Sunday, 13 July 2014

Size does matter

It is surprising how many details you need to fill such a small area. Progress on the shed is slow but steady.




I commissioned two CG (Computer Graphic) artists to design 3D files for the blue stack-able storage bins and the black tool box. I had the files printed at Shapeways. All told it took about three weeks to have them designed and delivered to my door.




I love the fact that the toolbox opens, has two little compartments in the lid and also a removable tray.

 The vice is a white metal model from Phoenix Model Developments that I painted with black enamel. I'm still trying to make one that actually works...it may take some time.



I bought a few shed-esque items from the York Fair in June. I had to include a horseshoe in the build. My Dad always had a horseshoe over the door because he thought it brought our family luck. Isn't it strange what people believe in?


The paint tins are just 14mm acrylic rod (22mm high), with a fine plastic handle glued to the outside. Most paint tins have the labels printed/painted onto the tin so it's hard to get hold of them. Instead, I cropped elements from Dulux online advertisements and compiled them into a label using Photoshop. I've included a copy below if you want any. Just print (without scaling) onto a glossy A4 photo paper for best results.

That's about it from me. Have a great weekend.
Pepper =0)

56 comments:

  1. The tool box is great. I love that it has compartments that open. It all looks awesome!

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  2. I'd love to hear more about the fabrication process of the tool box and storage bins, as well as the cost. Your attention to each detail is incredible! Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. Hi Suzy, I will explain more in a future post =0)

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  3. Genial, una caja de herramientas perfecta, felicidades.
    Gracias por los imprimibles, feliz domingo:-)

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    1. Gracias. Me alegro de que te guste =0)

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  4. Your work, as usual, is perfect! I love everything. Especially the stacking bins, toolbox, and tools. Will they be available for purchase? :)

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    1. Thank you. You can buy the tools, which are all Danny Shotton by sending a cheque. If you want his address, gimme a shout.
      I don't have any plans to mass produce the 3D printed objects though =0)

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  5. It looks fantastic! When do you think you'll call it done?

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    1. Thank you. I hope by winter, I can say I'm done =0)

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  6. My gracious! You can't get more authentic than that! Amazing what 3D can do! I love it!

    p.s. I still can't contact you because I am not on Blogger+

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    1. Hi Grandmommy. You don't have to be on Blogger+. Just click on the little blue penguin at the top of my blog that says 'send me and email' and drop me a line with your postal address =0)

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  7. A tool box with compartments that can open, you say? Wow, that's awesome, Pepper! And the tools are amazing and so realistic, fabulous! The shed is going to be a gorgeous project with (as usual in your work) first class miniatures and lovely details like the paint tins and the horseshoe is wonderful. Thanks for the labels, it's very kind of you :D!
    Have a nice Sunday evening and week! Ilona

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    1. Thank you IIona and you're very welcome =0)

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  8. The blue bins look like they were worth all the effort, I think they really make the scene as it is now (for me). My Dad has had many workshops and those bins are something that always dominated the space. I love the little screws and nails too. Did you make the twisted screws? Very tedious I'm sure. Everything else is so well thought out and executed as usual. Thanks for sharing not only the scene but the paint can labels. :)

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    1. Hi Kristine,
      the screws are just a sliver of aluminium sheet that you twist in you hand. It gives the appearance of a screw thread...from a distance ;0)

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  9. Oh wow, the toolbox is great but I really like the blue stackable boxes. I always love walking through the isle at the hardware store with those boxes, filled with nails, screws, nuts and bolts!
    Interesting proces (design, shapeways...) so much technology to keep up with!
    Thank you for the labels!!
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    Véronique

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  10. Thanks for the paint tins labels. All items in that scene are perfect and obviously hiring 3D artists does make a difference in what you want to accomplish and the finish of it. Everything is just perfect, from the tool box to the storage bins to the nails and the tiny tools and even if the scene is not finished, it already has a great feel to it.
    Well done as usual, I'm looking forward to the end results....I'm sure they will be stunning!

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  11. How cleaver to hire someone to make your tool box and bins. It is such a realistic addition to the shed. I love how the tool box has a fitted tray inside it. Danny's tools look great in it. This is such a wonderful project. LOVE the paint cans too.

    I hope the horse shoe brings you loads of luck. XXXXXX

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    1. Not sure about clever but a necessity if I wanted them making. It was far beyond my expertise. Danny's tools look great no matter what the background =0)

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  12. Esos contenedores apilables son increíbles y la caja perfecta. Está quedando precioco.

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    1. Muchas gracias Isabel. Eso es muy amable de su parte =0)

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  13. The tool box and storage containers are brilliant. You have some great tools and items in your shed and the paint cans look great. They all look so realistic.

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  14. Yes, I am learning that it is all about the details...Your blue bins are awesome! I so want a 3D printer.

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    1. Ha-ha, it's addictive you know. Before long you will have a CNC machine, laser cutter, 3D printer...I need to win the lottery =0P

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  15. I could almost swear it was 1:1. Fantastic work!
    Hugs, Drora

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    1. Aww, thank you Drora. That's very kind =0)

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  16. Hello Pepper,
    Wow! that is amazing. Your miniatures work like real life ones. Everything you have added to the room is so beautiful and so incredible well done. I love it!
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Thank you so much Giac. Big hug right back attcha =0)

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  17. Hi Pepper! I hate to say it, but your miniature shed is already better equipped than my real life one!! The tool box is an amazing little thing, and the fact it works like a real one is doubly amazing! The stack-able bins are such a great idea. Everything looks do natural and real, I keep expecting to see a cobweb in a corner!
    Kind regards, Brian.

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    1. Ha-ha. It's better than mine too =0P Hmmm, cobwebs...I'll have to work on that one!

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  18. UAU !! que cosas mas bien hechas . La caja de herramientas fantástica , pero con los contenedores me quede con la boca abierta . Gracias por los imprimibles
    Un beso

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    1. Muchas gracias Rosa. Eso es muy amable de su parte decir =0)

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  19. Pepper your tools and your tool shed are Enviable! What incredible microscopic details which are Absolutely and Incredibly Absorbing. Being the designated handy woman around my real life house, many of your details are very familiar to me. I LOVE the well-used box on your workbench and the drill bits. Your nails have nail heads and points.... INCREDIBLE. Your tool box is the exact texture of the heavy duty types that one sees at all of the Home Improvement stores. The plastic stacking bins and the vise and even a paint brush;( mine are always stiff with old paint, but when they are new they look just like your mini one).... EVERYTHING is FASCINATING! Bravo so far Pepper
    Bravo! :D

    elizabeth

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    1. Aww thank you so much Elizabeth, that's really kind of you =0)

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  20. Love the horseshoe! My grandfather always had a horseshoe (heads up to keep the good luck in) in his workshop.

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    1. Hey Maria, that's exactly what my Dad told me. I once hung a show upside down and he told me I'd dropped the luck on the floor ha-ha =0)

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  21. that looks so good! I can imagine it takes a while and a lot of effort to fill the shed. But you've got a great start here and 3D printing is great! I love your blue hardware trays and toolbox, smart thinking and a great outcome! Thanks for sharing the paintcanlabels, that will definitaly come in handy some day!

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    1. Thank you Monique, I really appreciate that =0)

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  22. Oooh, that looks really awesome!
    Big hug from Italy!

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    1. Thank you Facchiana, big high five and a hug from the UK =0)

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  23. Te está quedando precioso y no falta detalle. Gracias también por los imprimibles y decirte que ya puse la foto en mi blog de la lámpara que me tocó en tu sorteo. Disculpa por la tardanza. Un beso

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    1. Usted es muy agradable Eva. Estoy tan contenta de que tu como su lámpara =0)

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  24. Wow, again. Your shed is just, wow! =) Fantastic work, and all these photos could be of a real shed! Thanks for the printie too =)
    Hannah

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  25. I just got back from Vacation so Im a little late on commenting but I have to say I love love love the details, you did all the right things and really think it looks like a shed I'd have in my back yard *only a lot cleaner* all you need now is a lawn mower or riding mower if the owners are old like me :)

    Hugs
    Marisa

    PS thanks for the printies

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    1. Thank you Marisa, hope you had a lovely vacation - oh and you're not old! =0)

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  26. Yip, its brilliant! :D Love the view with the tools at the door. It's fantastic how the 3D printing enables this kind of work, can you just imagine making those from scratch, I don't think they would stack so neatly if made individually by hand :D And the little paint tins, they look like you just bought them at B&Q! Thanks for the sharing the printable! x

    You know everytime I look at your shed, I keep thinking about the contents of sheds :D Saw someone mention spider webs, I swear, if you got the right sort of real spider, you would get convincing sheet webs in the corner. We have one in our real kitchen at the moment, and its definitely suitable for 1:12 scale :D

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    1. Ha-ha, great minds think alike. I swear as soon as I read the comment about webs I started looking out for a spider small enough to go in the shed haha. Do you think we ever go too far to achieve realism in miniature?...nah =0P

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  27. Pepper, here is an article for you about how you can get a shiny smooth finish on 3D printed objects. DIY but it does involve a common chemical solvent, Acetone, so carefully follow the safety directions.
    http://hackaday.com/2013/02/26/giving-3d-printed-parts-a-shiny-smooth-finish/

    I am fortunate in that I have been creating 3D models in CAD for more than 20 years and my best friend/room mate bought a 3D printer a couple of years ago.

    By the way you can get spools of ABS material in the color black to use for 3D printing. Not sure why Shapeways used white then painted it black.

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    1. Thank you for the info Karin, I'll take a look.
      You're too talented, you know that? I doubt there is anything that you've tried and haven't mastered. Maybe I'll work up the courage to try 3D modeling some time.

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