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      Micro-Mark Discount code for IGMA   01/29/2017

      Great News for miniature artists!!!! In support of IGMA and the world of fine miniatures,  Micro-Mark the small tool specialists, have offered IGMA a 10% discount on all their purchases.  Buyer gets 10% off all purchases and in support of the Guild Micro-Mark will donate 5% of your purchased price to IGMA Be sure to enter Promo code IGMASAVE16 www.micromark.com Can be used on sale merchandise, but cannot be combined with another offer.  For example if an item is in the close-out section on the Micromark website, the discount will apply. If they discount some items in an email (a special promotion) the 10% will not be able to be combined with that offer.  Time to go shopping!!!      

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  2. Beautiful work Ben, would be interested in seeing more!
  3. Hi Ben, Welcome to the forum. I love your painting. I hope you share lots more of them soon.
  4. Hi I'm Ben - I'm a QC guy by day, but in my insomnia evenings I'm a oil painter and sometime amateur miniature artist. I like it all, but in particular Van Gogh. I'm trying to see what I can pick up from others here, and to have a way to get input about mine.
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  7. Thanks you for all the info Lynda--
  8. Thank you for posting this Elizabeth, I just spent over an hour looking at at those wonderful tools. He is an amazing wonderful artist---
  9. Fantastic! I had a little trouble looking at all the pictures at your site but totally worth it managed to see them all one at a time and going back. Thanks for posting---
  10. It is really beautiful. You did a great job miniaturizing all the different brick, stone and tile. I love all of the different textures.
  11. Wonderful work Francisco!
  12. Sure... If it gets too crowded folks might have to wait to get in.
  13. Hello to everybody, after many months working on it, I have already finished my latest miniature work. It's an art nouveau shop, as usually, inspired by the architecture of Barcelona Photos in the next link https://www.artmajeur.com/en/art-gallery/gallery/miniarquitect/1701673
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  15. Are forum members that are not Guild members welcome too?
  16. What a wonderful invitation!!!
  17. I am going to have an Open House and Shop Tour open to all GUILD Members and Students!
  18. Here is the information on how to get tickets to Miniature Masterworks. They go on sale starting on MAY 15 and 16. On Friday evening, September 15th there is a Patrons and Artist Party followed by a Preview and Sale for the show. Both of these are ticketed events with all proceeds going to benefit the IGMA. The show will be open to the public on Saturday September 16 and Sunday September 17th, included with the regular $ 5.00 admission to the museum at no additional charge.. We are in essence selling the first 230 places in line to benefit the Guild. There are 6 different price categories with the first 10 spaces in line (Benefactor level) being determined by the amount of the donation to the Guild. In the next 5 groups, placement in line is determined by "first come first served" based on time of ticket purchase. No one will get in early to do any shopping! Also, after the 230 paying collectors have entered the preview and sale, other non-collector invited guests of the museum will be allowed in the show. Here is what is on the museum's web site http://toyandminiaturemuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/MM-Ticket-Sales.pdf Ticket Sales ARTIST AND PATRON BENEFIT PARTY Friday, September 15, 2017 | 5-6PM Join Miniature Masterworks artists, and IGMA and T/m board and staff members for champagne and hors d’oeuvres to kick off the weekend. Attendees will get a first-look at the works entered for the Barbara Marshall Award for Artistic Achievement before the announcement of the winners. Artist and Patron Benefit Party tickets include admission to the party, one of the first 30 places in line for the Miniature Masterworks Preview and Sale from 6-9PM on Friday, September 15, and admission to the museum on Friday, September 15, and Miniature Masterworks on Saturday, September 16, and Sunday, September 17. Tickets are available on a first-come, first served basis and are limited to 2 per person. Packets can be picked up from 10AM-3:30PM on Friday, September 15. Funds benefit the International Guild of Miniature Artisans: § BENEFACTOR | $500+ ($425+ is tax deductible) | 10 tickets available Tickets will be numbered in order of donation amount. § PATRON | $250 ($175 is tax deductible) | 20 tickets available Tickets will be numbered in order of date and time of purchase. Tickets will go on sale Monday, May 15 at 12PM CST by calling Althea Crome at (812) 330-8823 or emailing altheacr@gmail.com. Ticket sales are non-refundable. MINIATURE MASTERWORKS PREVIEW AND SALE Friday, September 15, 2017 | 6-9PM Be one of the first to view and purchase work made exclusively for Miniature Masterworks. Miniature Masterworks Preview and Sale tickets include the preview, and admission to the museum on Friday, September 15, and Miniature Masterworks on Saturday, September 16, and Sunday, September 17. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to 4 tickets per person. Packets can be picked up from 10AM-3:30PM on Friday, September 15 at T/m. Tickets holders may arrive at 5:30PM to collect their packets and find their place in line. Line placement is based on the level of ticket purchased. Funds benefit the International Guild of Miniature Artisans: § PLATINUM | $125 ($115 is tax deductible) | Numbers 1-50 in line. § GOLD | $100 ($90 is tax deductible) | Numbers 51-100 in line § SILVER | $75 ($65 is tax deductible) | Numbers 101-150 in line § BRONZE | $50 ($40 is tax deductible) | Numbers 151-200 in line Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, May 16 at 12PM CST and can be purchased at https://miniaturemasterworks.eventbrite.com. Ticket sales are non-refundable. MINIATURE MASTERWORKS Saturday, September 16, 2017 and Sunday, September 17, 2017 | 10AM-4PM Presented in partnership with the International Guild of Miniature Artisans, Miniature Masterworks is a three-day event at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures featuring fine-scale miniature artists showcasing and selling their work. Attendees will be able to tour the museum’s collection of fine-scale miniatures, meet the artists, attend gallery talks and programs, and view the works presented with the Barbara Marshall Award for Artistic Achievement. Miniature Masterworks is included with museum admission. Admission can be purchased at the museum the day of the event. Admission is $5 for ages 5 and up, free for ages 4 and under, museum members, UMKC faculty, staff, and students, and active duty military and their families. QUESTIONS? Visit toyandminiaturemuseum.org/masterworks, email masterworks@toyandminiaturemuseum.org, or contact Nell Corkin (517) 381-1980, miniminis@aol.com or Bill Robertson (816) 255-3068, wmrrob@gmail.com.
  19. Martha a plantation build will be very enjoyable, you can get a really large PP carpet in those rooms, too... How tall are you making the windows, they look like the almost go from floor to ceiling? Oh, I went up to re-read the post they look like 6 over 9 panes and 11'... that is one big window! Our windows in our old house are 24" from the ceiling and 20" off the floor to the window sill, and I think we have 9-1/2' ceilings on the main floor. I can imagine plantation homes with 14' ceilings.... would be lovely to watch your build. Neither photo will allow me to enlarge the photos so I can count the window panes above and below. I was just thinking of the micro glass situation - you must have ordered some? I found some thin glass in the scrap booking section a while back, and they would work for glass between the window muttins... someone posted in CAMP that one of the dollar stores had really thin glass in the window frames, but I never went to find it. Will you add the other rooms eventually to make an entire home? I liked our friend Lisa's approach to this - very smart! (Lisa has posted photos in the forum on her home build...)
  20. Tamra, Aragon Plantation is long gone, lost to fire. It was built about 1850 with a Greek Revival style facade. I'm attaching a picture from the later 1800's. The molding is not clear and I think there are exterior shutters that hide the trim anyway. I'm also attaching a more recent and much better picture of the same kind of window from Madewood, another local plantation that is still open as a Bed and Breakfast. It was built in 1845 and is also a Greek Revival style. These are the windows I am basing my windows on. I have made some progress on the smaller window: window jamb is assembled, rails and styles for sashes are milled - now to try to cut micro glass! Martha in Louisiana
  21. I watched the You Tube videos on the table, certainly a metal lathe gives someone the ability to make the gears, and one could take a camera lens apart to see how an iris mechanism has been engineered, someone in the US has some instructions but You Tube videos do not look as sophisticated as the geared mechanisms on this one. This would be a beautiful and ambitious project. I hope we can watch your progress.
  22. The forum is so quiet, and at least I think we do have people checking in - although I can't see statistics for the website... Welcome to all the new people who have recently joined the Fine Miniatures Forum. I love the new year from a perspective of my modeling adventures - it is always a time to examine my progress or lack of progress. So what is everyone working on? What is the one project that you would really like to start or finish this year? I have a really, really long list that I keep as a memo on my cell phone... 2017 is my year to clear some of these projects off my list, so the first two things that I am working on finishing for 2017 are: - applying a finish to wood in the cold winter weather is very challenging here; I don't have the facilities or warmth that I perceive I need to spray finish on wood in the winter, so I am experimenting with hand rubbed finishing processes... I have hat stands that I turned in 2015 and 2016, and some boxes that I made in a Boorum class that I am using as test subjects. I am doing the trial run before I apply the finish to my 2017 Williamsburg Spice chest. - I started a Grandmother's hexagon quilt a long, long time ago, that I am on the last outer row of quilting and then the quilt will be finished and I just have to decide about the pillows! So these are the items I have been working on first quarter 2017... I am hoping to have a couple of photos for the forum by the end of March! I have to get the quilt finished so I have something to share with my petitpoint friends for show & tell at the Chicago International... What are you working on? What do you want to finish? What do you want to start? (My humble attempt to get you to post?!!!)
  23. It is so much fun to see more miniature tools. I would really like to make a dovetail marker for use in miniatures! And would love to make my own custom fit handle for my life size dovetail saw. Beautiful, inspiring work, and the Anarchists tool chest is quite inspiring for our own storage for the tools we use for our miniature projects.
  24. In the April 2017 issue of Woodworkers Journal magazine there is an article about Marco Terenzi who specializes in making miniature tools that work. Most are 1/4 scale. I had never heard of him. His work is beautiful. Metal workers especially might be interested in taking a look at his website www.marcoterenzi.com . .
  25. Hi Mini Collectors, the Toy and Miniature Museum now has ticket sales and additional info loaded about the events... I wonder who will be number 1 in the door on preview night? I was 2nd once in the door at the Guild Show... it was a fun wait... ask me when you see me how early you have to get up in the morning to be 2nd in line for the Guild Show. http://toyandminiaturemuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/MM-Ticket-Sales.pdf Oh, I wonder what exquisite miniatures will be available at this show? Are there any rules about general merchandise previews on the Guild's websites? 192 days and counting.... I hope to see lots of forum members at the Masterworks event!
  26. Lynda, you are making me smile... the petitpoint purse frame has been on my list for decade...... I want the mini to open and close like a life size frame, and perhaps someday will learn to cast them properly in a foundry ... lots of ideas circling in my brain...I frequently look at the antiques trying to find the perfect frame to miniaturize. Yes, I was aware of argentium silver as a non-tarnishing silver and will try this. (I love my GessWein, Rio Grande and Lee Valley catalogs!) There is so much info available on the internet for using products so at least YouTube gives me access to methods... and our library has a lot of new library books on jewelry so I can counterbalance YouTube instruction with written instruction....... I did not recognize NuGold, so I will do some research on this product. Thanks for adding to the thread!
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