“Mom, why do you have a jar of dust?”
“That’s the birthday present I made for your friend.”
Wish I had my camera to catch the look she gave me.
How could I go wrong with a detailed how-to for a cute Mini Folk Charm Necklace? For a while I’ve had the 1/2″ miniature vials that I’d need, so I set them aside. I figured that would be the hardest of the supplies to get my hands on, so a week before the expected birthday I headed out to the miniature store to pick up some miniature grass and people. I should have known better. Sure they had N-scale people – but only the Civil Servant and Sitting sets – not what I had in mind! I moved onto the next aisle, thinking that at least there’d be grass I could use – and there was not. Not the cute, bright green grass I saw in the original project. I was suddenly starting from scratch and stubbornly determined to make this project work.
Next stop, giant warehouse home improvement store for outdoor grass carpet samples. Hole-punching one of those just gives you big, shiny green stuff that looks like minced Easter basket filling. No good. Then I remember that I know someone that works with miniatures and sent out an email, looking for grass. Very awkward, but at least he knew what I was talking about.. .and all I needed was a teaspoon of it. More awkward asking my husband to please “pick up a plastic lunch bag filled with grass” for me on his way home from a meeting. Not the cute, bright green I was looking for – but hey, grass is grass, right?
Now to figure out what to put inside. I’d make a person, of course! Because I think I can do anything, I go searching for the air-drying clay I have stored somewhere in my basement… only to discover that it’s already dry! and hard as a rock. Great! I’ll just carve it. To 1/2″ size. I tried, really. Now, the carving knife could have led to an even worse disaster, but I’m proud to say I didn’t even get a nick. Instead I just got a little stump of a mushroom. That I quickly colored in with a permanent marker and white correcting ink.
Let’s just say that at this point, I was fed up. What else could go wrong? Using a toothpick, in went the glue, then the grass. Out came the grass on the end of the toothpick. It was a battle to get that stuff to the bottom of the vial. Then more glue, then the mushroom. Then a cotton-wrapped toothpick to try and wipe all the glue off the sides of the glass. More grass came out. I threw in some glitter stars for distraction and popped the cork on. Just then I remembered that I’d lost my round-nose pliers, but I went ahead and created a roundish loop for the top of this project because I’ll bet that teenager is dying to put it on a chain and wear it out. Oh yeah.