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MM02: Tips & Techniques

w/ Ruth Mazer


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$29.95 + S&H

Table of Contents:

Picture Framing
Shingle Roofs
Thatch Roofs
Braiding Rugs
Photo Adhesive
Cereal Boxes & Stuff Bags
Tying Bows

Approx. Running Time: 80 minutes


Nothing Is Difficult...
If You Know How To Do It.

This, in a nutshell, sums up Ruth Mazur's philosophy regarding miniatures. But if you're serious about miniatures, there's nothing small about that philosophy.

"Too many people say miniaturizing is difficult," says Ruth, whose farm house is filled with blue ribbon awards from the rooms and houses she's built and exhibited at miniature shows throughout the West Coast. "Consequently, they aren't getting as much enjoyment as they can from their craft."

For instance, did you know that it's much easier to use photo adhesive instead of glue on your miniature projects? Have you ever tried using sand instead of cotton to fill your miniature pillows? Would you believe you can make miniature potato chips from bell peppers?

These tips are among those offered in The Master Miniaturists Video Instructional Series, a Multi-Volume Series offering expert instruction by some of the country's top miniature artisans. Volume II, "Tips And Techniques" with Ruth Mazur, shows just how easy Picture Framing, Plastering, Shingling and Thatching Roofs, Braiding Rugs, and Tying Miniature Bows can be if you simply take the time to learn how to do it.

This video is also sprinkled with sayings from Ms. Mazur's personal collection... sayings that will boost your confidence and bring out your hidden abilities. She assures us that everyone has their own talents. You just need to use them. "Don't feel intimidated. Have fun!" is the message she constantly drives home to miniaturists. Miniatures, after all, are a wonderful world to get lost in.

It's the last 20 minutes of the video, however, that will have you on the edge of your seat. In this section, entitled "A Series Of One Minute Hints", you'll watch as Ruth uses ordinary household products to guide you through a hint a minute. You'll learn why unlikely combinations such as paper towels and hacksaws are a must in any miniaturists work area.

Through on-camera demonstrations, you'll observe Ruth produce results easily and quickly. These demonstrations, complement her step-by-step instructions for producing your own miniature masterpieces.

This video gives new meaning to a phrase embraced by the miniature world..."It's only through sharing that we can really enjoy our treasures." It's easy to see why Ruth Mazur enjoys her craft so much.