January 26, 2014

Castle in the Air

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I don't think I ever got around to posting  this project. Sometimes I make my tiny buildings in larger sizes.  This one is sized to be an ornament on a Christmas tree but of course it can also sit on a table or mantel piece.

This will be sold in a series.  Most likely 4 castle types of buildings to the set. I will have to design two more buildings to go with this one and the castle tower house from the 2014 Old Town series. I also need to make 3 more snowflake designs. Something for me to look forward to!

January 19, 2014

Micro size "Old Town"

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I have begun making up the prototypes for the micro sized version of the "Old Town" 2014 series. So far so good. There is always a question of the perforations being strong enough to hold together but weak enough for easy bending.

All that time I have spent working on fine tuning my cutting machine has really paid off. I can now cut windows with divided light mullions in this scale. Used to be they would tear when I tried to make them in the micro sized pieces. Also no hanging chads which is critical when making window panes that small.

January 12, 2014

Old Town ready to rock and roll!

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The cutting files are all done to perfection now. Eight buildings in this grouping. I hope you like them!

I think I will celebrate being ready to cut and package them by going out for Sunday breakfast!

Now I can get started writing the step-by-step directions.

January 6, 2014

My favorite sharp pointed scissors

photo from Amazon

It has been a while since I did tool talk so I think I will indulge myself in a snippet of it as I have this tool out for use today.

I have owned quite a few small, sharp pointed scissors over the years. Including the ones all the quilters rave about. But not one single pair comes even close to the precision and quality of a pair I purchased at a fly fishing store. The point of this scissors is so sharp and precise it can easily pierce you so you need to be sure to keep a protector over the tip when not in use.

They have a fine adjustment screw for tension when cutting varying thickness of materials. The finger loops are generous and comfortable since this is a product designed for use by men. There is a little rubber bumper between the loops to prevent a hard, pinching close. Not many companies pay that kind of attention to details or put their manufacturing dollars towards that kind of feature.

The blades are thin enough to sneak in and make tiny snips and the point is precise enough to do exactly that.

Here is a link to the Dr. Slick Catalog page for this item. DR. SLICK CO
These scissors are available from a lot of sources, you might even find them locally if you have a fly fishing store around. But not all fly fishing scissors are of this quality. This is the premium pair in the Dr. Slick line of tools, worth the extra dollars they cost. 

They will always be in my tool box.

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January 2, 2014

"Old Town" for the New Year

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I am off to a good start for the New Year! I was working on this project on Christmas Day and on New Year's Day too. I did not mind, it is fun work designing these little buildings. A real paper house binge! This set will sit on the top of a 6" long by 3/4" deep dollhouse miniature fireplace mantel or shelf or on a table top. If you trim the roofs so the sides of the buildings touch, as in the real neighborhoods of this type the group will be about 5 1/4" inches or so long. If you need it shorter then just take some of of the buildings and use them elsewhere. That need for adjusting the group to a custom length is why I am leaving the roofs untrimmed. It is easy to trim the roof back flush with a pair of detail scissors or very sharp craft knife.

The lineup of the prototypes for "Old Town" the first release of the Tiny Village series that will happen in early 2014. I like to put them together and take a photo and stare at them for a while. This is an important design tool. I can see that I need to adjust window sizes on a couple of the buildings. But overall I am fairly well satisfied. So just a couple of days of fiddling with minor details and I can start on the assembly instructions.


I am working on a new way to light this group with LEDS but before I get into that I have to get the supplies and run some experiments.

tags: winterhuisjes, paper houses, cardstock houses buildings, glitter houses, putz, Christmas village, miniature, micro, paper Christmas village
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