A few weeks ago I visited the Dolls House Nederland Show in Apeldoorn.   I could only go for one day this time, so it was impossible for me to see everything.  It was unusually quiet that day at the show, which was very good for us visitors but not so good for the people who were trying to sell their miniatures.  I hope the people who were there did their best to compensate for the lost sales.  I certainly did! 

Here are some of my purchases: 

A lovely lidded vase, painted by Dieneke Boektje.  The vase temporarily lives in the yellow salon, but I bought it to go in my chinoiserie dining room, which I have only recently started to work on.

      I picked up the vase and two bowls which I painted during a Cocky Wildschut class.  The dog and cat tiles on the wall in the background were also painted by me in one of her classes.  Even though I produce work with varying results,  I always enjoy these classes.  

And then I saw this beautiful wall fountain.  It is made by Henny Staring-Egberts.  My head said 'don't go there, don't look at it'  but my heart would not let me.  Within seconds I knew I had to get this ;-)

Isn't it gorgeous?  It is not hanging in its right location yet, although I do rather like it on that wall.  However, it would be rather odd to have a fountain behind a door.  It should go in the downstairs hall close to the dining room.

Blue and white by several different makers.    Wall tiles on the left by Idske de Jong,  salt vessel and blue lidded pot by Elisabeth Causeret,  vase and bowl painted by me,  wall fountain by Henny Staring-Egberts.

I leave you with two photos of the spring 2014 fair in Apeldoorn: 

…a class with Jens Torp

Two weeks ago I took another silver class with Jens Torp.  This time we were going to make a 12th scale silver chamberstick.  The class would include two techniques which were new to me, turning on a metal lathe and soldering silver.   The photo above shows my finished chamberstick.

This photo shows some of the components of the chamberstick.   The bottom bowl has been cut from a sheet of silver, then shaped and drilled.  The top bowl has also been cut from  sheet of silver, shaped and drilled, and then soldered onto a silver tube which we had turned on a lathe beforehand.  

The soldering was nerve-racking, as in silver soldering the whole piece is heated and it could all melt into a big blob of silver in a split second.  Thankfully Jens was watching us and telling us what to do. 

A short impression of my first try on the lathe.  Jens is standing by with instructions.   I was turning the top part of the tube which the top bowl has to fit onto.  As you can see I have difficulty reading the measurement on the calipers…too many tiny lines too close together!

The tube with top disk attached were then mounted onto the lathe again where some decorative turning had to be done.  At first things were going fine for me, but when I had a few lines on there, I just could not see what I was doing anymore.  Help!  I think I need better light and better glasses.

After turning the decorations a hole had to be cut into the tube which would hold a device for raising or lowering the candle.  Then the bottom bowl was soldered on and the little handle riveted into place.  
Sounds simple enough, doesn't it.  Well I can tell you it isn't!

Well as usual there was a lot more sanding, buffing, polishing etc. to be done before it was finished, but here it is, all finished and looking lovely and shiny...

It resides in the bedroom now, but it could go anywhere really.

Isn't it lovely?  I enjoyed this class.  Learned some new techniques…I should really say I tried some new techniques as there's a lot more learning to do before I master them!

Jens sells these chambersticks, made by himself of course.  And then they're somewhat more delicate than mine…Now how can that be? ;-)