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    I haven't done much sculpting with polymer clay. Partly because I hate how soft it is. I am very glad to hear that there is a new clay coming out soon with much better working qualities. These are two resent pieces I made in 1: 12 scale. The goose is flocked with pure silk embroidery floss I cut into dust. The feathers are white turkey. The rabbits coat is Alpaca.
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    This is a project for the Upton House's doll's house. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/upton-house-and-gardens/features/calling-crafters-and-artist-to-contribute-to-uptons-dolls-house Four stained glass windows done in the old style of painted stained glass. The first step is to make a drawing of the lead lines and the basic design so that can be traced with glass paint onto a piece of glass and fired in a kiln to make it permanent. The deadline to finish is tight so I better move along. Did all 4 drawings today. This is one of them.
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    Hi WeekendMiniaturist, Many a cold winter day I have had my hot chocolate while warming myself next to my kiln. All you need is 14 inches space all around your kiln and it will be OK. You do NOT need a big kiln. Some of the smaller kilns use a regular household plug. The slightly bigger ones like mine use a large dryer plug. I had my kiln in the laundry room and would just switch the plug out with the dryer. You can find them often on Craigslist. Sometimes you can get a bargain. Kilns are tough. Not much goes wrong with them and they are easy to repair. I fire the glass paints and enamels at a cone 022. Around 1087 degrees F.
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    I have never seen this in miniature before; amazing! I lam looking forward to the application of the enamels. What temperature do you fire your enamels (at?), and what is your current favorite kiln. I have been avoiding the kiln conversation; as it is cold here in the winter, I have cars in my garage, and I do not know where to put a kiln... without adding another whole section to the house... you know that kiln that resulted in a multi-story addition to our home...
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    Not a lot has changed from the Renaissance period when it comes to making painted stained glass windows. One thing would be that you can plug in the soldering iron instead of heating it over coals. Progress on the miniature windows. Fine line work and shading are done. On to the enamels.
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    If I could go back in time, I would want to see the Rugs in France and and the flemish Tapestries on the looms... but during the Renaissance period, it would be fun to see the tools they used, and to see how Stained Glass windows were made for Churches or grand Castles...I am guessing that this kind of work was done by Men. I wonder if any ladies of the court were allowed in the work rooms. A couple of years ago, I read that famous tool maker Holtzappfel allowed his daughter to use a lathe, and this revelation as of now, is my only find of a woman using any tools... that were not meant for cooking or needlework. (Although Holtzappfel's lathes were made for Kings and wealthy Lords.) I am happy to be living in this period of time!
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    It is magic! Chairs have appeared! I really appreciate the lighting in this picture, and with my one painting experience, understanding the effect you want and getting a paint brush, hand and mixture of paint to behave, can be very challenging for me.
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    Yes! "Cartoon" means "pattern". Interesting that it means that in tapestry also. Stained glass windows and tapestries were basically the comic books of the middle ages. They told stories in "cartoon" form for a people who mostly couldn't read. The churches and cathedrals told biblical stories (and other stories) through the windows. Tapestries might tell tales of battles. Yes again. I'll be using enamels for the color in these windows. The outlines and shading will be the traditional paint for real painted stained glass. Fired these last night. These represent the lead lines. These are the thickest lines. Today I'll do the thin lines, fire them again, shade them, fire them again then do the enamels and one more firing.
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    Very nice! Can’t wait to see the finished piece!
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    Collie Feathers, This will be fun forum topic. I know you are bringing a lot of life size experience to this miniature project. I will stayed 'glued' to the forum!
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    I like it; very recognizable subject! I am familiar with the painting and purposely not looking at the original, I think the use of shading to illustrate the lights is working...
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    I invite past customers, fans and students of Pat & Noel Thomas to post about your experiences - someday perhaps Pat & Noel will stop by and wave "Hi!"
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    www.thomasopenhouse.com I have been 'harvesting' all the Thomas' articles as time permits from Old Miniature Magazines... to have them all together in one place for my structure reference. Pat wrote about the 62nd structure and posted a notice of the final article for the blog today. A treasure trove of information lives on in those magazine articles and the smallhousepress blog. Thank you Pat & Noel for the inspiration and knowledge that you have shared with us. If you were to teach just one more class....! It has been an incredible legacy. Enjoy the next phase of the adventure!
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    You should try the real carved exercise to see if you like it. Carving looks to be a lot of fun and the wonderful thing about miniatures, in theory is that you don't need a lot of space! There has to be some You Tube info on carving, and books and magazines! Someday when I get finished with my petitpoint rug(s) I'll try carving. I think I can schedule for the year of my 101st birthday... when I get all my petitpoint stuff stitched. I think Karin C and others have a carving tools post... I an drawn to the flex tools, but I think miniaturists can carve with the various xacto knife options, so you can buy one of those sets of xacto at Hobby Lobby, Michaels and Joann Fabric & Crafts here in the US for 40 -60% off (subject to coupon limitations.) Joann has occasional 60% off coupons, but the store may not have the set you want; it is dependent upon Store Size... I don't have a Super Store, so our inventory is different then the largest stores... guess I'm fessing up that I've been at Joann Fabric in different states. However, each time I try to be cheap, in the long run, I know I'll be moving up in better quality tools, so to balance my spending, I do occasionally hunt for treasured tools on Craigs List when time permits.
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    Yes. It’s a wood frame with wood filler and then painted. I started with wood anyway. The filler has saw dust in it does that count? Lol. Anyway I was trying to simulate a carved look
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    Working on a 1/12 scale Shetland Pony. Will post progress photos. Equine miniatures are a specialty but this is the first one I've done 100% from scratch and felted. Having a lot of fun with him. I have visions of paring him with a porcelain child doll. He is 3 inches at the shoulder.
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    He is charming, and his expression is so pensive and kind. He will be glad to have a child companion! What are his hoofs made of?
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    It is fun to see you try different mediums and your success. I hope the Shetland does well at the Fair too. There is a Fiber Fair in NC? What is the name of the event? We were just talking about the big woodworking and/or furniture shows in NC, as my husband attended the show once... woodwoorking & fiber, would be an excellent weekend adventure.
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    Thanks Collie Feathers... my cell phone "cover" glass was not tempered. I will look, but I'm pretty sure that I caught it and didn't buy a tempered glass replacement for my cell phone. My cell is in a "padded" rugged case with a belt clip, and I dropped it and my cover glass broke, but it didn't shatter, and more importantly I didn't kill my cell phone. Just a nice pretty irregular line when I dropped it. I lifted it off with my fingernail. I forgot to mention, I used to buy thousands of square feet of glass for a window manufacturer in my very first job in an office, so I have some limited knowledge. I didn't cut the glass, but I used to do the cut sheets for the glass, and that is first job where I learned how to program Lotus 1-2-3 and macros. I'm glad you posted this info for the group! On the subject of glass... husband got me a wonderful glass wizard this past weekend, that was barely used, so I'm feeling pretty lucky, I can now grind glass!
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    The pony has gone to a big fiber fair in North Carolina. He is entered in the needle felted 3D sculpture contest. Hope he does well.
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    Nice! Reminds me of Van Gogh artwork.
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    I called Mr. Wrisley today, and yes, indeed he does have thin glass for sale! I will try and post the details tomorrow, as I left the notes at work. This is not tempered glass, so I think this is a better resource, as I think it may be easier to cut then my micro thin glass from the mobile phone world. I will need to find some windows around here so I can try and cut for a specific size for my practice glass cutting exercises.
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    Catherine, thanks for this suggestion! I have to get to the Dollar store to buy more glass and to test my glass cutting skills. I have only cut normal size stained glass, so I am hoping that I can practice on the Dollar Store stock to adjust my pressure. I did buy an extra piece of glass for my smart phone, when I cracked the cover glass, but it is really, really thin, but at $2 for a pane of glass for a miniature window, the cost seems reasonable to me. Did anyone in the forum confirm that Mr. Wrisley continues to have inventory?
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    Ohh! Catherine, these are wonderful! Martha
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    Welcome Kim, I love that tail, makes me think of my little dog when he wags his tail!
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    He looks great, cannot wait to see him with ears and tail. How did you handle the armature?
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    The black cat needed a Halloween Pumpkin. I'm a fan of Sugarcharmshop on You Tube and used her method of making a polymer clay Jack O Lantern. Got a flicker LED tea candle at the dollar store and took it apart to see how it worked. I got it to work in the lantern and the battery can be changed. It's not finished though. Still have to do some work with acrylic paints and shading and then seal it with glaze.
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    Welcome Victor to the forum, so glad to have you jump in a post. Lots of possibilities. Let's say I have a 3" wide board that is 3/4" thickness and 24" long. I want a piece that is 3/32" thick. I find our full size 10" table saw to be very accurate. And a good sharp blade results in a beautiful cut surface. Expect saw kerf equal to the thickness of your blade. I would raise the blade to 1.5", I would place the 3/4" surface against the bottom of the table saw, saw it, and then flip it to finish the cut. I set the fence to, in theory 21/32" to make those two cuts. I am in favor of heavy equipment; a good heavy saw is wonderful; if your saw is inaccurate; then I would look at ways to clean up the inaccuracies, and of course there are many kinds of saw blades. An alternative in our shop is to resaw the board against a taller fence on our band saw, and feed it through the planer. My personal favorite is to buy the wood planed to the correct thickness... I would do is 2 or 3; my husband enables option 1 to happen... Tamra
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    Thanks to the encouragement of the members in the forum, I discovered we have a makerspace locally - no CNC mills, but they do have a laser cutter and a 3D printer, some kilns (so I could probably work on enameling or do some china painting... oh the possibilities!
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    $3500 for the first one and $2600 for the second- both prices seem reasonable... Wouldn't it be fun to test drive both machines and then give us all a complete report? Tamra
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    Pictured below are two paintings I've done using Genesis heat set oil paints. I was fortunate to learn to paint at the Guild School in 2010, in two classes from the very talented and patient Jeff Wilkerson. We learned a seascape in one class and TWO English landscapes in the second one. Jeff made it a wonderful learning experience. I had been trying to paint a landscape for the longest time, and never could figure out what I was doing wrong. Jeff broke it down for us, telling us to paint the broad background areas as if we were just painting the side of a house. When we switched to smaller brushes, he told us it was like painting the trim of the house! The beauty of these paints is that they operate like oil paints but you dry them between each step with a heat gun, which literally cooks the paint within a minute on a tiny canvas. Genius, Genesis! The pictures are of the coast of Lake Michigan from north of Milwaukee Wisconsin, and one that is a commissioned piece. The lake painting is based on a photo I took, and the second one is taken from the emailed photo of the original painting, which is set behind the miniature. Enjoy!
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    Josje, I wanted to add an alternative way of creating miniature canvasses for your next painting project. I learned this from Barbara Stanton at Guild School years ago and have been very pleased with the results. Barbara mounts silk on heavy artists paper with a spray adhesive and then adds several fine coats of gesso to the surface. The weave of the fabric is in scale and as she pointed out paintings on silk have lasted hundreds of years in the orient. Since that class I have discovered a paper imbued with an epoxy resin which I think is called a multi media board. It has the advantage of being rigid, not warping, light weight and easy to cut. I think it would make a good base as well…. with or without the silk. I haven't experimented with the silk on that backing yet.
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    You have to make your own canvas. We used poster board cut in small 'canvases' and glued with Elmer's glue to thin, 1/32" plywood. Let the glue dry. Then you paint a couple of coats of gesso on the paper to give it texture. Once it's dried you can go ahead a paint. This is MUCH more in scale than using heavier paper or canvas. I've seen lovely paintings in miniature done on regular canvas, and all you see it the canvas texture, which is HUGE. I make several canvases at a time and let them dry, so I'm all set when I want to paint. We also sanded the painting a little at first, to eliminate bumps or rough spots in the paint. I do that occasionally but it's not always necessary.