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Learn how to punch 1/12 scale tin panels for a pie safe or other project with Bill Hurd.

Learn how to punch 1/12 scale tin panels for a pie safe or other project with Bill Hurd.

Have you ever wondered how to work with some of those polymer clays? How about how to make authentic looking finger joints on some of those miniature boxes you’ve seen on Pam and Pete Boorum’s table? Maybe you’ve wondered if you should switch to LED lights for your next project. Well, you might find the answers to some of your questions at the 35th Anniversary Guild Show’s Gathering of the Guild Friday night August

Barbara Studebaker will be demonstrating how to work crazy quilting in 1/12 scale.

Barbara Studebaker will be demonstrating how to work crazy quilting in 1/12 scale.

8th. Now, that doesn’t really sound like a great place to find answers, but you might not know that the Gathering is also known as Desserts and Demonstrations and 12 artists are getting ready to let you in on a few of their secrets.

Betsey Baker and Sue Veeder will be demonstrating how to work with Super Sculpey. Betsey uses it to sculpt the wonderful dolls’ heads that give her creations such personality and

See how Jane Graber adds the decoration to her hand thrown pots and plates prior to firing.

See how Jane Graber adds the decoration to her hand thrown pots and plates prior to firing.

Sue will demonstrate how her cats come to life with that polymer clay.

Tim Kraft, lighting master extraordinaire, will demonstrate LED lighting techniques, warm versus cool lighting and what effects that can have on a miniature scene.

Jane Graber will be demonstrating how she decorates the fine

Patricia Richards will demonstrate how to braid a rag rug in 1/12 scale.

Patricia Richards will demonstrate how to braid a rag rug in 1/12 scale.

stone and redware she makes preparatory to firing. Slip-trailing, painting and sgraffito are all used at various times and for various effects.

Jim Pounder’s exquisite sculptures are done with the lost wax casting process; stop by his table to see exactly how that process works.

In total, there will be 12 different topics being discussed and demonstrated at the Gathering of the Guild that Friday evening prior to the Guild Show. Stop by, find out what you don’t know and enjoy reconnecting with your mini friends over a tasty bite from the free and bountiful dessert bar-or the more healthful selections, if that’s your preference!

 

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Three Weeks and Counting!

Lately I am much surprised by how quickly the time flies. I know I’m dating myself when I say I don’t remember it flying quite so quickly when I was younger. Just 3 weeks from today I and my fellow committee members will be heading to the Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe to begin on site preparations for the 35th Anniversary Guild Show August 9th and 10th. There is so much going on in these last few weeks that lists have overtaken life and I don’t do much without consulting them.

2014 Tony Award winning Musical, this years feature for Broadway night.

2014 Tony Award winning Musical, this years feature for Broadway night.

The 35 Give-Aways are being packaged up and there is a list for when and where those will be awarded to show attendees. There is a growing list of fun and intriguing questions that will reveal how much the Anniversary Dinner guests know about the Guild-participation is not mandatory, but there will be prizes! There is a list of items to be packed into dealer goodie bags-we do like to be known as a friendly show, and of course, there is a very long list of things still remaining to be done before heading out that door.

Lest we haven’t stated it often enough, there is a roster of wonderful classes taking place Thursday and Friday before the show, many still have space available. You can join the theater group going on the Broadway Night excursion Thursday evening, they’ll be seeing ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’, this year’s Tony award winning musical, and will enjoy dinner at La Trattoria Trecolori beforehand. Mike Barbour will be taking a group into town Friday morning for a romp through the garment district-fabric and trim stores galore! And if none of that appeals to you, there is a list on the website of other events and nearby destinations varied enough to suit anyone and everyone’s interests. Friday evening the Gathering of the Guild features artists demonstrating various aspects of their craft at tables along one side of the Grand Concourse, and along the other is an eye-popping and possibly diet-busting FREE buffet of desserts and crudités.

A scale model of the Cutty Sark created by Ron Stetkewicz, Sr., among others will be on display in the exhibit at the 35th Anniversary Guild Show.

A scale model of the Cutty Sark created by Ron Stetkewicz, Sr., will be on display, along with several other model ships, in the exhibit at the 35th Anniversary Guild Show.

Saturday the main event-the 35th Anniversary Guild Show opens its doors to IGMA members at 9 a.m. and to the General Public at 10 a.m. Dealers, and shoppers, will be attending from around the world and many treasures await discovery. The Small Beginnings sales area hold treasures for the younger collectors and their limited budgets while outside the salesroom doors silent auctions held during during show hours provide yet one more shopping opportunity.

After the show on Saturday comes the big Anniversary Party, beginning with a cocktail hour, cash bar, and an abbreviated live auction featuring items that represent people and programs from Guild history. Will you find something here by which you’ll remember this momentous occasion? Dinner follows with delectable carving and buffet-style stations from which to fill your dinner plates. More prizes and fun remembrances from our past will wrap up the festivities and a great time is virtually guaranteed.

The show winds down on Sunday, still with significant events to attract and welcome first time and returning attendees. Free crafting projects will be taking place in the Grand Concourse from noon to 2:30 p.m., with a variety of projects for a variety of skills; from the ultra-simple-punch and shape paper plates in 1/12 scale, to more complex-assemble one of the Chrysnbon kits that a generous donor provided for this event.

Directions to the show hotel can be found on the website along with a link to our special room rates. Our block of rooms is only guaranteed until July 22, so don’t waste any time making your reservations. Once the rooms are released, the price can fluctuate widely.

And there you have it, a very long list of events for a very fun weekend. We sure hope to see you there!

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On My Way to the Forum

French knot rug by Pat Hartman in the Gallery on the Fine Miniatures Forum.

French knot rug by Pat Hartman in the Gallery on the Fine Miniatures Forum.

Forums proliferate on the internet. There are probably several forums out there for just about every topic you can imagine and posting a question in one or more of them is usually a great way to find an answer to a perplexing problem you may have encountered.

When it comes to miniatures, there are several generic forums or chat groups, and one or two very specific forums, but this year the International Guild of Miniature Artisans has spent a great deal of time to design and craft a forum devoted to the entire range of miniatures with

Spencer House on display in the Kathleen Savage Browning Miniatures Collection at the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center.

Spencer House on display in the Kathleen Savage Browning Miniatures Collection at the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center.

separate ‘rooms’ for topics like Textiles, Metalwork,  and Structures and Dollshouses and even a room for ‘Dream Projects’–talk about some challenging possibilities there!

The forum is open to everyone, you do not have to be a member of IGMA, just create an account by clicking the button in the upper right corner and when that is completed, you can join in the conversations. Most of the conversations revolve about scratch built projects that have been made or are in the process of being made. Quality of the workmanship is highlighted and very much in vogue on the site and photos are always welcome.

The forum is the brain child of Bill Robertson whose interest in process and accurate reproduction of an item in accurate scale, down to the n-th degree, is widely known and respected.

Pay a visit to the forum by clicking on the tab/link at the top right hand side of the IGMA website

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