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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. 5 points
    Hi these are 12th scale miniatures I made in 1997, all made from antique mahogany. The small table was made by Michael Walton.
  2. 5 points
    Most of the drawers that I make in miniature has blind dovetails in the drawer fronts and up to now I have used inverted cone burrs for cutting the dovetails, but I have always felt that the angles are not steep enough to give a good result in 1/12 scale. So yesterday I tried my hand at making my own from oil hardening drill rod. I first turned them to size and shape on my lathe and the cut the teeth on my mill. Next came hardening and tempering them and then of course sharpening the teeth. I am pretty happy with the results off my first two cutters, you can see that the angle are steeper than the cut I made with the burr on the right. My cutters aren't pretty at all (be gentle, this is the first time I tried anything like this) and I guess time will tell how long they are going to last. I think next time I might try just two teeth that are a bit thicker.
  3. 5 points
    Hi! I'm Norbert. This is my one of first Roombox. I make it in ten weeks. 1-4 hours in day. Real oak floor. Hard wood elements. Soft wing chair. Glasses with glass inside. Fireplace with "moving" fire. 1:12 scale.
  4. 5 points
    Hello everyone, I am Esther and I live in India. I must be one of the very few people in my country fascinated with miniatures, so it's a little difficult to find the correct materials and people to appreciate my work. Anyhow, I wanted to share with you my miniature Venetian masks. Each mask is about 5/8th of an inch wide and 3/4th of an inch high. These dimensions are excluding the mask stick and head gear and refer to the face portion of each mask only. You can see how tiny these are by looking at the picture of the mask in my hand. Like it's original full sized counterpart, each mask is made from papier mache and then painstakingly decorated. The back is hollowed out just like a traditional mask so it can fit over a face.
  5. 4 points
    Look at THIS! Laughing witches, complete with bat wings, spider's web and a gorgeous background. This will HAVE to be the doors of a wardrobe for a haunted dollhouse one day.
  6. 4 points
    Hi Missy, Looking for a different wire type and came across .006" diam .152 mm music wire/ spring wire. Wasn't sure how fine you had found: http://www.travers.com/wire/p/87454/?keyword=music wire And a maker of tiny springs: http://www.drtempleman.com/coil-springs/miniature-springs The above also sells tiny springs, compression conical for just over a buck each, compression pricier at $3+ for tiny A truly excellent description of making tiny compression springs using a small lathe: http://www.deansphotographica.com/machining/projects/springs/springs.html And a three part that also mentions straightening the music wire before coiling if it was previously coiled: http://firearmsdesigner.com/?p=247 torsion spring: http://firearmsdesigner.com/?p=276 I'd love to see pictures of your spring progress!
  7. 4 points
    One of the pieces that I will have for sale at the Masterworks show, a tiny wooden box with a secret drawer in the shape of a book based on a real antique dating from the 1840's. As small as this is it turned out to be a lot more work time wise than what I expected...so what else is new! The finished book is made from birch, cherry and imbuia...basically because these are softer and easier woods to work with and I am teaching this as a class at our local club. The other wood combination is made from three South African woods namely mopane, yellowwood and blackwood and the ones made from this wood combination are the ones that will be for sale.
  8. 4 points
    Everybody is so quiet, hoping you are all having time to make a few miniatures! I finished this new piece of petitpoint yesterday, it will go into the sliding screen of a new sewing table that I am busy making. I stitched it on 72 count slik gauze with Pipers silk. It took me 27 days to chart and stitch working on average three hours a day on it and it has a total of 10 614 stitches. The blue background made it very difficult to choose some of the other colors, I had to try a few greens before I was happy with the results.
  9. 3 points
    And this rocker is like the one in the catalog. Had a hard time doing the mortise and tenon joints for the curved back slats - and get the back seat rail in there at the same time. Before the glue got tacky enough to make things stick together and hold, the rocker would explode all over the floor and table. And then the glue would be too dry, or too wet again and another explosion would happen. Tried doing butt joints instead of mortising for the seat rails and that didn't help. May have made things worse as it was very slippy. I'm going to give myself some credit as this rocker had NO right angles whatsoever. Learned a lot of new techniques though.
  10. 3 points
    Progress! The rooks and knights are finished. On to the bishops.
  11. 3 points
    CF, the calipers are a great tool. In Elga's Queen Anne Writing Chair class this year at Guild School, we used calipers to keep consistent in not only turning, but when using the milling machine/drill press and when hand sanding. I gained a great deal of confidence in actually making pieces that looked the same. If you are still comfortable with Tamara's Option 3, the calipers can help you choose the pieces that are most closely matched. This has been an interesting thread and your work is beautiful! Martha in Louisiana
  12. 3 points
    Here is my smallest to date. I used a a cat whisker to paint the rigging. I had read that this was done at one time. I had a hard time holding the cat down while moving his head back and forth to paint but eventually got it done. That was just a little joke. No cat was harmed.
  13. 3 points
    Me and my mini world
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  15. 3 points
    Thanks Natalia. The headdress in the first image is made from a thin textured paper which is hand-painted with metal paint and then decorated. The metal paint/patina stiffened it slightly and I could curl it around a dowel and it held it's shape beautifully. The part going into the forehead section is also paper, precision cut to look like a lattice. This made it easy for me to fill the little square sections with mica powders/paint that had been thinned with a little varnish. I'd like to also take this opportunity to thank those of you that were kind enough to like this post and get back to me with so much encouragement. I look forward to creating more masks and showing you photos.
  16. 3 points
    Oh my goodness! So many wonderful choices! What to do - what to do? If any of you haven't made it to Guild School yet, please reconsider. Whatever your reasons for not attending yet may be, you will not regret making the effort to get there! This will be my third year and it has been on my bucket list for 30 years - even before I knew I had a bucket list. Martha in Louisiana, USA
  17. 3 points
    After a long hiatus from making miniature furniture I finally managed to get started again and here is the result after the first layer of finish. /niels
  18. 2 points
    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.
  19. 2 points
    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
  20. 2 points
    There is a story in my head about a man named Jeromy Pettigru. I've made up a whole environment for him that I will make in miniature. Of course I must start in the middle with this project. He lives in England in the year 1795 and owns a saddlery shop where he specializes in items for the fox hunter. Anyway, he is a chess player and so needs a chess set. After researching, I decided on an 18th century set (originally made in bone) that is described as the "tulip" design. I have never turned anything before or used a lathe, but have been practicing with my husband's metal lathe. I tried turning aluminum but could not get the shapes I wanted. Then tried acrylic rod. That went pretty well. Then went to wood dowels which I liked the best since I could use small files instead of gouges to produce shapes. After the basic shape was made an Xacto knife was used to carve details. A two part silicon putty mold material was used to make molds of the wood turnings. Mixed up a bone color from polymer clay - translucent, white and a little yellow. The pieces shown on the chess table are the finished castings. Still some carving to do. The intention is to get the pieces to a silicon mold where I can cast a whole set in resin. However, I DO like the look the polymer clay gives.
  21. 2 points
    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.
  22. 2 points
    Here is a dwarf rabbit Rex 1:12 Find our creations on latelierdunain.com
  23. 2 points
    No, the clock is not a working one, although the hands of the dial are separate and were cut out of brass, fashioned, and then painted black. The window is of plate-glass. In that watch-works require adjusting and repair, especially as they age, I wasn't inspired to include one. It's a full dial, make no mistake, just like a real one, but with no mechanism. Even the Moon dial is a separate component, albeit incomplete if one was to rotate it. A close-up of the clock-face; the Moon is something of a self-portrait...
  24. 2 points
    The first floor is cut out... I don't have a table saw, but I do have an English-made(a bit odd, that) Makita® jigsaw, and their finest model some ten years ago or so when I purchased it... It works so well that it's almost a crime to own and operate one. I squared a fine-cut wood blade with the jigsaw's shoe, and whirred away. The foundation for the ground floor will be installed next, and to be footed. I have an 8' long 1" x 2" of clear pine for that, but I will need to make provisions for installing a row of mini two-pole on/off rocker switches, and so to turn the circuits on and off as desired. Scratch that 1x2, as I'll want to make the foundation a bit taller.
  25. 2 points
    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.
  26. 2 points
    Copy in oil on wood panel. John Constable. 1802.
  27. 2 points
    Hi Jason, I would love to have working door knobs and strike plates... period door knobs that work, would definitely spark joy for me! I would like dimensional hardware, we seem to still have access to stamped and etched hardware for Chippendale, but French hardware would be great, and Period Victorian hardware would be wonderful too.
  28. 2 points
    Hi WeekendMiniaturist, Yes! I made the table, too. It's based on a pattern from The Scale Cabinetmaker and is the second piece of furniture I've made. It needs to have it's finish though. I'll post a progress thread with photos for it soon.
  29. 2 points
    Hi WeekendMiniaturist, Thank you SO much for the reply. Got myself a caliper for precise measuring. I had thought of making polymer clay blanks to turn, but now it seems more fun to turn the set using what is close to the original material. I suspect the deer antler also will have a longer life than polymer clay. Like you, I have the most fun trying out different materials depending on the project. Different kinds of wood or metal (can't wait to try making hardware). I watched and read the entire posting of the spinning wheel(s). Jaw-dropping-amazing. However, I'm going with Option 3 - make a lot of the pieces and pick the ones that match. As you stated, it's good practice time and works to get a matched set.
  30. 2 points
    This is a copy I've made in oil of Rembrandts "The Mill" - about 49mm x 60mm. Which I think is roughly 1/17th of the original.
  31. 2 points
    I designed this 1830's chess and backgammon table after looking at lots of antique examples. I used only South African woods for this table, the main wood is candle wood and the chess and backgammon board is made of boxwood (we have our own indigenous species of boxwood that grows in the Cape Province) and blackwood. The backgammon pieces and dice are loose and can come out of their storage compartments. The drawer has individual compartments for the chess set that I still need to turn. The table top is reversable with a plain surface when not in use. This was one of my most challenging pieces to build to date.
  32. 2 points
    I made some goodies for my Taig. I made a simple holder that adapts a (cheap) dial indicator to measure travel on the Z-axis. This is the most useful thing *ever*. I just don't know how I ever lived without one! The holder mounts in the T-slot on the headstock using a T-slot plate. I made a square metal back that replaces the round back of the dial indicator. That new indicator back bolts onto the holder. This works fine with collets, but the dial indicator doesn't reach the cross slide when I use a chuck. So .... I tapped the bottom of the cross slide and made a little sliding block for the dial indicator to touch off against. (In the photos, you can also see the tool post I made for 1/8" bits). I used a full-sized Bridgeport mill to make these, but it could easily be made on any micro-mill (Taig, Sherline, Proxxon). Since I appropriated the T-slot, I can't put a travel stop bar in there, so I also made a dovetail block that clamps onto the ways to use as a travel stop. (The Lee Valley wood turning tool rest has a similar dovetail block, so I can clamp one on each side of the cross slide if I choose to.)
  33. 2 points
    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
  34. 2 points
    We are getting ready to release the whole weekend details pretty soon. There will be the public activities held at the museum, Fri. to Sun. There will also be a IGMA sponsored party for the artists Thurs. and I will be hosting a open house/shop tour Sun. Evening.... Keep watching this forum for details.
  35. 2 points
    I see sweet volute carvings at the top of that chair. This is going to be fun watching your progress! >> From Elaine .... My large Georgian house with some of your chairs featured above (all except the red dining set) were featured in an article about me in Miniature Collector >magazine- July 2003.......... I got my MC's off the shelf, and I found your July 2003 issue, this is a beautiful structure, and I think I see the chairs in the dining room photo on page 25, if I find another Jul 2003 issue in my travels, I'll be sure to pick it up for you.
  36. 2 points
    >>>As small as this is it turned out to be a lot more work time wise than what I expected...so what else is new! EVERYONE in the forum should like this statement! Looks like a fun piece to create. KC is going to be an event to remember!
  37. 2 points
    The Barbara Marshall Award for Artistic Achievement will honor three of the show's artists with large cash prizes for creating special works that "push the envelope" for fine miniatures. This will give the artists a chance to make that special piece they've had in mind, or maybe to try something they haven't done before. All works entered in the contest must be for sale at Miniature Masterworks, and all will be on display for the entire weekend. Several artists have already told us they have begun work on their contest entries. Don't miss this opportunity to see (and purchase) some truly incredible pieces!
  38. 2 points
    This is very nice! My first miniature was a chest of drawers with fake drawers. There's no limit to what you can do if you keep learning and practicing. ?
  39. 2 points
    Merry Christmas and the best for the New Year to everybody!! Francisco
  40. 2 points
    Yes, I make furnitures. Wing chair is upholstered. Table top is made of beech wood.
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  42. 2 points
    Thank you all so much for your encouraging responses. Wanted to share another joker mask which was part of a commission.
  43. 2 points
    Incredible peak inside the workshop of artisan/craftsperson David Hurley click link to video: ... David Hurley Video
  44. 2 points
    Examples of a collection of miniature Ancient Egyptian pottery I made recently. Van T Potter.
  45. 2 points
    As promised here are a few photos of the chair I taught at the South African convention and will be teaching at Castine next year. I charted the petit point for the seat from the antique needlework on the original chair. One of my students made two chairs, here is a in progress photo of her chair's legs and the oval seat rails. And another student's finished chair, she has only been involved in the hobby for less than two years.
  46. 2 points
    Interesting video. I too am interested to hear how your springs go .... FWIW, Dritz glass head quilting pins are about 0.019" diameter. While they are probably more flexible than desired, they are more resilient than many other mandrel possibilities.
  47. 2 points
    They are 1" scale. I have a pair in 1/2" scale on the workbench right now. I'll loose too many details in 1/4" scale. The original can be found in the book "Queen Anne Furniture" by Norman Vandal. /Niels
  48. 2 points
    Personally... I seriously doubt you will have to "stress relieve" those springs.
  49. 2 points
    I wanted a safe but cheap fix for a safety switch on my Preac saw. I taught a class at Castine several years back where I used a couple of Preacs. The idea was too have a quick shut down of the motor. I used a regular rocker style light switch and mounted it into the front of the base box. I installed a wood plate over the switch which had a hole in it in line with the on part of the rocker switch. A little block would press down on the off side of the switch. The plate was hinged to the box and on the other end I threaded a bolt which moved inside a hole drilled in the base. I installed a spring over the bolt to hold the plate away from the switch. A nut on the bolt inside the box acts as a stop an as an adjustment in the movement of the plate. To use just turn the saw on by pushing the toggle through the hole in the plate. To stop just tap the plate.
  50. 2 points
    I am so excited, just got an email to say that I was chosen to a dealer at Miniature Masterworks. This will also be my first show as a dealer! I have lots of ideas but nothing made yet, so I better get to work. I have been cleaning and reorganizing my work room since I got home from the Cape two weeks ago...that feels good. Also came home with 12kg's of the most beautiful indigenous South African wood that will be made into miniatures for the show. I just want to say thank you to the organizers for giving me this opportunity to be part of this fantastic event.