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  2. Christiane

    AGING roof /floor tiles

    Karin Thank you for your info that I keep carefully for future use my present concern is to age roof tiles and floor tiles in red clay.
  3. karincorbin

    Miniature Drill Bits, Taps & Dies

    Unless you have spent time working in the precision manufacturing industry you are unlikely to understand what is going on with those sellers of drill bits and the difference in pricing for what appears to be the same thing.There is a difference between the high quality drill bits used for high precision machining in industry and the drill bits used for other tasks that don't require that type of precision. Those lower priced drill bits you see sold on some websites are often the "seconds" quality that were rejected for use in precision machining because they were out of spec for the required tolerance of size. That does not mean they are not good enough for most miniature making work but it does mean they are not good enough for creating things such as precise circuit boards, medical, scientific and other precision engineered products. Those rejects are your bargain treasures. It is great that they are not going to waste and that it gives you affordable tools for your work. But do not mistake one website as selling the same thing as being overpriced compared to another unless you know for sure that they are both selling items that meet the exact same tolerance standard of required precision. If you want to find those color coded drills just do a web search for "carbide circuit board drills' The color coding is to help speed up the identification and also reduce errors in choosing the size of drill.
  4. WeekendMiniaturist

    AGING roof /floor tiles

    Karin, So nice to see you on the FMF today. I have always wondered how these solutions were created, but never went to find the chemical recipes. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I tried an experiement with rusty nails and white vinegar; I did not off-gas, though. I wonder where that glass container is in my basement!
  5. karincorbin

    AGING roof /floor tiles

    to make aging solution.... mix about 1 -1/2 teaspoons of ferrous sulfate into a cup of water. Or for a big batch 3 tablespoons of ferrous sulfate into a gallon of water. You can purchase ferrous sulfate from garden centers or online. You don't need very much of it. Do test and adjust the mixture according to the type of wood you are treating. The iron in the solution reacts with the tannic acid in the wood creating that grey appearance. You can also create iron bearing liquid solution for aging miniatures by placing some very fine steel wool into white vinegar, let stand for a while, (half a day to several days), test on the wood, strain and store in a suitable glass or plastic container. It can be diluted with water if too strong or increased in strength by adding more steel wool, letting it brew for a while, then straining again. Do not use a metal container or metal lid for storage. With the vinegar solution there will be off-gassing for a while so you need to release that gas by removing the cap on the bottle now and again over a month's time.
  6. karincorbin

    Article about hand work and surgery

    New skills build quickly on foundations of similar movements that have been experienced earlier. But is the doctor discounting all those rapid hand to eye, precise, coordinated movements that the kids who play computer games have gained? Those kids might not do as well at stitching up an incision with a needle in their hand but they certainly do handle the remote control micro surgical instruments that are threaded through a small incision and even inside of peoples arteries very nicely. The article makes it sound as if it is the robots who make the decision about those movements but it is not. The robotic software system translates the movements of the operator into scaled down movements via the robotic "arms" of the machines. I am hoping that someday the robotic surgery techniques that are recently being developed for eye surgeries can restore to me the detail vision I lost a couple of years ago from micro trauma injury to the retinas in both of my eyes and the scar tissue that formed afterwards. I have had surgery to reduce and stabilize the scar tissue but new advances in micro surgery will someday be able to finish removing the scar tissue that has blurred my detail vision and also remove the puckering from the scarring that makes everything look wavy throughout my visual field. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-06-human-robotic-eye-surgery-success.html
  7. Welcome Brandon to the Fine Miniatures Forum! The miniature house may be of more value to the folks at Mount Vernon, who are preserving the original home. Antique scale replicas of real homes, prices vary. Ron Rhodes Auction has a lot of experience with miniatures and Leslie Hindman Auction house did two large collections, but these auctions, where high prices are realized have been for contemporary makers who have produced some very collectible and therefore in high demand pieces of 'art'. When our fine artisan's work becomes highly collectible in the 1/12th scale miniatures world, auction prices can be lots of fun to observe. The Mount Vernon Replica is beautiful. I love the watch tower and the railings. The model maker could have made the railings based upon old photographs and information collected about the home in books; the railings (in my opinion) are a wonderful detail, but not indicative of the age of the structure. As miniaturists, we choose what we represent in our vision as we build structures, sometimes it is a collective nuance and experience of the maker, and not an actual replica at the specific moment in time when the item is built. The Strombecker furniture that was with the structure is probably your best clue on the time the replica was built. You may also contact the county historian where the piece was auctioned; looking at the auctioneer and finding the advertised auction in the electronic archives is a possibility. If the miniature as as old as you think, it would have probably been famous in a community, and someone may know something. In the US, Flora Gill has some great books and great history of Collecting Scale Miniatures. I have seen similar pieces (in terms of my opinion of the pieces age) at the Abbey Rockerfeller Museum (Colonial Williamsburg) and upstairs in the KC Toy & Mniniature Museum. There are a couple of older houses at the Museum of Miniature Houses in Carmel, IN, too. Antiques Roadshow, had priced a roombox, and we had a discussion here on the FMF - but auction prices are subject to who is on the phone, who is in the room, and the collectibility of a piece in addition to its provenance. Do you plan to keep it?
  8. Sarahkitty02

    Help

    Hi , thanks so much will take alook around at some of his miniatures. i really appreciate your help ? sarah
  9. NellCorkin

    Help

    The closest I could come to this signature in the makers' marks book is a Peter F. Wescott who made room boxes. architectural models, etc. in the 70's and 80's. There is some similarity to the mark on your piece, although the first letter doesn't look too much like a "P". I'm afraid I'm not familiar with his work. Sorry I can't be more helpful.
  10. sorry, can't help with info but...but awesome find!!!
  11. WeekendMiniaturist

    Help

    Does anyone have the mini makers mark book? What do we think the initials or the name are of this maker? I think the '82 is clear. Is it TRW, FREU, FRW? I hope someone with some experience in 1982 can help you. I am not familiar with Hope Elliot or Gail Wise, but this may be your best clue. There are so many incredible people out there who have made miniatures, perhaps we should begin encouraging makers of miniatures today, to sign with their full names and country...what is the wooden object with the initials in your picture? Is the signature on the bottom or the top of the piece? When I am in research mode, I go looking through my library of US Mini Magazines for the names of folks that were making miniatures during that time period. Other resources in the UK may be someone who has collected for decades... so I have also tried to purchase miniature books from UK authors too for cross referencing makers and attempting to do my research. I am guessing you are in the UK, as I had to look up the word "Punnet", as we would say container or basket of strawberries in the States. Welcome to the forum!
  12. Sarahkitty02

    Help

    Hi can anyone help me identify this signature? It’s a beautiful wooden vegatable display stand that came with some Gail Wise veggies & Hope Elliot punnets. I also have three others peices with the same signature, any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks sarah
  13. Sarahkitty02

    Help

    Hi I have collected for some years now and came across a really nice find in my local charity shop. I just can’t seem to find any information on these sets , nor have I had any luck identifying the signature , any help would be great. The Lot came together with Hope Elliot punnets & Gail Wise fruits.
  14. Hello! My name is Brandon from Minnesota. Was hoping anybody could give me any information on a dollhouse I acquired. It’s a scale model of George Washington’s house, Mount Vernon. It’s pretty big and very heavy. It is roughly 3’3” wide, 2’6” tall at roof peak, and 6’6” long. The roof comes off than second story comes out to access first floor. Every room has a light. Was bought by a friend at a auction in Iowa, and later I purchased. So I don’t know the history behind it. Came with a few suitcases full of furniture to decorate mostly made by strombecker. Lots of the furniture is in old medicine boxes that say Waterloo, Iowa on them. It’s all made of wood/plywood. I was told the railing on the roof was removed from the real Mount Vernon in 1935 so I’m assuming it was built before then. Any help to identify the maker or any estimated value would be very very much appreciated! Thank you!
  15. Wm. R. Robertson

    Article about hand work and surgery

    From the Daily Mail... sent to by Catherine Surgery students are struggling to use their hands because they spent 'too much time watching TV' rather than sewing or playing an instrument as children Professor Roger Kneebone claims students missed out on crafts as youngsters Despite having very good grades, many are 'incompetent' with their hands Professor Kneebone has seen student dexterity decrease in the past decade Professor Roger Kneebone said students are less competent in using their hands Surgery students struggle to use their hands because they spent too much time in front of a screen growing up, a leading academic has warned. Professor Roger Kneebone, of Imperial College London, argued that students have become 'less competent and less confident' in using their hands. The professor of surgical education blamed this on youngsters watching TV, rather than sewing, learning woodwork or playing an instrument. Professor Kneebone has now called for students to have a more rounded education where they learn to use their hands, including creative subjects. 'We have students who have very high exam grades but lack tactile general knowledge,' he told the BBC. 'It is a concern of mine and my scientific colleagues that whereas in the past you could make the assumption that students would leave school able to do certain practical things - cutting things out, making things. That is no longer the case.' He added it is of utmost importance that surgeons have dexterity in their hands because of their need to stitch and sew. Professor Kneebone claimed, however, that he has seen a decline in the dexterity of students in just the past decade. 'A lot of things are reduced to swiping on a two-dimensional flat screen,' he told the BBC. In an interview on the BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, Professor Kneebone revealed students could learn from both magic and puppetry about performing. He added that he has ‘been working with lace makers’, looking at the skills of embroidery and sewing and how they could be applied to the world of surgery. Professor Kneebone claimed the skills ‘really are transferable’ and said he is trying to get his students to learn from chefs, in terms of measurements and weighing ingredients. Professor Kneebone will speak today at the V&A Museum of Childhood in London to encourage for more creativity in the curriculum. +1 He added that he has ‘been working with lace makers’, looking at the skills of embroidery and sewing and how they could be applied to the world of surgery A report supporting this is also being launched, published by the educational charity the Edge Foundation. Alice Barnard, chief executive of the charity, claimed Government policies fail to prioritise creative subjects. The way school performance is measured puts too much emphasis on core academic subjects at the expense of the arts, she added. Entries to creative subjects have fallen by 20 per cent since 2010, including a 57 per cent decline in DT at GCSE, the report claims. Tristram Hunt, director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, who will be speaking alongside Professor Kneebone, argued creative subjects are important for the development of a child's imagination, resilience and problem-solving skills. 'These are the skills which will enable young people to navigate the changing workplace of the future and stay ahead of the robots, not exam grades,' he said. This comes after it was revealed last month a new robot with flexible joints like a human will be used by the NHS next year to operate on patients. Known as Versius, it is a third of the size of robots already used by hospitals, such as the da Vinci Xi system. Experts say this should allow it to perform a wider range of delicate procedures via keyhole surgery, such as hernia repairs.
  16. kteeley

    AGING roof /floor tiles

    Hi, On Amazon, a good resource is Weathering for Railway Modellers: Volume 2 - Buildings, Scenery and the Lineside by Dent, George.
  17. Artist

    Georgian inspired study 1:12

    Yeah it's progressing as I find time! I'm a lot happier with this fireplace and overmantle. I need to fill in the seams in the ceiling cornice and also come up WITH a ceiling, I haven't given a lot of thought to the ceiling but I have the chandelier for it. I did some more work on my roombox today though, the fireplace and overmantle are now installed, the bricks mortared, and the wainscot and filling- on the left side of the fireplace are installed but not visible behind the desk, a similar fill piece is dry fitted on the right side of the fireplace and the wainscot on that side of the room needs to be painted and glued in yet. I drilled 2 tiny holes into the wall behind the overmantle so I could push a couple of 1/2" long brass escutcheon pins thru the frame to mechanically hold it to the wall at the top, a dab of PVC-E glue on it's "feet" secure it to the top of the mantle. I will be looking for more pieces of furniture and chairs, and a small rug. The pictures were just taped up for the photo and are not permanent just yet. I might give some gold highlights to the fireback because it has details that are lost in the black finish and the shadow.
  18. Rafael Morales

    Hello from Texas !

    Thank you !! I have been making models for like 20 years already, I started with boats, but now that I moved to Texas I started with the wagons !!!
  19. WeekendMiniaturist

    Hello from Texas !

    Welcome Rafa from Texas to the Fine Miniatures Forum. Your models look great! Thanks for introducing yourself to the Forum... How many years have you been making models? I am fascinated with wheel building, and hope to add this skill to my modeling world someday in the future too.
  20. WeekendMiniaturist

    Georgian inspired study 1:12

    Artist, I like the gold accents - it looks like you are close to finishing the project. The angled wall provides a nice design element to showcase the fireplace and overmantle. I am looking forward to your next update to the FMF.
  21. Rafael Morales

    Hello from Texas !

    Hi my name is Rafael Morales but everybody knows me as Rafa, I am a miniature model maker and I love to built boats and wagons, here are some examples of my models, I am very happy ro be part of this comunity and I hope you enjoy my work as I enjoy yours !!
  22. Artist

    Georgian inspired study 1:12

    I have the fireplace and overmantle painted now, so next comes grouting the bricks and then attaching the fireplace and overmantle to the wall, then I can finish the wall trim and panelling.
  23. WeekendMiniaturist

    Dolls by Heidi Ott

    Olga, Welcome to the Fine Miniatures Forum... The mini doll list, used to be a Yahoo Groups but recently transitioned to Groups.io platform in 2018. I think you may find more activity focused on dolls in this group. https://groups.io/g/minidollLIST/ and... I'm in awe of miniature knitters!
  24. Creativhook

    Dolls by Heidi Ott

    Good day colleagues! I'm Olga. I design miniature doll clothes from Heidi Ott. Can I ask you a question? How many on this forum fans of these dolls? Perhaps they communicate in another forum and I will be glad of your help. Yours Olga
  25. Artist

    Georgian inspired study 1:12

    I decided to use the taller overmantle anyway- need the height of it to look better than the other one would, now to figure out what finish to give them...
  26. WeekendMiniaturist

    Georgian inspired study 1:12

    Artist, glad to see the fireplace arrived, and glad that you were able to use it under the circumstances of its arrival. It is a beautiful fireplace. I struggle with fireplace decisions, and I have a bunch of them as evidence of my indecision, so I don't envy your decision about an overmantle! I have fireplaces from Mr. Crescente and Mr. Payne and others that I have collected over the years; the only fireplace that I know I will not struggle with is the one that will result from the Guild Study Program, that room is all planned in my head as I hope to model after the Thorne Room, but may change the wallpaper.
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