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  2. WeekendMiniaturist

    Hello from Seattle

    Julia, welcome to the forum! We are glad to have you with us. I have 10 thumbs when it comes to knitting & crocheting, but I hope to watch your progress. I can barely knit in full size, and I found it on the EXTREME side of challenge knitting in miniature. I think Elga knows how to do both knitting & crocheting in miniature.
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  4. Julia

    Hello from Seattle

    I’m a new member of IGMA from Seattle. I’ve been a miniature collector for a long time and several years ago I started an Instagram feed for arranging and photographing miniatures (julias.miniature.house). Many years ago, I made furniture from House of Miniatures kits but I’m more interested in needlework now. I’m getting started on crocheted and knitted miniatures. I recently crocheted a bedspread from #20 cotton and I’m working down to thinner threads.
  5. Ben

    Hello again (also from Kansas City)

    Sounds good!
  6. Bill Hudson

    Hello from Kansas City!

    You posted your photos at 2" and 3" width. Try 8" that will give you larger photos and still be with in the limits off this forum. Would like to see more of your work. these come out a little blurry because I am working from copies from you posting. Bill at 2" as you posted At 8" as I resized and posted.
  7. Bill Hudson

    Hello from Kansas City!

    As best as I can tell from the small photos that this is very nice work. Is there any way you can post the photos larger?
  8. WeekendMiniaturist

    Hello again (also from Kansas City)

    Great news, I made a note in the Fine Miniatures Forum previously... at least I know to add it to my calendar in 2021! I had joined the mailing list for the museum previously, and I try to keep events updated in our forum.
  9. Ben

    Hello again (also from Kansas City)

    Thank you WM. I’ll have to look at toy and miniature museum website and find out the particulars about the Masterworks event. I would like to meet you too.
  10. WeekendMiniaturist

    Hello again (also from Kansas City)

    Ben, I think there will be a 2nd Masterworks event at the KC Toy & Miniature Museum, so I hope to attend, and meet you! ( I really need to get that event on my calendar - I need to find that annoucement!) It is good to have you back. The last time I saw life size frames at an Estate auction -- I think it was November 2018; I immediately thought that I should study those frames to understand the frames that you were creating for your art work. They were very ornate frames, and of course way too large for miniatures, but enjoyable to see, and then I understood a little more the detail that was needed for the miniature paintings. I am looking forward to continuing to see your art on the FMF.
  11. Hello, I haven't been on the forum for a while, but it's nice to see that there are still many postings. My hobby is miniature fine art paintings (copies of famous paintings) but I haven't posted in quite a while. I actually haven't been painting much at all this year, but I am getting the bug to start again. Well anyway, I just wanted to say hello to everyone and how impressed I am with all the really cool projects people are doing. Ben
  12. Ben

    Hello from Kansas City!

    Hello, I was just passing through (because I hadn't been on the forum for a while) and I noticed that you are from Kansas City. I am to, well the Metro anyway; Overland Park. Your project is stunning. I am very impressed. I'm a painter. I had been painting miniature copies of famous paintings. I haven't painted in a while but I am getting ready to start up again I think. Thanks for posting your project. Ben
  13. Mesouth

    Responses

    Oh Bill! Please don’t stop! Your work is incredible and I have learned much from your posts. I, too, have wondered where everyone is and what needs to be done to rekindle the forum. Martha
  14. Bill Hudson

    Responses

    Elga, I'm not looking for praise, I already have enough of that to last me a lifetime. I'm looking for conversation or questions or sharing (on topic); any thing to let me know I have an audience. I am busy too with life, health and miniatures. I don't mind sharing, in factI enjoy it, that is why I taught at Castine of fourteen years. But! It does take time for me to put the postings together; taking the photos, sizing them for this forum, putting them in order and explaining the processes.
  15. ElgaKoster

    Responses

    I have a huge workload at the moment and don't have enough time to look at thngs never mind comment. Sometimes I get a surprise email from somebody thanking me for posting a technique that they tried successfully, often it is from somebody that has never commented on any of my work or posts accross all the platforms I post on. You have so much knowledge Bill and I appreciate you sharing it with us where we can come back and look at it again.
  16. WeekendMiniaturist

    Responses

    <sniffles> But I NEED the end of the story to the Chinese Cart?!! I'm glad that you brought this up, and I'm puzzled why this forum is sooooo quiet. I'm open to suggestions! But I'm not working on miniatures right now because my life size kitchen remodel is chewing up my time with wall prep...and I don't think 2" square of progress on my rug is all that exciting to post to most of the group. It takes forever to stitch a rug at the rate of 1600 stitches per square inch. I've got one piece of equipment out to a specialist to fix some electrical issues for me, so when the cabinets go in, I'm hoping to get my mini creative self back to fun stuff by the end of July 2019, and then I'm hoping to be in spindle heaven. Tamra
  17. Bill Hudson

    Responses

    I'm not sure it is worth my time to post here any more as I am not getting responses, good , bad or in between. Last time I checked there were over 500 views on my Chinese Cart. So far only three people (one a regular who asks questions and I like that) have written a response and very few likes. Bill Hudson
  18. Bill Hudson

    New project, Chinese Cart

    A sled to fit on my belt sander was built from some scrap. The wheel spider was mounted on it and each spoke was sanded to length. I took a little off at a time using a hammer to tap the sled forward. The wheels shown are not completed. The spiders are just held in by friction. I still have to shape the spokes and make and install the metal bands on both ends of each spoke.
  19. WeekendMiniaturist

    New project, Chinese Cart

    I bought mine because of Jack Blackham's class that I attended at Guild School, and my first year of attendance in 2006. The tables that he made for the pin router - began my quest to chase cool tools. The Dremel pieces are 'prehistoric' from today's tools, but I'm still using them and they work fine, and no computer is needed!
  20. Bill Hudson

    New project, Chinese Cart

    I don't have a Dremel pin router.
  21. WeekendMiniaturist

    New project, Chinese Cart

    I was imagining the use of overhead dremel pin router for the next step, so I am looking forward to seeing how you will complete this critical task, as I know this wheel will turn perfectly. (I have future flashes of wobbly wheels...)
  22. Bill Hudson

    New project, Chinese Cart

    To mark off the spokes to even lengths and keep hub centered in the wheel, I turned a pin that fits snuggly into the hub. I center drilled the top so that the point of a compass can be placed in it to draw the spoke lengths.
  23. Bill Hudson

    New project, Chinese Cart

    Converted my indexing fixture to a wheel assembly fixture. The spokes have been glued in and once the glue dries well I will start shaping the spokes.
  24. Bill Hudson

    New project, Chinese Cart

    In real life the segments would not be glued together. Holes would be drilled in the inside edge of the fellies. The hub would have rectangular slots in it and the spoke head would have a corresponding tenon. Each spoke would be driven into the hub until the spoke shoulder is tight against the hub. The spokes are then marked for inside wheel diameter and then are tenoned with a tenon tool. Then the spokes are forced into the holes in the fellies. This takes some effort and is helped along using a heavy hard wood maul. The metal tires are welded together to form a large hoop. These are heated in a fire which expands the metal and it is then driven over the wheel. Once the tire is set properly it is doused with water to shrink the tire onto the wheel.
  25. WeekendMiniaturist

    New project, Chinese Cart

    I admit it; I have never made a wheel, although wheel making activities is on my really long list of things to learn to make. How do you get the spoke into nave and the felly? If the felly is already assembled, I don't know how it is assembled. If it is supposed to remain a mystery, I am good, but if it doesn't have to remain a mystery, I am definitely curious.
  26. WeekendMiniaturist

    2020 IGMA Williamsburg, VA Guild Study Program

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    4 Fabulous Instructors offering 18 hour classes! https://www.igma.org/education/study_program_williamsburg.html
  27. WeekendMiniaturist

    Guild Study Program Williamsburg, VA 2020

    The International Guild of Miniature Artisans is pleased to accept your registration for classes in Historic Williamsburg, VA, January 17–20, 2020. The following Instructors are offering 18 hour classes: Phyllis Hawkes, IGMA Fellow, Folk Painting: Girl in a Rocking Chair c. 1845 Bob Hurd, IGMA Artisan Writing Table c. 1770-1790 Iulia Chin Lee, IGMA Artisan, English Stool in Walnut c. 1740 Deb Mackie, IGMA Artisan, French Morocco Leather Portfolio c. 1760-1790 Additional details and forms to register can be found at this link. https://www.igma.org/education/study_program_williamsburg.html In the event of over-registration, a lottery may be used for student assignments. I am lucky to have attended one Williamburg IGMA Guild Study Program, and loved the hotel accommodations! If I had time and could drive to this event, I would definitely be at this every year!
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