2022 Guild Show Classes

September 21-23, 2022   |   Hartford/Windsor Marriott Airport   |   Windsor, CT

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Important Notes Regarding Classes:

Registration Deadline for All Classes is  August 1, 2022. Registrations after this date at the instructor’s discretion.

Cancellations received before August 1, 2022 will receive a refund to their original payment method minus a $25 cancellation fee.

No refunds will be issued after this date as instructors will have begun shipping materials to the event. Some teachers will have kits that can be mailed after the event, but this is per teacher and shipping will be extra.

With all classes, we highly recommend students bring personal tools, lighting and magnification, based upon their personal needs.

Wednesday Classes

McIntyre-Hannon

Faux Finishing for the Miniaturist
Instructor: Christine McIntyre-Hannon

Wednesday, September 21
9:00am – 5:00pm 

Artist Christine McIntyre-Hannon will teach by demonstration the tools, materials and color theory needed to create professional faux finishes in 1/12th scale. This class is tailored for beginning artists and crafters. Skills learned can be applied to wall and floor painting, furniture and trim work. Students will complete eight 2”x3” PVC sample boards that may be used in future projects (i.e. tabletops, floorboards, counters, etc).

Since 2003, Christine has been a full-time artist and faux finisher. Her mural business, Hannon Art Works, has completed projects throughout New England, including several Newport mansions, museum exhibits and buildings on the National Historic Register. Happily working “off the ladder” these days, Christine splits her time between designing jigsaw puzzles for several companies and creating miniature fine art.

All supplies will be provided for class use and students will leave with a step by step booklet of each finish covered.

Skill Level: All levels

IGMA Members $150.00 / Non-Members $160.00

Max. Students: 10

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Barrett

Barrel (Log) Horse Pull Toy
Instructor: Mary Barrett

Wednesday, September 21
7:00–10:00pm 

In this class we are going to build a toy horse. It was historically called a log or beech horse. It was used as a ride on toy for very small children, someone pushing it or as a push toy to help children learn to walk. You will sand the pre-cut pieces and put them together. We will also be rough cutting the horse’s head, so you will be sharpening your jewelry saw skills or learning a new skill (the jewelry saw is a very useful miniature artisan tool). You can paint your new toy if you like or just add some paper decorations, which was what it traditionally was decorated with.

Supplies needed: Standard toolbox for equipment, but I will have everything you need. You may want to bring magnification or special lighting.

Skill Level: All levels

IGMA Members $60.00 / Non-Members $70.00

Max. Students: 6

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Thursday Classes

Castoral

Blue Goose
Instructor: Jill Castoral

Thursday, September 22
9:00am – 5:00pm

Create your own “Blue Goose” tree house project with a real goose egg! Will it be a flower shop, teahouse, pub, or a petite forest home? You will learn to make interesting hinge covers and easy tips and techniques like shading, highlighting, faux stone, and faux leading to add more interest and depth to your projects.

The tree, the cut and hinged real goose egg, base, wood slices for the stairs, and take-home kits to make the hutch and the two round edged tables are all included in the workshop.

The Blue Goose will fit snuggly under a 5 1/2” x 11” glass dome. The goose egg is displaying ¼” scale furnishings.

Glass dome, bench, florals, and figure are not included but some may be available for purchase.

Students should bring:

  • Small sharp scissors, tweezers, sharp X-acto knife, Aleene’s Tacky glue
  • Paint brushes (size #4 and #12 flat synthetic and a #12 natural bristle brush – or something close in size)
  • Lighting, magnification and any tools (scissors, exacto knife, etc) you normally use.
  • Optional: alternate base if desired and a box & packing to take your project home.

Acrylic paints, mediums, brushes and other materials will be supplied.

Skill Level: Intermediate (will be handling a real egg)

IGMA Members $282.00 / Non-Members $292.00

Max. Students: 10

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Kraft

Soldering & Lighting Techniques - Morning Session
Instructor: Tim Kraft (A)

Thursday, September 22
9:00am – 12:00pm

This is a hands-on class learning to solder, using hard wire and tape wire in a project. When, where, use and installation of LEDs. Students will receive a manual prepared by the instructor. Also included are tips on wiring and purchasing LEDs.

Each student receives a soldering iron, iron holder, solder, roll tape wire, power supply, tester, 2 LED light strips, practice board to learn how to solder and teacher has samples of several soldering methods that should be used when electrifying a project. They will learn how to solder and practice various techniques using a wood box 6" Wide x 7" Deep x 6" High.

EVERYTHING they receive in class for their hands-on experience is theirs to take home.

Students should bring: Scissors (inexpensive), and precision craft knife with #11 blade

Skill Level: All levels

IGMA Members $140.00 / Non-Members $150.00

Max. Students: 10

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Roberts

Lady in the Shoe
Instructor: Joanne Roberts

Thursday, September 22
9:00am – 5:00pm

1" scale. Students will learn to pleat fabric, do the shell stitch and wig a doll. Students will dress the lady that sits in the shoe. They will be able to choose their own black antique lace for her skirt so that their doll will become a one of a kind treasure. Hankies will be a choice also. The doll will be partially wigged with the students adding the chignon. The shoe and the parasol will be completed by the teacher prior to class. Jewelry will be provided.

Students to bring: Small sharp scissors, pointed tweezers, straight pins, quilting needles, clips, Aleene's Regular Tacky Glue with a small glue bottle with metal tip or syringe and an old toothbrush.

Skill Level: All levels welcome

IGMA Members $360.00 / Non-Members $370.00

Max. Students: 10

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Tomasi

3D Printed Himalayan Salt Lamp
Instructor: Robin Tomasi

Thursday, September 22
9:00am – 5:00pm

Wondering how 3D Printing works? Dip your toe into Tech: print and light this cute Himalayan Salt Lamp!

Intro to Tech Part 1: 3D Printing
We’ll use intuitive and robust CAD (design) software. You will learn the basic steps of 3D modeling: sketching, extruding, revolving, cutting, and then tweaking the solid body that is produced. You will learn the process of moving from the CAD program to the printer. You’ll learn to generate the proper format for the Printer, and then you will print your pieces.

The software is FREE! The free version limits how many projects you can have open at once, but you don’t need more than it provides at this point, and it’s very user friendly. Really perfect for our purposes. I’ve been using it for a few years and haven’t felt the need to upgrade.

You will be provided with DETAILED instructions on how to navigate with pictures of what to do and where to find the various buttons. I’ll demo on my computer and then come around and help you. I picked this piece because you’ll be able to learn several important elements that are used in most pieces and begin understanding the sequence of steps in designing. I’ll bring two printers so we can print up your designs in class.

Intro to Tech Part 2: LEDs
We’ll talk about LEDs & electricity basics. Voltages used for LEDs are very low and safe. Based on technical and esthetic considerations, and you will learn to select the best LED for any miniature application. Everything you need to print and light the Salt Lamp will be provided including soldering irons.

Please bring:

  • a laptop computer (not a tablet or iPad!)
  • a functional mouse - TracPads do not play well with Computer Aided Designing
  • the usual: magnification, a good light and your favorite hand tools.

Please call or email Robin with questions at tpmasirobin@gmail.com or 208-481-1600.

Skill Level: All levels welcome

IGMA Members $156.00 / Non-Members $166.00

Max. Students: 12

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Veeder

Creek Painting
Instructor: Sue Veeder (F)

Thursday, September 22
9:00am – 5:00pm

One inch scale painting about 2 1/4" by 3 1/4". Learn to prepare a miniature canvas grid for the painting and mix your colors. Several brush strokes and techniques will also be taught. This is a lovely impressionist style scene. Easy for beginners or anyone.

Students should bring: Lighting, magnification, any tools (scissors, exacto knife, etc) you normally use. Acrylic paints, mediums, brushes, and other materials will be supplied.

Skill Level: All levels welcome

IGMA Members $155.00 / Non-Members $165.00

Max. Students: 8

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McClain

Fabric Shop Shopping Trip
Instructor: Marcia McClain (A)

Thursday, September 22
9:30am – 12:00pm

Marcia McClain of McBay Miniatures will take six people shopping to one of her favorite fabric resources. This is the store where she finds most of her silks. There is also an array of other fabrics that she uses on her upholstery. Hurry, her van fills quickly.

Meet in the Lobby

Transportation: By private vehicles

Students should bring: Cash or credit card!

IGMA Members $30.00 / Non-Members $40.00

Max. Students: 6

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Kraft

Soldering & Lighting Techniques - Afternoon Session
Instructor: Tim Kraft (A)

Thursday, September 22
1:00 - 4:00pm

This is the same class offered in the morning.

This is a hands-on class learning to solder, using hard wire and tape wire in a project. When, where, use and installation of LEDs. Students will receive a manual prepared by the instructor. Also included are tips on wiring and purchasing LEDs.

Each student receives a soldering iron, iron holder, solder, roll tape wire, power supply, tester, 2 LED light strips, practice board to learn how to solder and teacher has samples of several soldering methods that should be used when electrifying a project. They will learn how to solder and practice various techniques using a wood box 6" Wide x 7" Deep x 6" High.

EVERYTHING they receive in class for their hands-on experience is theirs to take home.

Students should bring: Scissors (inexpensive), and precision craft knife with #11 blade

Skill Level: All levels

IGMA Members $140.00 / Non-Members $150.00

Max. Students: 10

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McIntyre-Hannon

Cheap to Custom - Upscaling Dated Inexpensive Mini Furniture
Instructor: Christine McIntyre-Hannon

Thursday, September 22
1:00 - 5:00pm

Artist Christine McIntyre-Hannon will teach by demonstration the process and materials needed to up-cycle dated and unfinished inexpensive furniture in 1/12th scale. Made in Taiwan 1970’s dollhouse furniture, with its shiny varnish and fruitwood stain, will cheapen any room. Learn how the real-life pros create on-trend furnishings like rustic farmhouse, shabby chic and Swedish painted furniture. This class is tailored for beginning artists and crafters. Skills learned can be applied to wood, plastic and metal furniture. Prep, paint, stain, wax and decorative decoupage will all be covered. Students may bring their own piece of furniture or select one from dozens in class. All supplies will be provided for class use and students will leave with a finished designer piece of furniture.

Since 2003, Christine has been a full-time artist and faux finisher. Her mural business, Hannon Art Works, has completed projects throughout New England, including several Newport mansions, museum exhibits and buildings on the National Historic Register. Happily working “off the ladder” these days, Christine splits her time between designing jigsaw puzzles for several companies and creating miniature fine art.

Tools to Bring: Standard Tool Kit, Xacto Knifes, Files, Jewelers Saw.

Skill Level: All levels

IGMA Members $95.00 / Non-Members $105.00

Max. Students: 10

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Bartlett-Farrell

Introduction to 3D Design and Printing
Instructor: Shelly Bartlett-Farrell

Thursday, September 22
6:00 - 8:00pm

My goal, by demonstrating how simple and easy it is to get started in 3D designing and using a 3D SLA (resin) printer, is to shorten your learning curve, and to share tips to avoid some of the frustrations I experienced as a beginner.

You will learn to design a simple vase, using basic skills, upon which you can build your skills to master more complex designs.

I will be using the Shapr3D app to demonstrate design and an Anycubic Photon Mono 3D printer for hints and tips for printing. It is not necessary to bring a laptop or tablet in order to benefit from this seminar. Devoting all your attention to listening, watching, taking notes, and asking questions is of great benefit. That being said, some may wish to apply the skills learned during the seminar. A free version of Shapr3D is available from the website, and you are welcome to bring a device with the free (or paid) version already downloaded to your device. If you are a student, educator, or faculty member with a valid educational institution email address, you can download the same version I will be using, for free. See the Shapr3D website for more information. (I am not a representative of, nor endorsing, any of the above products. They are just what I use.)

Attendees will take home a 3D printed 1:12 scale vase, previously printed and ready to finish.

IGMA Members $65.00 / Non-Members $75.00

Max. Students: 15

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Friday Classes

Frank

Hardanger in Miniature
Instructor: Natalia Frank (A)

Friday, September 23
9:00am – 5:00pm 

The students will work on 40 count evenweave cotton with Gutermann silk and practice the following stitches: Kloster blocks, Satin stitch star, Twisted lattice band, square and diagonal eyelets; techniques on how to cut threads, how to needle weave and wrap the bars. Different ways to finish the pillow will be discussed.

Skill Level: All levels

IGMA Members $125.00 / Non-Members $145.00

Max. Students: 20

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Freeman-Kane

Box Framed Wren on Daffodils
Instructor: Beth Freeman-Kane (F)

Friday, September 23
9:00am – 5:00pm 

Create this charming box framed composition of a delightful little 1/12 Wren perched on daffodils with butterfly. Students will learn realistic acrylic painting techniques, assembly composition and flower making . The whole scene will be neatly box framed in a professional manner ready to take home and proudly display on your wall.

The resin casting of the wren will be provided, and acrylic painting techniques will be taught to bring life to the whole scene.

Students should bring: Tweezers, small scissors, precision craft knife, stylus, ball shaping tool.

Skill Level: All levels

IGMA Members $240.00 / Non-Members $250.00

Max. Students: 10

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Goldman

SURPRISE BOX! See what's inside!
Instructor: Pam Goldman

Friday, September 23
9:00am – 3:00pm 

Create a beautiful paper surprise box. As the sides open it reveals a surprise inside! 1/12 scale. Learn how to cut, construct and fold into a box that opens and reveals a pop-up surprise.

Students should bring: Scissors, Exacto Knife with new blades, ruler, cutting board, magnification and lighting. Any special paper that you would like to use.

Skill Level: All levels welcome

IGMA Members $160.00 / Non-Members $170.00

Max. Students: 8

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Moore

Let's Make a Parquet Floor! 1/12 scale
Instructor: Laura Moore

Friday, September 23
9:00am – 5:00pm 

Parquet flooring can be complicated and extremely difficult to create even in full scale. This class uses a simplified method to create a classic masterpiece without fiddling with tiny pieces. This is a true beginner class. No experience in woodworking required.

1/12" scale Parquet Floor approximately 10" X 10". Students will sand and pre-finish 3/16" wide bass wood strips in choices of 3 colors. Boards will be hand cut "in situ" while gluing down. Finished floor is less than 1/8 " thick and ready to glue down on dollhouse or roombox floor.

Supplies: All supplies and tools will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring extra lighting/magnification.

Extra supplies are available for purchase to students who may want a larger floor.

Bring a tracing of your floor project and your favorite L square and Xacto knife. Completion is not likely - this is more of a technique class. Can easily be completed at home.

Skill Level: All levels

IGMA Members $145.00 / Non-Members $155.00

Max. Students: 10

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Marker

Paint your own Miniature Tiffany Lamp
Instructor: Esther Marker (A)

Friday, September 23
1:00pm – 5:00pm 

Students will learn how to outline the raised Tiffany style leading using a permanent marker and to paint and wire their lamp.

Scale and Dimensions:
The finished lamp is a 1/12th scale miniature. The lamp is a wee bit under 2 inches tall, shade diameter is 1 1/4 inch.

Teacher will be providing:
Kit pieces, small paint brushes, black markers and a sampling of Pebeo Vitrail glass paint that can be shared among students during the class. If you already have Pebeo Vitrail glass paint in colors you like, feel free to bring that along. The teacher will also be providing wired bulbs, primer and metallic waxes that students can use to finish their bases.

Materials to be provided by students:
A magnifier, lighting, a magnifier worn on your head or something that can be clipped on to existing glasses is preferred.

Skill Level: All levels

IGMA Members $162.00 / Non-Members $172.00

Max. Students: 10

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Murta

Christmas Gingerbread House
Instructor: Elizabeth Murta (A)

Friday, September 23
1:00pm – 5:00pm 

You will learn how to make and work with cold porcelain. You will learn how to make a complete miniature Christmas Gingerbread house molded by hand and full of details. 1" scale.

1" X 1"

Students should bring: Magnifiers, small scissors, tweezers, tacky glue, X-acto knives and blades and your personal tools. Oil Paints – green and red. White acrylic paint. Paint brush number zero.

Skill Level: All levels

IGMA Members $144.00 / Non-Members $154.00

Max. Students: 20

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Sunday Class


Adult Project - Mini Girl Scout Cookie Booth in a Cookie Box

4:00pm - 6:30pm

Where are my Grown Up Girl Scouts?

Here's you chance to get one more Girl Scout badge!

By popular demand - after the show on Sunday afternoon we will going back to our childhoods and working on a basic craft project. Paper, glue and polymer clay.

Take home kits will be available as well.

PLEASE SAVE YOUR EMPTY COOKIE BOXES TO BRING!

This class is free with a minimum donation of $25 to the Child's Mini Girl Scout Cookie Project.

We would love to send all our Future Miniaturists home with a great project and some personal crafting supplies.

Any extra donated funds after the project is completed will be donated to a local Animal shelter determined by the Girl Scout Troop that they will visit as a community service project.

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