dollhouse miniatures tutorials diy mini tumbler in scale 1:12
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Select Two wooden beads about
Fill this bead-hole with wood glue; screw a
bolt into it to 4mm depth. (Follow pictures above) Allow time to dry (up to two
When dry, place the screw into a vice. Cut off
the screw head using a fretsaw. (Almost every saw can do this job.)
The large bead base will then look like this
Cover the top of the screw using pollyfiller -
Tip: Round the bottom of the
mini-tumbler, with help from your drilling machine: Find
a smaller screw - similar or the
size to the smaller bead’s hole. Slip it into the bead hole. Place it into
your drill chuck allowing it to turn very slowly whilst rounding the top; using
fine sandpaper. (This is important as this step aids the mini toy to rock when
in use.) Follow the pictures.
Remove from the chuck. Fill the rest of the
bead using pollyfiller once again, set aside, allowing for time to dry
thoroughly. (May take two days)
Glue the smaller bead on the top of the larger
Before the glue is fully dry, test the tumbler,
by finding out where its centre is. (The mini- tumbler won’t work unless it is
balanced when vertical.) If it
doesn’t work, move the smaller bead until is does Follow illustrations above
Fill the small bead with Pollyfiller; allow to dry thoroughly, as usual. Using
sandpaper again to get a
nice round top/head.
I am not the
right person to explain how to paint wooden mini-tumbler toys.
I have only used acrylic paints, and did not manage to achieve a perfect
finish at the time. If enamel
paints such as Humbrol or Testors were used a high gloss finish may be achieved.
important part of this stage is to have fun! Use your imagination.
pegs are a huge help during painting small things such as our
wooden Mini-Tumbler. It prevents paint smudging during decoration.
When painting them, use white paint a for the first/ base layer. Allow to dry
for a few days, then you can start to decorate them. There are many
possibilities, using dots, lines & various paints & colours.
base is blue in these 4 illustrations
Tip: Find something that can hold the
mini-tumbler base I used a pen top; packing small pieces of tissue paper
between so excess paint can’t mess up the tumbler head. (See pictures above)
The Mini-tumbler/pen top “unit”
can then be placed in the of an electrical drill chuck.
Operating it slowly allows you to make paint lines/bands small or bigger.
This makes the
Paint finish look more professional because banded colours will be of
are some ideas for you after we finished. We hope you have fun with our tutorial