Sunday, 21 September 2014

Little by little

I had a whole day to myself yesterday. 

Enough time to make a few simple items for the shed. It was great to get back to making miniatures after a long, long slog of a Summer.

Cable reels - cardboard discs with a 6mm hole cut in the middle, insert a 6mm diameter piece of aluminium tube through both discs and bend over the edge of the aluminium with a doming punch ------------------->
The 'cable' is actually component wire I've saved from a broken computer and dvd player.

More paint - the labels for these can be found HERE

Sandpaper - a 9mm strip from a yellow envelope, Ball of twine - is thread wrapped through and around a bead, Electricians tape - strip of tape wrapped around a slice of plastic tube, Masking tape -strip of masking tape wrapped around a slice of plastic tube.


I made a bracket to hold some of the Danny Shotton tools that I want to display. It is brass rod, soldered, then painted with primer and green car paint.

 This is immediately after soldering - not very pretty.

This is with the tools in place inside the shed. I did have a wobbly moment when I had to drill a tiny hole in the handle of some of the tools so that I could hang them off the bracket. It worked without me splitting the handles *phew*

I'm going to attempt to cast, (for a third time), the bottles I cut on the lathe. Bubbles in the resin are causing a lot of problems..hmmm

Have a great weekend

Pepper =0)
 

43 comments:

  1. I am glad you had so much time to work on these so I could see these great additions! I feel like making some of them just to have around in case I need them for a scene one day! lol Thanks for the great ideas! :-)

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    1. Where did you get that little bouncy happy face? He is so cute! I see him every time I check the blogs I follow LOL

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    2. Hi Grandmommy, you need to find a 'smiley' (which is the little bouncy happy face) from an image hosting site like Photobucket. You can add the direct code into your post using the photo link.

      Make sense? If not, let me know and I'll do a tutorial =0)

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  2. What fun to have an entire day to play. You made some great things to add to your shed. I love the rack for the tools.

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  3. Hi Pepper! So many perfect little accessories for your shed! All of the fine, fiddly work is worth it, everything looks so real!
    Kind regards, Brian.

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    1. Aww, thank you Brian. That's really kind of you =0)

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  4. Hi Pepper! Isn't it gorgeous to have one day just for what you want to do! I Love the rack for the tools, it is very handy and good looking!
    Hugs
    Kikka

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    1. Thank you Kikka. It is lovely to have a day to yourself =0D

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  5. Glad you a whole day to "play." Everything looks fantastic. Thank you for the tips on how you created each item. I appreciate the info.
    Have a great week!
    Lisa

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  6. Those are the best kinds of days! You were really productive too! I'm very impressed with the way the rolls of tape turned out, I would never ever know the masking tape was a scale reproduction. It's great how you have lots of colour in all the accessories too, sometimes workshops can be dull. This one is anything but! :)

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    1. I reallt wanted to be contemporary despite it being an old shed. I hope the addition of lots of colourful accessories make it look modern =0)

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  7. A successful session of fun! Your shed is going to be just fantastic, oh how bold you are to solder metal, I am the type that had to be careful around sharp things and electronics..oh I will hurt myself ;P

    I look forward to seeing this project and your wonderful tips!
    Hugs~J

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    1. Ha-ha, it's taken a loooong time and much practice before my soldering stayed soldered. Thank you for the lovely comment =0)

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  8. The minis you made are perfect, I love the little cable reels and how they were made, I look at those in B&Q all the time for some bizarre reason :D. And the rack with all the tools is brilliant.......and a KNOT in the wood too, is that real!!!!!! When you go to the next miniatura you must take a photo of your shed for Danny to see!! x

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    1. That is bizzare! Do you ever buy the cable or just look? ha-ha. The knot was pure luck and a happy natural coincidence. I may take a pic..I'll be seeing him soon at Kensington =0D

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  9. Me encanta como queda el colgador con las herramientas. El resto de los detallas son geniales.

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    1. Muchas gracias Isabel . Me alegro de que te guste =0)

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  10. Well, your day for to 'play' was a very successful yesterday, Pepper :D LOL.......WOW, what a fantastic new props for your shed. I absolutely love the rack for the Danny Shotton tools and I am glad that the wood didn't split, oh my, I really understand your wobbly moment, while you was drilling those tiny holes ;O!
    Thanks for sharing your great work and tips with us, it's very kind of you! I hope for us all that you will get more of these days to 'play';)!
    Hugs, Ilona

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    1. Thank you so much IIona, you're very kind =0)

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  11. Nice work, Pepper! I never seem to get much done on my days off (despite living in a climate that is highly conducive to year-round painting, staining, and sealing). Should have been done with the bungalow a week or two ago.

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    1. There's always so many things to do. Sometimes I just have to be completely unsociable, lock the doors and sit alone before I can concentrate on anything miniature. Oh to have more time...=0)

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  12. Nice work! I love especially the tapes, they looks so realistic =) Hugs Eeva

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  13. Hello Pepper,
    You always do such an incredible and realistic job with any project you tackle. Excellent work! I love everything and it all looks like real life pictures.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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  14. pepper, that looks fantastic! the little paint brush is amazing, too...
    btw: what wood did you use for the walls? need something like this for my next project...
    kind regards, marion

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    1. Hey Marion, the slats are strips of 1.8mm plywood that I got from a model shop. I think it's marine ply...or at least they sell it for making model boatsd and yachts. The frame is just Basswood. =0)

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  15. The shed is looking fantastic! The tiny details really make a mini project come alive, don't they? How nice to have a day to yourself to get some fun projects done. :-) I wonder if the resin will cure better in cool weather versus hot weather or on a dry day versus a wet day? xo Jennifer

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    1. Hi Jennifer, I'm going to try again on a cool day with the resin. It seems to set very fast in the heat and I don't have time to get the bubbles out =0(

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  16. A fantastic day!
    I like the rack for the tools.

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    1. Hey Lady? Long time no hear? Thank you and I hope you're all keeping well over there X

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    2. Hi! I be good! Work sucks big time right now but never mind! Am working hard on finding a new job anyway. Hows the OH? Still up to no good?

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  18. Vous devez vous régaler à remplir cet atelier....C'est une pièce très inspirante!
    Bonne continuation...
    Amicalement, Dominique

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    1. Merci Dominique . J'espère l'avoir terminé d'ici Noël ... croisons les doigts X

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  19. Wow, a lot of creative thinking. I guess that's what makes it fun. I love looking at odds and end and not seeing what it is, but what it could be in miniature. Julie http://www.modularminiatures.com

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  20. Fantastic work all that imagination and skill. So worth it. As for Danny Shotton's tools - he is one of my top three favourite creators - I go and drool at his stand for hours and he is so patient and nice with someone who never buys anything - I owned one toast rack and one corkscrew of his!! in my 1/12ths life. marilyn

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  21. Hi Pepper. Your minis for the shed are simply stunning! Is not easy to see many sheds' items all at once. I think you are going to have the best and most complete shed ever!! All of the minis you make are absolutely gorgeous and some of them have gone through a big thinking and making process , like the piece you had made with 3D printing, making them even more valuable. Great and stunning work as always. Big hug Pepper!

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  22. I never cease to be amazed by all your minis...and now I want to learn how to solder so I can make a metal hanger thingy for tools to have in my riding school setups...

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