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I hope that other miniaturists will post about their continuing education experiences in metalworking, at local colleges, makerspaces, museums and privately organized guilds in this forum topic. >Jan, I wish you would start a new forum topic about your experiences with local jewelry classes, when you have time. I think it would be an excellent topic. It has been on my list to find people locally since 2015... so I'm hoping to learn how other miniaturists found these sources. While our local county has a population greater then 250,000 people, the local South Bend Museum of Art (where I participated in a weaving class) doesn't really inspire me much... I have considered rejoining the museum as a member and take a jewelry class, but I think the life size stuff would be a distraction and I don't need anymore distractions from the miniature world. I am hoping to learn about other miniaturists who made that connection. I am figuratively chained to my desk 5 days a week, so perhaps that is part of my problem, but I must work while I am able to work!
Micromark has sent me an email for their drawplate. When doweling furniture or you need a specific size dowel, has anyone found a drawplate to be useful? I think one of my mini club members mentioned purchasing a draw plate, but didn't find it easy to use. I am absolutely opposed to mini kits with glued-together, no joinery methods of assembly. Has anyone used this product? Is it designed for metal and not useful for wood? I bought the smallest dowel rods that I could find, to dowel my furniture legs, but it would be nice to have the ability to make my own. www.micromark.com Item #50330 $29.95 on sale via email offer for $20.00 It says Jeweler's draw plate, so that makes me think it is for wire, and not wood... so if this one doesn't work for wood, does anyone have a source for a micro draw plate made for wood? (I searched the forum for drawplate and draw plate, and didn't find any search results so I hope this isn't a duplicate post. Mods, If it is a duplicate post, please feel free to move the post.) Thanks - Tamra