or crochet supplies. Little rubber caps with tiny holes that
adjust to fit. They go way down onto the top of the bottle and seal
use one of the
earring back for pierced ears that is for sensitive ears. I think it was
just a cheap pin -- would have turned your ears green too if you had
I use the plastic
pieces that come on the price tags of clothes to put in most of the tops
of my glue bottles. Insulin syringes have a small rubber tip on the end
of the plunger-
I take these off and stick my pin through it and then in the end of the
It also helps me keep track of the pin. Rubber tip helps keep the air
out if the pin isn't tight enough.
stainless Steele pins though. One of the miniaturist at one of our shows
said he just lets a bead of glue form on the end of tip when he is
done. The tips do need to be taken off and cleaned occasionally.
the insect pins. Please send me an e-mail if you're interested. I never
seem to get to post for sale day.
squares (Flat - Tile, like) are great for pinning things to while they
dry. Like after you spray a skirt with starch.
friend gave me the neatest tool today for cleaning the raw porcelain. It
is very tiny has a plastic handle and a wire end that is like a little
saw. It is great for fingers. She thought it was called a finger tool.
They sure work great.
Today I have a tip and I hope you try it. Ironing board: Make 2 – Get
yourself a couple of tongue depressors and trim one end to a rounded
point, glue a sponge the same shape on the depressor and cover with
material pulled tight. Staple or glue tightly. When working on a small
table and stopping from time to time to iron a seam or ribbon, use your
small travel iron or if you have the wand kind it works great to set off
the side of the table, or put under a skirt or sleeve before you run
your thread around to put it on the doll. It is great for after putting
a little glue on a seam to seal it with the iron and many other uses. A
friend in dolls
I found an electric curing iron, with a
tiny barrel, that I hadn't used for years. I then rolled a white guest
size towel and am using it for an ironing surface. The curling iron is
plugged into my surge protector, right by my work area and is ready,
whenever I want to iron.
The tiny barrel gets hot enough to press seams and doll garments. Mine
has two settings for the heat and I haven't burned anything, including
myself, just yet.
this may be an obvious thing, but when using a magnifying light, it is
best to use the one that has a circular light. It does not cause a
glare onto the doll's face as you're painting and reduces strain on our
Micro Tip Marking
using the Micro Tip Marking pens- The longer the ink sets the more
permanent the ink becomes. I use them on my egg shells as permanent
lines on my drawings. Discovered if I wash the pencil lines off to soon
off comes the ink. Some Inks will bleed when sprayed with acrylic spray
if not left to dry so we wait overnight. I have used real make up on
the half scale Resin dolls . Rub it on and then wipe it off continue
till you get the desired effect. Spray as you would acrylics. Experiment
ladies and gents Its fun! A good place to get all the colors makeup you
need is at the thrift stores. Can buy them by the bag full. A Rose to
play with take a small piece of ribbon and tie a knot turn the ribbon
over and tie another knot on top of the one just made. Pull ends of
ribbon together under rose and glue cut of tails.
some information you are asking for or may need. Hanky Panky Crafts has
books on how to make the flowers from the punches. Web site:
www.hankypankycrafts.com They also, have wonderful punches, pricey
Here is something I keep on my work bench that I find
invaluable. It is a Quilter's Cut & Press. It is 18" x 12", padded and
has ruler marks along one side and the bottom. I can pin things to it
as well as iron on it. Found it at Wal-Mart. I use a small travel iron
(much better than the full size one) and that wonderful weird iron that
has a small "foot".
Patti in Jonesville, MI
wonder if anyone would find it useful to know that there is a teeny tiny
iron out there that I bought that I use to press 1/12th doll clothes
(and the bigger sizes as well) It's called a "Mini Iron" (duh!) by
Clover Needlecraft, Inc. in Carson, CA. It has a sole plate of only an
inch or so on a wand that is somewhat like a curling iron (for hair)
with a plug. Sorry, I may not be describing this as well as I would
like...but I bought it through Nancy's Notions. Clotilde has it to and
it's about $25.
Also there is a
terrific pressing board I use (actually I have several sizes but this
one is great). It's a quilters "Cut and Press" two side board (12" X
12"), padded one side and a rotary cutting board on the other by June
Tailor in Richfield, Wisconsin. I bought it at Joanne's Fabric stores.
Joanne's is on line too, I believe.
year I received a great tool which I use constantly. It's called "Twizzors".
It's a combination between a scissors and tweezers which means you
squeeze it together in order to make the scissors work. The scissors are
very tiny. These are perfect for cutting in microscopic areas, trimming
frayed ends or thread close to the fabric. It's very easy to use.
the pinch scissors or TWIZZORS on my website:
Click on ONLINE CATALOG. Wait for the index to load. Look under MISC
TOOLZ & DIY SUPPLIES.
little tweezers/scissors is called "Squizzers". I recently got one from
Micro-Mark, but I haven't tried using it yet. Is it really that good?
I found a tiny pair of sewing scissors that only cost $1 too.
Inexpensive but they have little tips and cut nicely... perfect for
cutting small necklines or arm holes. I bought those at Hobby Lobby that
last time I was in the U.S. Joy and sunshine
the best investments I have made is buying a 5 inch hemostat. For
holding and turning small things it is the best. Never could have
a dozen 3 inch rag dolls (from instruction in an old NN) without it.
recently purchased the Mini Iron made by Clover Needlecraft, Inc. It is
only 3/4" by 1 1/2" and features a variable heat for different fabrics.
It is soooo nice to get into those tiny areas.
have to say that my Fiskars softouch, both the large pair and two of the
small pair would be my tool treasure. They are so easy on the hands work
much like the squeezers. I have one pair for paper and one for fabric.
Seems that one or the other is always in my hands no matter what the
hobby at the time.
of my favorite tools if a drape stick. This is a ceramic tool, a wooden
handle with a needle stuck in it. I love this tool for putting small
dots of glue, paint where ever I need them. Also, for holding a trim in
position to see if I like it, this gets my fingers out of the way! lol
It can be used for SO many things!
personal experience here -- I bought this same iron from Michelle awhile
back, it's absolutely one of the best little tools I own, don't know how
I got along without it. And you can feel confident shopping with
Michelle, service is excellent! Yesterday I made a miniature tailor's
ham -- and to think I never knew what one was!!! -- and it helps a lot
when used with the iron. Come to think of it, Sammy Smith has an
ingenious device used for ironing our tinies -- now, I don't have one of
those, but that reminds me to ask Santa for one!!! My only problem is
accidentally leaning my arm on it when I'm playing and watching TV --
yes, flat learning curve here, have done it several times – it do get
Pam in Virginia
a lovely pair of tweezers... with the skinniest little curved ends. They
only cost one dollar but you can pick up the tiniest curl, bow or bead
and place them exactly where you want them. The curve allows you to be
able to see where you are putting it too.
Joy and sunshine