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  2. WeekendMiniaturist

    1/32" thick glass

    I used calipers on the glass and the dollar store glass is 3/64" thick. Hopefully I will be able to see if this glass is still available locally, soon, but want to try score and cut it before I stock up.
  3. WeekendMiniaturist

    Book Set

    "The list is endless..." I feel the same way about my real life library... and miniature projects. I look forward to the next reveal...
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  5. jaxenro

    Book Set

    Self taught been working on it about 2 to 3 months. Each one is a learning experience as I fine tune my process and materials. I plan on doing a whole series of art books, currently I have two mapped out, Canova and Thorvaldsen, with a Jacques-Louis David in the works, but I plan to do many of the classical artists, focusing on neoclassical and Academic art. Alma-Tadema, Godward, Bouguereau, the list is endless
  6. WeekendMiniaturist

    Book Set

    I love books! I have a true library of life size books, and need a couple more book shelving units elsewhere in our home - or could take the work related books to work.. Yes, that would probably be better option. Miniature Books are equally fun to collect... May I suggest better focus to show off your work? Try taking the pictures for a greater distance if using auto focus camera, then cropping the photos electronically. I have collected some in the states, and buy some when I was in the UK. I do wish we had more US options. Did you learn this skill from taking classes? Studying, etc... I've only assembled some from Paperminis.com and have not tried to print with my computer or reduce illustrations electronically. I would love to have a printing press!
  7. jaxenro

    Book Set

    First pass at my Homer by Flaxman - Iliad and Odyssey each includes all 34 original plates done by John Flaxman I can see some areas to improve but I am getting better
  8. ElgaKoster

    Building a 17th century embroidered casket

    Thank you Sarah, I teach at our club in Johannesburg and the odd private class for a few people at a time, nothing official at this stage.
  9. Artist does kitchen bowls, canister, pitchers etc. in white ceramic with blue stripe and signs Merry plus date on the underside. Anybody know who that is?
  10. WeekendMiniaturist

    1/32" thick glass

    I tested the dollar store photo frame glass today and it does fit inside a Houseworks Slim Double hung window sash - perfectly. I bought 3 pieces of 11x14 glass and I think I have 1.5 the amount I need to make my windows for the Lawbre Shadow Cliff. I will attempt to go to the store again and add more to the supply inventory and will measure the glass with micrometers and report to the FMF. Next I will try oil and a cutter to see if I can still cut glass; its been a while since I've done any stained glass, and this is substantially thinner. I think it measures 1/16" of an inch though with my fractional (inexpensive) calipers that I keep on my desk at work. Next I will order some of the window supplies from Northeastern Scale Lumber and will do some more tests to see if the picture frame glass works. It would also be fun to try and slump some of this very thin glass in a kiln.
  11. Mesouth

    Table Saw Options

    Tamra, you should definitely use the grr-ripper on your life size saw. When ripping a longer length on my Proxxon or on a full size router table, I use 2 of them in a leap-frog fashion. I really like this tool. So much safer! And you can get a 1/8” add on for thin rips.
  12. ElgaKoster

    Table Saw Options

    Tamra, the 40 tooth blade should work well too. I am super careful when I do long rip cuts, it feels like one can lose control quickly, definitely not my favorite thing to do on a tablesaw. I hope you find your saw quickly, I dream of having more than one.
  13. WeekendMiniaturist

    Table Saw Options

    Elga, this is great info... and not to get over confident on my part, but I wonder if I should use this on my life size portable contractor table saw... it might be a lot easier to cut the boards using this accessory on this saw as the bed is much longer. I'm definitely feeling kickback using my micro mark because my boards are so long. Of course I already placed an order earlier today at Amazon for a computer component I needed to replace... I will review this accessory with husband tomorrow! I looked quickly but couldn't find the measurements of the tool; I think this tool is larger then the entire top of the preac saw. I'm getting a fine cut with the preac... no issues with ripping boards with this blade for finish... just an issue with this way too small top. I have this additional blade that I can use on my micromark saw. This would be similar? https://www.micromark.com/40-Tooth-Carbide-Tip-Saw-Blade-3-1-4-Inch-Dia-10-mm-hole The micromark must be somewhere in the magic basement - I think my saw is hiding from me in a box or a drawer somewhere? (I think I hurt the saw's feelings when I was thinking that the fence needs to be replaced and we haven't talked to each other for a few years now.) I've been using the preac. and that saw never leaves my sight. I see my drill press, my benchtop bandsaw... but no micromark saw! I need to model more frequently so I can keep track of my tools! It is definitely not in the workshop and not on my shelf with my lathe stuff....
  14. ElgaKoster

    Table Saw Options

    Martha introduced me to this tool and it works great on our mini table saws too. https://www.microjig.com/products/grr-ripper I prefer the 36 tooth saw blade as I find it gives a smoother cut than the 24 tooth.
  15. Tony posted in our Taig groups.io forum that 2nd edition of this Book, The Taig/Peatol Lathe: and its accessories is now available on Amazon. I have the first edition and found it very useful when I was new with my Taig lathe and now that I am up to the 'basic' user of the lathe I find it more resourceful when troubleshooting. "The Taig Micro Lathe, known as the Peatol Lathe in the UK, is a popular "desk-top" lathe, widely used in a variety of applications from clockmaking and model engineering through to pen-turning and pool cue manufacture. Its simplicity, sound engineering, and rugged design, coupled with a very competitive price, have gained it an enthusiastic following worldwide.In this book, the basics of setting up and adjusting the lathe are covered, and the wide range of standard accessories are described. The later sections describe a range of enhancements that can be made to the lathe to increase its versatility, along with further accessories that the owner can make using the lathe.Tony Jeffree has owned and used a Taig lathe for several years, during which time he has written a number of articles about the lathe and other aspects of model engineering, for Model Engineer and Model Engineers' Workshop magazines." Other versions of Lathe books that I have purchased use the Sherline for reference...
  16. WeekendMiniaturist

    Table Saw Options

    I ordered some 3/8" thickness aluminum today and will try and make a larger table extension for the preac. This should be an interesting experiment. There are some pre-drilled holes - I wonder if there was a featherboard attachment for the preac - I will have to find my accessories.... for both saws and see how the featherboard attachment works on the micro-mark tilting arbor and then will see if I can make one for the preac. The preac's fence needs to be taller for 1/8" thick boards... I will see what I can find while waiting for my 6061 aluminum to arrive.
  17. MissyBoling

    Table Saw Options

    I used the Byrnes saw which is only an inch bigger from blade to table edge to install real life engineered hardwood in my living, dining, entry hall area. Those pieces were 3” x 48” x 1/4” thick. I was especially careful to press down as I cut to be sure the wood was in contact with the table, but had no difficulties until I tried to cut mitered ends around the corner fireplace. That was trickier, but I got it done. You should be fine with the preach for these strips. It’s sturdy and accurate. I reread your post and just realized it sounds like you’re ripping instead of crosscutting. I think shorter lengths will give you greater accuracy and look more realistic. I have to use a good sharp blade to get accuracy on long strips with both my Preac and my Byrnes. I get very poor accuracy with the MicroMark tilting arbor saw no matter how I set it up.
  18. WeekendMiniaturist

    Table Saw Options

    Back to the table saw... Dear Husband cut some 1.25" thick beautiful flecked cherry into 1/8" strips of wood for me... The board was 43" long, so today I cut them with a normal sized miter saw 3 at a time to 19.5" and the remainder will be used for a room that is 22" wide... The Thorne Room that I am working on - (see Guild Study Program thread) is 19-1/4" x 19" according to the Chicago Art Institute website. Once I get the strips glued - I'm not doing a herringbone floor that isn't lasered with my saw skills - this isn't my 3rd hand laid floor and I accept my limitations; I consider herringbone to be advanced... I had him cut 1/8" as he will take it to work and use their sanders to bring it down to correct thickness of floors. So the table saw - I started using my preac and after sawing about 5" it isn't feeling very comfortable to continue so I stopped. I really think I need a larger outfeed table. What am I doing wrong that I am not comfortable doing this? Obviously I can cut them to smaller lengths, but still the longer length then I think I have a greater chance of sawing straight. I like the fence on the preac better than my Micro Mark Tilting Arbor saw. I'm thinking about switching to the Micromark and setting up my featherboard accessories for the interim... I've got the 24 tooth carbide tip saw blade on my micro-mark. Has anyone made a taller fence for the preac? Has anyone set up a featherboard for the preac? Has anyone made a larger table for the preac? Thanks!
  19. Sarah Jackson

    Building a 17th century embroidered casket

    Elga, your work is amazing. Are you still giving classes? Sarah Jackson
  20. ElgaKoster

    Chicago 2015 Guild Study Program

    Tamra, I am looking forward to seeing your room. I am bust working on a Victorian bedroom roombox and am hoping to have enough time this year to also finish a parlor room box and to construct another room for my Cape Dutch house.
  21. ElgaKoster

    Happy Holidays?

    Happy 2020 to everyone, it is the summer holidays here in South Africa and I have taken some time off to work on a Victorian bedroom roombox.
  22. jaxenro

    Book Set

    They are readable each one about 55 pages, 100% cotton paper, gilt edges. Each marshal is labeled and has his portrait, each member of the imperial family the same. The Grande Armee features the work of Hippolyte Bellangé The slipcase needs some work next one will be better. I used to have a set of The Campaigns of Napoleon in three volumes with a similar case I think Folio Society did it. Next up a two volume set of Homer using the illustrations of John Flaxman
  23. jaxenro

    Book Set

    Three volume set with slipcase Still a few issues to work out but they are getting better I think The Life of Napoleon Volume I: The House of Bonaparte Volume II: The Grande Armee Volume III: Napoleon's Marshals
  24. WeekendMiniaturist

    Chicago 2015 Guild Study Program

    in 2019, I have been working periodically on the beginning of this room... Mar 2019 I was thrilled to purchase mudmen for the overmantle as photographed in the Thorne Rooms book from the St Louis Miniature Museum Gift shop - this treasure was well worth the drive from Indy to St Louis and thank you to my friend Roni for sharing the drive with me! May 2019 I received my bespoke wallpaper from Susan Bembridge at the Kensington show. I requested the Sutton Park Chinese Yellow wallpaper be warmed a bit and sent two samples of silk to adjust the colors...there were so many wonderful details to study in the UK - our group trip of miniaturists was truly a dream come true for me. August 2019 I received my first supply of 3/8" Medium Density Overlay and dear son patiently cut my pieces of MDO of his father's table saw per my specifications for the room box... I do need to do some routing for the wire runs, as I have decided I will use round wire. Earlier today, dear husband cut some 1.25" thick quartersawn cherry into slices of wood for floors... this was my only Christmas wish, that he would rip the cherry for me as I'm not comfortable using his life size table saw and only 3 days after Christmas... I'm quite pleased looking at my stack of cherry! I am happy that I can begin 2020 ripping my cherry into smaller widths with my preac table saw and lay some floors... I must examine the photos again for this European room, and I hope to celebrate the dawn of the new year by spending a couple of hours with my table saw and re-saw my pile of thin ripped boards into properly sized floor boards. Dear husband purchased this jig from Rockler, and the boards are very consistent... and the jig did work as we thought it would work. https://www.rockler.com/thin-rip-tablesaw-jig Unfortunately, the Alison Davies Bed that we purchased for the room is not tall enough so a new plan must be developed to create a bed with much higher posts... and must find my silk! In the interim, I am getting new glasses for stitching soon, and hope to return to a more frequent visit of silk gauze and fiber, too. I enjoy the new year and a fresh start for our projects... what will you work on in 2020?
  25. miniarquitect

    Happy Holidays?

    Merry Christmas.... a bit late... and the best for next year!
  26. Bill Hudson

    Happy Holidays?

    Hope every one is enjoying the Holidays and looking forward to a very good New Year.
  27. minibobh

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    The mold is on wooden furniture and some fabric.  Mold is visible.

    1. WeekendMiniaturist

      WeekendMiniaturist

      How expensive is the furniture?  Is it a treasured, treasured, treasured item?  I know all my miniatures are treasures; some I made myself, some were gifts;  but my Artisan pieces - well if they are in this caliber of miniatures my approach would be different.  

      I don't know any professional conservators, but if the miniature is an artisan piece I would try and contact the artisan and ask for guidance.  I've never asked an artisan what they used to finish a piece of furniture, but I would want to avoid chemical reactions of finish and the product I was using for remediation.

      What ever you try, furniture can be stripped and refinished; soft goods can be stripped, old fabrics tossed and replaced - but this advice is based upon ones desire to keep miniatures and not resell them later.  If the furniture smells, removing those smells from wood grain will require lots of patience and maybe years to dry it out, so the sentimental value of attempting to save something my father made for me, would be quite different then the first kit that I personally assembled, both are sentimental, but I can buy another House of Miniatures kit … 

      I do think sun light cures a lot of ills, but cherry will darken in natural sunlight, so caution, a lot of patience and research in lieu of a professional conservator...

      I am currently trying to remove 'odd' smell from my featherweight sewing machine case and a life size tool box  that I purchased at auction for my lathe and miniature tools...I discovered in my research that hide glue could be the source of this odd smell.... I bought some smell absorbing lava rocks from Home Depot for a trial, and then plan to leave everything in as air-tight sealed plastic box with damp rid in the summer heat of our workshop next year.  

      If all else fails on the tool box, I may replace the fabric... I *believe* it was clearly a gentleman's toolbox as it is lined with a soft velvety fabric - but I still haven't figured out how to time travel.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

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