I asked in the Post Office this afternoon how much the basic airmail service will be when the prices go up on the 1st May, and they are effectively set to double – from £2.07 to about £3.90 (depending on the destination).
This bring me, rather neatly, to what I have been trying, and failing, to write about for the most of this morning – DIY KITS
While I have been listing work on Etsy, I have been surprised at the number of requests that I have had for kits – particularly a kit for a theatre.
In the past, due to time and storage issues, these are not something that I could consider making – at least not at a price that would be significantly cheaper than a completed miniature.
However, here is a possible solution that may – or may not ! – appeal to all those who would really like to make something for themselves.
When assembled, the miniature theatre in the photograph above, is it is just under 1 and ½ inches in width (3.7cm).
It is based on a Scandinavian one from the early 1920s and has a curtain and 4 removable scenes, one each from –
Red Riding Hood
Hansel and Gretel
and Puss in Boots
The theatre comes in the form of a crisp, high quality, high-resolution ( 300 ppi) png file, which can be sent anywhere in the world via email (no postage to worry about ! ) and the recipient can then make up their own theatre and resize it, or customise it, as they wish.
This is undoubtedly not a new idea, but I have never considered making a kit before and it has given me a week (off and on) of anxiety.
I know it is something that I would like to have – Will it appeal to people who want to make something for themselves?
I know it is something that I can put together – How will other people find it?
How do I decide on a price for it ? – It took time to set up and test, but the cost of materials and construction time will be borne by others (always supposing that someone buys one ! )
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Anyone out there like to be a guinea pig?