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  2. WeekendMiniaturist

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  4. Bill Hudson

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  6. WeekendMiniaturist

    1:6 Sighting of the Studley Tool Chest Poster?

    I'm feeling a little GWE...😎 Barbie even got an interview with Nancy Hiller at Lost Art Press... scroll down to the photo of Barbie with the caption as follows... https://blog.lostartpress.com/?s=barbie (I removed the picture, don't want LAP after me and I can't buy books.) "Proper stance and not a hair out of place" Is this a Bill Robertson plane? Those little curls look pretty authentic. I guess I could have cut some of my planing curls with scissors though. I just want to know how they made Barbie move in the videos.
  7. Instagram --> Search Barbiewoodshop... Need a little fun in your life? Did you love Barbie and Ken as a child? I love minis... check out this father/daughter dream team of 2020! We need to convert both of these two influencers to 1:12th scale!
  8. Bill Hudson

    Acquisto Silver

    Now that is how an artists work bench should look. It is a good sign of a fine artist.
  9. WeekendMiniaturist

    Acquisto Silver

    P.S. Watching Pete create the drawing was also very helpful and understanding how he translates that photo to a drawing to make a miniature was very informative.
  10. WeekendMiniaturist

    Acquisto Silver

    https://acquistosilver.com/ I was recently gifted what I believe was a souvenir piece of Acquisto Silver from a NAME Houseparty. I went to Pete's website to see if could discover any history, and found an incredible YouTube Video! It is a little more than 21 minutes; but time well spent - and I dreamt about investment casting last night. https://acquistosilver.com/video/ I always enjoy watching someone use a lathe to create a miniature ... in this case it is a lid, and then the final details are created by hand. I will always treasure my Acquisto Silver! E
  11. WeekendMiniaturist

    Flexcut Carving tools

    Thanks for the book recommendation; I think I have volume 1? I got stuck in the metallurgy chapters and haven't finished reading. When we got to the atomic level, I tuned out and felt my eyes glazing over in confusion. My lathe chisels (my used Micro Sorby pen turning set) really do need sharpening, but I'm scared - and the reason I haven't done much turning this year, as I'm tearing wood when I use these tools. Yep, I definitely need a sharpening mentor, and this past summer I was considering joining the local American Wood Turners group and going to the meetings to get help and then d
  12. Bill Hudson

    Flexcut Carving tools

    I rarely use bench grinders or any other type of grinder to sharpen or re purpose my knife blades. Knife blades are not made of hardened steel and can be shaped with a good file. I stay away from stainless steel blades. Good old carbon steel blades are best fort me. A couple of good books on sharpening and care of wood carving tools. Woodcarving Tools, Materials & Equipment Volumes 1 & 2 by Chris Pye. First volume goes deeply into care and sharpening of wood carving tools (gouges etc.). Volume 2 is a variety of related chapters from modifying carving tools including hardenin
  13. WeekendMiniaturist

    Flexcut Carving tools

    It seems that your experiences with metal serve you well, while I could change the profile of a blade with our bench grinder and could sharpen it with the various sharpening tools that I have acquired the sharpening and re-hardening of tools remains a puzzle for me and hopefully a future good experience. The perfect handle for control will likely be a lifetime endeavor for my journey. I really wish for a class on sharpening and creating tool bit profiles, and properties of steel as there are so many alloys and without knowing the specific alloy, how do you know what temperature to bring to?
  14. Bill Hudson

    Flexcut Carving tools

    I don't quite see it that way Tamra. It would be nice to have all custom fitted tools or hav very good quality tools but that is out of my pocket book. I have learned to work with any tool that does the job I need it to do. I adapt to the tool or make my own tool. Notice the altered blade on my Case knife It acts like a #11 blade but much stronger. Great for fine detail like horse eyes or ears. My first tools as a young boy were my pocket knife, and a boy's carpenter kit I got for my 10th birthday. It had a coping saw, small hand saw, an egg beater hand drill and a little hammer and a sq
  15. WeekendMiniaturist

    Jorgensen *Miniature* Clamps

    I purchased the Left hand taps & dies and they were delivered today. So I'm looking for any recommendations from the FMF on metals to purchase for my barrel nuts and long screws. I know I will make them in 1/12th scale, but will probably make some larger ones later for use in assembling miniature projects. Tamra
  16. WeekendMiniaturist

    Flexcut Carving tools

    It is good to see another option and tools with a family connection are even more valuable. A part of my head and hands know when the tool fits your hand, you know that you can control it; it is the right tool for you. Tamra
  17. WeekendMiniaturist

    Copper Field Kettle Kit

    Were the kettle seems soldered? What kind of metal did you use? I'm most interested in type of solder used too.
  18. Bill Hudson

    Flexcut Carving tools

    My old Case knife was my favorite for many years. It is kind of worse for wear because my father used it when working in the shingle mill to pick out cedar slivers from his leg and arms.
  19. WeekendMiniaturist

    Flexcut Carving tools

    From karincorbin, <Dockyard cutters are not great steel, the handles are too small around and the radius gouges are all a full half circle in shape.> I guess I don't understand, what a full half circle in shape means. Besides the handles, if the tool's shape fits the size of the item you want to carve, why wouldn't I try to use my dockyard tools? I'm of the opinion, if a tool is sharp and it cuts and is the right size for what I'm carving, I would use it, irregardless of the brand. I just bought a set of 12 pfiels carving chisels at in person auction for a wonderful pr
  20. karincorbin

    Flexcut Carving tools

    My favorite carving tools for making miniatures are made in England by Ashley Iles. They are palm grip block cutters so very easy to control. They come in a wide variety of shapes. The Ashley Iles are available in shallow as well as deep profiles. Plus of course all the other types of carving gouge shapes. You can get them in the USA from a company in Brooklyn New York. https://toolsforworkingwood.com/store/dept/TXQP Dockyard cutters are not great steel, the handles are too small around and the radius gouges are all a full half circle in shape. You really want to have gouges that like
  21. Bill Hudson

    Copper Field Kettle Kit

    From paper to copper.
  22. Bill Hudson

    Copper Field Kettle Kit

    I have started on a new project. It is a Georgian campaign copper field kettle kit. The kit is a large water kettle which contains, stored inside during transport, a small tea kettle, a chocolate pot and a braziers to heat the two. It also contains a small flask and two other containers for tea and possibly chocolate. There is a wooden handle that fits both the chocolate pot and the teapot. Alllare made from copper with possibly brass trimmings. Today I developed the forming plug and made a paper mockup kettle to test the patterns.
  23. WeekendMiniaturist

    Jorgensen *Miniature* Clamps

    I looked at JI Morris and the website is not cooperative... as the descriptions require you click on each item to READ as they used a very light gray, almost white font, so I lack patience to establish if they have left hand thread taps & dies... I am assuming everyone else that has in imported Left Hand Tap & Die will be made in China or Taiwan... although I think MSC does allow you to click made in the USA in your search parameters. I'm not going into production; so hopefully I will be able to make a decision as soon as I decided on metal for the long screws & barrel screw i
  24. WeekendMiniaturist

    Jorgensen *Miniature* Clamps

    <Light Bulb!> So the seed was planted here in the FMF... I don't know what sizes I am going to make in 1/12th scale, This price about 40-50% less than MSCDirect... (where I can pickup) - and what I am contemplating at the present time for ordering. I think these sizes will correspond to the Morris Set; I think I remember the Morris Set did not have a 0-90 Tap & Die, so these are the smallest LH Taps and Dies available from www.victornet.com
  25. WeekendMiniaturist

    Jorgensen *Miniature* Clamps

    Prior to the shutdown and the nationwide travel ban, I made a little trip into Chicago to purchase a gently used small glass kiln, so in theory, I can temper metals from 1650 degrees farenheit max temperature.
  26. WeekendMiniaturist

    Jorgensen *Miniature* Clamps

    Being beyond stir crazy, I attended an auction with Dear Husband on Saturday and bought 4 Wood Hand screws for woodworking projects... but wouldn't these be fun to make as miniature? DH had some knock - off kits and he gave me a kit to examine today. (For the most part I kept my distance from everyone and was the runner of his stuff back to the vehicle; I'm sure I surpassed my 10,000 steps for the day!) The Long Screws have left and right threads... The left and right threads allow for different or irregular thickness and odd shapes to be clamped. I have 0-80 RH taps and dies i
  27. Bill Hudson

    Chinese Cart

    It is a field Kettle set. What you call a box is a large water kettle. Stored inside the kettle are accessories for making tea and hot chocolate. At this point in time I don't know much more about it. I am just starting to gather information to start developing it. Then I will develop drawings and patterns before even thinking of cutting metal. Once I reach point of sharing I will start a new thread just for it.
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