Miniatures are used extensively in dollhouses, and the good news is you don’t need a lot of tools or expensive tools to make these creations. You just need a few basics to start on your creations.
When you create miniatures, the tools you need to get started are:
- Polymer Clay: Simple to use and affordable. When creating foods, you’ll need to use polymer clay because it’s so easy to use and offers a plethora of colors. The best part is that you’ll find this clay in most craft stores and online.
- X-acto Knife: An X-acto knife will be vital. You’ll use these precision knives extensively, so you’ll need to buy a lot of replacement blades, too. These blades are used more for cutting materials than clay, but it has so many uses the X-acto knife can’t be ignored.
- Scissors: A small scissor set is recommended. You won’t use these scissors often, but when you need them, you’ll want a sharp, small scissor available.
- Tweezers: There are small details that make a small piece of fruit, food and furniture perfect. Tweezers will allow you to place the small apple stem on the round apple, or if creating a cake, you’ll be able to place the flowers with great precision.
- Tape: The need for tape is essential when trying to hold clay together. Clay needs to dry together, and tape can help with the drying process. A little paint can cover the tape’s appearance.
- Brushes: Small brushes can be used to smooth clay, or apply glue or other adhesives to the clay or materials that you’re using. Wood glue, for example, can be applied with a brush when making miniature furniture. Foam brushes work well as well as Q-tips if you don’t have a brush handy.
- Glue: When tape won’t suffice, glue is needed. A variety of glue can be used from wood glue for smaller furniture to gels for wallpaper and glue for holding clay decorations in place.
If you want to paint your items, you’ll also need a good point set. Keep in mind that you’ll find most clay in different colors, and this works far better than trying to paint the clay. If you heat the polymer clay, you can paint it afterwards. The heating can be done in a traditional oven, and this is a major reason why so many people choose polymer clay.
Just keep in mind that miniatures can end up in an animal’s or child’s mouth, so the paint chosen should be non-toxic.