donderdag 3 november 2016

Silver workshop

 Last year I've started my first Silver workshop. Which in fact was ' quite easy' since it didn't involve any silver! We where supposed to design our own bowl and cover. It meant turning a wax model of the bowl and tight fitted lid. And already work out parts of the design in the wax model. But since the wax model is very fragile we couldn't make all parts of the design at this stage. I finally achieved this bowl and when I was working on the inside of the bowl I completly ruined it, in a split second half of the bowl was gone!

So I had to start all over, but this time I knew how the lathe worked and how you can achieve the shape of your wax model so the second bowl was made in far more less time. 

After that we've turned the lid and all the pieces went home with Jens so he could get them casted in silver for the next workshop which was this October.


A lot of sanding and refining the pattern on the bowl and lid was the first step and get rid of the casting seams. Create screw-tread for the handle part. We also needed to solder the parts on the bowl for the handles and hinges. But there was a problem with the burners but eventualy that could be fixed and due to the time pressure Jens did that job for us during the last day.

The workshop was very interesting and I've learned a lot of new skills and discovered that working with Silver isn't scary but a lot of fun! 
And this is how it looks when it stands on the dining table.

vrijdag 29 april 2016

A glimpse

The last few months I've been using my spare time to work on several projects in my canalhouse. Fitting the windows on the frontside of the house.

I finally had the opportunity to start on a small room which will be more of a walk through room with cabinets where you will find nice art pieces.
Here you can see a bit of the (basic) structure of it so far.

The other thing that I've made and which is nearly finished is the knee hole desk. I'm pleased with the size and color of it.
It will be placed in the blue room with the canopy bed.
Unfortunately I haven't found the perfect little (brass) hinges for it. The ones I've found so far are way to big for the small drawers...I'm afraid that I will have to make these myself as well somehow or do you know where to find them?
For the picture I've put a few nice little pieces on top of it.
And I'm also working on the window ofcourse since I don't want damp spots on the wood surface or a magpie who comes to visit and collect the jewelry out of the jewelrybox.

dinsdag 22 december 2015

Happy Holidays

As you can see no Christmas tree this time but the gifts have allready arrived.
And a bit odd there seems to be some fresh snow in the garden!
Well not in mine, I noticed that the daffodils are blooming at this moment.

But I just want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

zaterdag 19 september 2015

What happens before you read a book?

Well after the part of writting and printing ofcourse. Then you start with the task of bookbinding.
I did this during a class of Tine Kreijne a while ago.

We've started with the printed sheets, which contain the text and pictures of the book.

With this tool ,that will create the spine of the book, we've started working.

Here we've put the first, which is the last section of the book, in it's place and sewn it to the treads(spine).

   And just continue till you've put all the sections into place,  yet another time consuming task.

Finished!!! But where are my glasses........??? Those characters are soooo tiny maybe I'll stick to the drawings for the time being ;-)

zondag 12 juli 2015

Denmark Tune 2015


Last week I went to Denmark, Tune for a full week of miniature workshops and meeting a lot of miniature friends. I did a 3 day workshop sculpting with James Carrington and for the first time working with silver done by Jens Torp.

Working on the hands and other parts just before constructing the dolls on the last day.
There was a new way of building the dolls so you have to get used to the techniques before something decent comes out of the clay!

My classmates which where great fun during the whole week.

Wednesday evening after yet another wonder dinner it was time to show the pieces we've made during our first class

One of the dolls I made standing in my dollhouse and still wearing the tissuepaper dress I quickly made for her just before the show, ofcourse in the future it will be a silk one!

On thursday we started with the second workshop in my case, Silver.
A new material for me to work with.
Working without a magnifying glass it was a bit difficult to do so they're not perfect pieces.
But for me it was a wonderfull introduction working with silver, which I intend to do more often!

The first stage was to make this tiny cup and sand it to get a smooth edge to it.

After that we had to cut out the one handle that we needed to solder to the bowl

And this is the result of  the workshop, the bowl is finished on the cake slicer
I have to work a bit at home and finish it during a next Silver workshop in October!

A big thank you to the organisation for creating this wonderfull week and meeting all the nice people during the week.

If you're interested here's the link to Miniatures in Tune

maandag 20 april 2015

David Hurley workshop

September last year we had our 3th workshop, wood carving with David Hurley.
This time we would make a Tudor wall cabinet during the 3 days.

This is how we started, checking all the parts before we draw the patterns on the wood parts.

Here I'm working on the piece with the arches, which turned out to be the most time consuming part to be made. And made us think we will never finish this project in time.
Somehow that's what we think during every workshop at some point!

It's starting to look like a cabinet, David carved the numbers and my initials since these pieces where so tiny and there where no extra parts!

My finished piece, still waiting for it's place in one of my projects, yes in one of the Rik Pierce houses. But when we finished our cabinet during the workshop there was plenty of time to start on an extra carving piece.

I wanted to take my time with this piece to do the carving as good as possible.
Since we're still learning, I was pleased that I got the background so smouth this time.

When I started on this piece I had the idea to not just stain it but also paint the carving and add some goldleaf details on it. I do like the colors on it and to make it complete the panel needed a frame to give it a finished look.

It took a while to make this piece, I hope you like it as much as I do!

maandag 6 april 2015

An empty room(box)...

These last few weeks I have been working on a small project.
I've read the article of Ray&Scott about this little roombox and the way of painting it so that it resembles wooden paneling something I really wanted to try myself. I never thought that the cardboard would look like wood but with the trimming around it it turns into "reall wood paneling".  

It was a fun project to make between the windows for my canalhouse.
And a nice new technique that also can be useful for the (future)librabry in my canalhouse.

Ray& Scott I hope it get's your approval!

But now the only problem is to deside what to put in this small roombox.
So visiting the Kensington and Rheda show will be even more fun I guess ;)