Sunday, 12 October 2014

More shed progress

Apart from the wonderful Danny Shotton hand tools that I have to display in the shed, there are still a number of things I want to make before I can step back and say 'I'm done'. 
As is currently the norm for modern miniatures, and particularly work related miniatures, there isn't a great deal of ready made items for sale.
I've started with a soldering iron station, thinking these are the sorts of things I would have in my own life-size shed. The soldering iron station is a couple of Evergreen Styrene shapes cut, sanded and glued together. The soldering iron handle is acrylic turned on a lathe. The rest, just bits of wire from my recycle drawer. I couldn't resist installing a red LED to make it look as if the unit was turned on. I think sometimes, lights add to the realism of a miniature.




The solder is jewellry beading wire wound around a reel that I cut on a lathe. The soldering board is 1.5mm wood painted with white acrylic and dusted with black pastel to make it look burned. To get a textured surface, I put a little flour onto the paint while it was still wet. If you look really close, there are tiny dots of silver to mimic solder splots. This is metallic acrylic paint dotted on with a dressmakers pin - do you think I go too far trying to achieve realism in the stuff I make? ha-ha.
Because the wire powering the led is out of scale, I need to hide it and put in a fake plug and socket to maintain the illusion.


Again, this is styrene (for the plug), wire from my recycling drawer and the socket was cut on a laser cutter from 3mm acrylic.

The pot I've used for the flux is the bottom of a plug protector. It's out of scale - the thickness of the plastic looks wrong - but until I can find anything better, this is all I have.


 I did have an A-HA moment recently, trying to find something to make a plastic trug out of. 


These things are really common in the UK. I had a bottle that used to contain camera lens cleaner. I marked out the shape with a pen and cut it out with a scalpel. Just need to paint it something gardener-esque.


Enjoy the rest of your weekend

Pepper =0)

39 comments:

  1. Sooooo FREaking CooooOOLLL!!! I love it all :) You certainly have kept busy!!!

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  2. Super ton fer à souder! Pour le petit récipient, tu pourrais utiliser un blister de médicaments transparent. Il y en a qui ont exactement cette forme...
    Bonne continuation...
    Amicalement, Dominique

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    1. Bien sûr . Pourquoi n'ai-je pas pensé ? Je peux toujours compter sur vous pour trouver des solutions ingénieuses à mes problèmes . Merci

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  3. I LOVE the fact you added a light to your soldering iron. That really does make it look real...brilliant!!! The plastic basket is also a wonderfully inspired bit of genius.

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  4. Hurray! Love the last photo!
    Neomi

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    1. Hey Neomi, long time no hear. Hope you're well =0)

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  5. WOW, WOW, WOW, what freaking cool!!! Those are not exactly my words, but (after reading the first comment) I also like to use them here ;O)!!!
    You asked: do you think I go too far trying to achieve realism in the stuff I make? Yep, you did, but with such great results, you really have to do that, Pepper :D LOL!!
    I guess we all are a bit of perfectionists for achieving realism into our miniature work, isn't it ;)?
    Wishing you a nice evening/week :D!
    Hugs, Ilona

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    1. =0)
      Thank you so much IIona, glad you don't think I'm too crazy with the realism.

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  6. Hi Pepper! Your powers of realism knows no bounds!!! The soldering iron is an amazing piece of equipment, and I think that's the first British plug socket I've seen in miniature!! The flux pot doesn't look that badly out of scale, just call it an industrial pot! Wonderfully, and cleverly crafted trug (I'd never heard of a trug so I had to google it....!)
    Kind regards, Brian.

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    1. Hey Brian. You know until you said it, I hadn't realised that every miniature I've seen has the continental plug and socket =0)

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  7. Un trabajo estupendo. Se ve todo muy, muy real.

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    1. Muchas gracias Isabel . Es usted muy amable =0)

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  8. This is AMAZING! I actually wanted to send you a link to this Ebay seller for ages - I came across the shop a while ago and immediately thought of your shed project: http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/dioramaparts/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

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    1. Hey Annina, thank you for the link. Some really cool stuff that would suit the shed. =0)
      Hope you and the family are all well...oh and post some miniature scenes will you? You've been away too long ;0)

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  9. You think of everything! I wouldn't have thought you could use a lathe on acrylic... I'm always learning something new over here ;) This looks really great and the LED just gives it something extra special. Did you use a chip LED or a regular one? I've been looking at a few to put in a kitchen appliance but the tiniest ones I've found are chip... Anyways hope you're having a great weekend xo

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    1. Hi Kristine. It's a normal size LED that I had in my stash. It sits in the back reallly well but I had to solder close to the lens and snip the legs off very short. The 1.8mm surface mounted ones would work in your appliances. They're really small but easy enough to solder =0)

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  10. Just amazing details you added to everything, soldering specks! Wonderful creations for this project, you really can craft some miniature wonders!
    ~J

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    1. Aw, thank you Jane. That's really kind of you =0)

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  11. Gosh Pepper...YOU ARE GOOD! Even if I had the idea to make your I doubt mine would be so precise! Your soldering iron is so realistic and just plain awesome! A light too...smh awesome!

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    1. Thank you =0) That's really sweet of you X

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    2. "trug" was the missing word...sorry! :-)

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  12. Great ideas here, and that soldering iron is amazing! Do you already have saw horses? I picked a pair up at a recent miniatures show, and now I can't imagine where I'd use them. :-) I can send photos if you think you'd be interested in them as a gift. xo Jennifer

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    1. Hi Jennifer. Thank you for being so thoughtful. I've sent you an email =0)

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  13. Darn comment didn't publish first time, second time lucky! :D The soldering iron is fantastic, I think the little silver dots make it complete, it adds another layer of realism that is always welcome, even it is hard to see at first, its definitely picked up on overall. I love the plug and socket, I made a plug the other day, it didn't turn out as nicely as yours (though mine is retro and slightly made up, my excuse) :D. And the bucket is superb, so neatly done, I would honestly not believe it had a life as a bottle once, now I'm looking around me for suitable bucket making bottles :D. I have an idea for your flux tub, the shape reminds me of those aspirin tablet blisters, something like Phensic. Although you could always see the current one as being an old glass container or something, I know I've seen RL containers with thick walls like that.

    This shed is going to be amazing!!!

    Sarah :)

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    1. Hi Sarah,
      I bet your plug is way superior, you have sickeningly awesome skills =0D
      You and Dominique have great minds. I spend ages looking around for a trug shape but didn't think for a moment to look for something suitable for the flux. *doh* I'll rake through my medicine cabinet for something. =0)

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  14. Hello Pepper,
    What you want, you make and you make to perfection. I am just blown away by your work. Modern miniatures are not incredibly accessible (and much out there is not great) but you always make perfect mini replicas. Your little workshop will be amazing...even more so then it is now!
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Aww thank you Giac. That's a huge compliment from you. *blushes* =0)

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  15. Very fun and a great job of model making.

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    1. Thank you Karin, that's really kind of you =0)

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  16. Ha ha! You are so darn clever. Progress looks like it is coming along very well. You always can see great potential in the "scraps", but even more amazing, you make it come to life.

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    1. SWEETY! I'm so chuffed to 'see' you =0D
      Thank you, you're too kind

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  17. Trust me that no one but you would think it's not in scale. Great job.

    DiAnn

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  18. Dearest Pepper,

    I have been putting a little surprise together for you which hopefully you will get before Christmas. Sorry to be so slow but now you will have something to look forward to getting in the mail.

    Your chatty twin in Texas
    DiAnn

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  19. Wow Pepper, more gorgeous items for your shed. There aren't many shed items around as you said and when you see some in scenes they usually are not that many or that accurately well made. You made, and are still making, some perfect, well thought shed minis and I am now so looking forward to see these gorgeous items all together as I know they are all going to rock blog land!! These last items you made are too cute. I love the solding station and I have the same green bucket as the one in the pic. Did you get it from B&Q? I absolutely love the one you created.....The handles are super clean, the shape in general is great and all over is just perfect! Well done Pepper! Your minis are fantastic!!

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  20. Your work is so amazing! Who would have thought to make a soldering iron station in miniatures? Great work!

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  21. Oooh, I've been looking for something to make a trug from for ages! I'll need to look out for suitable plastic bottles now. :D

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  22. I've got quite some catching up to do, but what great things you've been doing! I love the solderingstation. looking perfect and I totally agree on lights giving something extra realism, if looks great! It will be no surprise that I totally get the joy and need for all the detailing, it just makes things come to life even more and is great fun isn't it? Although often tedious to achieve ;) . And the fake plug and socket and trug, very well done!

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