Red Cottage Miniatures

1310 Sales


Red Cottage Miniatures

1310 Sales On Etsy since 2015

5 out of 5 stars (363)
Shannon May

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Shannon May

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Announcement    Hello. Welcome to my store! I sell 1:24 scale miniature houses, furniture and accessories, all of which are my own design and cut on my own laser cutter. Thank you for visiting and have a great day.


Last updated on May 31, 2017

Hello. Welcome to my store! I sell 1:24 scale miniature houses, furniture and accessories, all of which are my own design and cut on my own laser cutter. Thank you for visiting and have a great day.


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I am just starting out and learning lots. I recently purchased a second-hand laser cutter, and we have a bit of a love-hate relationship. Fortunately, we are beginning to understand each other's ways and we are finding some common ground. I have a long-standing love of making stuff and architecture, so making miniature kits was a natural progression.

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Last updated on May 7, 2019
I sell laser cut kits to make 1:24 scale collector's dollhouses and miniatures. I hope you like my little kits. Please keep in mind these are for adult collectors, not children, and contain many very small parts. They are also fragile and need to be handled carefully. I attempt to get as much detail as I can into my miniatures and use quality materials so that my customers can make a great product that they are proud of.

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
Refunds: will only be provided for faulty items. If a part is damaged during shipping, I will replace this for you (items damaged in the post should be covered for damage as part of the postal fee - see note above re postage). I will not refund for change of mind or if the part is broken from carelessness during construction. Please contact me within 7 days of delivery of your kit to discuss. If you have any concerns or questions, please message me and I will help you as best I can to get the answer you need.
Payment: I accept Paypal and direct deposit for Australian purchasers.

Please note that I cannot be held responsible for any import taxes, customs charges or any other duties.
Please see postage costs or additonal information listed on the sale page of the item you are interested in. At this stage, Australia Post (as listed) is the only option for shipping I have available. I can combine shipping, including for a group of smaller items or to include small items with dollhouse kits. If you would like a combined postage estimate, please message me before you purchase. I can generally send a number of small kits (furniture) in an envelope as a large letter for between approximately $4aud to $14aud international but this does not include tracking. IF YOU WANT TRACKING, YOU MUST SELECT THIS OPTION AS A SHIPPING UPGRADE. Otherwise your parcel will be sent as a letter with no tracking. I cannot be held responsible for parcels sent without tracking.

Please ask any questions you may have prior to buying and I will do my best to get you an answer. Items will be posted once payment is confirmed recieved. Shipping listed is an estimate; I will refund excess shipping costs when applicable.

Please note that I cannot be held responsible for any import taxes, customs charges or any other duties. These must be borne by the purchaser/addressee.

Please make sure you will be home or be able to collect your parcel. I cannot be held responsible for parcels that have been returned to me due to the addressee being away or unable to collect the parcel. Any parcels returned to me will not be replaced. However, I will provide a refund of the item/s amount minus shipping OR a replacement when I receive the parcel. You must pay shipping on the replacement item.

I need to declare the value of the goods for insurance purposes.
Additional policies and FAQs
Exchange: I will offer exchange of items however all shipping costs are to be borne by the buyer, unless the item is significantly damaged and it is not reasonable/practicable to replace individual parts.

Notes about plywood:
Plywood, like many wood products, will warp due to changes in temperature and humidity, even over a matter of minutes. Plywood sheets should be stored flat and preferably weighted, right up until you are ready to use them.

Sealing the parts will also help to minimise warping and can also help the glue stick to laser cut edges. When glued in your structure, you should not have any problems with warping or the finish.

Warped plywood is common and not considered damage. I do check each sheet I cut before buying or cutting them as well as after cutting, but it can still warp. Warped ply sheets will not be replaced.

Some advice on putting together your kits!
Just go slowly and you will be fine. It helps to dry fit things, before gluing, just to check fit. Sand gently if needed. I use a 180 to 350 grit sandpaper.

You can remove the charring on the cut edges using alcohol or water and a cotton bud. It’s a good idea if you want to stain parts, rather than paint them. It also helps the glue to stick. Stain parts before gluing, if that is what you are doing. Otherwise, you can paint after construction.

I use Weldbond glue, which is available at hardware stores. It is pricey, but really good. Useful for lots of stuff. As for paint, I just use craft paints. I have Folkart brand, which I like. Artist paints are likely to have too much body, and you won’t get such a smooth finish. Paint is really a personal preference though.

Process: allow the glue on your finished kits to dry thoroughly before painting. If you want, fill any little gaps with an interior gap filler, something that is easy to sand! Sand it smooth and wipe with a damp cloth. I don’t generally worry too much about gap filler on furniture but you can if you want. Paint the pieces with undercoat. You can get gesso at art/craft stores, or I often use water based interior house undercoat as I usually have it on hand. When dry, sand lightly. The 350 grit paper would be best. Sometimes a second undercoat is good, as the cut edges can soak in quite a bit of paint. Sand again. Then two coats of acrylic, with a light sand between if needed (I generally don’t find it needs that). If you want, you can apply an antiquing wash - water the paint down and brush on, or use a retarder or extender mixed with the paint, then wipe off with a damp sponge. Add more if desired. And lastly, you can paint on a coat of varnish (gloss, satin, matte) if you want.

Lastly, have fun. I can answer questions if needed.