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Sunday, May 3, 2015

18th Century Brass Latch

In my last post I told you about my class in Tune Denmark, making the wine decanter. When I came home I started working on and off on making a brass latch for my tilt and turn tea table that I made back in 2012, using all my newly acquired skills. Here is the finished table made of mopane wood.






















The latch is based on a real antique latch from the 18th century, here is my mini version.

















The body of the latch was made out of a solid piece of 2mm thick brass, with a 1,2mm hole drilled into it for the bolt part of the latch, I used a spring on the bottom end of the bolt to ensure that the latch will stay in the closed position...we don't want teacups flying all over the place :-) The tiny knob was turned on the lathe and threaded to screw into the hole that I drilled and tapped in the bolt.

















And here it is finished and installed on the table.


































Time for tea I think.


Have a great week everybody.
Elga

15 comments:

Catherine said...

The table and the bolt are beautiful Elga. I love how you made the bolt. You are learning so many new, wonderful skills in metal. :-))

Miniature Treasures said...

Beautiful latch Elga and it has finished your table off perfectly.

Dorien Litjes said...

Dear Elga,
Your table is incredible. I love your skills. Even working with metal! I'm still recovering and come to nothing. You go girl!!
Hugs Dorien

otterine said...

You are amazing! :D I love that it is not only functional but beautiful as well.

miniaturista said...

Que perfección de mesa está hecha a todo detalle. Las sillas a juego y el tapizado hacen un conjunto precioso.
Un abrazo
Maite

Josje said...

I love how you use the skills learned in classes in new projects. This is a lovely little latch! Such a wonderful, pretty and useful detail. Anything working is especially appealing in miniature I think!

Gee said...

Beautiful work, Elga! Love the fact that your work is always so detailed and beautifully finished
hugs,
Gee

Mini Southern Millworks said...

Love it Elga a masterpiece in miniature.

miraclechicken said...

The table is so beautiful and the latch is perfect. Thanks for posting this amazing piece---

Elizabeth S said...

I looked at the latch thinking that it was a full-sized one shown as an example and then the next photo included a toothpick which was when I realized that the latch was TINY! I am Impressed beyond BEYOND! Your work is so Meticulous and when showcased with your Fabulous needlework makes it ALL Picture PERFECT! :D

Pepper Mitcheson said...

It's a beautiful table Elga. I love the wood and the brass latch finishes it off perfectly =0)

Fabiola said...

Beautiful table.

Andy said...

Beautiful Elga! I just don't know how you can create such perfect miniatures and the details in such small scale!!

Debora said...

Really cool!

I love it you went that extra mile and returned to an older project, and turned an already great miniature into an superb one! Chapeau Elga!

Niele♡ said...

Oh my Godness. The first photo ,I thought that it is real room . Amazing work!!, I looked back through some of your older blog posts, and I think all your work is beautiful - so very well done. I'm looking forward to seeing many more of the lovely pieces that you make.
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