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Hi and welcome to my blog. I hope you like my new look, I needed a change from black. Here you can share my miniature endeavours, perhaps be inspired by some of my photographs taken in France and of 'real world' treasures that can be made in miniature. My love of parterre-style gardens and study of horticulture made my decision for the theme of my little shop an easy one. I just hope I can successfully interpret my ideas in 1/12th scale!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Rustic Candelabra

My first attempt at mini soldering. I did some stained glass many years ago so wasn't totally new to soldering, but making something in miniature is a new experience. After much bending, twisting, fluxing and soldering, with a few expletives mixed in, I came up with this. The design is based on a rustic wire one I bought in France on my last trip back in 2001. My version is very rustic so I painted it to look like rust. Quite enjoyed the experience and will try another one.

Welcome to three new followers, Roberto, Nuria and Sylvia, will enjoy following your blogs also.

One shot is the newly finished candelabra, second shot painted (have difficulty positioning the pics). I've added a better shot of the finished piece to show the size and I don't think the previous one did it justice!!



12 comments:

  1. You did a fantastic job!!! I love your candelabra! I have seen real life work like this before.

    Do you keep a wet paper towel near by? That is what I do so that after the solder flows I can cool it off immediately by dripping water over it.

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  2. It's fabulous Margaret! The closest I've come to soldering is joining electrical wires and I don't get that right on the first go usually. I think that Catherine's tip might help out with that so thanks to both of you :)

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  3. Thanks girls for your comments, Catherine I had a wet sponge to clean the tip of the soldering iron on but your hint sounds good, should stop the solder from spreading too far. You should give it a try too Norma, I wouldn't know how to solder electrical wires together, sounds like you're quite handy.

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  4. Sometimes there's a fine line between 'handy' and just plain dangerous! ;) I promise I never touch anything with more power than 12 volts :)

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  5. Wow! That's really lovely! It looks like it took quite a bit of work.
    Thank you for the award! Life is a bit crazy right now, so I'm not sure when I'll be able to do that post, but it made my day!

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  6. It did take a bit of work, some parts were quite tricky. I've been working on ways to improve it and have another similar completed but not painted yet. It's bigger than the first, but would probably look OK on an outdoor table for minis to dine by candlelight. Have yet to make teeny candles to try it out. Thought I might chop up birthday candles, will see how I go.

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  7. Margaret your candelaber is beautiful, and the fruit is tasty. Very well done. Congratulations
    groetjes Ingrid

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  8. I only suggested it because I was pretty sure you were using soft solder. A wet sponge is just as good. :-) Anything just to get a few drops of water on it to cool it off.

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  9. Thanks for all the encouragement! Catherine, is there more than one type of solder?

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  10. Yes, there are several types of soft solder. I suggest you do a bit of research on Google to see what your needs are.
    If you are not using a torch then you have to make sure your soldering iron will be able to deal with the melting points.

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  11. Love that candelier,rather fancy !Jeannette

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