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Old 07-12-2013, 02:13 PM
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Hello, I am looking for flower kits to make flowers for window boxes. I prefer the paper or fabric types to polymer clay but want ones that look realistic. Can anyone recommend any kits,preferably in blue/purple/mauve and white colourways or pink shades, please?

I saw a stall at York where a, lady was making flowers but had no cash left by then and unfortunately can't remember tbe lady's name

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Old 07-12-2013, 02:46 PM
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I know about these Miniature Flower and Plant Kits : The Craft Pack Company, Craft packs and hand made miniature dolls house accessories which have some nice flower kits.
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Old 07-12-2013, 04:57 PM
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Jan Southerton's flowers are amazing. She was at York and I always buy from her.

Kit-wise, I've had some beauties from here: Welcome to artofmini.com for collection, hobby and miniatures for your dollhouse
I've made the English roses up, and have some lilacs to do.
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Old 07-12-2013, 05:36 PM
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Templewood Miniatures sell flower kits too. Bambi bought some geranium kits but I don't remember where she got them.

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Old 07-12-2013, 10:30 PM
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The two kits I have done were from the miniature garden (that might be Georgie Steeds?) which were gifts from a member here.
If you are interested in geraniums, I put a tutorial up a couple of years ago.
Hollyhock Cottage - a miniature home in the 1940s: Search results for Geraniums

Here is Georgie Steeds blog which I think is where she sells mainly from.
http://theminiaturegarden.blogspot.com.au

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Thank you for the suggestions and links, can I ask if the artinmini kits are hard to do? They look very lifelike (especially the parrot tulips) and I really like them but I was wondering if they would be too difficult for a beginner.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:44 AM
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Some of the most effective kits I have used were by Pascale Garnier. She doesn't have a website but I can give you her email address if you are interested. Some like the agapanthus and the lily kits quite tricky to do though, especially for a beginner.

The Artofmini kits look beautiful. I haven't tried them. I suspect they are the same, some will be fairly easy and others will be far trickier. The best advice I can give is to get yourself a pair of very fine pointed tweezers - the kind they use for applying mail embellishments. These are invaluable when making up any flower kit.

PS I once bought some brilliant kits from Japan, laser cut delicate plants but customs duty more than doubled the price of these so I've never shopped there again - shame really as they were very good indeed.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:52 AM
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Swan House Miniatures DIY have Pascale Garnier flower kits. They have always been way out of my price range but maybe they have quite a large mark up.

Flower Kits : Swan House Miniatures DIY, For dollhouse miniature building and finishing
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:11 AM
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The Art of Mini ones were fiddly but not impossible (it was my first time too with the roses!). Jo has it right with the tweezers and lots of patience!

It was a case of layering paper very carefully, but they did come out looking very realistic - even with my dodgy DIY skills!

I haven't tried any from anywhere else yet, and I have another Art of Mini kit waiting for me to do. I would buy from them again.
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Old 08-12-2013, 11:08 AM
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Hello Scatterbrain and Mac, I have recently made up several kits from various makers for my garden. I haven't tried the Art of Mini ones yet but have made some lovely kits up from Templewood Miniatures. The latest one being a super soft petals kit from Bonnie Lavish, its laser cut and made of a thin silky material and the leaves drape beautifully. It made a realistic plant fro my dental waiting room. Ladies mile have some really nice ones too. Although I haven't quite finished it yet I have made a Pascale Garnier faded hydrangea kit which is beautifully realistic. Bluebird has given you a link to Swan Minis. Well worth a look. Jo is correct, specially made pointy tweezers and the correct tacky glue are a must. I got my equipment at Miniatura along with some other excellent kits from these guys who now have an etsy shop. Beautiful paper flower kits for dolls houses by TheMiniatureGarden. Hope this helps! Be warned doing these kits ruin you eyesight!
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