Monday, May 20, 2013

Mechanical Mouse Polymer Clay Workhsop at JSME

On Saturday I taught a group of talented miniaturists at JSME (Johannesburg Society of Miniature Enthusiasts) how to make a mechanical mouse from polymer clay.  When you turn the handle on the side of the cheese, the mouse twirls around.
It was a laughing kind of day...

 With intense concentration at times...

When it became too stressful we had to go outside for a cheese break... 

Then it started coming together, and things were great!

I was watching all the time to make sure they do it right.

They tell me it was the first workshop ever where the teacher brought a stove...
Hmmm, we all know miniaturists are a bit strange!

JSME offers workshops on the first and third Saturday of every month at the Roosevelt Park recreation centre in Johannesburg.  They also send out a bimonthly newsletter, and organize the largest miniatures festival in the southern hemisphere.  If you are fascinated by small things, and would like to learn to make items for your own dolls house, head over to their website and join the club!


  1. Looks like a good time! Yes, we miniaturists tend to be a bit eccentric, I'd have to agree with you there. :-) xo Jennifer

    1. I think miniaturists are people who live a much richer life than some. What I have noticed about them is their ability to really observe and notice things around them and to see the potential for ordinary things to be converted to something fantastic. Fantasy keeps our minds young!