One of the best things about making dollhouse miniatures is the variety of materials that can be used to make them. As much as I love my polymer clay, I also really enjoy making lamps such as these from beautiful art glass beads, cloisonne beads, and jewelry findings.
On the subject of jewelry supplies, I am very sad to say that my favorite local jewelry suppy store, JewelArt, is going out of business at the end of the month after almost 39 years :( The combination of competition with online suppliers, other local businesses and a deteriorating neighborhood has made it impossible for them to stay in business. JewelArt, you will be missed! I will have to see what the other local stores have to offer- I've never had a reason to check them out before.
I hope the new venues will carry some of what I need, and maybe some new inspiration? Miniaturists are nothing if not resourceful. I hold on to so many tiny bits and pieces because I just know they can be used to make something awesome. And it never fails, as soon as I finally decide to throw something out, I think of the perfect use for it a couple days later. Hello, my name is Katherine and I'm a Craft Hoarder.
Ok, fess up - what's the most ridiculous craft supply that you hoard? I know I'm not alone!
By the way, those cute lamps up there are now available for purchase in my miniatures shop on Etsy.