Basic Toolbox

Suggested Supplies for a Miniaturist’s Toolbox

Below is a suggested list of items you will want to include in your basic toolbox.  It is very helpful to assemble this box and bring it with you to workshops.  Again, this is only a suggested list, and there may be additional items you want to add, but these are generally the things your teacher will expect you to have with you.  If you need specific tools beyond this list, your teacher will let you know in advance.
You may wish to bring a work light and extension cord.  Have fun setting up your box, but most importantly, have fun using it to make your miniature creation!

X-Acto knife with #11 bladesDamp cloth for gluey hands
Cement for plastic12" metal, cork-backed ruler
White glue6" ruler
Pin vise drill & drill bitsSmall clamps or pinch clothespins
Steel wool (0000)Sharp scissors, medium and small
Tacky glueSmall screwdriver
Wood glueMedium and fine sandpaper
Miter box / fine tooth bladeTweesers
Pins, needles, threadTacks
T-pinsMasking tape and scotch tape
Notebook and pencilsPaint brushes (3-00000)
Wire cutter1" foam brush
Wood scrapsPliers - regular and needle nose
Emery boardSmall plastic bags
Rubber gloves for stainingSmall T-square
Manicure scissorsSmall rubber bands

The following are considered the basic skills necessary for a productive, enjoyable, workshop experience:

  1. Use basic tools confidently
  2. Cut accurately with an X-Acto knife
  3. Read rulers and mark  lengths accurately
  4. Have a knowledge of basic glues and how to apply them.
  5. Know how to paint smoothly

Most teachers, when asked to list the skills needed beyond the basic ones reply that they would be more than prepared to teach whatever their students did not know how to do.  What they would like students to have are some “opens” – an open mind, open eyes, open ears and an open …… SMILE

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