Just got back from BMW (British Miniatures weekend). A weekend on making minis with a bunch of like minded people. I went with Mary, both of us were newbies and as such got pink badges and were described as virgins! For Mary it was the first time she had made anything mini not just her first time at BMW.
Everyone was very friendly. We started on Friday night with food (carvery so no major gluten problems) then we had roundtables, which are short informal workshops. We both make a photo album which was great fun.
Saturday started with cooked breakfast then a whole day workshop. I did a marquetry table and Mary made a baby. Both came out very well though I still have to finish my table. Lunch was sandwiches, potato wedges, coleslaw and sauces, so I could only have the wedges really, still the breakfast was so big it didn't matter and the evening was a carvery again. In the evening were more roundtables but I just bought some kits and did some more work on my table. I showed someone how to needle felt and then had a fairly early night as I was knackered.
Sunday was more of the same food wise and another full day workshop, this time making cold porcelain flowers for both of us. Now I did this because Sue who I made a courtyard with last year says they are wonderful as did most of my fellow students. I thought they looked nice but was happy with my paper ones but I thought give it a go. Unfortunately they are right! Why unfortunately? Well I really need to buy cutters now and powder colours and.. you get the picture! I made some peonies and arum lilys most of which are in a vase plus a dandelion. I bought the dandelion and a foxglove cutter to use for the courtyard scene. She gave us a recipe for the cold porcelain so i will try making some soon.
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We all got a small present, mine was useful storage box which came in handy bringing my flowers home. We also did three swaps through the weekend and I got a jewelry box, a boxed rose, framed pic and full sized tablemat and coater and finally a dressing table set.
Finally there was a charity raffle for which i only bought one strip being short on money but I won anyway and got to pick a set of molds which is something I've been meaning to try so I was very pleased.
Also spent a fair about of time taking to one of the guys about lasercutting and it's uses. No I'm not planning to get one but it sounds fun. I think the boys might balk at spending the price of a good car on one though!