I guess sometimes we all have minor setbacks when making miniatures, well yesterday i had quite a large one. While putting the finishing touches to the ivory sewing box i stepped inside the house for a coffee what i had neglected to do was close my workshop door!! Something i wont do again. On my return i discovered that the wind had blown the door shut with such force that it had knocked some items off one of the shelf's onto my work area it couldn't have been a worse scenario, the ivory sewing box was covered in permanent wood stain and sadly it has penetrated the surface layer i haven't touched it for obvious reasons, trying to wipe it off would only have spread it to a wider area, i guess i was disappointed at the time as i think anyone would have been what i need to do now is access if i can salvage the piece or if its not worth carrying on with!
Removing this type of stain will be impossible because the ivory is so thin applying anything that's damp or wet will result in it bowing and coming away from the wood carcass. So i have to sit down and make some difficult decisions on what i should do, please excuse me for not posting photographs of the damage but it does not get any easier looking at it and ideally i need to move on from this setback as quickly as possible. If i do decide to carry on with this piece it is going to change quite drastically in the decoration of the outer i will keep everyone informed of my intentions and also the progress of the work should i decide to carry on.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone Tony.