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  2. Did our Canadian Miniaturists find Mr. Robertson on live TV when you were channel surfing? I'm so impressed! He teaches, makes exquisite miniatures and can manage public speaking engagements. Mr. Robertson was a participant at the 19th Idea City Conference, in Toronto, Canada. I am looking forward to the next Miniature Masterpiece!
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  4. WeekendMiniaturist

    Fine Miniature tools by Marco Terenzi

    Bill H, that is an excellent point! I looked at the class details again last night and wondered.... I spent my education money on Patrick Moore's stereotomy class instead this year, and of course it wasn't in 1/12th scale either. But you are 100% correct the new skills that you learn can be applied to my treasured 1/12th scale. And I am hopeful that those new drawing and applying those measurements to wood, will translate to a roof and a cantilever staircase. The drawing for the class was on a sheet of paper about 4' x 4'... I did email Marco when I was deciding on my class and inquired if I could work in 1/12th scale, and did not get a reply... of course no instructor should be changing their class on request, but I did at least try... The hammers look beautiful, and I expect they are balanced perfectly... would make some really nice wall art in a nice presentation box... perhaps with an LED light above the tool...?
  5. Bill Hudson

    Fine Miniature tools by Marco Terenzi

    I cannot tell from the pictures what scale he works in but what difference does that make? Learning the processes works in any scale. In face if he is working a larger scale it would be easier to learn. Once you have the knowhow you can adapt to any scale.
  6. WeekendMiniaturist

    Fine Miniature tools by Marco Terenzi

    I have been watching Marco's website for a while now... if you love to look at beautiful handmade tools... I think you will want to check this out. Marco's tools are miniatures, but I believe they are larger then 1/12th scale. I learned about Marco because I saw his class at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Franklin, IN. http://www.marcoterenzi.com/ For our forum participants who may want a new challenge, perhaps something outside your comfort zone... Marco's class is upcoming beginning July 30 - August 3, 2018. https://marcadams.com/event/details-small-scale-tool-making-techniques-marco-terenzi/?instance_id=218 I absolutely loved Mr. Robertson's make a wooden plane class at Guild School 2016 and this was the correct scale for me... Marco's tools appear to be larger then 1/12th scale, or I would have been expressing my registration in February when classes opened for 2018. If you love to collect tools, and I have observed a few bidding wars on old rare tools, you may want to check out Marco's website, as these tools may become the highly sought after collectors items in the future!
  7. WeekendMiniaturist

    Victorian bathroom

    Artist, I like your Victorian bathroom. It looks like you had an unruly guest of the facilities with the towel bar on the floor... the green that was so popular in homes, makes me shudder! I am so glad I live in the present date & time. It looks very realistic! I love those victorian tiles... ok, I admit it after 22 years of NAME membership, I am still in love with the excess style of Victorian Decor and Furniture. Welcome back to the forum; I hope you can post about your next project!
  8. Artist

    Victorian bathroom

    Here's a few photos of the Victorian bathroom I did a while back, my second roombox. The tub and sink are metal, from the UK, radiator is metal. The medicine cabinet I partially made, using a piece of real mirror in the front. I really liked working on this one.
  9. Artist

    My Room Box

    I forgot I had an acct on this forum... I just registered for membership in the IGMA yesterday, guess I'll start a new thread with my Victorian bathroom!
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  11. WeekendMiniaturist

    2019 GUILD SCHOOL

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    Join the finest educational event for Miniaturists at Castine, ME ... Remember, classes may fill early, so pre-registration is a great strategy!
  12. WeekendMiniaturist

    Guild School June 2019 Class Selections!

    The Best week of the year in 2019 is June 8 - 14, 2019!
  13. WeekendMiniaturist

    Guild School June 2019 Class Selections!

    The Guild's Facebook page indicates the following class selections for 2019! There are no photos of the projects for now (the catalogue will be released at the Guild Show Sept. 22). Look for the photos to be posted to the Guild's website before / after the Guild Show... or better yet... plan to go to the Guild Show and catch a sneak peak of the class prototypes! If there is a class that is on your MUST TAKE THIS CLASS LIST, then pre-registration is the best way to get an opportunity for the most popular class subjects for 2019, as many classes will fill. I cannot remember ever seeing this list so early in the year, and I'm always checking the Guild's website frequently waiting for it to be released online with the catalog that is available at the Guild Show. The Deadline for applying for the 2019 Scholarship ($1600 value) is August 1, 2018. http://www.igma.org/guild_school/scholarship.html Look for the registration forms at IGMA.org, choose Guild School... This is what the 2018 form looked like... http://www.igma.org/PDF/2018_GSchool_registration.pdf 48 hour time slot: Bill Robertson's Brass Culpeper Microscope. 36 hour classes: Pete Acquisto's English Silver Tankard, circa 1774-5 Nell Corkin's 1:144 Scale “She Shed” Ursula Dyrbye-Skovsted's French Church Candelabra Beth Freeman-Kane's Box Framed Composition: “Ratatouille & Friends” Carol Hardy's Nuremberg Kitchen Bob Hurd's Sewing Cabinet with Barley Twist Legs Tine Krijnen's Bookbinding and Tooling Elga Koster's 1810 French Console Table Mark Murphy's Pennsylvania Dutch Step-back Cupboard Jeanne Rullie's Toy Maker Troy Schmidt's Throwing Ceramic Miniatures. 24 hour classes: Diane Almeyda's Stained Glass Fire Screen Pete & Pam Boorum's New England Dressing Table Phyllis Hawkes' Painting: Girl with Flower Hiroyuki & Kyoko Kimura's Ivy (Hedera) Iulia Chin Lee's Bi-Color Vase Deb Mackie's Tooled Leather Luggage Set Chris Malcomson's William and Mary Marquetry Chest of Drawers Mary Grady O’Brien's Hearts and Birds Folk Art Wall Box Lidi Stroud's Lidded Picnic Basket 12 hour classes: Pete Acquisto's Silver Punch Strainer Diane Almeyda's Enameled Flowers in Vase Bonni Backe's Caned Stool, Sailor’s Knot Board, and Step Basket (3 different classes) Pia Becker's Dandelions, Hydrangeas and Orchid (also 3 different classes) Valeria Bonomi's Converse All Star Sneakers and Baseball Cap (2 classes) and Handbag/Matching Wallet/Eyeglasses (1 class) Pete & Pam Boorum's Wooden Wheelbarrow and Garden Tools Ursula Dyrbye-Skovsted's Art Nouveau Stool with Marquetry/Inlay Annelle Ferguson's Seat Cover for a Chippendale Settee Daniela Kiefhaber's Gloves, Sculpted Silver Accessories, and Tiny Doll’s Dolls (3 different classes) Hiroyuki & Kyoko Kimura's Chocolate Vine (akebi) Iulia Chin Lee's Nesting Bowls Deb Mackie's Tooled Leather Rocking Chair Chris Malcomson's Victorian Sewing Box Marcia McClain's Window Treatment Cristina Minischetti's Birthday Party, Drinks and Appetizers Mary Grady O’Brien's Pennsylvania Salt box Pat Richards' Straw Hats Based on Historical Samples Kim Stewart's Wicker Arm Chair Lidi Stroud's “Wicker” Covered Bottle
  14. WeekendMiniaturist

    New polymer clay - bee's putty

    I was checking our Kerri Pajutee's facebook page and noticed that she also uses Bees Putty for her critter sculpts.
  15. WeekendMiniaturist

    One of the best engraved miniature clock faces I have seen by Usher?

    <confusion> Is the Fred Early Secretary also by Usher? or was it created by Fred?
  16. cloudbound

    Dollhouse Miniature Artisan Alex Rothwell

    Yes it does. Its December 1985 (7). The lamps seem to have been priced very reasonably at the time. It says the Library lamp was $27.50, Single Reading Lamp was $23.00 and the Double was $28.00. They're surprisingly heavy, aren't they.
  17. Wm. R. Robertson

    One of the best engraved miniature clock faces I have seen by Usher?

    The Early secretary in the KC museum is not the one from Carolyn’s collection. It came from a private sale. I believe there are 7 or 8 of these. I have been involved with the sales of 3 of them. Wish I had one!
  18. WeekendMiniaturist

    Dollhouse Miniature Artisan Alex Rothwell

    Welcome to the Forum cloudbound! Thanks for contributing to our study of this fine miniaturist from the U.K. Does your page from Nutshell News indicate an issue date of the magazine?
  19. cloudbound

    Dollhouse Miniature Artisan Alex Rothwell

    I too think I have an Alec Rothwell lamp - the double with red shades. What a beautiful piece too. I'm not positive its an Alec Rothwell because there's no inscription to tell me for sure. But this page from Nutshell News was with it when I bought it. How nice to have found all this background information about Alec.
  20. WeekendMiniaturist

    One of the best engraved miniature clock faces I have seen by Usher?

    Susan, Thanks for the wonderful info about Usher's work. The cupboard looks so realistically aged; I could have spent a couple more days at the KC Toy & Miniature museum studying the collection. It is great to have your experience in the Forum... in 1981 I didn't even know about 1/12th scale miniatures; my appreciation grows when we are able to study the photos in a close up viewpoint. I can't imagine engraving the clock face and the years of practice that it took to make those fluid movements in miniature. In theory I imagine engraving to be similar to calligraphy, but to complete this task in 1/12th scale makes me pause and appreciate this artisan's work. I hope as time permits you will post other treasures for the forum.
  21. Susan Milmore

    One of the best engraved miniature clock faces I have seen by Usher?

    I believe this was Carolyn Sunstein's Usher clock, sold in 2005. Appears to be the same clock now in the museum, comparing some little spots here and there. I recall KC bought quite a few things at that auction and I wonder if they also bought the Fred Early secretary - there was fierce bidding for that. Also sharing the aumbry I own, purchased in a box lot for $35 at a very poorly catalogued local auction.
  22. josminis

    New polymer clay - bee's putty

    I have worked with PMC silver and find it very clay like as in pottery clay. I bought bronze and i have a larger beehive kiln to try it out as you have to cook it in charcoal. Has anyone tried this? My goal is to turn a piece and decorate with silver metal clay and see how it goes! Love sculpting and mold making/casting.
  23. Susan Milmore

    One of the best engraved miniature clock faces I have seen by Usher?

    The red-haired collector in Pennsylvania was probably Carolyn Sunstein and I catalogued an Usher clock for her when Noel Barrett sold her collection back in 2005. I recall it brought several hundred dollars. I have a hand-carved aumbry by David Usher - in fact, I had two and sold one some years ago. It is on the right in this photo.
  24. WeekendMiniaturist

    Beginer furniture builder

    It looks good! The convex details of the chair definitely add to the complexities of this project. This is a great project. Are you making a certain quantity of each chair that you make? In theory, I always like to make my scratch builds in 3... although I do not always follow through... because I may have to use the extra parts for my mulligan attempts. Many times it takes me 3 attempts to get the results that I am after. Unfortunately, I did not date my chair, so I'm not really sure what year I did the chair, I will someday have to go through my notes and see if I wrote it down in a mini journal. You have already 'mastered' I see room to improve. If there is a secret, perhaps a consistent trait, for all craftspersons in creating beautiful miniatures (and real life items) it is that we always strive to improve and learn by experience. Have you ever seen the miniature magazines and The Scale Cabinetmaker (TSC) Magazines? Incredible amount of building techniques in TSC. I am amazed that in addition to using books with furniture drawings and scaling it down to 1/12th, that we have had wonderful magazines for teaching ourselves how to build furniture.
  25. Keifer33

    Beginer furniture builder

    Thank you Tamra. I am very critical of my own work, so I have to remind myself that I’ve been doing this less than a year. Looking at the picture I can see a half dozen things that I could have done differently or better. Here is a pic of the chair I was trying to duplicate in cases anyone was curious.
  26. MissyBoling

    What is on your workbench?

    Thanks for the nice words, Tamra. Yes, lots of jewelers saw and file work, and a little lathe work. Bill ended up doing some of the lathe work for us because we ran out of time. It was only a 24 hr class. We made jump rings to connect the chains. The metal was annealed before shaping. I forgot to say that I still need to add the brown patina too. I keep expecting him to get shocked. Any cord within his reach in the house has many tooth marks. He chewed up a 72ct petitpoint piece that I had just finished and photographed for someone who had commissioned it. I set it down on a high table where he never jumps up to, turned my back long enough to set down the camera, turned around, and he was running across the floor with it in his mouth. He obviously saw me set the piece down. He’s lucky to be alive. I cried for two days. My workshop is in the garage, far from neat, and either broiling hot or freezing cold, it seems. I occasionally work on things in the house, but I have to take it with me when I go the bathroom or get a drink. 🤨
  27. Mesouth

    Guild School 2018

    I'm reposting my Guild School Projects to this thread as well. Thanks Missy - I thought we should do that, but got sidetracked. I've completed my Peacock in oil from Johannes Landman's 36 hour class. Original was by Edwin John Alexander c 1900. I also completed 2 turned birdhouses in Iulia Chin Lee's 12 hour lathe class. One is Cherry and Padauk, the other is Padauk and American Holly. Loved both classes and learned so much. Both teachers were excellent! Martha in Louisiana
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