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  2. WeekendMiniaturist

    2021 GUILD SHOW in Hartford, CT (USA)

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    I'm going with the word optimism for today! Are you feeling the lack of miniature show blues? While the online shows were fun, and those who able to participate in online classes are grateful... there is nothing like going to the Guild Show. I have been lucky to attend twice, and really recommend the show. The demonstrations are great way to ask an experienced artisan questions and there are yummy, (non-fattening?) desserts too... If you need something special for your collection - this is the show to attend! More tempting details to follow - including vendor list, and hop
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    Imagine the world's citizens are vaccinated and we can travel again! I double counted... there are 24 incredibly fun classes that have space available for 2021! It isn't too late to register for Guild School 2021... https://www.igma.org/guild_school/2021/class-information.html If you have questions about Guild School experience please ask... if we can't answer from the forum, I'm sure I can put you in touch with MiniRedLeader, IGMA's School Director, Barbara Davis. Miniature *M*A*G*I* C * happens at Guild School! Make 2021 the year for
  4. WeekendMiniaturist

    2021 Chicago International Miniature Show & Workshops

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    Message received in email, 01/14/2021: We are so very sorry to announce that the virus continues to prevent us from conducting our April, Chicago International show. It has become necessary for us to once again reschedule the show. Our new dates are July 16, 17, 18, 2021 with workshops starting on Monday, July 12th. All workshop fees, and preview tickets will automatically be transferred over to the July show. If you already have a preview ticket and/or have registered for a workshop we will need each of you to reconfirm with us that you will indeed be attending the July show. Y
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  6. WeekendMiniaturist

    Greetings...

    I hope Miniaturists around the world Test Negative and can work or play with their miniatures! Happy 2021!
  7. Bill Hudson

    Greetings...

    HAPPY NEW YEAR,
  8. WeekendMiniaturist

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    Yes, there are three of us reading the forum! Meezer Mama, no, I put a headshape at the top of it for a hat... but have great disc sander and can easily get rid of the sphere. It isn't like I don't have two rulers and a pair of calipers on my table with my lathe... just turning with no concept of height for some unknown reason. I think I was mesmerized by the luck of this beautiful wood grain. I was imagining a vase, then the elements from WRR's Needlework stand and just free hand turning without a care in the world... then SCREECH, this is too tall for 1/12th scale. It is just
  9. Bill Hudson

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    Picture of stand please. I am having problems visualizing it.
  10. MeezerMama

    Testing

    Perhaps your too-tall hat stand can be made into a pedestal for a small table?
  11. WeekendMiniaturist

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    Please prove me wrong. Is the forum broke and no one can post to the FMF?
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    Today, instead of working at work, as I should have been... I snuck into the workshop with dear husband and turned a way too tall hat stand from a lovely piece of honduran rosewood that was meant to be a pen blank. I usually warm up with turning by turning two hat stands from a pen blank handpicked from the inventory of my local privately owned hardwoods store... and have collected bunches of blanks of exotic wood. I experienced some obsessive - ness with my mini chair build and just have a couple more chairs to complete, but finding I lack the energy to finally finish and to finish; I suspe
  13. WeekendMiniaturist

    Chinese Cart

    The Chinese kart was a wonderful project to watch unfold; I don't know why the forum is so quiet. But I check in to see what is happening in the miniature world!
  14. Bill Hudson

    Chinese Cart

    I will probably go back to making wagons. I have pictures of a little grocery delivery wagon. I found it at an antique fair several years ago. I am in the process of drawing it up now. I am really reluctant to post the progress here as no one seems to be reading this forum. If they are then they are not responding. I put a lot of mu time and energy posting photos of the progress of my projects but I feel I am talking to myself.
  15. Bill Hudson

    Chinese Cart

    I could not get this project of the ground. The tiny details are too much for my nearly dead fingers. Perhaps some day I will make it in a larger scale. I really like this kettle kit.
  16. Bill Hudson

    1910 Popcorn Wagon

    Sad to say. I have put this project on permanent hold. Due to neuropathy in my fingers I am finding it very hard to do the very small stuff.
  17. Bill Hudson

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    If you are reading this please respond with comment.
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    Did you miss the Fine Miniatures Forum?

    If you recently experienced a “Not Secure” notification when visiting the Fine Miniatures Forum, we are pleased to have the issues resolved. Google is requiring all websites to have something called an “SSL Certificate” or they will be flagged. SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and integral. We have updated the forum to include this protection so you should feel safe when visiting and posting at the site.
  19. Bill Hudson

    Good wishes

    HAPPY THANKS GIVING DAY TO ALL….
  20. 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.
  21. 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!
  22. Bill Hudson

    Acquisto Silver

    Now that is how an artists work bench should look. It is a good sign of a fine artist.
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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?
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