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  2. WeekendMiniaturist

    Belated hello from Australia

    Welcome to the Fine Miniature Forum... it is good to know there are makers in 1/24th scale!
  3. WeekendMiniaturist

    GUILD SCHOOL 2020!

    GUILD SCHOOL 2020 is cancelled... please see post at the link below. https://www.igma.org/guild_school/index.html
  4. Last week
  5. shannonc60

    Belated hello from Australia

    Hi all. I’m Shannon. I joined the forum quite some time ago but haven’t really joined in. Kind of intimidating in such esteemed company! I design and laser cut my own range of 1:24 scale miniatures, and working on smaller scale design too. Here is a link to my website if you are interested in what I do: https://www.redcottageminiatures.com I want to improve my skills in a range of areas over the next year or two, but need to find the patience! Anyway, have a great day all.
  6. WeekendMiniaturist

    Best wishes.

    My word for April 2020 is CONTENTMENT; it is only April 1st though - and I only want to get through the next 29. I am not going to think about May until 4/30/2020. We are a lucky bunch of creative people as I'm sure most miniaturists have two projects in process and about 200 ideas floating around in their heads! I worked on brass candlesticks GS Class (do-over) last month; still practicing turning to specific diameters and lengths. Now before I turn Candlestick #3 pre work, I am checking my measurements again for turning 1 & 2 from my drawing. After I get 5 matching diameters and lengths pieces of brass will use the gravers to finish. I fired porcelain dolls for the 2nd time yesterday... so my gently used and in great condition, manual kiln that DH purchased for me when I was last at GS does indeed fire to Cone 6 and I do have porcelain! So....this kiln will not be used for annealing metals... I was quite conflicted with manual vs. digital kilns - I will be learning for a long time. I finally decided that learning to use a manual kiln would be a good learning experience and since I already had one, I needed to just get a receptacle for it and try it and see what happens. Next I have to learn to china paint faces... I'm sure this will be a very humbling experience. I got a Kerri P Unicorn last year at the Chicago International and this idea of a Lady to accompany my unicorn has been in my imagination since last year, and firing my own porcelain just sounds like an "I'm all in" project. Last weekend I worked on the tabletop for the Boston Card Table with needlepoint...now I just need to plane some cherry down or find my wider cherry... as I used Brazilian Cherry and think the grain is a little heavier then I want. My goal for April 2020 is to make some QA type legs for chairs and my Boston Card Table... I have only been to the grocery store; nothing is open, so except for the proposed activity of stalking the craft aisles at Walmart, there is no shopping happening around here. They closed the library when they closed schools; thankfully I have a library at home. I am committed to "Contentment" for 29 more days. I am wishing everyone a productive stay-cation and hope to see some photos in the FMF!!
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  8. Bill Hudson

    Best wishes.

    Hope you all are taking good care of yourselves and those around you. Please stay home and work on miniatures. Bill Hudson
  9. ElgaKoster

    1845 Victorian Extending Dining Table

    Thank you Idske, good to know it takes the same time to open. On the real tables the screw thread is much coarser, I am not sure if there are any specialist tools that could do that in scale. It seemed easiest to use standard avalaible sizes.
  10. Ben

    Painting of a little girl

    No I hadn’t thought of those, but thanks maybe I’ll look into them. Thanks for th compliment 😊
  11. WeekendMiniaturist

    Painting of a little girl

    Great Painting Ben! I love the dress. Have you ever considered painting on gessoed silk fabric? How about thin MDF? I found some a while ago at the crafts store with the chalk/milkpaints line and bought it because it was so thin. Very pretty hands, too.
  12. Idske H

    1845 Victorian Extending Dining Table

    Beautiful! It works just like my RL mahogany table. It also takes just as long to open as yours does and mine only has 1 inset leaf. Isn’t it great to figure out these systems that seem to work well even after more than 150 years. That is an absolute treasure! Idske
  13. Ben

    Painting of a little girl

    I thought that I’d post a painting I’ve been working on for a few months. I read that you could paint on copper, and that sounded awesome. I like to paint on a rigid surface rather than canvas. I’ve tried thin pieces of wood and pieces of rigid polyethylene. The wood will warp when you apply gesso to it if you try to paint on thin pieces of it. I really experimented with wood to try to figure out how I could get around that, but with not much success- although I was able to do it somewhat. Next came the polyethylene sheet that I found at an art store. I roughed up the surface with sand paper and then gessoed it. That was fine, but it’s plastic you know. Plastic just doesn’t seem like a long term material- but, it’s all I could think of. But I read that artists in the past would paint on copper, and it has so many positives. For instance you just rough up the surface for the paint and there is no need to gesso. Anyway, I haven’t painted a lot lately but I thought I’d post this just for fun.
  14. ElgaKoster

    1845 Victorian Extending Dining Table

    Thank you Tamra.
  15. WeekendMiniaturist

    1845 Victorian Extending Dining Table

    This is a wonderful, skillful project Elga! Congratulations!
  16. I have had this project in my head for at least 6 years, so much fun to see it finally come together. I still need to make a proper crank for the table and caster wheels. I left the end leaves loose for the video so that you can see how the sliding tables work with each other. I used mopane for the table and birch for the sliding trays. The brass part of the screw mechanism was made with a hollow tube and a short solid piece that I drilled and tapped for the 2mm threaded stainless steel rod that I bought locally.
  17. WeekendMiniaturist

    MINIATURE MASTERWORKS: 2021

    The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures is pleased to announce that the Miniature Masterworks, a juried art show and sale, will return to Kansas City in September 17-19, 2021. Save the date for this three-day event featuring fine-scale miniature artists showcasing and selling their latest art. Attendees will be able to tour the museum’s collection of fine-scale miniatures, meet the artists, attend programs, and view works considered for the Barbara Marshall Award for Artistic Achievement.
  18. WeekendMiniaturist

    CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL 2020 NEW DATES

    Tom Bishop has postponed the Chicago International to August 2020. I am forwarding the email I received from the Bishop Show earlier today. For our artisans... more time to make beautiful things for the collectors to purchase! " We have rescheduled the dates for the 2020 Chicago International. We ask that you please advise everyone on your social media of the change of dates. We need to get this information out as soon as possible and must rely on you for help. You are all aware of what is going on worldwide so we believe it has become time to reschedule the 2020 Chicago International. Our new dates will be August 14, 15, 16, 2020 with the workshops beginning on Monday, August 10th. We will change everyone's preview and workshop registrations to the new dates. NOTHING will change other than the actual dates of the show. If these new dates present a problem for any of you, please let us know if you will NOT be attending the show in August. This is the best we can do at this time. We have waited as long as possible to make this decision We are hoping that by August things will have greatly improved. We chose the August dates as there are other shows in the fall that we did not want to interfere with and this was what was available. For those of you who have hotel reservations, the Marriott has cancelled all the room reservations for April so you will need to rebook. We also understand that the airlines are waving all rebooking fees if you rebook by March 30th. So very sorry for all of this and hope you will understand that the dates needed to be changed."
  19. jaxenro

    Book Set

  20. jaxenro

    Book Set

    No they are Perfect Bound From Wiki Perfect binding is often used for paperback books. It is also used for magazines; National Geographic is one example of this type. Perfect-bound books usually consist of various sections with a cover made from heavier paper, glued together at the spine with a strong glue. The sections are milled in the back and notches are applied into the spine to allow hot glue to penetrate into the spine of the book. The other three sides are then face-trimmed. This is what allows the magazine or paperback book to be opened. Mass-market paperbacks (pulp paperbacks) are small (16mo size), cheaply made with each sheet fully cut and glued at the spine; these are likely to fall apart or lose sheets after much handling or several years. Trade paperbacks are more sturdily made, with traditional gatherings or sections of bifolios, usually larger, and more expensive. The difference between the two can usually easily be seen by looking for the sections in the top or bottom sides of the book.
  21. WeekendMiniaturist

    Handworks 2015 in Amana Iowa

    Dreaming of attending the event in 2020? Registration just opened for September 4- 5, 2020. Location: Amana, Iowa https://www.handworks.co/
  22. WeekendMiniaturist

    Book Set

    Are the books sewn in the binding process?
  23. jaxenro

    Book Set

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thomctigheesq/the-history-of-art-miniature-book-series?ref=user_menu
  24. jaxenro

    Kickstarter

    Hi I am trying a kickstarter for my miniature book project. Please share with your friends and fellow collectorshttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thomctigheesq/the-history-of-art-miniature-book-series?ref=user_menu
  25. WeekendMiniaturist

    Can't find my tutorial.

    This is a related post to wire wheels...
  26. WeekendMiniaturist

    Can't find my tutorial.

    You sent me a link for the scale model horse drawn vehicle forum, but it hasn't been posted in the Fine Miniatures Forum. I cannot find it located on their site even though I have a link. While I would have to search for it, I know I printed it, and have it somewhere in my stacks of reference. We are coming up on 6 years since the FMF's inception, and I still have not made these wheels!
  27. Bill Hudson

    Can't find my tutorial.

    Its sure I had posted a tutorial on making wire spoked wheels but I am not able to find it. Is showed the process of forming and turning of the wheel rim plus showing met mandrels and tools for shaping the wheels etc.
  28. karincorbin

    Table Saw Options

    Kickback happens when the gap between the blade and the fence is narrower at the rear than at the front. They are fussy little saws, it does not take much to have the fence get out alignment and no longer be parallel to the blade. When you notice some kickback get out your accurate measuring tools and check it then adjust the fence back to parallel. Maybe one of these days I will get back to posting on my blog. Years ago I did a whole posting on how to fix and tune up the vintage Dremel 4 inch tablesaws. I also did a posting on fixing a Proxxon tablesaw where the blade was out of alignment with the miter slots on the table. There is no built in way to make that adjustment so I had to slot the hole in the casting for the mounting bolt to allow it to move just enough to put it into alignment. Having spent a lot of time tuning up full size saws I understand about the importance of fences and blades being in true parallel. It can be frustrating and tedious to get it just right but it is essential that you do so if you want accurate cuts from a saw.
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