Monday, 12 June 2017

Finally the Lights are Sorted

I have finally sorted out how to make the lights for my models.

When it comes to lights I have struggled to get them the way I would like but finally I have them sorted.
The main problem is that when I started over 25 to 30 years ago adding lights to my models I was using 12v (mains power using a transformer) and rice bulbs. These rice bulbs were soo hot that at one show one of my grape plants started to smolder. Terrifying!
So the next thing I did was change things to LED's but again still running them on 12v using mains power. (This proved to be very expensive.) Then a friend suggested I use batteries to allow me more freedom in placing the models at shows and schools. This led to doing 9v battery power.
Then came micro lights - well they changed everything!

They run on 4.5v and they are soo bright. Then I found strip lights (because I want to make lit mushrooms) and because they to run on 4.5v (when separated from the strip of 12v) and they are just soo bright which means I do not need as many lights to do the job. If you would like to read more please click on the read more button.

Monday, 5 June 2017

My World Sign for Shows

I was wondering through my blog and was surprised to find that I had not told you about how I made the My World sign I made to take to shows. So here it is.

The base of this sign is a large piece of core flute - the stuff that is used in real estate signs. Now because this stuff is plastic it doesn't actually like glue so you need to go a bit nuts with a sharp blade and slash it so that the glue will stick it self to the rough edges. I spread glue all over the base and waited until it was a bit sticky (hopefully preventing from to much of the glue from coming through the fabric to the front. I then placed the fabric on it and using my hands made sure that there were no air bubbles as I pressed it together.

Once you have done that I used material for the background.

As can be see in the photo there is a chain that I have attached around the whole sign. I have done this on both ends. This will be covered by the tree trunks made of hessian and will allow me to hang the sign. If you would like to read more please click here.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Using Strip Lights

I think I have mentioned, more than once that, lights are the bane of my life. I realise it is my own fault, I keep changing things but what else would you expect from a person like me.

I decided to use strip lights because I wanted, and still do want to make, lit mushrooms and they use individual strip lights* so I went looking for some. Well there's a pickle. As with everything nothing is as simple as it seems. It turns out there are not just one type, no that would be too easy, there are stacks, some really tiny, tiny. If you want to know more info click here and it will take you to a website that explains it a lot better than I ever could.
If you would like to read about the reason and how I changed the LED lights in Pebble Cottage to Strip Lights click here.

My New Display Room


I am very pleased to show you my new display room. Below I will tell you how I have ended up with this amazing space. If you are interested in knowing this please click here.

Silkwood School Visit 2017

Sorry about some faces being blacked out but it is, unfortunately in this world, a necessary thing.
I was very pleased to be invited, again, to Silkwood School to show and discuss my miniature models to the young children. If you would like to read more about it please click here.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Aaron Pocock's Exhibition

I thought I would show you this little gem I have just purchased. Granted the photo does not do the painting justice. This little piece has been painted by Aaron Pocock and he is having his very first exhibition and I visited him yesterday and this came home with me.
His exhibition is at Able Galley, Coral St, Loganlea, Brisbane, Australia. (Please note that the icon on google map is not in the right place. The Gallery is one of the white buildings above the icon (next to house number 29). He is there from 10am to 5pm for the rest of the week and he has a wide variety of artwork in an array of styles.

Why am I telling you all this? Well, one reason is to see if anyone wanted to go and look Aaron up - click here for more info and if anyone is looking to purchase some amazing artwork I think it would be well worth your effort to go and look at his amazing work.

The second reason is that I wanted to say that I have been unable to add anything more to my blog as I have had a bit of a disaster.

I have two craft rooms and one of those is in a leantoo attached to the house. The sealer around the roof has gave way and we ended up with sheets of rain water, on three sides, coming into the craft room. Many weeks later, and a LOT of work, that room is empty. All that could be saved has been neatly placed into the first craft room, that room had to be dismantled so that another rooms worth of craft supplies. could be placed inside it. Five truck loads of rubbish has been taken to the tip! Fortunately, my models were not in the room at the time. They are now in the front room and one of the bedrooms until we get a new roof.

I have removed all the climbing roses from the roof and just as I was about to start taking off the roof from the verandah, so I could get at the gutters, I was given a very large pond job! Today I am shifting 63 large Silver Perch into another pond in the hope that they will eat up the baby crayfish - that is another story!

One silver lining is that I have decided to make the empty room into a display area. So once the roof is sorted I will be able to take some of the shelving (which is right up to the ceiling) from the first craft room and place it at hip height and make a large display area for my models - just incase anyone wanted to come and have a look at them. They will also be easier to get at for when I take them to schools and shows.

See ya later.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Baby Noodles - How Cute!

Look at these aren't they amazing! I bought the lot!
Mini Noodle Sticks in three sizes
Have you ever seen the large Noodles that are used by people in swimming pools? Well now you can get baby noodles. Aren't they brilliant! They come in three sizes. 1cm wide, 1.9cm wide, 3.8cm wide.

At the moment I have been having a go with the 1cm wide noodle sticks and this is one of the things I have made. (see below)

To make these Cut them to the lengths I wanted, rounded off the top with sand paper then stuck a thin piece of wire up inside (it needs to be thicker). I then painted glue onto the pale blue noodle. It doesn't like this idea but I persisted. I then dunked it amongst the micro beads I like to use. These micro beads pick up the colour beneath them.

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