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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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  1. 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. .
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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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.
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  5. Admissionpro123

    Hello from Kansas City

    Hi Ben, awesome painting on such a small canvas. Really great. Atria Institute of Technology Bangalore
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  6. 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. Martha, This is home built out medium density fiberboard. the clamp on the back is an add on. I used a carriage bolt with epoxy to hold it in place. The wing nut is available at most Ace hardware stores. I had to add a piece of wood on the bottom so I could clamp it with the clamp in front as needed. I am considering adding clamps to the sides too.
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  8. Bill Hudson

    Carving on wood pieces for Furniture

    I hold my small carving stuff in my hands. If you are worried about cutting to stabbing yourself then purchase a armor (kevlar) glove. I also use my elevated sawing (etc.) table where the work is closer to me. It also has a clamp on the back for holding small stuff. If you are slipping or stabbing yourself your tools are probably not sharp enough. You should not have to put such pressure on your carving tools.
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  9. Catherine Ronan

    Hello from Kansas City

    Hi Ben, Welcome to the forum. I love your painting. I hope you share lots more of them soon.
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  10. Have you thought about using argentium silver? It avoids the fire scale issues and can be "work hardened" in a toaster oven. Rio has special solders for it including paste solders that already have the flux mixed in. The solders are so you will have a good color match in any seams and because of the differnt melting points for the differing alloys. Also, argentium silver fuses beautifully - no solder necessary - tricky but sometimes what is needed for a piece. Best of all, it is very tarnish resistant. I think Pete uses it for most of his pieces. Oh yes - you can also fuse argentium silver onto brass or copper. Hmm - must be a mini application for that trick! See if you can get a weekend workshop at a jewelry studio in your area. https://www.argentiumsilver.com/ And never let your pickle pot run dry or boil - off gases are toxic. Using the radio shack solder will mean your solder joints will be more and more visible over time. Also, any patinas you might want to do will be very different on tin/lead/silver solder. As a collector, I would strongly prefer any silver pieces acquired to have jewelry grade solder joints. There are also copper paste solders and copper solder rods to better color match. And Nu Gold is a brass alloy jewelers use because gold is so expensive. It is interesting to work with and available in many thicknesses at Rio Grande and such. Good luck with the purse frames. I'm taking photo etching with Bonnie Backe next weekend. I want to make my own fan frames and lampshade parts.
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  11. Tim Warner

    My Miniatures

    Hi these are 12th scale miniatures I made in 1997, all made from antique mahogany. The small table was made by Michael Walton.
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  12. Victoria

    Tuscan table with marquetry top by VIctoria Morozova

    From the album Furniture 2

    © Victoria Morozova

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  13. Victoria

    French art nouveau 3 door armoire cabinet by Victoria Morozova

    From the album Furniture 2

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  14. Liz Mcinnis

    Cheetahs on African savanah by Elizabeth McInnis

    From the album Dolls, Figures & Animals

    The cheetahs are carved of wood and furred. The piece was based on a photograph taken by the buyer.
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  15. ElgaKoster

    19th Century French Washstand by Elga Koster

    From the album Furniture 2

    The washstand was made from Douglas fir, the wash set is Avon ware from England and was handpainted by Lynne McVay.

    © Elga Koster

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  16. Victoria

    Louis-Philippe chaise longue by Victoria Morozova.

    From the album Furniture 2

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  17. Moderator1

    Please put in your Location

    Since we are a world wide community it would be fun to see where we are each from. If you missed this when you registered it is easy to fix. When you are logged in go up to the black bar where one thing from the right end you will see your name, click on that and box will open with a bunch of things, go to "my profile" and click. It will open a page with your details on it, you will see a red box in the upper right white space called "Edit my Profile", click there, it will open a list of all kinds of things to add to your profile…. scroll down and next to the bottom is "location", just fill that in and click the box below it called "Save Changes"…. that's all there is to it…. then next to your name will be where you are from. Now I know folks like to not put out too much information on the internet, keep in mind if someone wants to find you they already can. But if you don't want to put you city and state, maybe just your region like New England. If you live in a small country maybe just the country like Denmark, or you could say Scandinavia or Northern Europe. Please put something, it will just add to fun. Thank You.
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