Each year, the Show brings together more than 100 U.S. and international artisans and dealers, including a number of I.G.M.A. Artisans and Fellows. They offer collectors unique, well-crafted 1-inch, 1/2-inch, and 1/4-inch scale miniatures from around the world.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

At the 2012 Show - Tools & Techniques

More than 100 attendees participated in this year's Tools & Techniques Program on Sunday morning. Twelve knowledgeable instructors offered a variety of fascinating "how to" demonstrations. People could walk about and see all of the presentations, or concentrate on whatever they wanted to learn the most. Offerings included a lecture on LED lighting, how to cut a perfect circle, make quarter-scale food or a cloth book, and more. There was something for everyone.

 Carol Hardy, IGMA administrator and Fellow in Furniture and Sleighs, demonstrates how to cut a perfect wood circle with a table saw.
Dick Hardy, IGMA Artisan, shows how to cut a perfect wood circle using a pin router.
Sarah Anne Evans (Strawberry Creek Designs), IGMA Fellow in Needlework & Braided Rugs, demonstrates how to use a punch needle to make rugs.
Bruce Steinke (BJ Miniatures), former NAME President, shows how to align a table saw to make perfect 90 degree (square) cuts both horizontally and vertically.
"A metal triangle like this one always has an exact right angle (90 degrees)," Bruce explains. "Usually the other angles are either 45 and 45, or 30 and 60."

Keshae Hedman, a junior high student, teaches how to make instant art glass. Her mother Annie Hedman is in charge of the Children's Workshops.

Marie Gattis (MariesMinis) shares faux painting techniques. 
Luci Hanson (Cascade Miniatures) explains the use of LED lighting for miniature scenes.
Carol Kubrican (true2scale) teaches attendees how to work with decals to enhance plastic dishes.
Janet Smith (Desert Minis) teaches how to make quarter-scale fruits and candies. She uses the microscope to check quarter-scale work and for making 1:144 micro foods.
Deb Laue (Dragonfly International) teaches attendees how to make a cloth baby book.

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