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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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    I have been busy making watering cans from flat sheet and wire. This week I got a new hydraulic press with a 20 ton jack. Which will make things a lot easier. I was burnishing those rings (on the can) in by hand.
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    Hi Kathe, Welcome to the forum.... My first set of micro carving tools was a set of dockyard carving tools... knowing myself, they are probably the middle size. I got a couple of tools from Elizabeth G, at a GS Seminar (Carving a ball & claw foot), and then added a small starter set of the flexcut tools. I can also borrow tools from husband's collection...as long as I pay attention to the rules... like put them back after finished and do not let them bang around. I go back and forth, always buy the smallest? or buy the medium size... or buy ALL of them... I still only have my original set. If you are planning to carve the piece that was the recent subject posted for the bending wood? then I think I would want the smallest size tools. Two Cherry tools are very nice, (aka Expensive) but if you love the best quality in your tools, I would consider this brand too... oh and these are available at my local woodwoking store, so I can see them in person before buying. Some people carve with a dremel or foredom flex shaft, but I prefer to carve by hand, as I need all the control possible. If you do purchase the dockyards, they could fit perfectly in a magnetically closing eyeglasses case, and you can go to Lowe's or Home Depot and purchase clear plastic tubing to slip over the blades to protect them from damage. Another option is to repurpose leather from a large purse or tote, and sew a leather roll for them as you do want to prevent damage.
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    Thank you to our Guild Committee and all of the board members who volunteered and worked diligently to bring this event together. It was I N C R E D I B L E !! I was thrilled with the items I was able to purchase and my only regret is that I couldn't buy everything as there was so many wonderful treasures. I could have easily spent $10,000 in about 10 minutes, on just one side of one sales area ... Leslie Smith's painting of Adele Bloch - Bauer I was one of the favorite items that didn't come home with me. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portrait_of_Adele_Bloch-Bauer_I Hosting this event at the museum was a perfect backdrop... the gallery talks gave us a glimpse of the history that surrounded the creative process, and the opportunity to ask an artisan about a technique was incredible... and while this opportunity also exists when you participate in workshops or Guild School with the instructors, the opportunity to talk to the artisan one on one at the gallery talk was rare... I didn't have problems navigating Kansas City, and even found an entire neighborhood of storybook houses that I would have loved to have toured in more detail. It was fun to see our new artisan's participate, Dustin from Michigan (USA), Victoria from Russia, and Elga from South Africa, and I hope they had wonderful first shows! And our veteran instructor Elizabeth G was also at her first show and I think she was having fun too. I got to discuss Catherine's Palace (at the Kentucky Gateway Museum) with Robert Dawson and even brought my Mulvaney & Roger's book for Susie and Kevin's autographs.... and talked with Susie about the wonderful experience of being a grandma. The submissions pieces were wonderful... and the only thing I would have changed was a brief photo op of all the submission pieces.... so I'm sending emails and then based upon response I'll post pics for the FMF. I was so surprised to see Anne R, a fellow of Needlework at this show... and it was great to see her again and share part of a day. Thank you again to the Guild! It was a memorable weekend, and I'm sure I will be smile each time I look at the new treasures!
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    Gail, Thank you. I think they got it wrong... It's tools that are a girls best friend. Oops... I see there is some Blu-tack stuck in one of the holes in the watering head. I'll just pretend it's a bit of garden grunge. ;-)
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    Catherine, how many girls can say they own a new hydraulic press with a 20 ton jack? That's what I love about this hobby so much! I love your watering can! gail
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    Yes Kathe, you need to cut your wood into the final shape before bending, if it is a piece with tenons that need to fit into mortises on other pieces you need to also do that before bending. The wood cools down quickly so you need to have everything ready to put it into your bending jig as quickly as possible.
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    I happened upon some better, more detailed photographs of the aforementioned lady's dressing table... Again, the dresser was based on those found within the first-class cabins aboard the R.M.S. "Titanic"... ...the aforementioned plastic model, 1/350-scale. It won second place at the King Con model show in Memphis, and around the 80th anniversary of the ship's sinking. Later, I placed it for sale at a hobby shop, and was eventually bought by someone affiliated with the Titanic Exhibition when it came through Memphis in the spring of '97. I attended that exhibition. I wouldn't have missed it for the world. I was told that my model was used as a guide for a much larger model for same. The model does not have double masts as it seems there. Rather, that's the shadow caused by the flash. Under the ship, I had made and placed a house with a car in the driveway, for perspective. After I built that model, there was was really nothing else to challenge me. It was then that I turned towards the making of miniatures in wood, and what I consider a natural progression.
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    Hello, My name is Alan, from the Mid-South(U.S.). I'm new to this forum, and I'd like to share some images of my craft. My very first miniature was a table that I made from balsa wood and wooden dowels, stained a dark walnut "colour"; and is now in a landfill somewhere, as it was that bad. I never took a picture of it. This, my second, and first-serious, miniature: a lady's lingerie chest, constructed entirely of cherry; even the drawer handles. The handles and sides were steam-bent, the handles made from the thinnest dowels imaginable... The image is a bit grainy, and I know I didn't take it, as my first camera was digital. I've never owned what I call a "paper" camera. My older brother must've taken it, as he did of the others of that time. It was just five inches tall, and I made it entirely from scratch. That was back in 1991 or '92, and long sold off. The vast majority of my work was conducted in the early-to-mid '90s. The designs are of my own, as I've rarely if ever reproduced existing items. I've made only about fourteen or so thus far. I would love to show you the others, but I don't want to press, being that this is my first posting. Thank you for looking! Cheers, Alan
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    Here is a dwarf rabbit Rex 1:12 Find our creations on latelierdunain.com
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    Thank you all. I lived in Midtown Memphis from 1983 to 1995. The location and day-to-day rambling about lent themselves well to inspiration, yes, indeed; the semi-ancient trees, and the homes built at the turn of the last century and throughout the 1920s. According to my list that I had compiled many years ago, the lingerie chest was actually the fourth, and preceded by a stained-basswood grandfather's clock, second, and a columned fireplace and mantle, third. I have no photos of either, unfortunately; particularly of the mantle, regrettably, as I think I had made it of cherry; perhaps, perhaps not. After the lingerie chest, I made a brass refractor mounted on a pyramidal stand, fifth, of either cherry or mahogany, which featured four carved brass animal feet. I made that one in three days, and it sold in three days once placed with my handler. To this day, I believe that a tiny speck of brass entered my eye whilst carving the feet. Sixth: the "Lion's Head" armoire, of cherry, limba and Carpathian elm burl... The work featured a revolving center-door, with it and the side-doors fitted with mirrors. A neighbour had given me her empty makeup compacts, and from whence I retrieved the mirrors. She preferred the larger compacts, apparently, and much to my benefit. When I make an armoire, it must come with a set of coat-hangers; no ifs, ands, or buts. The rod for hanging them, within the cabinet; I don't know if I had positioned it prior to the taking of the photograph, but it was installed nonetheless. I was told several years later that it and the lingerie chest were donated to the Children's Museum of Memphis, and by a daughter of the lady who had purchased them. I went by there, eventually, but the staff were in the midst of a remodel, and with everything stored away. I may visit again in future. A bit of steam-bending is evident... At the time that I created these miniatures, all I had to work with was a craft-knife, sandpaper of varying grits, and a Dremel jigsaw and rotary tool. I now have a Preac table-saw, a Foredom rotary, a baby and mini drill-presses, and all sorts of carving and grinding bits.
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    I would try this without the vinegar, as I'm not sure if vinegar has an effect on the finish. I would also cut my slats with the grain of the wood vertical direction to help it curve. I am more inclined to let the wood dry naturally, and between two pieces of wood that I have shaped using the band saw and sanded for the shape desired for the slats then the oven method. Miniatures require lots of patience, eh? and time waiting.... Referencing The Scale Cabinetmaker Vol 12 no 2, Bending Hardwood for Miniatures by Donald Peck, (the project is a bentwood chair). "The best method is pre-soaking wood in water, followed by steaming or boiling in water. After the wood is pre-soaked by immersion in a bottle of water overnight, it should be heated with boiling water or steam for one half-hour to improve bendability. However, there is a little advantage gained in steaming rather than the simpler procedure of immersion in boiling water. Since miniature stock is small, it can simply be put in a pan of boiling water for one-half hour. Bending should be done quickly while the wood is still hot; bends fail more frequently when the wood has cooled." Referencing The Scale Cabinetmaker Vol 12 no 2, Drawing Room Grand Piano by Barry Appleyard here is he preparing to bend wood for the the piano case "Noting which way the grain has to run... soak them in hot (not boiling) water for 10-15 minutes. Remove them from the water when they are flexible enough to curve into the mold. Insert them into the outside mold butting each piece end to end. Then carefully insert the clamping block or inner mold and clamp until dry (about 3 to 4 days). This is the one time when it would be handy to be an octopus, but if carefully done with constant checking and rechecking before clamping it is quite easily accomplished. Don't try to hurry the drying time. If the wood dries too fast, the wood tends to check." One magazine and two different methods and both discussed using boiling water and NOT using boiling water. Think about a plaster mold application for making a dolls body. I would create a similar wood mold for the desired chair slat, or at least have something strong to cup around the bent piece of wood. Glass bottle + piece of wood to be bent+ bigger piece of heavy plastic to bend around bottle and wood. Then I would use really strong rubber bands to hold everything together - and let dry, and set and forget it ... resist the urge to check on it. I suggest the heavier piece of plastic rolled around the wood piece because your edges are sometimes difficult to manage. I did bend wood for the piano case in this project. Hope this helps - Tamra