Saturday Day & a Half Workshops

Great Gatsby’s Bar Cabinet
by Judith Blondell

Scale:  1:12
Price:  $100 (accessories not included)

The unit is created from 85% different thicknesses of illustration board, so there is hardly any sanding involved.

The unit has a mirrored backing with glass shelf. Doors are stationary. It is electrified under the top with an LED strip that works with a battery (which is hidden in the back, but accessible). But it can be wired into a room box or dollhouse.

Coco Chanel’s Paris Shop
by Janet Harvie of Maggie Melinda Custom Miniatures

Scale:  1:12
Price:  $140

Coco Chanel went on to rule the fashion industry for the next 50 years.

You will receive the front finished and ready. There will be no painting in the class. Janet has a huge aversion to black paint and white fabric on the same workspace.

You will make the awning and the inside bench. You will wallpaper and carpet using fabric only. You will frame the mirrors, make the mannequins and dress them, and assemble and label the perfume bottles. You will then assemble the piece, add baseboard and trim, and take it home to display proudly!

The difficulty in this piece is its simplicity.

Glue syringe, Tacky glue (brown bottle only), shears to cut fabric, tweezers, scissors to cut card stock, and small clamps.

Wicker Blanket Chest
by Kim Stewart, IGMA Artisan

Scale:  1:12
Price:  $120

In this workshop, students will construct a wicker blanket chest with a lift out tray by weaving waxed linen thread over paper-covered wires over a wood frame box.

You can choose from 2 colors of linen thread – ivory or light brown.

Tools list:

  • lamp
  • magnification if needed
  • 6″ ruler, wire snips
  • tweezers
  • glue syringe (optional)
  • sharp scissors
  • X-acto knife

All other materials will be provided.

A Quarter Scale Suffragette’s Bedroom
by Tina MacDonald

Scale:  1:48
Price:  $110

The suffragette movement in Canada covered the period from before the First World War through the 1920s. Provincially, women were given the vote in 1916 in the four western provinces, in 1917 in Ontario, in 1918 in Nova Scotia, in 1919 in New Brunswick, in 1922 in Prince Edward Island, and in 1940 in Quebec. In 1918, women got the vote in federal elections. In 1927, the ‘Famous Five’ – Irene Parlby, Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Henrietta Muir Edwards and Louise Crummy McKinney – petitioned for a Supreme Court of Canada interpretation on whether the term ‘qualified persons’ in section 24 of the British North America Act, 1867, included women as persons eligible for appointment to the Senate. This became known as “the Persons Case” and set the stage for women’s full inclusion in Canadian political life from then on.

Imagine a ¼ scale “Canadian Suffragette’s Bedroom” reflecting the life of a suffragette fighting for women’s rights in Canada. The project entails building an Art Deco-themed bedroom which includes all the accoutrements of a Canadian suffragette. Think of all the clutter – posters, announcements for upcoming meetings, megaphones, flags, framed photos of Nellie McClung and the others involved in the Persons case, a “bouquet” of flags, cross-chest ribbons (“Votes for Women”), etc. … just like Mrs. Banks in the original Mary Poppins! Furniture for the bedroom will include a bed, a table under the window (with Art Deco stained glass), a dressing table and stool, a desk, and a wardrobe. A plastic case for the room is provided.

Tool list:

  • Cutting mat
  • X-Acto knife with replacement blades
  • Tweezers
  • Wire cutters
  • Straight pin or corsage pin
  • Sanding block
  • Emery boards
  • Tack cloth
  • 6 inch cork backed metal ruler
  • Stain pen(s) for floor and furniture
  • Black Sharpie marker (with chisel tip)
  • Krylon gold pen
  • Interior satin varnish/finish for floor and furniture
  • Gluing jig  and LEGO corner
  • Wood glue
  • Tacky glue
  • Glue stick
  • YES glue (or other wallpaper glue)
  • Clamps with a 4½” spread, plus smaller clamps
  • Masking or painter’s tape
  • Scissors
  • Credit card or plastic hotel room key (for smoothing wallpaper)
  • Wax paper (to protect table)