I want to welcome you, having registered years ago, although I have not been posting here much until quite recently. For years, my main claying home was City of Clay, where I learned a lot; but the people there decided to move to Facebook, which I once joined, disliked, and left, so I became something of an orphan and for various personal reasons did little claying for a few years. Now I am enjoying Polymer Clay Central, but finding it a little hard to get used to the format. There is a lot of information here, though, and you should feel free to ask any questions. In the past, I have found some very useful posts here, and once in a while, I am happy to find that I can "pay it forward" to someone else.
Doll house miniatures! I am an old lady now, but anything to do with dolls--especially creating wardrobes for them--or doll houses (I have made and furnished a few), still fascinates me. I hope you will be posting pictures of some of your creations. I do not make miniatures now, myself, but I often think how great it would have been if only I had known about polymer clay back in the days when I was furnishing doll houses. It would have been so much easier to make kitchen stoves, toilets, and sinks, not to mention vases and "wooden" furnishings.
Have you bought any good books on polymer clay? I happen to love making imitations of various natural materials such as bone, ivory, metals, and semi-precious stones, and some of those faux materials might be useful when you are making miniature objects. When it comes to creating "faux" materials, the books Creative Ways with Polymer Clay by Dotty McMillan and Faux Surfaces in Polymer Clay by Irene Semanchuk Dean are two of my favorites. Creative Ways also has a lot to say about the basic techniques in using polymer clay, as does The Polymer Clay Techniques Book by Sue Heaser. All three also have specific projects you can do or adapt to your needs. I have quite a collection of claying books now, some more specialized than others, but I think even a beginner would find these three interesting and useful. All are available on Amazon for as low as $1.08 to $3 plus shipping and handling, if you don't mind their being used. I was amazed to notice that the prices for Faux Surfaces in Polymer Clay ranged from #2.99 to over $300.00! There were three or so images of the book cover, each with a different price range. So when ordering, look around and be sure to check all the offers on Amazon for any one book. I read somewhere that some books on Amazon can end up with fantastically high and unrealistic prices because of something going on with their computers. Just getting all the various tools you might want for claying, plus the clay itself, is expensive enough, so I have always bought used books whenever I could find them.
At glassattic.com, there is also a huge polymer clay "encyclopedia," which is full of discussions and hints from clay artists about all sorts of things, and all of it is free.
And have you found helpful sites having to do with doll house furnishings? You may know them already, but if you don’t know them already, some of these sites I have bookmarked may hold some inspiration for you. I love to browse around in them, even though I have not made doll house miniatures for years and years.
http://wilhelmjalily.blogspot.com/ This site is interesting in itself, but over to the right there are thumbnails for all sorts of other doll-house-related blogs, and there is some fascinating stuff there.
And, of course, the best doll house ever, which I wish I could visit in Chicago, but alas, I live too far away and do not enjoy traveling in my old age. I have seen some magnificent photos of the castle, though, and if you click on “Exhibit,” you can “visit” various rooms in it:
I wish you success with your miniatures.