Tuesday, June 27, 2017

In the mood for fiddly things - making dollhouse clothes

Sometimes I feel like working structurally - but right now it was a week of 'glasses on', tiny scissors, material scouting and doing something I didn't know I could - making tiny clothes!

First I got stuck on a trolley for under the desk. I had these great pill boxes from muji muji and all it needed was a bit of styrene and 4 castor wheels. Well... and a bit of patience.

Then I got into the clothes mood. Clearly one cannot have an empty wardrobe ;-)
Here what I came up with: coat, leather jacket, shirt, jumpers and t-shirts, jeans, shorts.

hand stiched

Used a tuto I found on the internet

hand stitched

The jeans and shorts are photographed and then printed on fabric

Two hoodies drying...
I ran out of stiff and stuff and made my own with diluted white glue. It works just great! So, no more buying stiff and stuff...

The only thing missing is a pair of trousers on a trouser hanger - not sure yet how to make the hanger .. but I will figure out something.

And I posted the empty salad bowl to  Orsolya Skulteti in Hungary so that she can fill it with her wonderful creations!

This is all soooo exciting :-)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Creating additional kitchen space

You probably all come to the same point as you go along: heck, if only I had a little more space in that house!

Same thing here: I realized that I did not have space for the laundry dryer!
But the house construction is already given - no way I could make it larger.
And all inside space is pretty much allocated ...
Ok, I could make this a major art feature in the living room or so ;-)

I decided to add three 3cm by extending an exterior wall.
This meant that the facade of the house would have to be adapted as well.

This is the only place I could extend to the outside (this is a wall that is removable)

... too little space in the back under the staircase.
Well, I took the knife and was hoping for the best!

3cm more make a BIG difference!

The logic looked right at this stage.
I couldn't wait to now get going on the facade to find out if this really looked great...

Yeah! I like:-)
This is what I love about builidng models - finding solutions that look great!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

3D printables

I was invited by my friends in Germany to join them at the 1:12 Fair in Rheda this weekend.
But they wanted me to bring something along that I could show...

I am catching a train and there is no way to take along a model. But what I could share are the sturdier things that I have available in my Shapeways shop, printed in 3D.

So, very hectic weekend/Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday designing and making the showcase (lightweight using foam board, dismantable for transport), paint some of the items that were in the raw plastic state and putting them into scene.

Spraying color on cardboard/foam board was tricky because - as we all know - it tends to suck up the moisture and then all is ruined. A primer doesn't do the trick either - same issue.
I sprayed very light coats - about 8 of them - and the damage was minimal because I used weights as well. Question of patience though because of all the waiting in between...

Not happy with the 'roof' and lettering - but time was limited and it will have to do for now...

These industrial lampshades are printed in metal and the weight is supposed to make them hang nicer than the lightweight ones... 

First time I installed this lampshade - used a 'pear' LED lamp

Same thing - as a bowl or as a lampshade
Ah, and then - how to make this stable? I made a great construction of wood, magnets, velcro and foam board, painted it and it was all ready when I spotted these two things behing a box in the studio! It could have been so easy...
I attached to magnet strips to the back and they snapped right on!! And now it is rock solid :-)

Hey, have a great week!