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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. Jan, I am glad that you shared your pickling mystery with the group. Were you able to get the copper coating to disappear with the hydrogen peroxide pickle? I look forward to seeing your brass fenders.
  3. Does anyone make a 1/12th scale Hitty? I think she is 6.5" in real life, so she would be about 1/2" tall in 1/12th scale, and it seems sooooooo small... so what would the forum members suggest? I looked at Angel Children dolls too, when I was at the Chicago International and I purchased a toddler from Heidi Ott. I look forward to your suggestions.
  4. This is a copy of a painting by Ludolf Backhuyson "ships on a stormy sea" that I've made recently. It's oil on a panel and it's about 65mm x 45 mm
  5. Last week
  6. Rohit's Miniatures (India) had the historical version of the Fletcher Capstan table on display at the Chicago International Show. Darren was there too, when Rohit was demonstrating it for me, so I hope he will post the short video that he took with his phone. He doesn't have the table on his website right now, but I hope he will add it in the future. Here is a link to his website so you can see it... it is an incredible piece of engineering! http://www.rohitsminiatures.co.in/
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  8. Tamra, thanks for doing this! I have no issue with belonging to jewellery making classes - after all, most of their work is tiny, and it is the techniques that you need to learn! After doing Bill Hudson' pedal pony cart in 1992 at GS, I searched and searched for opportunities. Finally I found someone who would give me a 6 week class - 2 hrs a week, which got me started but it wasn't impressive! He used silver plated copper wire - so nothing really worked out well! Then we convinced a young jeweller to start a silversmithing class at our local lapidary club (my husband was a long time member) and that was excellent. The club already had a super tool collection that had been passed on to it when another group closed down in the 1980s, and had previously had a silversmithing group, so it had everything we needed! That was back about 2000 I think! That group still runs, having had a series of jewellers volunteering to lead the group. You can work on your own projects and there is help and advice when needed. Then I was given the scholarship to the GS and I enrolled in Pete Acquisto's class in 2002. I was desperate for experience with a metal lathe and finally was told that there was a jewellery making group that had continued on from a college class that the members had completed. That is the group I still go to!! (Bring your lunch, $1 a day and coffee and cookies provided!) The lathe I was introduced to was a pre-war Hercus, about 3 foot long! But I was taught to pull it apart and put it back together so I could keep it in good condition! But I survived Pete's class and was delighted to find the group had acquired a Unimat 3 lathe. Then I found one for myself at an auction! I now have the choice of 3 lathes in the workshop, which is separate from the silversmithing workshop. In 2012, I had the privilege of a 3 day class with Rob Tukham where I turned lots of different materials, but not metal. Super! Both the groups I go to are jewellery making groups, but I make miniatures in both. And have even converted some people!! Jewellery making classes are also sometimes offered through our Adult Education system, but they are very expensive. I would think that rockhound or lapidary clubs would be a good starting point for appropriate classes. What have others found?
  9. Bill, today was my jewellery making group where I play with metals. (also the 90th birthday of the fellow who leads the group and in whose home we meet!) I did some more soldering on one of the pieces as I had missed a bit. A lot of the copper coating disappeared in the firing! Then a friend commented"Oh, I put my large copper pendant that i enamelled in that pickle last week. (In and out with out me seeing it!) So that explains lots of it. So now we are to have a dedicated brass pickle! However, I have had that copper coating before after pickling so I am grateful for the information re the hydrogen peroxide pickle. And I will guard the pickle with my life!!
  10. Thanks, but I've got a good stash of music wire. Are you just experimenting, or are you making something? Looking forward to seeing you in Maine! Bought my plane tickets today.
  11. Hi Missy, I've tried music wire today. It works great!! If you need some I can bring it with me to Maine. I have 0.011 & 0.010
  12. Jan, are you using copper tweezers or any thing copper in the pickle? If so you could actually be copper plating the work.
  13. I hope that other miniaturists will post about their continuing education experiences in metalworking, at local colleges, makerspaces, museums and privately organized guilds in this forum topic. >Jan, I wish you would start a new forum topic about your experiences with local jewelry classes, when you have time. I think it would be an excellent topic. It has been on my list to find people locally since 2015... so I'm hoping to learn how other miniaturists found these sources. While our local county has a population greater then 250,000 people, the local South Bend Museum of Art (where I participated in a weaving class) doesn't really inspire me much... I have considered rejoining the museum as a member and take a jewelry class, but I think the life size stuff would be a distraction and I don't need anymore distractions from the miniature world. I am hoping to learn about other miniaturists who made that connection. I am figuratively chained to my desk 5 days a week, so perhaps that is part of my problem, but I must work while I am able to work!
  14. Jan, I wish you would start a new forum topic about your experiences with local jewelry classes, when you have time. I think it would be an excellent topic. I know Lynda has classroom experience in her local community, and so does Catherine, so I would enjoy reading about this topic. We are lucky to have IGMA's Guild School experiences and the FMF to give us that start in our quests for excellence. (In keeping with the spirit of finishing a project before starting something new, I feel like I spent most of my spare time yesterday trying to hinge a door from Geoff W's 2016 Chicago International class... the hinge is still working this morning, and the pins haven't fallen out, so, one step closer to a finally finished object!)
  15. I thought I had reposted this in the pickling topic but it seems I didn't get it right!! Bill, it was the pedal pony cart class I am still really proud of that achievement! I will try the commercial jewellery pickle again on Wednesday. I tried the others in an effort to experiment if different ones had the same problem! I have 2 more fenders to make, so I will try the peroxide solution when I have finished them all, in case there is more copper effect! Jan
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  18. Yes I remember you but I don't remember what the class project was. I am happy to know you kept at it. I would suggest you stick with commercial jewelry pickle. There is less chance for contamination. It does not take much more than one little steel filing to mess up a whole jar of pickle. If you are using tweezers to move or pick up your piece from the soldering block the reaction of the flux and the steel is enough to mess up the pickle. Use only high quality Stainless steel tweezers. The low priced imports from china or India are not of pure quality.
  19. Thank you Bill, You might not remember, but you first taught me to silver solder at Castine in 1992!! You started the path for a wonderful journey! But I am always really careful not to contaminate - the last experience was with a brand new batch of pickle using swimming pool acid, and then I retorched it because I had missed a spot with the solder, and used a new vinegar pickle, both in glass containers, using plastic tweezers. I am going to try the hydrogen peroxide and sodium sulphate and will let you know what happens.
  20. Thanks Jan, All is good, I have not soldered any silver yet. I used the specific Radio Shack solder mentioned for my electrical connections when I was wiring chandeliers.
  21. If your brass is turning pink during and after pickling you pickle solution is contaminated or you are using steel tweezers or such. Avoid using anything steel or iron. Use brass or wood or plastic untangles and glass or plastic containers. .
  22. Thanks for the link. I am reposting my original post: I am wondering if anyone can contribute advice on pickling various brass pieces after silver soldering? I am currently working on a range of brass fire fenders for my cabinet house. I have an issue with the brass pieces turning copper coloured as a result of the pickling. I have used various pickling agents and have the same issue. Ideally, it would be best to avoid the copper effect, but if not, what is the best way of cleaning the brass? However, I have already had two solutions offered, both very similar! I am going to try the following: http://www.artmetal.com/files/imported/project/TOC/finishes/nonfe/H2O2.html Soution #3 I will post on my success or otherwise!! Thank you. Jan Jones
  23. I understood that lead near sterling silver can cause the silver to be eaten away so, I wouldn't use this solder on sterling silver. Jan Jones
  24. I edited the Topic to include Pickling - perhaps Jan will post her question in this topic. For others that are learning about soldering, I am posting a link regarding Pickling and its uses...as I am still learning... I would consider myself at the pre-beginners stage of metals :-). https://www.gemsociety.org/article/pickle/
  25. Jan, so glad that you are posting the question on the forum. If you search (with the magnifying glass symbol) upper right of the screen, we have more info about pickling on in another post where we discussing silver solder...
  26. I found this topic interesting, but am wondering if anyone can contribute advice on pickling various brass pieces after silver soldering? I am currently working on a range of brass fire fenders for my cabinet house. I have an issue with the brass pieces turning copper coloured as a result of the pickling. I have used various pickling agents and have the same issue. Ideally, it would be best to avoid the copper effect, but if not, what is the best way of cleaning the brass? Jan Jones
  27. Hello, Ninja Cath, I hope you will check out the textiles portion of the Fine Miniatures Forum. Needlework is a wonderful way to add to the realism of a minature room. There are so many wonderful miniature structures, and I can definitely relate to wanting my own miniature street of houses. One of our miniature needlepoint artists, here in the USA, Anne Ritter wrote about Anne's Subdivision. Each time I think about Anne's Subdivision, it makes me smile. I will look up the G&J Line Houses, too. I see you have a needlework stand in your room, I have had a Nicola Mascall kit for many years, that I need to work on for my needlework stand. Welcome!
  28. Hi, I'm Cath & I have been interested in miniatures from childhood. It broke my heart when my parents sold my dolls house to pay for a school trip! My next house was scratch built with help from hubby, but we were in process of moving & it was stored at his parents farm.....right when foot & mouth hit. House number three was a DHE Classical which firmly immersed me back in the mini world. That was sold a couple of years ago due to a lack of space & a massive interest in G&J Lines houses....I now have three of those, plus an Amersham house, DHW Preston Manor, DHE Cumberland Castle, a quarter scale Raven's Perch, three market stalls & a cabinet with antique dolls house furniture. I beleive there may be a divorce if another house lands!!! I love miniature needlepoint & am slowly teaching myself woodworking, although in all areas I can only aspire to the beautiful workmanship on here - but everyone started somewhere I guess. The attached picture shows copies of an antique bed & cabinet that I made
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