Join the “Something Out of Nothing” Challenge

By Cat Wingler and Debbie Young

What do you do when you need something but you can’t find it? Or you can find it but you can’t afford it? What is your favorite solution? Why, we make something out of nothing, …or actually, we make something out of something else.

The Challenge….

The challenge for January is to make a miniature something out of nothing (something not a miniature, lol), something you might have laying around the house.  You may use any thing that is not a kit,  or is not already a miniature item. For instance, we all remember that using a plastic take-out jelly container and a grommet makes a dandy kitchen sink. But, did you know a tuna can and a ping pong ball can make a Baby Ben Clock display case? We’ve included the directions to do that as the January project. I used mine to display the mini New Years Eve hats.

Get a prize…

Show NAME your favorite new “something out of nothing” idea. Take a picture of your new miniature item, add a short paragraph about what you used and how you did it, and send it to Debbie Young, Make sure to include your name and mailing address. You’ll get a prize for sharing and we’ll put them in a Gallery in February on the Create site. 

Visit NAME’s new website, to download the instructions for making the clock and to find more info about the January challenge.

This information is offered as a service to the community of miniature enthusiasts. If you know of a miniature related event or have information/photos to share, please contact the N.A.M.E. N2 Region Webmaster.

A Free Project, Giveaway, and a Discount

alcohol inks

Alcohol inks create interesting patterns on mini dishes.

Free Project
A new mini project has been posted on the NAME Special Events page. Jane Sanem has provided instructions for creating interesting patterns and effects on miniature dishes using alcohol inks.

Read the tutorial here. The instructions are based on NAME Region A1 Regional Coordinator, Barbara Anderson’s workshop.

Giveaway items

Jane Sanem is offering a giveaway.

Jane is having a giveaway. If you would like to take part in the drawing, email Jane, and put “Alcohol Ink” in the subject line. The deadline to enter your name in the drawing is March 20th, 2017.


Supplies needed for the project.

Discount on Miniatures and Craft Supplies
Looking for dishes to use alcohol inks on? Factory Direct Craft is offering a 15% discount on all purchases. They offer white porcelain platers, bowls, teapots, etc. The 15% discount is good through May 21, 2017. Enter MINIATURES as the coupon code to receive the discount.

This information is offered as a service to the community of miniature enthusiasts. If you know of a miniature related event or have information/photos to share, please contact the N.A.M.E. N2 Region Webmaster.