Are you interested in learning how to put great finishes
on your miniature furniture? Want to learn the same
techniques used by the pros? Want to learn these skills
right in the privacy of your own home? Then this video
is worth a look.
Bluette Meloney, an award winning miniaturists, is
the instructor for this video, volume 1 in the "Master
Miniaturists" video series. her chatty, humorous
style of teaching makes it feel as though she is sitting
just across the table. She speaks clearly and concisely,
and emphasizes important information without sounding
The instructor beings by defining "faux finishing"
as "making something look like it isn't."
For example, faux techniques can make wood look like
marble, or silk look like leather. The finishes demonstrated
in the video are: marbleizing, making inlaid marble,
crackle glazing and antiquing, metal leafing, leather
crackling, and simulating cement blocks and stone floors.
The supplied needed for all these techniques are simple,
inexpensive materials and products —such as paintbrushes,
toothbrushes, glues, sponges, and bottle acrylic paints
— that are available from most craft and hobby
Each technique begins with an explanation of the needed
supplies, along with instructions for their proper use
and handling. Instructions are presented in a step-by-step
manner, with tidbits of useful information sprinkled
generously throughout. It is amazing to watch the wonderful
effects come to life from just a few supplies! After
watching just the first segment, we were inspired to
try out the marbling technique, with surprisingly good
One of the points emphasized is that many of the products
are used on several different projects, so frugal do-it-yourselfers
don't need to spend a lot of money to achieve many different
Another point (one that we especially took to heart!)
is that it is nearly impossible to anything wrong with
these techniques. The instructor talks about ways to
"fix" what you don't like, and ways to work
with projects — such as the French paver floor
— until the desired effect is achieved.
The video is good quality; the images are well-lit
and clear and the sound is clean and free of background
noise. The price is right too, considering you'll want
to watch this video over and over again.
Another title in the Master Miniaturists series
is Working With Leather with Pat Tyler. Like
other videos in the series, the information is shown
in a friendly, comfortable manner. Easy to follow steps
show students how to make luggage using scrap leather
and tapestry cloth and how to upholster ottomans and