One Person's Junk Is A Miniaturist's Gold
Pat Tyler's friends always know what to do with their junk.
As an expert miniaturist, specializing in working with leather,
Pat has been known to convert small blocks of useless wood
into miniature leather suitcases, and jackets purchased at
Goodwill into sofas and ottomans. "Everyone who know me,"
she says, "knows that I don't like to waste anything. `Oh,
Pat will take that junk,' they say. I do, and eventually I
find a use for it."
Frugality is one of Pat's most prominent qualities. And it
has paid off. The full time miniaturist's creations are regularly
displayed at the Top Artisans Show, and her work is showcased
in Carole and Barry Kayes' "Best of the Best" Museum of Miniatures
in Los Angeles, CA. Now you can learn Pat's secrets of turning
junk into miniature creations in "Working With Leather With
Pat Tyler," Volume 8 of The Master Miniaturists Video Instructional
Series. This collection of videos features expert instruction
by some of the country's top miniature artisans.
This latest Volume teaches everything you need to know to
add the feel of fabric and leather to the furnishings of your
miniature house. A thorough introduction to the tools and
materials required, is followed by detailed instructions for
producing simple pieces like leather and tapestry luggage.
You'll learn that the difference between working with leather
and working with tapestry comes down to one thing: fray checking.
And you'll understand why, when working with tapestry, you
must saturate the fabric with fray check, then wait until
it's completely dry before you start cutting. "Otherwise,"
says Pat, "the material will fray as if it hadn't been fray
After putting the straps, handles, and finishing touches
on your miniature suitcase, you'll graduate to upholstering
more advanced creations such as ottomans and sofas. Throughout
all the instructions, Pat's frugality rings loud and clear.
For instance, "Don't overglue," she cautions. "It can create
She also stresses the importance of patience. "Let your glue
dry," she says. "Not doing so will be more time consuming.
And the last thing you want is grief." But what if you want
your glue to dry faster? Well, practicality is also one of
Pat's strong points. "If you're in a big hurry, then use your
blow dryer," she says with a smile.
And her instruction continues right down to the last minute.
While displaying what we think is a `finished' sofa, Pat demonstrates
yet another technique for turning `junk into gold' by using
tiny scraps of leather found all around her work area to create
armrests for the sofa.