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
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.