Sunday, September 10, 2006

Balls to the Walls


I find that some things take balls while others take finesse. Today was a balls day.

I had to take a stab at some measurements of the beam positions and then dismantle them. Then I could start to remove the main set cottage walls in sections and mark their position on the set. I removed them all and began to cut insulation foam to fit each panel. I then pasted cut pieces of foam to both sides of the original cardboard walls, like a different sammich and wrap it in fiberglass screen ($6/roll). The idea being the soft flexible window screening mesh would give firm traction as an underment to the plaster daub coating. I have a wall pressed between boards under heavy weight overnight to dry before I test plaster it tomorrow.

Lots of detailed tasks take finesse, sculpting, meticulous styling of clothing and other tiny props, etc. or even the artistry of editing a final scene requires a skillful flair. But the moves I made today took a bold heart and called for a kind of backbone that I usually shy away from.

And as a fun bonus, inspired by the fabulous workshop tips from master miniature builder, Rik Pierce. I cut a hole in the bottom of the tree stove fire place, clipped a 7 watt flame-colored bulb into an empty glass spice jar, ran the cord down through the tree to the outside landscape, and did a quick dressing to check the effect. That's going to look just like I wanted by the time I'm through.


I also managed to create a custom Tudor-style leading for the next two arch-shaped windows for the cottage. I quite like it and look forward to getting more of the lead out.

5 comments:

  1. Fireplace lighting looks fantabuloso, nice pattern on the new window too!

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  2. Thank you, Jefferymeister! I really like the fire effect too, and never would have thought of wiring the light for it now, except for my reading tips from people who build these things for a living! By wiring the lighting now I won't have to cut into the finished set. Did you see that mini tut on that yet? It looked more like a campfire there because they used railroad-er grey ballast for ashes and painted the logs black. I can create a pdf of the page for you and send it, if you'd like.

    Thanks for the comment on the window pattern, I like it too. Fun fun.

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  3. I did see the tut, thanks...the black logs gave me an idea for a 'burning' effect I want to try out with the new short......fire beats paper...

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  4. Water puts out fire... hey, AND it destroys paper! I want to be water!

    ...But one problem. How do U animate water?

    Heh... sorry. Bad flashback... happens sometimes.

    Hey, if you gots balls AND finesse, you can juggle!

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  5. Great, J, I'm glad that helped spark ya.

    And Mike, you are hilarious.

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