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!




Pepper x

51 comments:

  1. Carol, super to see you back into minis! quite a project you are tackling.. but this will - as always - result in a faultless masterpiece again!

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  2. Oh I like that! Good luck on the three prong table!

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    1. Thanks Sheila. After two fails I'm gonna need all the luck I can get :0D

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  3. The quality of your work Never Fails to impress! What a terrific way to begin the New Year not only for you, but also for US too! : D

    elizabeth

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    1. Aww thank you Elizabeth. You're too kind :0)

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  4. Happy New Year... and it starts great with a stunning new project for you and great admiration while watching this for me... ;O)

    Hugs
    Birgit

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    1. Ha, I'm always eager at the start of the year. See if I can keep it up til December :0D

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  5. Wahoo! You do such awesome work! :D Happy New Year!

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  6. Happy New Year from me too :) Well done on the table, always fun to watch your process---

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    1. Thank you Linda. happy to see you are on your feet again :0)

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  7. Happy New Year. Hope it's a good one. Love your table although love everything that you do.

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    1. Aw thank you. Happy New Year to you too :0)

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  8. Happy New Year to you too!!! I'm sure 2017 will be full of new amazing creations!
    Geneviève

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    1. I hope so Geneviève. Happy New Year to you :0)

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  9. Your legs look great! So does the tables 😉😃 I did notice them in the christmas scene, works really well.

    Thanks for the mention ☺ me nerves...😓

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    1. Haha, they're white and hairy :0P. Still stressing? :0D

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  10. Hi Pepper! Happy New Year to you too! I always admire your technical expertise... and along with that your ability to seek out the RL places and methods that can help you reproduce the minis in True form!!! No card stock pieces for you! They have to be real brass and real to-scale fittings! I suppose it is true miniaturists who can drool over a sprue full of lovely brass angle brackets that are only a quarter inch long!!! :) Clearly your discerning eye for Modern Design is being put to good use with this new piece of mini perfection!!!! It is those pure clean lines that are so hard to duplicate perfectly! I am so glad you plan to keep us in awe this Year! :):)

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    1. Thank you Betsy, I do try. Plus it's good to learn new techniques...never know when they're going to come in handy :0)

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  11. Happy New Year! I love the table and look forward to seeing all your amazing work! I am also so impressed that you found a company close by that helped you.

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    1. I spend far to much time on Google that is good for anyone but I eventually find companies that can help with the mini making :0D

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  12. Happy New Year Pepper! Your brass brackets are just wonderful! How fantastic you are clever enough to create the files to send the company to make them. I love how your blog name is in the brass. :-)

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    1. Not sure about clever.. more dumb luck and stubborness Catherine :0P Happy New Year to you too :0)

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  13. Why has it taken me this long to notice you've enabled comments again?
    Happy new year to you Pepper!
    In awe of your as always.

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    1. Thank you Alice, very kind of you to say considering your epic skills :0)

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  15. Nice Legs! All I can say is brilliant!

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    1. Thanks Cyd and Happy New Year to you too :0) Lovin' your laser cutting btw :0D

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  16. I just love how you go after your ideas! It shows us all not to be put off because we think something will be too hard or too expensive! Awesome idea, Pepper. And, awesome execution! Looking forward to more!!!

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    1. Thank you Jodi. For a long time now I have believed that you accomplish anything by saying 'I can't'. I try everything, I fail often but I learn every single day.
      :)

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  17. See, I need people like you that love to take on a challenge, know how to resource materials and then has the talent to put it all together with great success! Sooooo, can you PLEASE figure out the butterfly chair? I'd like a brown leather one or two. PLEASE? Kidding (not really), I'm mostly serious!!! Happy New Year!

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  18. See, I need people like you that love to take on a challenge, know how to resource materials and then has the talent to put it all together with great success! Sooooo, can you PLEASE figure out the butterfly chair? I'd like a brown leather one or two. PLEASE? Kidding (not really), I'm mostly serious!!! Happy New Year!

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    1. Happy New Year to you. I'm sure a butterfly would be doable..I'm sure I've seen one in miniature already..Hmm :0)

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  19. Your Christmas scenes are always so exciting! This year was no exception :) My favourite kind of miniatures to make are ones that I can easily reproduce. I mean you put in all that time and effort! Did you ever think of using Shapeways for this kind of flat design? The results you got look perfect but I just thought maybe this could be another option for other projects. I know you have experience with them too.
    I wish you the happiest 2017, I hope the New Year has started off well!

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    1. Thank you Kristine. I have to admit, Shapeways didn't cross my mind purely because I knew soldering would be involved. No doubt the whole legs could be done by printing them though :0)

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