I've been really busy these last two weeks --- which is good. At last I feel as if I'm achieving something.
My problem is that I take on far more projects than I can comfortably handle. Add to this, working with a bunch of sadistic b*****ds who challenge me to make something in miniature that they think can't be made. More often than not, it is impossible to make without the aid of a shrinking machine or magic. Nevertheless I like a challenge.
Plus, I'm currently tracing my family tree and I've hit a literal tree stump since part of my family are Irish and have common Irish names. Back to the drawing board...
So, challenge number one - A colleague (who, oddly enough looks like Max Von Sydow's character Ming-The-Merciless) suggested that I make a 500 piece jigsaw puzzle...each piece different and each piece cut completely and movable.
First I had to devise the jigsaw pieces. So twenty five columns x twenty rows (500) meant that I had to design each individual piece for a laser-cutter to follow. Roll forward eleven hours, thirty one cups of tea and a mountain of takeaway food I had this.
Now I realise not everyone has access to a laser-cutter so I've attached the above image if you want to make your own jigsaw puzzle. All you need to do is save the image, put your chosen picture into your printer and then print the image on top of it. The printer will print the jigsaw shapes onto your picture so it looks like a completed jigsaw. Obviously if you want to have individual pieces (and I don't know how you would do this), you'll have to find a way to cut the pieces out.
Next on my list came not so much from a challenge but a post by the fabulous The Shopping Sherpa Now one of my main concerns about posting miniatures is the Post Office's inability to keep the parcel in one piece. To date I've had two lost and three damaged. I loved the idea of making furniture that you could send in one flat sheet and the recipient can then construct the furniture at the other end. Again, using a laser-cutter, I made some prototype chairs from acrylic. It's far cheaper and eco friendly than wasting wood during the trial and error stage of a design.
I still have a way to go before making any wooden chairs but It's a start.
Next on list. Ming-the-Merciless loves Art Deco. Yeah, who knew? =0P He saw the photographs I took of Ralph Keemar's radios from the spring Miniatura and asked for a Cathedral Radio replica from the 1930's...working!! M'okay. Needless to say I haven't found the gubbins of a radio that would fit into something that small.
No knobs as yet and I'm not too happy with the lighter wood inserts. I think it needs pretty-ing up and maybe a small light behind a tuning dial? Any thoughts?
Before I go and do something productive, just a couple of mentions. You may have seen these before but if not, check out Lauren Daley and her fabulous House Lamps I don't know about you but I would have to decorate those tiny homes...probably add an outside dining area and before long have a complete community sitting on my table. I love that she sells the model homes separately. Might be of interest to our 24th scale buddies?
Last but not least, Minismodernas are holding another anniversary competition. Hope to see some more great entries this year
Have a great weekend