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  1. 4 points
    I am venturing on a new project. Simmy from UK, former member of the late Scale Model Horse Drawn Vehicles forum, sent me a CD with tuns of photos of two different Chinese carts. He built one in 1/8th scale. I found them intriguing and decided to see if I can build one. I will be building in 1/12th. I thought that this would be an easy project, now I could build with my trembling hands. While I now have my doubts I am continuing on. I will post the build as I go.
  2. 4 points
    Finally got around to making a 1:8 scale chair for the roll top desk. Took me three attempts to get it right, going through each hole six times with beige thread. Cheers, Guy
  3. 3 points
    Thanks for the compliments Bill, I think trying to figure out how to do it is more fun than actually doing it much of the time. It took me several attempts just to figure pout the template for drill int the segment holes. Once I got the fixture set up drilling the holes was just taking the time to drill all 500 + holes. The biggest problem was keeping the holes aligned as the tiny drill wanted to wander when it hit hard grain. I solved much of this by starting the hole with a center drill first. I can only work about an hour or so each day so it took me much of a week to drill all the holes. Same to for turning own the nail heads. My lathe is set up for that and locked in position. so ever once in a while when I need something to do I set down at the lathe and turn nails. I'm about 1/3 of the way in finishing the nails.
  4. 3 points
    Developing the tires. On the original the tire is made up of six individual sections and nailed on to the wheel. to make it simpler for me I rolled and silver soldered the joint of a main tire. I then made each individual section which I some soldered and riveted in place. Each of the cleats were filled out to look rough. This is the point I am on th is project.
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    Searching for a new project, I found a pic online of this camper, so why not make one. It fits on the old stake-bed truck I made some time ago. Cheers, Guy
  6. 2 points
    I’m in the Detroit airport on a layover waiting for my flight to the Guild Show (first time attending) and thought I’d look at the forum. I too have been experimenting with crochet. Right now, I’ve worked down to #40 thread with a .6mm hook. I’ll get smaller soon. Elga, your work is so pretty.
  7. 2 points
    I worked on some more tonight, most notably the shepherd and some other things. But still more to go.
  8. 2 points
    Thank you Elga. I’ll post another picture now, but I’ll probably not have time to work on it more until this weekend.
  9. 2 points
    Hello! Thanks, Bill for trying to rally us! I, too, have been wondering where everybody is. I have been busy, just not posting. I currently have two “builds” in various stages, a room box that is a large walk-in closet and one part of a condo in New Orleans. I also have my wonderful step back cupboard from my class with Mark Murphy that needs finishing and 2 needlework pieces in process. Then there’s the Plantation bedroom and porch to finish, and ... My list could go on and on! I hope we hear from others, too! Martha
  10. 2 points
    I have decided I like oxen for the cart. I have done some research and made preliminary pattern drawings. As I go along I plan on adjusting the pose some.
  11. 2 points
    Hey! My name is Karen, and I am the sister of the late Marcia Backstrom. Marcia was a substantial talent in the miniature doll world with her original dolls still being displayed in private collections and museums around the world! Maybe some of you remember her work! Until I am more technically proficient as to be able to add pictures, you can google her name to see some of her fantastic character dolls. In the meantime, I would love to hear from those of you who knew my sister. Knowing Marcia, there are some funny stories out there!!
  12. 2 points
    I had problems locating nails that would work for the wheel sides. I had this antique 1/4 # box wire nails and decided to use them. I have to turn the diameter of the nails down and true them up; all 594 + of them. I set up a collet in my lathe and turned them.
  13. 2 points
    A template was made to mark the hole locations on each segment. A fixture had to be designed to drill the holes accurately. There are 33 holes per segment making a total 297 holes in each wheel. There is a difference in hole spacing between segments so each segment needed to be marked separately but all holes in each line had had to been the same circumference. Nail size and location test on reject blank
  14. 2 points
    Next came turning the hubs. I used An old Magnolia limb I had laying around under my work bench in the garage, for years. I drilled a couple sections and pressed in a long piece of brass tube to mount it in the lathe. I later turned the metal boxes from hex stock steel for the front of the hub (AKA nave in Europe). These will be drilled of the spokes later.
  15. 2 points
    Start on building the wheels. I no longer have a large enough lathe to turn the wheels so I had an adaptor plate made to mount on my rotary table of my Sherline mill. The wheels are made up of 9 segments. That = 40º triangles glued together . These were both mounted on the plate with double stick tape and cut to outside and inside diameters with a mill cutter.
  16. 2 points
    The support piece at the back of my Klein duplicator is made from white/natural colored UHMW plastic, it is not delrin. Not that it matters as they are both slippery plastics. But they do have other properties that are different.
  17. 2 points
    I used steel binding (banding) strap for making my templates. Can cut it with Jeweler saw or use abrasive disc in Dremel tool to shape.
  18. 2 points
    PetrikNZ, I know you are more interested in fully upholstered pieces, but I would like to offer one more detail to Elga’s webbing support in her fabulous chair. Even fully upholstered pieces have supports. I took a class from Elga at Guild School and created a wonderful chair at her instruction. I did manage to create a more narrow webbing strap by weaving the tape myself. I used a Greta loom and the technique learned at another Guild School class with Bonni Backe. It really is a most wonderful week! Martha in Louisiana
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    Picture of truck.
  20. 2 points
    Hi, Bill I show two photos, one by accident, on my computer. I'll attach another one and maybe the wheel will appear.
  21. 2 points
    Guild School 2019 still has openings in classes. Some are full, but there are lots of great classes available. Check out the Guild School pages on the website. http://igma.org/guild_school/index.html
  22. 2 points
    This is truly a delight to see a Miniature Hitty in the class of Tiny Dolls' Dolls. If you register for Guild School this could be one of your class selections!
  23. 1 point
    The class descriptions with photos are available on the Guild's Website... and Guild Members are reporting delivery of the 2020 class catalog are arriving in mailboxes!
  24. 1 point
    I am not a purist when it comes to having fun with the scale miniature world. I do have a fussy - historical, mischievous, evil twin on my left shoulder, but my angelic right shoulder self with a slightly tilted halo is generally in control of my miniature world. I have a collection of odd little hotwheel type die cast cars that tend to show up in my here and now miniature world, should I actually finish s-o-m-e-t-h-i-n-g in this decade. (Does the decade end in 2020 or begin in 2020? Good grief, I hope it ends in 2020, or I'm in trouble.) I attended Guild School Classes in 2014-2016 and Guild Study Program classes and is ANYTHING Finished??? The miniature world does not have to be perfectly scaled, especially when it comes to a painting. I've been to a lot of museums and there are some huge paintings in the art world. If you actually painted a miniature of Monet's waterlilies and put it on a table to offer it for sale at a true 1/12th scale, had I not seen it in real life in Pittsburgh, PA , I would have initially thought that miniature is waaayyyy too big... so it needs to fit in an appropriate miniature setting. Large paintings or small paintings, even when I read about the size of the painting in a book, I am always amazed when I see the original work of art, in person. Miniatures as Art resides in the soul of their creators. We, the collectors and We, the artists in the miniature universe have to be open to the Art within us... with painting miniatures, you really do have the best position, you can create at the size you wish and as long as it looks right to the artisan, you have met the criteria of the "Golden Rule", which is simply, its ok to do the math, but trust your own eyes!
  25. 1 point
    I’m posting a new one. I have put the water wheel in and did some other small detail; also worked on the foreground with a trail and the rolling hills and distant hills.
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  27. 1 point
    I am working on orders and need to start preparing for my classes that I am teaching at our South African Convention in September. And the crochet bug has bitten me, doing both miniature and full scale crochet at the moment. Tamra, I don't think I ever want to get caught up in a renovation again, hope yours goes smoothly.
  28. 1 point
    To mark off the spokes to even lengths and keep hub centered in the wheel, I turned a pin that fits snuggly into the hub. I center drilled the top so that the point of a compass can be placed in it to draw the spoke lengths.
  29. 1 point
    This afternoon I made a tenon cutting tool from brass tube. This cuts the tenon on the end of the spokes to fit in the holes in the hubs. I cut slots about a 1/16" down the tube then sawed off one corner to each slot to make a rudimentary saw teeth. You have to be aware of the direction the material turns and cut the teeth for that direction. I use the cutter in my tailstock chuck and the spoke mater inline my four jaw SS chuck. It makes pretty fast work. The spokes are not shaped at this time.
  30. 1 point
    Another step forward. Finally drilled the spoke holes in the hubs.
  31. 1 point
    Hi, There is a faucet similar to your photo made by Island Crafts. On web site : superior-dollhouse-miniatures.com , it is called faucet with handle, model # ISL 2708. Look under hardware,faucets. Also, ebay is a good source. I would also try Handley House as a source. Hope this helps a little. gail
  32. 1 point
    I realize you are turning your nails down on your lathe! This task of turning nails down to the correct sizer further illustrates and reinforces the concept that not finding the right hardware off the shelf, gives me the incentive to learn to make it myself.
  33. 1 point
    Some photos from the past of Chinese and Mongolian carts in use. Note they were pulled by a variety of animals. Note also sometimes the cab was covered with a fabric to break the cold.
  34. 1 point
    Amazing and wonderfully fun. I bet you are having a blast. So what is more fun for you, figuring out how to set it up and do it or actually doing it? Meaning drilling all those holes, turning all those nails? Great to see the excitement of a new project. Thanks for sharing.
  35. 1 point
    The original wheels had nails driven through the sides and riveted on back side. The guess is that the carts ran on rough, rock roads. the nail helped prevent damage.
  36. 1 point
    Starting with the frame.
  37. 1 point
    It looks like the house made by Cranford Miniatures in the very early 1900's. An example sold at a Noel barrett auction about 14 years ago for about $12,000.
  38. 1 point
    The delrin piece that supports the cutter arm can be adjusted up/down. I don't think you'll have to replace anything. I am also not using an original-equipment cutter - plus I have it installed with the cutting point rotated ever so slightly off of vertical (I can see it but I'm reluctant to change it because I've made some parts and I want the others to match). Either of those things could easily account for my issue, which is somewhere on the order of about 0.012" (best guess). I guess what I'm pointing out is that each time you take out your cutter to sharpen it, or change cutters the height could change ever so slightly so adjusting the delrin is more practical than changing things out for a permanent set-up. I'm just setting a thin brass shim atop the delrin and that's working fine. I'm not motivated to tear it apart and diddle with the height right now in the middle of my run of spindles. EDIT: After re-reading Karin's post, I now realize that she's talking about matching the height on a macro level and I was talking about the micro-fine adjustments. I recommend 0.015" thick brass for the template. I have a bunch of blanks that I got from either Tom Walden or Pete Boorum and they are all about 0.015" (OK, maybe some are 0.016"). I think those will last forever. If they were thicker, it would be harder to cut them with the jeweler's saw. I have some unrelated 0.010" thick brass and it is *way* too flimsy to use for the template.
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  40. 1 point
    Weekend, To answer your question, Very close to the T/M Museum, including being patrons of the museum in an attempt to support the art form. Funny you bring up Mr. Robertson (Bill), because I was incredibly fortunate to have the chance to sit in front of Twin Manor with him and pick his brain on translating full size fine woodworking to 1/12 scale. As I mention in my intro, creating ways (i.e. holding, cutting, and repeatable process jigs along with the tooling) to make to the translation at the very highest level possible is what draws me to miniatures. For instance, the dentil molding jig is more or less a simple 1/12 version of tooling I've used to make the real thing. I'm a frugal spender so often times my invention is born from need and an enormous lack of patience. One final point I'll share about the last two years moving into Miniatures. The entire community is one of the most welcoming group (from newbie to world famous Master) of soles I've run across in my travels and I'm thankful to share my journey with you all... I hope it's OK to share few more photo's Teak and Brass turning experiments Scale router bit making set up Rail, Style and Grill tooling experiments
  41. 1 point
    Welcome to the forum! Your structure progress is quite beautiful. I'm guessing, but you must be close to the Kansas City Toy & Miniature Museum? It would be wonderful to be able to go to the museum frequently - I could sit in front of Mr. Robertson's 'Twin Manors' for hours and be quite happy, trying to absorb all the details. Your daughter is going to have a wonderful treasure! I love the dentil moulding. I have not made any dentils on the table saw yet; I have only made them in a pin routing class. Your results look great. We have a painter who has joined the forum, from your area too... Ben, from Kansas City... Someday I will get back to the KC Toy & Miniature Museum - hopefully for the next Masterworks event, so I hope we can meet in person.
  42. 1 point
    It is interesting request for online classes. Having just the experience of preparing to teach for my miniature club in the past, it takes up a lot of time to teach, and I can only imagine how much prep I would need to do online classes. I think for our Artisans who create miniatures on a full-time basis, would need their time to produce and sell, but they might consider online classes if folks were to pay and subscribe. So each of us have to ask ourselves how much would you be willing to pay? If any artisans are interested in the ability to chat over a phone line and share a monitor, I have this software in my office for our phone system, so I could give you a demonstration on this one, so you can see how it works, my work load is lighter in the summer months, so I can schedule this kind of demo in Jun, Jul, Aug. Having used this kind of software electronically for the past year, it can be challenging for the person at the other end, who does not know how to install files, or does not even know where the files have been installed on their computers... so what sounds like it is easy; is still work from a person where the are self-employed as full-time miniaturists. (I am not employed as a miniaturist - I am pretty sure you have to finish them to sell them.) I'm glad you found Ron's facebook page; I suspect that all small business may find it challenging to produce inventory, ship, attend shows, and stay current with social media a challenge, and I think Ron is his only employee unless one of children is assisting to learn the trade. Time vs. income might be the number one reason our artisans don't maintain incredible websites in addition to producing miniatures that captivate us! I'm just happy when I get to to to shows and my favorite artisans have inventory to sell to me! Finding that perfect hardware for a door can produce my own - I want to finish this project sense of urgency! Ron is a 2nd generation miniaturist! Mr. Hudson has some incredible information here on the fine miniatures forum, and there have been 100s of books published for making miniatures in additions to thousands and thousands of magazine articles, depending on the subject matter you want to learn. Mr. Robertson also has some incredible posts on the forum here that illustrate how he makes things, and if you watch his KC Ted Talk, it is another glimpse into the Artist and his processes. If you want to make furniture, I think The Scale Cabinetmaker Magazines and booklets are the Best! The magazines and booklets are available online as pdfs, and you can purchase them on eBay. I bet there are some YouTube Videos for turning small items on line; but I have never looked for them; I have looked at other subjects, but strangely when it comes to turning, I usually go back to a book when I'm at home and left to my own devices for learning. There are several foundational classes on wood turning in books. And you can still attend classes in your own community for full size items; you just need to always be thinking about how to miniaturize to the scale desired. I attended Marc Adams school of woodworking last year, to learn about Stereotomy. I needed to understand how to apply a drawing on paper and transfer it to wood - If you want to Casting Hardware, then I would look at the jewelry community for classes and/or books and webinars.
  43. 1 point
    I love the Guild School experience; if you want to learn from some of the finest instructors in 2019, the classes that are full are noted on the website now. Students who pre-registered, should begin receiving notification of their classes! It is a wonderful week, where you are only concentrating on making minis and being with people who also enjoy mini-merry-making events! This is your opportunity to learn from a Master Miniaturists and learn and perfect a new skill!
  44. 1 point
    Unless you have spent time working in the precision manufacturing industry you are unlikely to understand what is going on with those sellers of drill bits and the difference in pricing for what appears to be the same thing.There is a difference between the high quality drill bits used for high precision machining in industry and the drill bits used for other tasks that don't require that type of precision. Those lower priced drill bits you see sold on some websites are often the "seconds" quality that were rejected for use in precision machining because they were out of spec for the required tolerance of size. That does not mean they are not good enough for most miniature making work but it does mean they are not good enough for creating things such as precise circuit boards, medical, scientific and other precision engineered products. Those rejects are your bargain treasures. It is great that they are not going to waste and that it gives you affordable tools for your work. But do not mistake one website as selling the same thing as being overpriced compared to another unless you know for sure that they are both selling items that meet the exact same tolerance standard of required precision. If you want to find those color coded drills just do a web search for "carbide circuit board drills' The color coding is to help speed up the identification and also reduce errors in choosing the size of drill.
  45. 1 point
    Hi, On Amazon, a good resource is Weathering for Railway Modellers: Volume 2 - Buildings, Scenery and the Lineside by Dent, George.
  46. 1 point
    Each different size has a different colour collar, must be so the 'natives who have just come down from the trees', can identify different sizes, eh. ? If you don't want the coloured collars on them, well a pair of side-cutters comes in real handy about now. ?
  47. 1 point
    Did our Canadian Miniaturists find Mr. Robertson on live TV when you were channel surfing? I'm so impressed! He teaches, makes exquisite miniatures and can manage public speaking engagements. Mr. Robertson was a participant at the 19th Idea City Conference, in Toronto, Canada. I am looking forward to the next Miniature Masterpiece!
  48. 1 point
    An article on the show with photos of all the winning entries as well as some others. http://igma.org/miniature_masterworks.html
  49. 1 point
    This one reproduce gresite tiles. Small pieces of 2x2 cms, here 1,65x1,65 mm, mounted (the original ones) in a fiber mesh of 30x30 cms that let you cover round surfaces such as columns, swimming-pools.. also used in bathrooms and kitchens. Again a modern sink and lamps. in this one, I reproduce a brickwork wall, painted in white. These kind of walls are quite common in restoration of old buildings of the beginning of XX century or ancient factories converted into flats or lofts. where they want to highlight the manufacturing aspect of these constructions. For this panel the sinks and their accessories try to reflect this idea of a locker room. Finally this one is covered with porcelanato, a kind of stoneware. Elegant and clean for a hotel or luxury resturant with a sink made in mahogany and white porcelain. different stools and tiles examples complete this scene
  50. 1 point
    Well, 46 days later and after about 80 hours of work I am almost done with this piece, I photographed the petitpoint together with the 1/12 scale print of the original photo. I am now planning on outlining the shapes that needs it with a thinner cream thread using back stitch as well as adding the red detail on the lion, the petitpoint will go on the Queen Anne table that I showed you last week, here is the link to the original table, I found this table about four years ago, I think this is one of the most beautiful Queen Anne tables that I have ever seen...especially with that needlework top! And I like the lion's story too :-) http://www.solomonbly.com/index.pl?isa=Metadot::SystemApp::AntiqueSearch;op=detail;id=96648;image_id=210811; And here is the story of the lion, it comes from Aesop's fables.
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