Thursday, July 26, 2018

Show and Sale, Some 1:48 scale fun

Addition to dealers:

Luba Barnes
Miscellaneous miniature items and some 1:48 scale items
Luba is also our N.A.M.E. representative and will have a half table on its behalf.

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I am SO far behind in letting you know what I've been doing lately that you're unaware that I have dipped my  toe in the world of 1:48 scale. 

At the end of May, Luci Hansen of Cascade Miniatures came up from Oregon and taught her Elegant Living Room in 1:48 scale. (More about that if/when I ever get my act together and catch up on what has been happening over the last while.)

On Tuesday night, some of us met at Tina's and she taught us how to make wonderful 1:48 plates. The trick is to use sequins as the base! This is a tip she learned from Jewell Lewis from New Zealand. Glue on the picture, then add gloss varnish of some sort.

Punch out your plate pictures. In this case, Tina had printed out pictures of plates in 1/4" and 3/16". I only have a 1/4" punch but she had a 3/16" punch so was able to punch out those.Take a popsicle stick (or other strip wood) and cover it with a strip of double-sided tape. Put your sequins on it then glue the punched out pieces to them. 

Let dry then coat with a gloss varnish of your choice. I used J. W. etc. gloss clear varnish.

Tina also gave us some of these square sequins:

So I did two sets of those.

I still haven't done anything with the pictures on the square gold sequins but I used Glossy Accents clear, dimensional accent on the silver pieces. I used too much but I think once the accent has dried, they'll still look pretty good.

Highlight of the Evening:

Tina's son, Fraser, is a gamer so he is a miniaturist in his own scale. He's very supportive of his Mom's hobby and the club. (He is head of security at our Show and Sale.)

Recently, he bought a 3-D printer and in addition to his own work as a gamer has been making many things for Tina in 1:48 scale. 

She is working on this wonderful 1:48 cabin scene built from pieces that Fraser printed for her. I wish I had had my camera with me as it is shaping up so wonderfully! Especially the moose, the Canada geese, the rabbits, etc.

Fraser will be opening his own Etsy shop in the near future so Tina asked us to fill in a form asking what we thought we would be willing to pay for some of the pieces she showed us (unpainted and painted). Since I don't ordinarily work in 1:48 (and I always want to underpay), I wasn't much help.

But in any event, these were the two pieces we received in payment!

Each piece is 1 1/2" tall. The shelving unit on the left is 7/8" wide and the cabinet is 1 1/8" wide.

Side view
I'll keep you posted on Fraser's work as I hear from Tina.

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