Hi, my name is Elga and I live in South Africa. I love dollhouses and miniatures. My two biggest passions are furniture making and embroidery and of course the two combined. Welcome and enjoy browsing my blog.
When I started planning making this chair, I never realized that there was quite a lot of carving on this chair, the photo in my book is not all that clear. It is only when I did some internet research that I noticed that there was more carving detail on the back splat than what I thought. I realized that I jumped in at the deep end and will have to learn to swim fast since I haven't really done any carving before, some things that Casey and Debora has mentioned on their blogs regarding carving has stuck in my brain and I got out the craft knife and gave it a go. The chair back on the right is done, well, not quite, I see a few things in the photo on it that needs fixing.
I used a combination of diamond bits on my Dremel, my craft knife, scalpel and some very fine cut 6 jewelry files from Switzerland to do the carving with. I recently found some diamond bits and cutters from a new company in Italy, PG mini that sells smaller and different sized bits than Dremel, I always like having a big range of sizes to choose from. I am curious to see how the Mopane is going to carve in comparison to the African Black wood, this is really careful work as the back splat is only 1mm thick.
I am married and the mother of two grown up daughters plus two dogs and two cats. I love working with my hands and enjoy furniture making, petit point, doll making, crochet and knitting and I am also building a dollhouse to house all my treasures.