Ontario Miniatures Gathering - 2006
Workshops

We have all our instructors lined up, but we still haven't got all the details or all the pictures. Still, we wanted to give everyone as much information as we have available. Many of you are well acquainted with the work of the instructors, and know that you will get a wonderful workshop.

Remember, your priority for workshop choices is based on a random draw of the gathering registration forms received by October 24.

Be sure to visit the instructors' websites by clicking on their names, where there's a link.


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The Saturday Workshops - full day

1 Frances Armstrong Dutch Baby House room box
1/144 scale room in a baby house of 1745
2 Judith Blondell 1" scale Italian Neoclassic Console Table
3 Linda Beaupre 1" scale 1920s Flapper Doll
4 Bob Francis ¼" scale Penthouse Suite room box
5 Cheryl Kerfoot 1" scale Wood Graining and other Techniques of Decorating Furniture
6 Lori Ann Potts 1" scale 1920s style shirt on a waist bust
7 Carolyn Roach 1" and ½" scale Calla Lily flower arrangement

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#1    Dutch Baby House room box
1/144 scale room in a baby house of 1745
Frances Armstrong
cost: $50

The Porcelain Room is a miniature version of a room in a baby house of 1745, which in turn is a miniature version of the kind of room in which Dutch families of that period displayed their wealth. The main focus of the room is a wall of blue and white porcelain vases.

This room will fit into the baby house currently made by Bespaq, but you don’t need to have one of these baby houses. The room comes with a cherry wood case and can be displayed on its own. Construction of the room is simple but needs to be done accurately. Some mitring of moulding will be required, but there will be lots of extra material to allow for mistakes.

The room will be put together on Saturday morning, and you will also make the porcelain display, which involves glass beads rather than porcelain.

The room hardly needs furniture, but on Saturday afternoon you can try your hand at some wooden furniture suitable for the period.


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#2    1" scale Italian Neoclassic Console Table
Judith Blondell
Skill level: Intermediate     Completion: Yes     Cost: $80

Pre-cut Basswood table is 2-5/8" high, 3-1/2" wide, and 1-1/2" deep on a platform base with two scrolled front legs and 2 columns as back support.

Students will learn to use a scratching tool and very sharp X-acto knife to do simple carving on the front legs which also have four pre-moulded 7/17" diameter plaques with a lion head design. Several different sizes and shapes of moulding are used to finish the separate pieces of the table. Students will also learn how to paint and age the table with gold accents and faux-marble the tabletop using acrylic paint, thickener, and extender.

They will use a simple tool provided to mitre very fine wood moulding and teach proper assembly to prevent falling apart if dropped.


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#3   1” scale 1920s Flapper Doll
Linda Beaupre
Cost $75

Participants will dress the doll in a silk dress, T-strap pumps, headband and beaded neclace and purse. Explore an era full of exciting fashion changes and new freedom for women - raised hemlines, short bobbed hair, no wasitlines and no chests! There will be a choice of colours and accessories.


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#4    "1/4" Scale Penthouse Suite"
Bob Francis
cost: $75

Yuppie Loft or Elegant Penthouse Suite... you are the master of this domain and this room will work for whatever you desire. The Suite is crafted in a room box (kit cut to specs by Samm & Gerry Brockhurst) with a bent plexi front and ceiling and is divided into two spaces on two levels (sunken living room?) with a large window view overlooking the city.

Learn to install a false wall, wallpaper, and install flooring and much more! Inside Box dimensions are approximately 5 5/8" wide, 4 13/16" deep and 3 5/16" high.

Furniture and accessories are not included in the class (some surprises will be in store for participants however!) so that you may decorate in whatever style you decide. Wallpaper and flooring are included; however, if you have a paper (or fabric!) that you prefer to use, please feel free to bring them to class.


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#5   1" scale Wood Graining and other Techniques of Decorating Furniture
Cheryl Kerfoot
cost: $60

Make a six-board chest, mirror and at least one framed picture from the material kit that is supplied.

Experiment with techniques of decorating furniture that were popular in the 18th and 19th century, including wood graining, using various tools and colour choices provided.


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#6   1920s style shirt on a waist bust
Lori Ann Potts
cost:$125

Students will be provided with full written instructions and clear color photographs as well as a cast original sculptured shirtwaist bust and stand, all parts, patterns and materials to complete a 20's style woman's shirt on bust, evening bag, evening pumps in a labeled box and a few other surprises. All tools will be provided, so don't haul your big heavy toolkit to class. Come and have fun for the day!


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#7   1” and ½” scale Calla Lily flower arrangement
Carolyn Roach
cost: $60

An elegant arrangement of calla lilies in a handcrafted vase, with delicate sprays of white flowers and curly willow. We will be learning shading techniques, painting foliage details, as well as shaping petals and leaves. And of course arranging our gorgeous bouquet.

This arrangement is available in both 1/12 and 1/24 scales.


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The Saturday Workshops - Half Day

9 Connie Stitt 1" scale Polymer Clay, Vegetables, cane technique
10 Connie Stitt 1" scale Polymer Clay, Fruits, cane technique

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#9   Polymer Clay - Vegetable Cutting board
Connie Stitt
1/2 day workshop - Saturday Morning
Cost: $40

You will learn: conditioning the clay; Skinner blend; caning; mixing colours

We will be making: Cabbage (centre will be the skinner blend when cut through; we will learn to make the leaves with the aid of a texture mold; beets (making a easy cane to show the layers); Cauliflower (texture); Carrots (a colourful easy to make extra); Tomato (caning); “Time permitting”, we’ll do Cucumber(caning), demo or actual practice.

I am presenting a colourful variety of vegetables so you will have extras to take home and work on the project of your choice. You should learn enough technique to follow through on your own. We will be using Fimo, Kato Clay and Primo so that you can get the feel of the different brands. There will be written instructions with each kit.


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#10   Polymer Clay - Fruit cutting board
Connie Stitt
Saturday Afternoon
cost: $40

You will learn: Conditioning the clay; Skinner blend; caning; mixing colours

We will be making: Pineapple (caning) and the leaves; Orange (caning); strawberry (skinner blend/caning); grapes; “Time permitting” – Apple – demo or practice.

I am presenting a colourful variety of fruit so you will have extras to take home and work on the project of your choice. You will learn enough technique to make many kinds of fruit on your own. We will be using Fimo, Kato Clay and Primo so that you can get the feel of the different brands. I will also show you how to work with liquid fimo, sculpty or Kato liquid for juice. There will be written instructions with each kit.


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