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Judie - Daytona Beach, FL


Judaic Symbols:  I am getting as excited about the Chanukah version in its own right as I am about the Christmas version.   I have a dreidle that my daughter had been given at a children's' Hanukah party many years ago and can copy the Hebrew letters from it. The project designs will develop a bit more before I actually start cutting, carving and gluing but here is where I am so far - - - May I bounce it off of you for added garnishment, criticisms, and/or corrections? Since the Christmas version is six sided with six candles, I am thinking to make the base in the shape of a Star of David with candle cups at each point. The outsides of the first two levels will also be six sided. Inside the bottom level, wood soldier figures with spears and shields (Star of David on shields if I can fit) will look outward from a revolving platform. Behind them, stationary, will be a Menorah as ornate as I can carve  out of wood in such tiny size. (This whole pyramid will only be about 1 3/4 inches tall) The second level presently has me still looking for ideas for the revolving outer platform and fixed center. The Third level I have decided should be square rather than six sided and be a large (by mini standards) fixed dreidle with open sides. and carved Hebrew letters revolving within. The "stem" of the dreidle will be the shaft of the pyramid topped by a Star of David laid flat and have twelve "fan" blades extending from its points and notches.

Only so much detail can be achieved and recognizable in wood and such tiny size (the 1/144th bunch should have fun). That is why I put the menorah on the lowest (largest) level. Your comments about and suggestions for (especially that empty mid level) will be sooooo appreciated as are your suggestions and encouragement so far. I will probably make an article about the two versions to submit to one of the mini magazines after all is said and done.  Sooooo   - - -  Please give your "real" names with ideas so I can pass along individual credit within credits to our Small Stuff web as the essential miniaturing tool it has become.

Mel K.


Judaic Symbols:  The persons building the miniature Christmas Pyramids asked what kinds of characters they might use for a Pyramid for their Jewish friends. Purim isn't too far around the corner, and it has quite a few characters to work with: it's the story of Esther, so you could have a beautiful young queen, and King Ahasuerus, good guy Mordecai (he was Esther's older cousin who raised her)and wicked Haman.

The Noah's ark Pyramid would be completely acceptable too, that story also having come from the Old Testament. It would have Noah and his wife plus three sons and their wives, and all the animals in pairs.

I reread your questions and you seem to be wanting to do something connected with Hannukah since you asked about the lamp. There are miniature Mennorahs (I'm probably not spelling it right) candlesticks. But I don't think you should limit yourself to one theme that's around the same time as Christmas - do something that will be fun and easy to do with lots of possible figures and animals. Also, I'm not Jewish, but I have  studied the Old Testament, and I do know they respect the candlestick and the star of David, and might not like to see them displayed as part of a frivolous decoration. But they would enjoy seeing Bible stories come to life - I'm thinking of Samson and Delilah, David and the Giant Goliath, etc. - you could have quite a combination of characters.


Judaic Symbols:  A dreidle is a perfect ornament to use in the Jewish version. You can fashion a basic four-sided top, and if you want to add a special detail, you can add the Hebrew letters on each side of the dreidle.   Another common Hanukkah symbol is an oil pitcher, which looks much like a ewer.  I believe that the "lamp that the story revolves around" is the candelabra, or menorah.   It has eight branches of the same height, with a central candleholder slightly higher.

Robed figures holding the Torah wouldn’t be appropriate for this type of scene, as the Torah doesn’t mention this story.

I found some sites on the Net for clipart, and these should help you:
http://www.cstone.net/~bry- back/holidayfun/hanukahclips.html
http://www.graphics-by- celeste.com/holiday_graphics/chanukah.html
http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/chanukah/clip.html

These should get you going...   If you are looking for a mini menorah, dreidle or other mini Hanukah or Judaic supplies, you can go to http://www.fay-vourite.com    On page two of the site, there are two Hanukkah sets.  Clicking on each picture shows individual prices for items, so thatif you just want one or two things, you don’t have to buy the whole set. There are really no protocols for using the menorah or Star of David.  Since the Hanukah story includes a victorious battle, incorporating a shield with a Star of David in the center would be very appropriate, but not necessary.

Jonathan from Israel


My Haunted Gothic Mansion: Here it is, on picturetrail. http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?p=6&uid=482716&

Sherise


Miniatures and More: I finally found Miniatures and More in Madison N.J. It's a treasure chest! Check out their very unique Christmas trees- "A partridge in a Pear Tree", "A Candy Cane Tree", "A Musical Instrument Tree"   also all on their web site at http://www.miniaturesandmore.c om

Janet in N.J.


Christmas Punch:   Materials:
Polymer Compound Resin (2-bottle kit such as Envirotex-Lite)
Red Transparent Dye
Chrysnbon Punch Bowl Kit
Clear Baking Crystals for Ice Cubes
Candy Canes
Paper Cup, Stirring Stick, Toothpicks
Method:
Pour very accurate amounts of both resin and hardener into a paper cup. Add Red Transparent Dye, drop-by-drop until a good rich red color is obtained. Stir thoroughly. Carefully pour the resin mixture into your punch bowl.   Using a toothpick, fill cups.   Add "ice cubes".   Arrange candy canes around bowl by hooking them onto the outer rim.   Insert ladle in bowl if desired.   Allow to harden undisturbed for about 12 hours.

Mary Eccher


Lit candles on Christmas trees : way long years ago, I did one of these - a tree with lit candles. I used strings of 1 1/2 volt bulbs - the really tiny ones, and strung each one through some plastic white tubing (candle part) with a gold sequin on the bottom for a cup. Now, I don't recall how many bulbs to a string - and you don't need a lot of these for the lights to be very effective. Consult with a Cir-Kit catalog for instructions - they sell all kinds of bulbs and know how many to run on a string and what wattage transformer to use - ( you can run several strings of these small bulbs from a medium size transformer -as well as other fixtures. (just remember this is "series" lighting, and if one goes out they all are dark).

Phyl in Kentucky


Christmas "whirligig": Mel K. said his wife wanted "one of those wooden, candle powered, Bavarian, Christmas whirligigs.'" The article Wanna in El Paso was referring to is in Nutshell News, Dec. 1985, page 98, written by Dee Snyder It is called a "Weihnachtspyramide". Now let's hear everybody pronounce that one!!.

Ruth


Dried Apple Wreath:
Twine cord used for wrapping pkgs to mail
glue
Fresh cranberries
asst. bead *ornaments, dried baby's breath and misc. greenery.

Dip a 3" piece of twine in a mix of half glue and half water. Wrap it around a plastic aspirin bottle or similar size and tie it ....not tight but firm. Let dry completely. You can use two pieces for a twisted look. Slice a few cranberries very thin. lay out to dry naturally or in a warm oven. you might want to dip them in lemon juice and water first to preserve the *white* inner side. When everything is dry. place *apple* slices around *wreath* until you feel good about how it looks then glue them in place. Add little pieces of baby's breath sprigs between the slices, and decorate to please. Finish with a small bow at bottom with little one inch tails. Voila'...a pretty wreath for your front door ...:)

Mary Ann


Battery Lights: I used three in my Christmas house two outside trees and lights around the door I hid one under wood pile one as heating unit and one just inside door behind fire place as you look at Christmas room you don't see it....remember to place them where you can replace batteries... They really burn a long time.....I got my at hobby lobby in the Christmas village scene

Linda in Texas


Potato Chip/Tote Bags: A request was made for how to make bags to hold single servings of pepper seed potato chips. So, here's how I make small bags. (And like practically everything I know, I probably learned this from Joann Swanson.)
- - Look through your wood collection and find or cut a longish strip that is the width you want your bag to be.
- - Wrap a piece of Saran or other cling wrap lengthwise around the wood, glue seam.
- - Let dry and cut off excess at seam.
- - Then slide the wrap down slightly until a bit sticks off the end of the wood.
- - Run a tiny line of glue inside and clamp the end seam with a hair clip or other clip until dry.
- - Slide more of the wrap down until you have enough of the bag to fill, with a bit more for the top seam, and cut, leaving the rest of the wrap still on your form.
- - Fill the bag with your chips or whatever and then glue and clamp seam at top.
- - Excess on seams can be trimmed away when glue has dried.
- - Continue sliding off wrap to make more bags.

If you want identical sizes, hold your form over a piece of graph paper or a ruler as you push off your bags. This works for all different size bags, depending on the wood piece you choose, for cloth and paper as well as the cling wrap. I've made everything from chicken feed bags to Halloween treat bags to potpourri bags, etc. piece of plain white typing paper will make almost any kind of bag you want if you glue on cut out labels from ads. Of course if you want colored bag, any sheet of colored paper will do. When you use paper, this process works for open sacks, as for luminaries. Just fold in seam at bottom and glue. If you want to make totebags, cut off to desired height and glue on handles. Those scissors that cut decorative edges may be used for interesting effects. To make a candy garland, use a skinnier form and instead of gluing ends
just tie off with thread, insert a colored bead or piece of Fimo candy, then tie again, continuing until you have the length of garland you want. I made a gingerbread man garland once to match a real one that stretched over our doorway, using Fimo gingerbread men made with a star cookie cutter, pinching points to form bodies. For popcorn balls, tie twice, then cut off between ties.

With the wood form you have control and regularity of size that's hard to get otherwise. I saved the forms I used for each type of bag, labeling them: popcorn ball/ Halloween treats; fertilizer/plant food; flour/sugar/potato chips, etc. Particularly good when you want to stock a store or make lots of (full-size) tote bag or table gifts.

Wanna in El Paso


Skeletons: Jim's printables has wonderful printable skeletons in three sizes. They're a bit slow to cut out, but look great when done. http://www.printmini.com/printables/holiday/hwskel.shtml

Lee Menconi-Steiger


WITCH: directions on how to make a mini-crashing witch: Inspired by the real-sized crashing witches seen locally as Halloween decor, I made one in 1" scale. I am assuming that you want this to look like a witch outdoor decoration. If you want her to be a REAL witch, make her cape of cloth instead of plastic.

You need:
1 mini straw broom (or make one from a twig with raffia)
a bit of fluffy stuff for hair (unraveled Bunka, yarn, whatever)
mini-sized doll with moveable (or amputateable) arms & legs with feet with shoes (I used a small $1. plastic bendable witch from Meijier's and painted the hands a nasty greenish color. You could model them from Fimo instead or use a cheap small doll.)
Black plastic garbage bag or black cloth
mini witch hat
several inch piece of thin black ribbon or thread

Arrange the witch figure so that her arms are extended straight out to the sides from her shoulders. You may need to dismember and duct tape them back on. Only her hands and lower legs & feet will show. Arrange her feet & legs so they are extended as far apart straight out as possible. You can paint on striped hose if you want. Glue on fluffy hair, and glue on witch hat over hair.

Glue her sitting on the broom so that the broom straw is sticking out from her backside and the end of the broom handle is flush with the front of her crotch. You may need to cut off part of the broom handle so it is not too long. Cut out a cape with a stand-up collar from the garbage bag. ( Size depends on the figure. I cut out a 4" square, then notched in the top a bit for the collar. You want the cape to cover all but her hands and lower legs/feet. ) Tie the cape around her neck just below the collar, using a piece of thin black ribbon or thread. Cut jagged pieces from the sides & bottom of cape, so it looks ragged. Push up cape a bit in the middle so the broom straw sticks out. Glue cape in a few spots to hold in place. Voila! You can fun-tack (the plastic squishy adhesive stuff) her front flat to your house, building, etc. Or, wrap her arms & legs around a tree trunk. Her face should not show. You should be able to see only the back of her head, wearing the hat, plus the cape with her hands & feet sticking out in a X shape, like she crashed into the house in midair while distracted. I did a life-sized "Harry Potter" style crashing witch for my friends' excellent Murder Mystery Book Store and a popular little touch was the cell phone clutched in her cold, dead hand.

Terri Rowe


Halloween Plates: Go to printable http://miniatures.about.com/hobbies/miniatures/mbody.htmthey have all kinds of printable and i know they had the plates.

Pam In North Ga


Christmas Idea - the plans for a 1" scale beaded Santa Head ornament for your tree and we can help you with anything you need for Christmas. http://www.minitrees.com

BEADED SANTA HEAD Supplies needed Gold 34 gauge wire Tiny glass beads - white/blue/pink/red Pointed Tweezers A pad of post-it notes to place your beads on so they will stick to the adhesive and not roll around - - Place 3 white beads in the center of a 12 inch length of wire. - - Take one end and bring it up over the top of the beads and through them from opposite side. - - pick up a row of 4 white beads - - run opposite wire through row - - pick up a row of 6 white beads - - run opposite wire through row - - pick up a row of 7 white beads - - run opposite wire through row - - pick up a row of 3 pink 1 red and 3 pink - - run opposite wire through row - - pick up a row of 2 white, 1 blue, 1 white, 1 blue and 2 white beads - - run opposite wire through row - - pick up a row of 6 white beads - - run opposite wire through row - - pick up a row of 5 red beads - - run opposite wire through row - - pick up a row of 4 red beads - - run opposite wire through row - - pick up a row of 3 red beads - - run opposite wire through row - - pick up a row of 2 red beads - - run opposite wire through row - - pick up a row of 2 white beads - - run opposite wire through row - - pick up a row of 1 white beads - - run opposite wire through row Twist wires together and form a small loop Twist wires together and tie off.

Jean Lierman


Halloween wallpaper: I made a witch's house for two grandchildren a few years ago, and, typically, waited until the middle of October to look for wallpaper. The nearby shops didn't have anything for Halloween and time was too short to order it from anywhere. But a trip to Joann's Fabric solved the problem - lots of small Halloween prints, tiny black and orange checks and plaids - and cheaper than dollhouse wallpaper, too. They also had some black and orange braids and trims on sale that worked well for ceiling trim and chair rails.

Nancy in Indiana


Halloween wallpaper: In my Halloween house I painted the walls a dull gray. Glued on strips of wallpaper and then torn those strips even more. Painted over the wallpaper remaining with a darker gray and wiped off the excess. Looks like an old house - haunted of course.

Pauline


Halloween Wallpapers: J.Hermes has it in all scales. I love the skeleton wallpaper. I bought some to cover the walls in my closet. They have a great catalog $4 (I think) J. Hermes, PO box 4023 El Monte, Ca. 91734 818-287-3141

Judy K


Halloween: I recently had a new roof put on our house and the little roofing nails that were used had these cute little saucer shapes attached. They are made of plastic and are green. I immediately envisioned a little green plate with maybe a Halloween design painted on it..or the edges trimmed in orange or black. They would be soooo cute with Halloween cookies on them. I have plenty..so, if you send me your e-mail address privately, I can send you one. Green and purple are cute Halloween colors too when blended with the traditional black and orange...so, everyone get busy baking!!!!!

Donna Baird


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