Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures
Largest Miniature Show West of the Mississippi - Benefiting Plane Tree Health Library

The 2019 Good Sam Show - Friday Pre-Registered Workshops

Workshops to be held Friday, October 11, 2019 at the Doubletree Hotel San Jose      Registration Form

We are pleased and excited to offer the following workshops:

  • Class #1 - To Be Announced with Beth Freeman-Kane, South Africa
  • Class #2 - Making Magic with Bonnie Helterhoff
  • Class #3 - Weathered Plant Shelf with Ginger Landon-Siegel
  • Class #4 - Shabby Chic Tea Shelf with Ginger Landon-Siegel
  • Class #5 - Petit Point for Beginners with Natalia Frank
  • Class #6 - Basic Silver Soldering and Triple Shade Desk Lamp with Jim Pounder
  • Class #7 - ¼ scale “Snowy” Cosy Log Cabin with Alison & Mike Thomas, Seaside Miniatures, UK
  • Class #8 - Aluminum Folding Chair with Michael Yurkovic, Atomic Miniature
  • Class #9 - Soldering and Lighting Techniques with Tim Kraft, Lumenations by Mr. K
  • Class #10 - Gardening Tools and Accessories with Daniela Kiefhaber, Germany
  • Class #11 - Traditional German Christmas Decoration Scene with Volker Arnold, Germany

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 - To Be Announced with Beth Freeman-Kane, South Africa

Beth Freeman-Kane is creating a new workshop for the 2019 Good Sam Show. Stay tuned and we'll announce it as soon as possible.


Class #2 - Making Magic with Bonnie Helterhoff
  • Scale: 1:12th scale
  • Skill Level: All skill levels.
  • Cost: $90
  • Class Duration: Half day, 1pm to 5pm
  • Registration Deadline: Day of class.

Play and have fun completing a witchy potion table.  Prep work is DONE!! You receive a pre-painted table.  Add paper details; web; exotic plants tinted with alcohol inks. Add gallery glass to your "stained glass" bat.  Create 6 potion bottles; domed venus flytrap; books; paper basket; candle holder and more.  You should complete all of elements but may want to attach them at a later time.  

I bring the antiquing; alcohol inks; gallery glass so that students get to play with them without the expense of purchasing them all.  I also include the wallpaper paste to attach paper pieces.  The furniture piece is prepainted to save class time. I will also bring some kits for additional books; bottles;  witch hats; and other related items in case students would like to add them to their scene.

Tools/Supplies needed: scissors, tacky glue, paint brushes.


Class #3 - Weathered Plant Shelf with Ginger Landon-Siegel
  • Scale: 1:12th scale
  • Skill Level: All skill levels.
  • Cost: $58
  • Class Duration: Half day, 8:30am - 12:30pm
  • Registration Deadline: Day of class.

Spend a fun morning learning a fun technique to weather the wood for this aged plant shelf.  The class includes the tool to help you “weather” or distress the wood that you will use to build your shelf.  You will also learn dimensional layering techniques to create the planters on the shelf.  The class includes the assorted greenery and floral bits to finish the shelf as shown as well as the additional “pottery” pieces to line the top of the shelf.  The completed shelf is 3" x 2 1/2" wide designed to be hung on a wall but could be placed on a hutch.

Tools/Supplies needed:  Fine point Scissors, Fine point Tweezers, cutting mat, Tacky glue, Jig or Legos, paint brushes, hand wipes


Class #4 - Shabby Chic Tea Shelf with Ginger Landon-Siegel
  • Scale: 1:12th scale
  • Skill Level: All skill levels.
  • Cost: $58
  • Class Duration: Half Day, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Registration Deadline: Day of class.

Enjoy an afternoon learning a fun technique to create the distressed look of the Shabby Chic style.  Your shelf will be filled with “china” that has been prepared with dimensional paints and glaze.  You will learn how to shape and add dimension to your “china” pieces and also learn the technique to create the “raised wood” at the top of the shelf.  Vintage lace will be added to enhance the overall effect of this shabby chic tea shelf. The completed tea shelf is 3 1/8" tall x 2 3/4" wide.  It can be hung on a wall or placed on top of a hutch.

Tools/Supplies needed:  Fine point Scissors, Fine point Tweezers, cutting mat, Tacky glue, Jig or Legos, paint brushes, hand wipes.


Class #5 - Petit Point for Beginners with Natalia Frank
  • Scale: Any scale.
  • Skill Level: All skill levels.
  • Cost: $75
  • Class Duration: 9am to 12pm
  • Registration Deadline: September 31.

If you ever wondered what it takes to design and petit point a miniature, this class is for you. This class is a hands-on introductory class for beginners. Students will learn how to frame silk gauze, what silk floss and needles to use for different counts of silk gauze, appropriate stitches, blocking, finishing.

Petit Point is a form of counted embroidery worked on an interlock canvas. The instructor will share Petit Point techniques and tips on working with silk gauze in miniature that will allow you to create a mini masterpiece of your own.

Students will receive a kit: frame, silk gauze, needle, floss

Tools/Supplies needed: Sharp scissors, light, a magnifier (if needed).


Class #6 - Basic Silver Soldering and Triple Shade Desk Lamp with Jim Pounder
  • Scale: 1:12th scale, 12V DC
  • Skill Level: Beginning or intermediate.
  • Cost: $85
  • Class Duration: 8:30am to 3:30pm
  • Registration Deadline: October 4, 2019

This class will compare the differences between soft solders and silver solders, the basics of cleaning metal, uses of fluxes, and the proper application of heat. Students will spend most of the morning practicing with a butane torch and familiarize with effects of heat on fluxes, solder melting points, and metal annealing. Students will graduate to soldering their class project, a Triple Flower Desk Lamp, and learn the process of wiring and soldering electrical wires.

Tools required: Instructor provides all materials and supplies.  Students bring eye protection and/or mag glasses.


Class #7 - “Snowy” Cosy Log Cabin with Alison & Mike Thomas, Seaside Miniatures, UK
  • Scale: Quarter scale.
  • Skill Level: All skill levels.
  • Cost: $175
  • Class Duration: Full Day, 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Registration Deadline: October 1.

Create an interlocking Log Cabin from a kit we designed and laser-cut ourselves. Battery operated lighting and “flickering” Wood Stove, distressed paint techniques for Furniture and Cabin. Realistic finishing touches and a dusting of snow. Everything is included to complete this project. Extras: Furniture in kit form and completed along with handmade accessories.

Seaside Miniatures was established in 2001 when we moved to the South Coast of England. Our inspiration for our kits comes from the Coastal Village we live in and regular trips to Northern France, where we are renovating a house. We design and laser-cut all our unique quarter scale kits including Lighthouses, Beach Huts, Gypsy Wagon, French Gite and lots more. Many styles of Furniture are also available in kit form or 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 - Aluminum Folding Chair with Michael Yurkovic, Atomic Miniature
  • Scale: 1:12th scale
  • Skill Level: Intermediate.
  • Cost: $185
  • Class Duration: Full day, 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Registration Deadline: September 27

Students will create a 1/12th scale aluminum folding chair, made of aluminum tubing, that actually folds like the real thing! Using a series of jigs prepared by the instructor, students will bend, form, and drill aluminum tubing with the use of no power tools to form the chair parts. The parts will then be assembled in another special wooden jig to create the frame. Students will then pick from a choice of colors for the strapping on their chairs, and proceed to lace the straps and finish the chair.

Instructor will furnish a suggested tool list prior to the workshop.


Class #9 - 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 #10 - Gardening Tools and Accessories with Daniela Kiefhaber, Germany
  • Scale: 1:12th scale
  • Skill Level: All skill levels.
  • Cost: $125
  • Class Duration: ???
  • 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 #11 - Traditional German Christmas Decoration Scene with Volker Arnold, Germany
  • Scale: 1:12th scale
  • 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.