Her Work was presented to Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth
Now Master Miniaturist Bluette Meloney Reveals Her Award Winning
According to a recent survey in Nutshell News, miniaturists
are hungry for "How-To" information about their craft. And
there's no one better to share that information than Bluette
Meloney, the country's premier Faux Finishes and Trompe l'oeil
Her advice is practical and easy to implement. For example,
to give your creations a polished, professional look, Bluette
suggests you, "Search out craft stores for decorative jewelry
findings. These add pizzazz to otherwise plain pieces."
Her recommendations can also save you time, so you'll enjoy
your finished pieces much faster. "When Marbleizing," she
says, "use Deft to bring out the depth, glow, and beauty of
real marble. But use the blue and brown label semi-gloss wood
finish. The purple label takes forever to dry."
Her words are also encouraging and supportive of the human
side of the craft. When it comes to inlaid marble, for example:
"It's not as hard as it looks. But don't get discouraged if
you can't do this right away. It takes practice." As for metal
leafing, "It will darken if not sealed with Deft. But there's
nothing wrong with that. It all depends on the look you want."
Bluette's techniques are among those offered in The Master
Miniaturists Video Instructional Series, a Ten-Volume Series
offering expert instruction by some of the country's top miniature
artisans. These step-by-step guides will help you develop
your own creativity, and add hours of enjoyment to your craft.
Volume I, "Faux Finishes" with Bluette Meloney, features
techniques for Marbleizing, Inlaid Marble, Crackle Glazing
& Antiquing, Metal Leafing, Leather Crackling, and creating
Concrete Block Walls and Stone Floors.
On-camera demonstrations make it easy to follow along as
each piece is created right before your very eyes. And you'll
especially enjoy Bluette's down-to-earth, friendly demeanor
that has become synonymous with miniaturists.