Monday, 2 January 2017
Happy New Year
First of all, I would like to wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year. I hope 2017 will be a good one!
I'm going to spend 2017, as I have previous years, trying out new techniques to help improve my miniature building skillls. The first for this year is something I have always wanted to try and started when I purchased a life-size console table.
I wanted to make those hairpin legs, properly soldered and with the 'L' shape brackets that screw into the table top. I found a company close by - PPD Ltd - who do metal etching and who were invaluable advising on how to make the files needed. Within a week, my 'L' brackets arrived 😀
One of the things I love about technology and the possibilities it provides for miniature makers like us is that it speeds up a process and reduces the associated costs. Admittedy, the first cost (i.e. set-up of files etc), is expensive but if you wanted to make multiples of something, the fact that I can now order 90 brackets for £12 saves me weeks and weeks of work.
The metal rod fits snug into the holes and can be soldered.
I need to master getting each leg the same height and angle which will come from making a jig and practice. I did manage to get a complete set made and ready for my 2016 Christmas scene which you will have no doubt spotted.
I'm going to try the three pronged hairpin leg next so wish me luck 😑
Oh and in other news, I'm pleased to announce that Ambers House is now selling her bespoke, one-of-a-kind miniatures on Etsy. Yay!
Posted by Pepper Mitcheson