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  2. I painted some leaves, highlighted the mill a little. I put in some more goats. All together not a lot done, but enough to take a picture of.
  3. Thank you WM for the compliment. I get pleasure doing them and it’s fun to have other people enjoy them. It’s the reason I post them. Of course it’s also fun to look at other people making furniture and rooms, and other things and to wonder “how in the world did they make that thing so small?” Because, I can’t do that stuff. I can’t even make a proper birdhouse without buying a kit. Take care, Ben
  4. WeekendMiniaturist

    Pastoral Landscape w/ mill by Claude Lorraine

    If I get back to LA County Museum of Art, I will definitely check to see if the painting is available to see. We were just in Los Angeles last October... Of all the items we miniaturize in the community, I think paintings are on the top of my, "This is Art!" list. I see the goats and I think I see a person? on the left. Miniaturizing full scale items to 1/12th scale requires a lot of skill, some degree of patience is required to miniaturize for our skill, but anything where you decide on color and another example the proper shading in petitpoint, requires a different set of skill.
  5. I’ve included two more pictures. But I’m not sure I can post both due to their size. I will post the second picture at a later time. At the bottom of the picture are the beginnings of a goat herd. Each figure is made with a brush of a single bristle. I’ll be using this brush more and more as I provide more detail. For instance, I have used it to paint the water wheel of the mill.
  6. Well, I just measured it. It measures 2 3/8” x 3 7/8”. The original is called “Pastoral Landscape with a Mill” and it measures 23 1/4” x 32 5/8”. That would make mine not a 1/12 scale, but a 1/9.5 scale. I only post at the forum on my phone, so I bet the image is pretty grainy on a computer monitor, but I guess I’ll have to look sometime. Thanks for the comments. Yes, I went to the Kansas City Art Institute and graduated in 1997 with a Bachelors in Fine Art (Illustration). I wasn’t a painter back then but did a lot of pen and ink, watercolor. The oil painting I taught myself (later). My wife and I moved to Kansas City from Nebraska to go to school here, and we liked the city so much we stayed! Even though we’ve been here 26 years, we still feel like Nebraska people. We try to tell our son he is too, but he doesn’t think so because he was born here. Last night I made some single bristle paint brushes so I can get very fine detail now, which you will see soon enough. I’m learning as I go, and one of the things is what size to make a painting in order to get a reasonable amount of detail, because there is a limit to how small I can get with tools that I have available. Otherwise, you just end up with an impressionist version of a classic painting (dabs of color). I also don’t want to just make paintings that are so small that it’s more like an attempt to get into the Guinness book of world records! When I met Bill Robertson, he gave me some good advice about methods which I’ve utilized since. I like posting on this forum because it motivates me to make the paintings. It’s more fun to show people than to just them here in the house. I have a regular job of course so I only do them in my spare time. Thanks again. I’m going to keep posting. -Ben
  7. WeekendMiniaturist

    Pastoral Landscape w/ mill by Claude Lorraine

    I'm learning more about paintings! I'm going to go search for the original. I love the blue green on the hill, too, and the lower branches of the tree on my visual right. What size is the painting? It is really big on a 27" diagonal computer monitor. It measures 7" w x 4.25" h on my monitor. Did you go to Art School?
  8. I’m posting a new one. I have put the water wheel in and did some other small detail; also worked on the foreground with a trail and the rolling hills and distant hills.
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  10. WeekendMiniaturist

    Crochet Afghans

    Elga, I thought I recognized your fabric! It is called "Elizabeth". I like yours much better then mine as the color is softer! I tried to purchase a 2nd piece from a different vendor and the dye lots were definitely different. I ordered online, and purchased the first piece from Mood Fabric in NY and then the 2nd piece from Duck-A-Dilly in Ann Arbor, MI and the colors of the roses are definitely different. I love Liberty Tana Lawn, and even purchased some for me to sew into blouses; I think it is equally soft as Swiss Batiste Cottons that we would use for heirloom sewing for the little girls in our lives (Scale miniature and real people size). Here is the link for the fabric, while it still works. https://www.duckadilly.com/products/liberty-of-london-tana-lawn-elizabeth?_pos=5&_sid=ae78ea500&_ss=r I will also check out Red Rock for threads, I think I have purchased silk from this store in the past, but I haven't purchased any cottons, as I was sourcing them locally, but my store closed after 40+ years in business. I have just a couple of items that I want to be crocheted, and I think with lots of practice I will at least have a chance of success with crochet! Miniature Knitting isn't going to happen until I figure out how to knit with less tension, I think that particular skill is going to take 1000s of hours of practice for me! I admire all who have all these different skills!
  11. ElgaKoster

    Crochet Afghans

    Tamra, thank you. Red Rock threads sell the 60wt Mettler. I have some Aurifil too in 50 and 80wt, wonderful soft threads, Red Rock also stock these. The fabric is from Liberty, I bought it at a sale from a shop in Johannesburg that imports a lot of the Liberty cotton lawns, they have a sale twice a year, the piece I got is small and says nothing on the selvedge. The shop has been in existence since 1902 and I only discovered them last year! Oh well, better late than never. Just as well they are a 40 minute drive from me, as it is I wonder if my fabric stash will ever be used up.
  12. WeekendMiniaturist

    Hello!

    Elga, your crocheted items are wonderful to view and the South African Miniature Convention looks like a lot of fun. I wish you and your students fun with your classes. Martha, I know the power of "and" but I like having multiple builds... in my head, but I should really try and finish some of my classes. The GSP Overmantle is one of those classes to finish! I also have a petitpoint rug in progress that has seem a little needle action, but not enough; if only I could stitch in my sleep. I'm looking forward to finding if there are any other miniatures with projects! I know we have hundreds of Guild Students each year, but perhaps they are much better then me, and finish their projects before leaving school! I hope some of the Workshop Students will post about their projects, too.
  13. WeekendMiniaturist

    Crochet Afghans

    Elga, this is an incredible accomplishment! The first almost finished piece is exquisite! I did not know that Mettler had a 60 wt cotton thread. I have a stash of Mettler cotton, but relatively sure it is the common 50 wt... but I will be checking inventory when I visit quilt shoppes. I also love the fabric - under the Phoenix design... it reminds me a Liberty of London print, if the pattern is on the selvedge, could you let me know what it says?
  14. WeekendMiniaturist

    Planning for Electrical runs

    Yes, I have some 1/8" cut offs from the wall cuts saved just for this purpose. Son #2 thought I was crazy. I think it was a perfect, one eyebrow raised look, and telepathically he was saying, "Good Grief Mom, can you throw anything away??!! " The good news is that he didn't actually verbalize what he was thinking. Martha, yes, I would appreciate any photos of the hardwire approach. My new to me Lawbre shell is hard wire grooves are backfilled with combination of plywood, and some kind of resin. It is a little odd. In my sleep I was trying to figure out how I could install miniature conduit, which of course seems like a little overkill and limits future access for repairs. This is very helpful! Thank you for the conversation. I am also going to study W-B and museum photos for lighting. I have the Maysville Museum book, and photos from my visit at the KC Toy & Miniatures museum. I purchased Lucy Askew's lovely and incredible Chippendale style mirror, so I think I will see if she has any matching sconces!
  15. Thank you Elga. I’ll post another picture now, but I’ll probably not have time to work on it more until this weekend.
  16. MeezerMama

    Miniature carbide router bits

    One more thought. Be *very* careful doing it this way. The saw blade tilt is degrees off of vertical, so your panels are going to have to be vertical when they pass over the blade. Think about how you're going to hold them - think custom sled. And DS turner's tape is your friend!
  17. MeezerMama

    Miniature carbide router bits

    Probably not without modification, but the modification would be very easy. The T-nut slots on the Sherline are (about) 1.5" apart. On the Taig they appear to be about 1" apart. The base has clearance holes drilled in it to line up with the slots. You could easily remove the base from the table, put three 10-32 bolts/T-nuts in one channel, slide that into your Taig lathe to ensure it's parallel to your table, and then drill another set of holes at 1" spacing. I suggest you use a center finder to get the correct Y distance (i.e., 1"). X dimension doesn't particularly matter. One other consideration is whether the head on your Taig mill will rise high enough to clear the tilt table/vise. It probably will, but you should check.
  18. MeezerMama

    Planning for Electrical runs

    If you use Martha's approach, you can cut a 1/8" wide strip of wood and place/glue it in the channel over the wire, everyplace except where the wire protrudes for the sconce. Then it should just be a minor effort to smooth over that strip of wood to get the wall flat/smooth. Much easier than messing around trying to fill in an entire groove.
  19. MeezerMama

    Crochet Afghans

    Oh wow! Gorgeous. These are just unbelievable. Elga - is there any talent you don't possess? You are amazing.
  20. ElgaKoster

    Crochet Afghans

    Although I learned how to crochet as a child from my grandma, it never really caught my imagination as I found it repetive and boring. Last year I stumbled across a South African designer's full scale afghans and they made my heart sing, they are full of texture and certainly not boring! I have been experimenting with different threads and hook sizes. First up is the Phoenix, I am using Mettler 50wt cotton sewing thread and a 0.5mm crochet hook. In the beginning it was quite stiff but the larger it gets the more I have hope that it will drape nicely. At the moment it is 13mm (5 1/4") square, I plan to make it big enough to fit as a bedspread on a scale double bed. This pattern is called Briar Rose and I am using Venne silk thread from The Netherlands for it with a 0.6mm hook. It is lovely and soft but as the thread splits easily because it isn't a tight twist I don't think I will use it for intricate patterns. And this one is the Atlanticus pattern, for this I am using Mettler 60wt cotton sewing thread and a 0.4mm hook. I was surprised by how much easier it was to crochet with the thinner thread and hook on the stitches that gave me trouble on the pink bedspread. Unfortunately I can't find this thread in South Africa and will have to wait to get more when I visit the US again. I bought the colors I have at a closing down sale of a quilt shop in Houma, Louisiana last year and there weren't many left. For now I will concentrate on finishing the pink bedspread before continuing with the others.
  21. ElgaKoster

    Pastoral Landscape w/ mill by Claude Lorraine

    Your painting is lookng good Ben.
  22. Mesouth

    Hello!

    Hello! Thanks, Bill for trying to rally us! I, too, have been wondering where everybody is. I have been busy, just not posting. I currently have two “builds” in various stages, a room box that is a large walk-in closet and one part of a condo in New Orleans. I also have my wonderful step back cupboard from my class with Mark Murphy that needs finishing and 2 needlework pieces in process. Then there’s the Plantation bedroom and porch to finish, and ... My list could go on and on! I hope we hear from others, too! Martha
  23. Mesouth

    Planning for Electrical runs

    Tamra, there are many ways to make the channel to hide the wires. My favorite is to use a straight 1/8” router bit and do it on the router table. I’ve also used that bit in a handheld router and used an edge guide to keep my cut straight. Your Dremel should work fine, too. The height needs to be determined by the height of your mantle and the decorative elements in your overmantle. I would try to line up the sconces with the lower decorative elements. Looking at your inspiration room, the sconces could certainly go on the bed wall and if you do an alcove like in the Thorne room, your electrification can go behind the alcove, thus negating the need to route a channel. I may have pictures of how I feed my hardwire, if you’d like. Martha
  24. I’m posting another installment to this painting.
  25. WeekendMiniaturist

    Miniature carbide router bits

    Thanks to both of you for the help with this raise panel puzzle. I have a Taig Mill. I know I can use Sherline Chucks on my Taig Lathe, but can I use the sherline table on my taig mill? I knew I wanted that tilting table! I am very indecisive about these raised panels; it is very strange feeling, but I keep thinking that I will be happier using my micro mark tilting arbor table saw. I found a couple of 1/4" shaft router bits in the stash, and am combing through the Amana Website. I really am committed to using a router and making my own moldings though as I want all the moldings in the house to be consistent, some rooms the moldings will be painted and some rooms I will want wood, so I know I must have matching moldings. Oh, I don't need 500 - 600 feet; I was thinking feet in life size measurements and forgot to reduce it by 1/12th - oops... the GSP Overmantle room measures about 20" square, not 20' feet square. Perhaps tomorrow is the magic day where we are able to get some poplar off the gorilla rack.
  26. Thanks WM. It’ll be somewhat slow going because of my work schedule but I’ll see how things go.
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