Largest Miniature Show West of the Mississippi - Benefiting Plane Tree Health Library

The 2021 Good Sam Show - Friday Pre-Registered Workshops

Workshops to be held Friday, October 8, 2021 at the Doubletree Hotel San Jose      Registration Form

We are pleased and excited to offer the following workshops:

  • Class #1 - Watering Can Cake with Betinha Murta
  • Class #2 - Vignette In Antique Singer Sewing Box with Cathy Skeris - Cancelled
  • Class #3 - Collectively Speaking by Kaye Browning, published in 2017, with Tine Krijnen, Netherlands - Cancelled due to U.S. travel restrictions.
  • Class #4 - Wilhelmina, from Princess to Queen 1898 with Tine Krijnen, Netherlands - Cancelled due to U.S. travel restrictions.
  • Class #5 - Vintage Rose Tea Set with Tray and Plate Shelf with Ginger Landon-Siegel - Cancelled
  • Class #6 - Winter Gingerbread Cottage OR Timbered Manor Pocket Watch Scene with Ginger Landon-Siegel - Cancelled
  • Class #7 - The Watermill with Alison & Mike Thomas, UK - Cancelled due to U.S. travel restrictions.
  • Class #8 - Houseboat with Volker Arnold, Germany - Cancelled due to U.S. travel restrictions.
  • Class #9 - Lighthouse with Volker Arnold, Germany - Cancelled due to U.S. travel restrictions.

Click on any picture below for larger pictures. Use the button above to download the registration form. Plan to bring a basic tool kit unless the instructor has specified tools and supplies in the workshop description. Registration deadlines vary, so register as soon as you know which class you want to attend. A few instructors will take walk-ins if they have sufficient supplies, but it cannot be guaranteed. Please pay attention to skill level required, and the sack lunch recommendation for the longer classes.


Class #1 - Watering Can Cake with Betinha Murta
  • Scale: 1:12th scale / 1 inch
  • Skill Level: All skill levels.
  • Cost: $100
  • Class Duration: 1pm to 4:30pm
  • Registration Deadline: September 30, 2021

Students will be learning how to make a beautiful cake using cold porcelain, a very soft air dry clay, no need to bake! Instructor will provide a kit with all the materials to make this amazing and funny cake! You will be introduced to the amazing air dry clay! You are gonna love it and finish the cake during the workshop! Let’s have fun!

All materials will be included in the kit, including cold porcelain clay, flowers, fake water, mold for a tie, beads, grass etc.

Tools to bring: x-acto, small scissor, tacky glue, tweezer, small ruler, personal simple tools.


Class #2 - Vignette In Antique Singer Sewing Box with Cathy Skeris CANCELLED
  • Scale: 1:12th scale / 1 inch / 1 inch
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Cost: $135
  • Class Duration: 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • Registration Deadline: Day of class.

Create your dream space in 1 inch scale inside an antique Singer Sewing Machine Accessories Puzzle Box. You could make a toy store, a bridal shop or a ballet studio. These boxes are constructed of solid oak. Each one is an antique and unique in its character.

You will line the box with fabric for the walls. Materials are supplied to build shelving and a clothing rack to hang items. Shelves and walls are decorated with lace trim and you will create a rug for the floor. Also included will be mirrors and framed art to adorn the space.

All materials are supplied. Please bring Turbo Tacky, small sharp scissors and basic miniature tool box. If you forget something I always bring stuff to share. Bring lighting and magnification if you need it.


Class #3 - Collectively Speaking by Kaye Browning, published in 2017, with Tine Krijnen, Netherlands - Cancelled due to U.S. travel restrictions.
  • Scale: 1:12th scale / 1 inch
  • Skill Level: All skill levels, good hand and eye sight
  • Cost: $55
  • Class Duration: Half day, 1:00 - 5:00pm
  • Registration Deadline: Day of class.

Create a one inch scale facsimile of the lovely tiny colorful book by Kay Browning, Collectively Speaking. Her first book about her and our passion of collecting miniatures. Students will learn how to make a book with a glued spine. Cutting the book in the right size….55 layers of paper…. will be the challenge. Glue and printed sheets will be provided. Students will be needing, strong hands, and patience. Kaye Browning's second book will be available as a kit.

Tools/Supplies needed: cutting mat, glue brush, break-off knife, ruler


Class #4 - Wilhelmina, from Princess to Queen 1898 with Tine Krijnen, Netherlands - Cancelled due to U.S. travel restrictions.
  • Scale: 1:12th scale / 1 inch
  • Skill Level: All skill levels, good hand and eye sight
  • Cost: $55
  • Class Duration: Half day, 8:30am - 12:30pm
  • Registration Deadline: Day of class.

This Wilhelmina book, was Tine's first pop-up book published 25 years ago, in sepia. Now, as a treat to herself, a full color publication. The book was originally published for the occasion of the coronation of Princess Wilhelmina to Queen of the Netherlands. It was a simple pop-up book with four double illustration, which creates the pop-up effect. Students will learn how to sew a book with a pamphlet stitch, aging paper and end up with an adorable little pup-up book. Glue, thread, material for aging paper and the printed sheets will be provided.

Tools/Supplies needed: cutting mat, glue brush, break-off knife, ruler


Class #5 - Vintage Rose Tea Set with Tray and Plate Shelf with Ginger Landon-Siegel - Cancelled
  • Scale: 1:12th scale / 1 inch
  • Skill Level: All skill levels.
  • Cost: $85
  • Class Duration: Half Day, 8:30am - 12:30pm
  • Registration Deadline: Day of class.

Come learn some fun painting techniques using everyday objects to paint beautiful miniature roses and 2 toned leaves.  You will learn the techniques to paint the rose border and center design of the oblong black metal tea tray.  You will use these same techniques to paint the rose designs on the 3 non-opening teapots, the teacups for the black tray and filled shelf.  The dimensional plates for the filled shelf will be pre-glazed.  You will shape the plates and accent the edges with gold to enhance the overall effect.  Completion of your tea set and filled shelf is expected. 

Everything shown is included with the class.  All paints, special painting tools and preparation tools will be provided.

Tools to bring: Tweezers, Small Curved scissors (like manicure scissors), Medium width flat or regular paint brush.


Class #6 - Winter Gingerbread Cottage OR Timbered Manor Pocket Watch Scene with Ginger Landon Siegel - Cancelled
  • Scale: Micro
  • Skill Level: All skill levels.
  • Cost: $68
  • Class Duration: 12:45pm to 4:45pm
  • Registration Deadline: Day of class.

Enjoy the fun of creating a unique pocket watch scene that you can wear or display.  Choose either the Gingerbread Cottage with assorted candies, sugery looking snow and an adorable snowman with his top hat and scarf OR choose the Winter shopping scene complete with holiday shoppers.  You will be learning dimensional layering and cutting techniques, use of dimensional paints to enhance your assorted candies and windows of your miniature scenes.  You will also learn a paint and glitter technique to create the look of snow used in both scenes.  This will be a fun and relaxing class creating a special piece to add to your miniature collection.

Tools/Supplies needed: Small paint brush, small curved and straight paper cutting scissors, tweezers, magnifiers.


Class #7 - The Watermill with Alison & Mike Thomas, UK - Cancelled due to U.S. travel restrictions.
  • Scale: Quarter scale
  • Skill Level: All skill levels.
  • Cost: $195
  • Class Duration: 9am to 5pm
  • Registration Deadline: September 1, 2021

The Watermill is a new kit designed and made by Seaside Miniatures with lots of nostalgia and details to create a super cute project. Guidance to build this kit and fit battery interior lighting is included along with a “shabby-chic” paint finish on interior/ exterior and furniture for that lived in look. Accessories will be 3D printed and painted by Seaside to add those finishing touches. These include flour/wheat sacks, milk churns, fire cauldrons, canoe and many more.

Seaside Miniatures was established in 2001 when we moved to the South Coast of England. Our inspiration for our kits and accessories comes from the Coastal Village we live in and regular trips to Northern France, where we are renovating a house. We design and make all our unique quarter scale kits with a laser-cutter and accessories which are 3D printed and painted to add little details. Many styles of furniture are also available complete. Working in quarter scale is a very manageable size with realistic detail and so cute! Take a look at our handmade accessories, kits and finished items at Seaside Miniatures Etsy Shop or Website www.seasideminiatures.co.uk


Class #8 - Houseboat with Volker Arnold, Germany - Cancelled due to U.S. travel restrictions.
  • Scale: 1:144th scale
  • Skill Level: All skill levels.
  • Cost: $90
  • Class Duration: 8:30am - 11:30am
  • Registration Deadline: Day of class.

Create this houseboat from a wooden laser do-it-yourself kit. You will learn to mount and assemble the kit with white glue. The kit includes furniture.

Tools/Supplies needed: Tweezers, craft pad.


Class #9 - Lighthouse with Volker Arnold, Germany - Cancelled due to U.S. travel restrictions.
  • Scale: 1:144th scale
  • Skill Level: All skill levels.
  • Cost: $120
  • Class Duration: 12:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Registration Deadline: Day of class.

Create this charming lighthouse from a wooden laser do-it-yourself kit. You will learn to mount and assemble the kit with white glue. The kit includes furniture.

Tools/Supplies needed: Tweezers, craft pad.


Class #10 - Soldering and Lighting Techniques with Tim Kraft, Lumenations by Mr. K
  • Scale: Can be applied to all scales.
  • Skill Level: All skill levels.
  • Cost: $120
  • Class Duration: 9am to 12:00pm
  • Registration Deadline: Day of class.

When friends are looking at the wonderful miniature scenes you have put together, do you hand them a flashlight?  You have or had lights at one time in your rooms but they no longer work? Let's be honest, maybe you don't have lights because you are a little afraid of trying to hook them up?  I'm coming to California to show you how to overcome all these problems and teach you how you can light up the wonderful rooms you have put together using items you have made or purchased.

You will be working with everything you see in the picture and your tool list is only 2 items...inexpensive scissors to cut the tape wire and an Xacto knife.  You will receive: soldering iron, iron holder, solder, tape wire, board on which you learn to solder, instruction manual with pictures of the proper way to solder connections, pencil and holder designed as a technique aid when wiring a room box or dollhouse, a probe and power supply. EVERYTHING you use in class goes home with you for future use in the new skill you were taught in class. Please don't wait to reserve your spot as I only take 10 students so I can give you the personal time you deserve and this class sells out quickly.

Tools/Supplies needed: Xacto knife with one #10 blade & inexpensive scissors. Supplies used in workshop are available at my table in the showroom.

“Just got back from Chicago International Show where I took the wiring class from Tim Kraft. For wiring, soldering and the new LED lights, take Tim’s class!  He’s an excellent and patient instructor; he explains it all very clearly and makes it all seem easy.  I took away so much knowledge from the class, and I’ve been wiring stuff for years.  It was well worth my time.” - Jan Patrie, IGMA Fellow, Autumn Leaf Studio


Class #11 - Gardening Tools and Accessories with Daniela Kiefhaber, Germany Cancelled
  • Scale: 1:12th scale / 1 inch
  • Skill Level: All skill levels.
  • Cost: $125 (Please make checks to Showcase of Miniatures.)
  • Class Duration: 9am to 5pm
  • Registration Deadline: Day of class.

Gardening is fun – and in miniature too! Students will make all the accessories for miniature gardening including a leather apron, some tools, gardening gloves, seed sachets and other things.

Tools/Supplies needed: Tweezers


Class #12 - Traditional German Christmas Decoration Scene with Volker Arnold, Germany
  • Scale: 1:12th scale / 1 inch
  • Skill Level: All skill levels.
  • Cost: $85
  • Class Duration: 12:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Registration Deadline: Day of class.

Create these traditional German Christmas scenes from eight wooden laser do-it-yourself kits. You will learn to mount and assemble the kits with white glue. The kits include an arc, pedestal, tree with Nativity, pyramid with Christmas train, star, crib and lantern house.

Additional craft kits can be purchased for Christmas scenes. Please note free download oft he catalog at website: www.va-holzkunst.de

Tools/Supplies needed: Tweezers, craft pad.