Press latest new series of books is Mini Makes, a range
of pocket sized books that cover various crafts in a nutshell.
In this one Ms. Debuisson shows how to make fifteen wee creatures
out of chenilles (pipe cleaners in the vernacular).
Priced at under a fiver I can imagine these books making ideal
stocking fillers, party favors, prizes and any other occasions
that call for a small gift. With their board covers they are
sturdy and packed full of information in about 60 pages. Those
who are not keen on small print might have a problem, but
I have seen smaller in many larger books so it is nothing
extreme. Find out what tools and materials you need, read
the tips and advice section first (a good idea) and then it
is on with the projects. These are divided into home and farm,
then forest and savannah and you can choose from cats, dogs,
sheep, lions, elephants, squirrels, deer and more. The fluffy
appearance of the chenilles used is nothing like the original
pipecleaners and the models are remarkably detailed looking
and rather impressive. Each project has a list of what you
need plus instructions on one page, and on the other a photo
of the finished items. The diagrams show how the chenilles
are bent and I found them a bit complex at first when just
looking at them, but once I started making one they suddenly
made perfect sense. Some of them could have been drawn in
a darker color, but stick with them and you will soon produce
something that looks like the photo. Originally published
in France in 2013 this is a good translation, and a welcome
look at an unusual subject.
If you cannot find a good range of chenilles locally try www.searchpress.com
for a list of suppliers.
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