Sunday, 16 November 2014

More Haste, Less Speed

       About six weeks ago, I tried to make molds from all of the bottles I had cut on the lathe. This, I thought, would save me time in the long run since I may want to make multiples of each item to fill the shelves in the shed. Roll forward six weeks and I can honestly say that I hate making molds and casting. HATE IT.
      I spent two weeks trying to make the molds, without bubbles. Another two weeks, once I'd resolved the bubble issue, trying to cast something out of the molds. I don't know if I'm using the wrong resin, mixing it for too long or if I'm just plain useless at it but every casting came out with bits missing. This past week I decided to just bite the bullet and make each individual bottle/tin out of a dowel on the lathe and paint it.


I've kept the end of the dowel on to make it easier to hold while I paint it with acrylic


and apply the labels with regular PVA glue.

The labels were designed in Inkscape which is a free-to-download graphics program. It may be worth mentioning here that I use photography paper to print anything miniature. That way the print looks glossy and the colours rich. I buy the cheap, 100-sheets for £5 type. However, photography paper is thick and quite hard to bend so I always split the paper in half after it's been printed.


 You just need to get you fingernail under a corner and carefully tear the back away. I find this stops the photography paper splitting when you fold it.




I did a few more printing jobs. 
This is a 12th scale box of diposable gloves. If you want a copy of the PDF file to print your own, click Here

If you're mad patient enough to cut out the
gloves that go inside, the PDF for printing is Here

I've uploaded it in PDF format so that you can scale to fit.




I cut the perforated tab with a scalpel
and folded it back to show some of the gloves inside.

Feel free to share =0)








The last thing I did this week was make a cable reel. 


Which was made from (below) - Sewing machine bobbin, wood dowel to fit inside bobbin, laser cut plastic circle for the plug holes (alternatively this could be done with a printer), styrene rectangle (for the plug), styrene round (for the cable reel handle), brass rod for the stand, heatshrink for the stand handle and about a meter of black wire. Painted in Tamiya gloss orange and black.


That's it from me. Have a lovely day

Pepper =0)


46 comments:

  1. Your bottles and cans are fantastic! You should try using the Amazing Mold Putty. You can get it at Michaels for 40% off. I had a friend artist make a mold for me for my mannequin series, I ended up using the mold I made from Amazing Mold Putty. For your bottles and cans, I would make 2 pieces, a top and a bottom, the bottom first, let it set, then the top so they fit snug (instead of a front and back). Then try Sculpey clay in the molds. I think it would work fairly easy.

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    1. I wonder if you can get Amazing Mold Putty in the UK. I'll have to have a look. Thank you for the tips, I will persevere with it =0)

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  2. The cans and bottles too more time but they are just stunningly realistic! Your mini eye never ceases to amaze. The cable reel is fantastic and your little glove box is very cool!

    Its all perfection! Hugs~J

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  3. L'enrouleur est super! Bravo!
    Bonne continuation...
    Dominique

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  4. This was a great tutorial, I really enjoyed it.Thank you for sharing.I made miniature furniture. My blog is http://keyfiminyatur.gulay.temizel.org/ I'd love to see you there :))

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    1. Thank you. I'll pop over to your blog for a look-see soon =0)

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  5. Gorgeous work, Pepper, the cans and the bottles look very well. I've never tried to make molds, but I can understand that it will be difficult to make them without bubbles. The cable reel is a masterpiece, nice work :)! Thanks for sharing the glove box and the transparent gloves, very cool! Also thank you for the tip to split the photography paper.
    Hugs, Ilona

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    1. Hi IIona. Thank you, I'm glad you like it. I will eventually master making molds...even if it takes me a few decades ha-ha =0)

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  6. Your cans are simply stunning as are the cable reel and gloves/box. Thanks for sharing :)

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  7. Oh wow, this is so clever! All of it! You did an amazing job with these items, when I saw WD40 I couldn't believe my eyes! Such a simple thing like a label and some paint and it completely changes our perception of an item :) Of course I'm sure a lot of work went into making all of these cans but you really do make it look easy. And the cable reel.... hehheheh! It looks just like the one we have at home..... although I'm not on very friendly terms with it since I always manage to tangle it (don't know how exactly), hehehe
    Regards,
    Jana

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    1. Ha-ha, it must be a Universal thing that the cable tabgles on the reel. Wonder if the manufacturers are doing it on purpose so you get annoyed and buy another one? =0P

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  8. Oh no! That must have been awfully frustrating with the resin! So close! Your little animated gif says it all! haha The lathe pieces look amazing and worth it though. On a side note I really like the image of all the bottles lined up on the dowels... very sculptural. ;)
    And just where do you find the patience to cut out so many mini gloves? You always make it look easy! The translucent blue is really pretty. And then there's that gorgeous orange on the cable reel...I simply cannot wait to see this finished project! :D

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    1. I love how on bloggers blog roll widget the image showing beside your name is the little screaming stick figure with the word Gaah! blinking tehe

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    2. Thank you Kristine. That widget perfectly captures my mood after a month of disasters with molds. Ah, the joys of miniaturing huh? =0)

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  9. Me encantan los botes y la caja de guantes, pero lo del carrete me parece genial.Un gran trabajo

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    1. Gracias Isabel - Creo . Google Translate no hacer un buen trabajo de su comentario y yo soy muy pobre en idiomas. Espero que les gustó =0)

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  10. The cable reel is amazing, love the bobbin use. The bottles etc, are fantastic, I need to get some of this photographic paper, because your printables always have great depth. That sucks about the moulding problems. I can really feel the frustration there, when something doesn't work out, especially since this should have been a "time saving" method for mass production! GRRrrr :D Thanks for the printies! :)

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    1. Ta very much Sarah. I've tried printing on 'best' with normal paper and I never get good results. The photo paper is a really cheap type - probably the reason why you can split it so easily. The molds...yeah, should have known better *shakes head* I'll get it eventually =0)

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  11. Crazy Crazy CRAZY GOOD! I'm not sure about the condition requirements for resin, but generally, I avoid casting resin when the weather is wet/cooler (I say "cooler" = 20 deg C) as I've found it does lengthen the cure length....I've also read somewhere that scale modellers sometimes use some sort of mold liquid to help draw resin into the tiny crevices via capillary action and avoid bubbles. Perhaps it's also useful to cut channels to let the bubbles escape.

    I'm sure you're already well aware of all the above tips, I pulled them mainly from here:

    http://www.hirstarts.com/tipsmain/tipsmain.html

    Don't give up! The bottles are FABULOUS and I know you can do it :D (exquisite is another word that comes to mind...)

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    1. hey Cindy =0) I had a quick look at the link yesterday. I have a feeling from reading some of it that the resin I'm using is too thick. It's congealing before it gets into the finer bits of the mold. Thank you for the link, really appreciate it =0)

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    2. Hope it was of use to you! Oh yea, i know you can thin out resin as well but I cannot for the life of me recall what was used....must have filed it under "good to know" in my brain and never investigated further -__-"

      OK I DID A QUICK SEARCH!!!

      http://www.instructables.com/answers/How-do-I-thin-out-2-part-epoxy/

      There ya go. No way to verify if these work though. hrm.

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  12. It all looks so cool! I love little bottles and boxes with labels, and these all look amazingly realistic! xo Jennifer

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  13. Stunning work as always. Every little detail is mind blowing. Thank you for the photo paper tip I'll definitely be giving that a try. :)

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  14. esas botellas son un trabajo fantastico , me encanta , parece que para dominar la resina hace falta practica, esa bobina es un trabajo genial

    besitos

    Mari

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    1. Definitivamente necesito practicar con el molde, Mari =0) Gracias por sus amables comentarios
      =0)

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  15. ....amazing....just amazing

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    1. Aw, thank you Elbey. That's very kind =0)

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  16. Hi Pepper! You don't need to mold anything, your wood turned bottles and cans are stunningly perfect!! At least you had a go and now you're wiser! I'm always amazed at your miniatures, the realism you get is gob-smacking!
    Kind regards, Brian.

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    1. Ha-ha I don't know about wiser ;0P Thank you Brian =0)

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  17. The final realistic touches are the icing on the cake! Please emal me pepper thru my blog, I have a new computer as I was hacked and do not have your email and can't get thru your google message. Thanks CM

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  18. These are just... wow!! I was so amazed the first time I saw this that I forgot to make my comment ;) But I have no words, so I'll just say, it's great =)
    Hannah

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  19. Just, WOW! You're super talented.

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  20. I've been struggling to make things with photo paper for ages without the paper ruining it but I'll definitely give splitting it a try!

    That cable reel is just mindblowing - we had one just like it at college and I can't get over how much it looks like it! (but yours is decidedly cleaner as the college one was for the workshop and was covered in wood shavings and paint. :P)

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  21. c'est géniale l'idée de la canette à coudre .

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  22. Hi Pepper, stalkery Jane here ;) I'm so sorry you had such a hard time molding and casting, but I can only imagine that's how it goes, I think it is quite tricky. And you're so right to have solved it this way, you have really tried after all. Who knows you'll find a better way for doing it (the molding and casting I mean. I guess you've already checked out videos on youtube, great tips on how to use stuff. But despite all your fruitless efforts I just love the bottles you've turned on your lathe, they look so realistic, well done!! And the cable reel, it just looks perfect, you've made that very well, like the colours too. Thanks for the pdf's, very generous. Ha, don't tempt me cutting out some gloves, haha. Don't think I will need them for my Oldtique Store, I just decided it just doesn't need gloves, not even the storage space. Or does it? Mmmm... we'll see :D

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  23. Brilliant work! I've never tried to cast my own resin, but I did attend a seminar on it back in 2007 at the IPMS Noreast Con, and the demonstrator's simply trick to make sure the resin filled every spot was simply to tap the mold on the table right after he poured the resin in. I'm sure you tried that but if not, maybe it would help.

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    1. Thanks Billy, I did try but I think that I was either using resin that was too thick or was setting too quickly. I've read that you can buy specific resins that have a lower setting time and are best for miniatures. I will give it a go again sometime =0)

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