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  1. I guess I like to make things look old and tired (like me). This truck was scratch-built from plans found on the internet. Most of the truck body is fabricated from basswood. The wheels,radiator surround, bumpers, were formed in brass and then nickle plated. Headlights and taillight were spun from pewter. The tires are made from a wooden master and then cast in an RTV mold of flexible urethane. The lug bolts are 0-80 hex head brass machine screws and nuts. The scale is 1:10. The truck photos have been posted on another forum, so you may have seen these already. Sorry. Cheers, Guy
    9 points
  2. Architects’ Office circa 1900 When Wm. R. Robertson built his Architects’ Classroom for the Toy & Miniature Museum in the 1990's, he created this smaller version for himself. The Architects’ Classroom has become an iconic miniature, having been featured on covers of magazines around the world. This piece, created by the artist to enjoy in his home, effectively evokes the same spirit by including a selection of choice items and details. The artist has lent it out for temporary exhibitions at the Musée de la Civilisation, Quebec, Canada and the Staatliche Kunst-gewerbemuseum, Dresden, G
    9 points
  3. From the album: Metalwork

    This is one of Bill Hudson's Baby carriages from the late 1980's, fully sprung, folding leather top, etc

    © Wm. R. Robertson photo

    9 points
  4. I haven't done much sculpting with polymer clay. Partly because I hate how soft it is. I am very glad to hear that there is a new clay coming out soon with much better working qualities. These are two resent pieces I made in 1: 12 scale. The goose is flocked with pure silk embroidery floss I cut into dust. The feathers are white turkey. The rabbits coat is Alpaca.
    8 points
  5. My friend and fellow poster on the forum, Althea, had a project in mind that required some lathe work. She is a knitter, not one that normally uses machine tools or works to tolerances of a thousandth of inch. But like many skilled artists she took to this like a duck to water...... She wanted to do sort of face plate type turning so I set her up with a lathe I made based on a classic Japanese design with the spindle facing the operator. I used a Taig headstock and a jewelers 6 jaw bezel chuck.... It is a sweet little lathe for this kind of work..... And to start off, I feel you have to get a
    8 points
  6. Found these in an envelope in some of my mom's keep sakes. We moved to Oregon in 1945 and lived about fifteen miles from town up in the woods. I was about 14 then. We did not have much money for frills and I needed to keep my hands busy so I tore an old radio coil apart and made these little swords from bobby pins and the wire. Kind of crude but I sold them at school and church to the girls to pin in their sweaters. They used to have copper foil shields hanging from the chain but they are gone. I got 25 cents apiece. Might have made a couple of dollars in total (was a lot of money then). I
    8 points
  7. I mistakenly posted photos of this house on the introduction forum, now deleted. It is an ancient German house built from plans from an 1876 German magazine. There is no scale called out but guessing at the height of doors it is about 1:20. I don't know if this was modeled after an actual house or just a collection of architectural cliches. Cheers, Gadois
    8 points
  8. From the album: Furniture 2

    © Wm. R. Robertson photo

    8 points
  9. From the album: Structures & Rooms

    Moderators note….. I think is one of the most realistically lit miniature photographs I have ever seen.
    8 points
  10. Forming the spout.
Cut you spout out using a pattern and lay the flat spout along the mold. Press the mandrel down into the metal, forming it to the mold. Bend the rest of the spout over the mandrel and tap it down on the mandrel forming the joint. Remove the spout and coat it with flux and tin the whole thing. Wiring.
To strengthen and finish off tin ware the edges are wired. That is you will see that the top edge of a bucket is rounded off. This is done by wrapping the edge around a wire. That is nearly impossible in miniature. I use wire, just plain brass beading wire. I tin the wire, wrap
    8 points
  11. From the album: Accessory & Other Objects

    This 2" long chest is fully jointed with dovetailed drawers, working lock and trade label printed on period paper. The tools are all functional, the rule folds, the saw has 160 teeth to the inch, the dividers and calipers have friction hinges. This took nearly 1000 hours to make in the late 1990's.
    8 points
  12. I haven't posted much lately because I have been busy working in the shop. One of the pieces I have recently finished was a copy of a 17th c. Dutch Strong Box. One way to describe this might be 2 1/4" of insanity. I'll show a few photos of the finished box and then some process shots in the shop. Wouldn't this make a great tool chest? The box has a Bolivian rosewood interior with drawers and secret compartments, the outside is veneered in burl with a pattern similar to oystering with cross banding. About 80% of the exterior is then covered by 13 fancy brasses and edges. The stand was carv
    7 points
  13. December in South Africa is also the time when many companies and businesses close down for the summer holidays, with hubby off from work for two weeks and my youngest daughter visiting for ten days...I decided to not work on any orders. In between all the holiday things we did I spend most of my spare time building the bedroom for my Cape Dutch house, I also started with the interior over the last few days. Here you can see the back wall with it's paneling in place, the doorway leads to the entrance hall. The furniture are just there to show you the size of the room, I will only install the
    7 points
  14. Some work just completed. Had some fun times and some frustrating times with these!!
    7 points
  15. The Mini Time Machine Museum in Tucson is planning an exhibit of IGMA Artisans and Fellows of the Southwest. Here is one of the submissions I sent in yesterday. Sue from Mesa
    7 points
  16. This really should be titled how not to make something almost completely by hand........ I did 32 pairs of these........ they are 1930's vintage roller skates in 1/12th scale....... made of nickel silver, brass, steel and leather........ all the parts were cut out with a jeweler's saw........ some of the spec. for the project are there are over 4600 little holes.... 512 of them at .0125" (without breaking a single bit I might add.... that was the best part!!!!)...... 8 holes on the back of each wheel (made a fixture that did each wheel in 35 to 40 seconds including loading the part, remember t
    7 points
  17. I came across this very interesting pembroke table that does double duty as both a writing and dressing table, unfortunately they didn't have any close ups of the drawer insides. I think this would be both a fun and challenging piece to make in miniature.
    7 points
  18. From the album: Furniture 2

    Made of steamed pear wood. Marquetry with several types of veneer. Pillow is petit point on 72 count silk gauze.
    7 points
  19. From the album: Needlepoint

    Annelle taught this beautiful piece at Guild School in 2012. The frame was made by Dick Hardy and the brass candle sconces by Wm R Robertson.

    © Annelle Ferguson

    7 points
  20. From the album: Metalwork

    © Wm. R. Robertson photo

    7 points
  21. One of the most famous tool chests in the world is the Studley Tool Chest that is if a tool chest can be famous? When this first showed up on the back cover of Fine Woodworking magazine my phone rang off the hook all day with friends asking if I had seen it. As time passed I started a file on it that includes a lot of unpublished material. I even had the chance to help unpack it when it arrived at the Smithsonian. In thinking about this over the years 1/12 th scale is simply too small to get the full WOW factor out of this. In places there are 3 levels deep full of tools on each side. I unders
    6 points
  22. Hello here are some of my furniture pieces. Thank you for your time Mario
    6 points
  23. Assembly, notice details like the 12 lobbed screw heads and hundreds of brass nails, they are .012" Even though almost no one will see this, the back is done too with all the detail of the original.
    6 points
  24. Furniture pieces like this one was the biggest reason for my desire to take brass turning classes, you simply can not buy hardware like this. I used South African black stinkwood and South African yellowwood to make this little piece, it is destined for my Cape Dutch house and these two woods were the ones mostly used for making fine furniture in the Cape in the 17th and 18th centuries. It was quite a challenging piece to build as I wanted my wood as thin as possible so as not to look out of scale. All the brass knobs are threaded and just screws into the wood. I plan on building a chest of
    6 points
  25. Today I needed to cut rabbets on some drawer pieces and thought I would show you how to do that. My wood is 1mm thick and I wanted to cut rabbets 1mm in from the edge of the wood and 0.5mm deep. To make life easier since I often cut rabbets this size I made a little jig as I actually use a 2mm end mill for this. In the photo you will also see a drawer piece with the rabbet already cut, the base of the drawer will fit into the rabbets. The sides of the drawer is fitting into the back of the drawer so I also cut rabbets on the sides of the drawer back pieces. And in the last photo you can mor
    6 points
  26. I am presently stitching a medieval tapestry ( it is a commission) but as soon as it is finished, I have a great project where what I learnt with Ann High at school will be very useful. It is a German timber house that I already made a few years ago but the next one will be an exact copy of the real one in Idstein (Germany ). I did the first one just from a picture on a calendar. For the next one, I have planned a trip to the beautiful town where it is located and I will take measurements, probably get inside and study it closer. And this is in two weeks time.
    6 points
  27. This is a little fairer shop I made many years ago. The fairer shop led to a series of vignettes of farm blacksmith shops. Most all had a lighted forge and some also had a red hot (lighted) horseshoe on the anvil. These were really fun to make.
    6 points
  28. I finished the little raccoon. I had posted in the challenge thread a picture of my work table while working on him and I said I'd post him finished here in this thread. He is hand carved, painted then the fur is painstakingly applied.
    6 points
  29. Well done, Catherine. I saw a finished one by a French friend on the train taking us to Holland two or three weeks ago, different colors but beautiful. Here is the tapestry but don't put the picture any where else on the web, I want it to be a surprise for my client ( I don't think he comes on this forum)
    6 points
  30. Elga asked for a picture of the very large blue and gold carpet that I had in my roombox. It took me awhile to find a picture and actually this one is from before it was stitched finished on the edge. This is a chart by Joseph Boria and its biggest claim to fame is that it is huge. It measures 11 by 14 inches when stitched on 40 ct silk gauze - that is 246,400 stitches. It took me 14 months to complete. I was a novice at the time and I guess I had no idea what I was getting into having only stitched a handful of things prior to this. That was probably good as otherwise I never would have
    6 points
  31. I joined up with Elga in Copenhagen after Tune....... We have been on a non stop whirlwind tour of this city from its main sights to back allies, all by bicycle! I sure we'll have more pictures when we get them downloaded. But now for a small world story..... Last night we were sitting out on the street at a little restaurant on sort of a back street..... And here you do sit out in the street. Anyway a constant stream of people walk by as you sit enjoying perfect weather, food and company. I look up and see a woman walking by alone and think, wow she really does look like someone I have talked
    6 points
  32. This little summer house can turn 360 degrees, Josje and I thought it was probably intended for invalids with tuberculosis etc, this way you could get as much sun on you as you wanted/needed! I found the roof construction of this farm house very interesting as it looks exactly like the roof construction of the Cape Dutch houses. Josje spotted my surname on a grave stone that forms part of the church floor in the museum :-)
    6 points
  33. Guild School starts June 7-13. Hard to believe, but we just had 3 new students sign-up this week. It's never too late! There are still great classes open. Check it out! www.igma.org
    6 points
  34. From the album: Furniture upholstered with needlepoint

    I think Annelle's petit point really compliments the William and Mary cabinet made by Bob Hurd so well.

    © Annelle Ferguson

    6 points
  35. Hello to everybody, I have open this new topic in order to talk about the importance of light in our miniature houses and structures. I'm not going to talk about sophisticated setups which try to reproduce optical illusions in our scenes. This is quite common in dioramas and the techniques that we use are closer to theatrical scenery rather than architecture. What I want to show you is how we can change a room only playing with light as if it was a real one, that is, with natural light that goes through a window and artifical light of our lamps. I use modern lights. the modern light's desi
    5 points
  36. 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 mas
    5 points
  37. These are the compartments for papers, note the tiny sliding latch. Here are screws driven by a crank that mount the chest to the base or the floor when traveling. Even the blackwood crank handle turns of a screwed in steel stud. I think the thread is about 0.5 mm. Rolling the hinge pins. The parts so far.
    5 points
  38. After my friend Janne from Norway saw the tilt and turn table that I finished earlier this year http://www.fineminiaturesforum.com/index.php?/topic/627-tilt-and-turn-18th-century-table/ she asked me to come and teach it in Norway for a group of miniaturists from Stavanger. Well of course their tables will need latches too. Having just recently received the indexing tool that Bill Robertson made for his 2015 class at Castine I decided to see if I could use the tool to make the round table latches typical of the era. Here is the antique latch that inspired my miniature latch. After I had turned
    5 points
  39. The new metal former works well and is repeatable. I have made eight bodies today and all are very close in measurements. These have not been cleaned up yet.
    5 points
  40. The Vyne Floor- history, technic and miniature tile floor The original tiles on the floor of the chapel ‘The Vyne` in Hampshire, England, probably were made 1520 in Antwerp (Belgium). The floor is a typical example for a floor design of that time. By using the Maiolica technic, portraits and animals as well as Persian pelmets and other floral designs were painted on hexagonal and square tiles. They are very close in design to those laying on the Vaselli Chapel in Italy. Hence it is not surprising that Andries, a potter who probably made the tiles learned the Maiolica technic in Venice
    5 points
  41. Realistic brown tabby cat, hand carved then furred. Has carved toes and paw pads. Very lifelike eyes. 1:12 scale
    5 points
  42. For some reason I always seem to be working on more than one piece at a time, here are some pieces I am busy with at the moment. A Federal dining room set consisting of two tables and four chairs, the tables are just about done, basically just need to make the hinges for the drop leaves and put the finish on, the shield back chairs still need quite a bit of work. And a Queen Anne table, the drawer has cockbeading, the top which corners still need to be rounded and milled out so that the hardwood edge is only 1mm wide will receive a needlepointed insert.
    5 points
  43. Well I can see this thread going off in another direction so I will keep posting more tin stuff. With cold weather coming on I will be taking break to change over from garage work space (the little heaters can't keep me warm enough) to inside studio so it will be a while. Thank you all for your encouragement's.
    5 points
  44. This was used at a miniature knitting seminar a number of years ago. It won't be quite as useful when one can't actually feel the samples, but perhaps it will be helpful. There are two needlework shops mentioned by name, both of which are in the Denver area. Now that I'm in AZ, I have access to the marvelous needlework shop, The Attic, which will do mail order. They carry some of these items. I would encourage any beginning mini knitter to experiment with many different fibers. You may want to begin with something that doesn't really look in scale and then work your way down to finer fibers.
    5 points
  45. I'm on the historic knitting group in Yahoo and someone recently posted an amazing find...I have attached the pictures. I would go crazy if I found something so wonderful!!! And look--mini gloves!!!
    5 points
  46. The next step in making the legs was to mill all the mortises for the aprons, because the aprons are fairly thin I cut the tenon only on the face side of the apron, because I didn't want the mortise so close to the front of the legs. After I milled out the mortises I cut off the extra wood at the top and bottom of the legs. I also cut the opening in the front apron for the drawer, if you look carefully you will see two tiny mortises towards the bottom and sides of the back apron, that is for the drawer runners. Another thing I cut was the tiny knee blocks, I have started to shape the first on
    5 points
  47. From the album: Needlepoint

    Also known among the miniature stitchers as Aunt Olga's carpet Stitched on silk gauze #40 with one thread of variagated hand dyed cotton The Gentle Art Size : 20,7 x 27,5cm (8" 1/4 x 11") 331 x 441 stitches The original carpet is on exhibit...in my summer house ! (inherited from my reknown russian aunt Olga)
    5 points
  48. another example of this imaginary city: an art-nouveau cafe that could have been existed.
    5 points
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