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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. I think the wood by itself will give you better adhesive properties... I had this perfect poly based fabric that I JUST HAD TO USE on a sofa in one of Nancy Summer's classes, it was the perfect color and this perfect embedded design....and oh my goodness, it was impossible to glue... so I do suggest testing your methods on an ordinary piece of wood first and not your beautiful carved horse. (Nancy was really nice about it; knowingly smiling that it was going to be challenging, and that was the last time I ever used a poly fabric for anything in miniature.) The rocking horse It is going to be a great project!
  3. The bed in the photo is larger than 1:12 scale.
  4. Hi WeekendMiniaturist, My plan is to flock the rocking horse so that the "fur" is to scale. When I get to that part of the project, I'll have to see what I'll do to make the seams where the leather is sewn on to the horse. Might cover a wood body in cloth (panty hose material maybe) and then flock over that. I ordered a book on rocking horses and their history and their makers, so will see if this type of horse is in the book.
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  6. This is.... amazing!
  7. Do I see a scale miniature bed on the rockers of the horse? I look forward to seeing the photos. It will be fun; I wonder you can find furred leather... I know lots and lots of years ago, I bought a pair of summer sandals that seemed to be real animal fur on the topside of the leather, it was that time period when everything tiger and leopard and zebra was the fashion range... so when you are antiquing or at the resale shops you may want to look at the old purses to see if you find any, but at least this source may give you smaller pieces of leather vs. purchasing an entire hide. An entire cow hide is huge; I have seen them in fabric stores; but I've never seen one with its animal hair.
  8. Hi WeekendMiniaturist, Your son's rocking horse sounds very nice. As far as projects go, I'm still working on knitting a baby blanket for my (now 35 year old) nephew. The bunnies on the first edge of the blanket are almost done. But "yes" I think I'll try to make this rocking horse in miniature and post my progress/process here. The antique store owner must wonder what in the world my husband and I are doing. We measure something and take a lot of photos. We should buy something at least for the privilege of touching the antiques. In a museum we couldn't do this.
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  10. Meg, Are you going to make a scale miniature rocking horse? This looks like a luxury rocking horse, I don't think I have ever seen one covered with animal furred skin. Wow. My Horse was one with springs... but my cousins had the real ones, so I was able to ride in my teenage years... Gosh I haven't been horseback riding in decades, that does sound like fun. I know what you are saying about ears. My husband carved one for our son when he was a toddler and one of the ears got damaged, but it was a solid piece of wood, so we are going to leave it as is... He is still fine tuning that horse, and our son is now an adult with his own son! I enjoy antiquing and finding cool things to make in 1/12th scale.
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  12. Thank you WeekendMiniaturist.
  13. Will post photos of this soon. Found a rocking horse in an antique consignment shop that is VERY old and in such great condition. Even the original saddle is on the horse WITH the stirrups and the leather colors. The bridle is gone, the tail (probably real horse hair) is gone and the mane is loved off. The ears are there though. The eyes are glass. The horse itself is covered in cow or goat skin with a pinto pattern and that is over a wood/carved frame with some unknown type of stuffing. I didn't see any bald spots or cracks or breaks at all on the skin/hair. The horse is on rockers but also on a base that has wheels so that it can come off the rockers and the children can ride it without staying in one place. This is all there, intact and WITH original colors/paint. My husband took measurements and cell phone photos which are distorted but I can work with them. We are going back tomorrow to move the "DO NOT RIDE" signs and get better photos.
  14. Meg, I think it is wonderful that you and your father had a project together. The snow and ice is very realistic, you must have some champion horses in your stable. I look forward to hearing about your projects. Welcome to the Forum!
  15. This is beautiful. I thought the photo was of the actual building you used for inspiration, not the miniature. Very, very nice!
  16. Guild School 2017, students had the opportunity to learn to do a spiral turning for a lamp with Artisan, Iluia Chin Lee. I admit it, I have fallen for my lathe and enjoying romancing the lathe... and I also read lost art press' blog when I want to divert my brain... Think turning a spiral is a challenge? (Definitely, I haven't tried it yet!) Why not try to do this for a cathedral? I have never met anyone associated with the Lost Art Press (LAP), but gosh, this makes me want to buy the Charles Haywood Book(s) from LAP. Look for a post from June 12, 2017... https://blog.lostartpress.com/2017/06/12/woodworking-on-a-grand-scale/ If the structure was 54' high how large was the cross slide? Gosh, I wish I could time travel to see how they did this!
  17. Hi Everyone. The high level of craftsmanship and imagination for scale miniatures that I have seen here is so amazing. Looking forward to learning so much through this group and improve my own work and maybe help others learn, too. Professionally, I worked in the Stained Glass industry for over 20 years and currently I work with ceramics and pottery. As a hobby I make miniatures to scale using just about every media, depending on the miniature. Specialties are equine related. This is a photo of an "in the round" 16 stall horse stable in 1:12 scale I made (with my Father's help) when I was 18 years old. It was 6 feet long and the roof came off to work with it. It was built outside. That is actual ice and snow on it in the winter photo. Meg
  18. You have chosen excellent books, and I have all three in my library. Check out the tool that Harry Smith has for making hinges. I want to figure how to make that tool! Did he grind it by hand? Can you take the pliers apart so it is easier to grind by hand? Creating a Stamp for hardware is also fascinating reading. I think, if I remember properly, John Davenport did some castings, and I have a few of his pieces that I have found at our shows that I really enjoy. All three of these books are very inspirational... I'm glad that you know about the fair in London! It is fun to have international participants in the forum; my geography skills are also improving...
  19. Thank you, Darren and Weekendiniaturist, for welcoming me to your forum. As soon as I have something worthy to show, I will certainly share it with you all. And I also hope to learn from all the knowledge and experience that is gathered here. For now I concentrate on reading up on miniatures. I have for that reaason acquired John Davenport's "making miniature furniture," Graham Spaldings "Making unusual miniatures," and Harry W. Smith's The art of making furniture in Miniature." @ Weekendminaturist: Unfortunatey we have already planned our summer vacation, because Danmark does sound very interesting. For those who are lucky enough to be in Castine right now, I hope that their endeavours succeed. And Yes, the Kensington fair in December is on my wishlist. I hope that I will be able to go there his year. Huibrecht.
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  21. I just received my order of tagua nuts from Doreen's artistic turnings. I bought the large ones, and I think they are large enough to turn a vessel in miniature, and perhaps a short hat stand... this is going to be fun. So how do I mount this on my lathe? I have the 2" face plate and If I cut the end of the nut off, so it is flat to mount to the face plate, I'm going to lose height for a hat stand. How long of screws do I use to mount this to the 2" face plate? Or do I mount them in a 3 jaw chuck? I just bought a smaller spur center from Penn State Industries for my jet mini lathe; will see if I can turn on the jet mini lathe. Update: I found a youtube video that explains how to mount the tagua nut. What did we do before youtube?
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    Here is an opportunity to combine learning with multiple days for shopping! The 2017 Guild Show should not be missed, and we are at a new location of Windsor, CT and breakfast was also negotiated! Here is a partial list of the many activities with the Guild Show: Classes, Historic Home Tours, Dinner & Theater Night, Gathering of the Guild, Auction, Show & Sale, Exhibits, and even a special sales area for our youngest miniaturist, called Small Beginnings – An exclusive and inexpensive sales area just for those miniaturists under 14 years of age. Do you have some miniatures that you may have outgrown? You can donate them to Small Beginnings and help a child discover miniatures! Check out this link for more details! http://www.igma.org/guild_show/index.html
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    Miniature Masterworks at the National Musuem of Toys an Miniatures (T/m) will be held September 15-17, 2017. To participate in Friday's preview, follow this link to purchase tickets. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/miniature-masterworks-preview-and-sale-tickets-31428160474 http://www.igma.org/miniature_masterworks.html I wonder what wonderful creations are artisans and fellows will create for this show - only 3 months to finish those one of kind / limited pieces for the collectors! Did you buy your ticket?
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    Is Guild School on your bucket list? Here is a link to the Guild's webpage for details about scholarships. http://www.igma.org/guild_school/scholarship.html The scholarship includes 36 hours of unforgettable opportunity to learn to make miniatures from some of the finest, most accomplished artisans specializing in miniature fine art. The tuition includes instruction, and room & board. Recipients provide their own transportation, material fees for classes and evening seminars. We hope to see your smiling face in June 2018! Details to submit the application are available on the
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    IGMA Artisans and Fellows can participate in the Gallery of the Guild at the NAME National Convention in Alexandria, VA. Collectors have another opportunity to visit the Gallery of the Guild to find treasured items! If you are not registered to attend the National Convention, you can still visit on Public Day(s). The tentative schedule that is posted on line for Public Day access to the sales room is: Saturday, June 29, 2017 2 - 5 pm Sunday, June 30, 2017 12-4 pm
  26. Thank you Karin, we do have some Jorgenson wood screws in the life size woodshop, this is an excellent idea. They are of course all for full size projects, but I get the concept. We stopped collecting wood clamps when the Irwin clamps arrived on the scene, so we have a lot more Irwin clamps then wood clamps. I have a small box full of Irwin clamps for miniatures too, that I was able to purchase locally. Production would be important, if I want 8 matching dining room chairs... but I am most interested in keeping my hands safe. I am like the topic of jigs and fixtures. Frequently you need holding devices to assist in the assembly and jigs and fixtures also help you get repeatable results, like assembling 4 matching wheels, or 4 matching legs...so I'm very keen on this topic! I do frequently think of allowing my self a "handle" or an extra piece of wood when I am working on furniture parts, so I have something to hold onto when I'm working on the details, and then I cut the handle off when I like the results and finish shaping the piece. But when I follow the instructions in a book this is not always incorporated in the cut plans, so I find myself trying to think ahead.
  27. One method you can use is to clamp a small piece such as a table leg in the jaws of a wood handscrew clamp. Just do an image search with handscrew clamp as the key word if you don't know what they look like. Many of the table legs have flat surfaces up at the apron end and you can grip onto the leg in that area. If you wanted to secure the handscrew clamp to a workbench top that is simple to do, you just clamp that clamp to the bench top. Or you could put screws through the wood jaws and secure it to a bench or table top that way. You can also hold them inside of the jaws of various types of larger vises. As the jaws of the handscrew clamps are made of wood it is possible to modify their shape to fit the piece you are clamping with it. So if you were doing production work you could then make custom jaws and then just thread them with screws when you need them and store them when not required. You have lots of options for making custom holding fixtures using the method of creating pockets in the surfaces of mating "jaws" that can be screwed together then taken apart. You could even incorporate grips on such things to facilitate holding them by hand while you carve. Making your own jigs and fixtures is an important skill to have. Like any skill practice helps a lot but you have to make the decision that you are going to deliberatly practice imagining how you can do something to get better at it. The more you practice figuring out how you could hold small items the quicker the solutions will come into your brain. You don't actually have to be making anything to practice this skill. Just look at something and see if your imagination can come up with a method of holding the part steady and safely while you work on it. For instance just incorporate it as a creative puzzle game it into your habit of internet browsing for miniature furniture inspirations.
  28. Hi Rita, I have less then 200 hours of wood turning; but I'll be glad to help. Welcome to the forum!
  29. Hi Rita! Welcome to the forum! - Darren
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