Birthday!

Thanks to everyone who gave me any kind of birthday wish or pleasantness today, even if you did not know it was my birthday.  Husbro was sick this morning, so I just got my gift when he got home.  A miter box and saw!

There are some woodscraps in our storage area downstairs, AND THEY ARE GONNA GET CUT.  Also, in the realm of wonderful things, I received not one, but TWO sweaters identical to the one I’m wearing in the above picture.  This was not an accident.  I’m turning into Where’s Waldo.

Coming soon!  A new felt flower tutorial I found (and how I do it differently), a treasury of bear/bird slash fic* and a whole lotta Hanukkah gifts**.

*Just kidding– it’s an Etsy treasury I made.

**Am I just forcing my Jewish friends to do xmas with me?  Is it a Hanukkah gift if it comes from a goy?


DIY Holodeck from Star Trek: TNG

EFF YEAH DIORAMAS!  I am getting to the Star Trek: The Next Generation game a little late, but it’s never too late for more nerd cred.  I feel like since I’ve started watching the series, a new community has opened up, with more humor, dorkiness and inclusion.  A few weeks ago, I decided that in my tradition of making a photo corner at my birthday party, I would make a holodeck (black tarp, yellow duct tape, determination).  But before I attempted that, I made it tiny!

I’m really surprised I didn’t find any IRL holodecks online, no Google, no Etsy.  The ONLY “holodeck” entry on everyone favorite craft mega-site was this.

Other than the bright yellow tape, this papercraft holodeck from the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) can be made mostly with things you likely have around.   It could be small enough for miniatures, or big enough to take pictures of yourself in.

PAPERCRAFT HOLODECK TUTORIAL
Supplies needed:
lightweight cardboard (cereal box)
matte paper
exacto knife
scissors
straight edge/ruler
pencil
glue
yellow tape (artist/masking/duct)
Holodeck pattern

Print out one pattern for the cardboard structure, and another for the “wallpaper”.  The wallpaper pattern should be printed about 5% larger.  You’ll need a tiny bit of overlap so it wraps correctly.

STRUCTURE: Trace the smaller pattern onto the cardboard and cut out.  The tabs along each edge are not necessary for the cardboard piece, except for the “GLUE UNDER A” tab.  Bend along dotted lines and glue appropriate tab under the floor side marked “A”.   This should make a corner with two walls and a floor.

WALLPAPER: Take the larger pattern and trace/print onto a piece of matte black paper (I used construction paper) and cut out.

Using a straight edge, draw gridlines with pencil onto the black paper.  The spacing is up to you, but keep it consistent.

Apply yellow tape stripes to wallpaper BEFORE attaching wallpaper to model.  With the exacto knife (and a self-healing mat if you got it) cut tape strips long enough to run the length of both the wall and the floor.  The stripes should form what looks like a basket:

The width of the strips depends on the size of your model, and your interpretation of TNG holodecks.  For a 3” model, I cut the strips ⅛”.  Attach the strips to the wallpaper top to bottom on the left wall and floor, and across the model left to right.  Attach the top to bottom strips on the right wall AFTER the next step.

Fit wallpaper to model and fold tabs over the sides of the cardboard.  Glue in place.  Fold the “GLUE UNDER A” wallpaper tab under (do not glue).  Make sure all edges are adhered and straight.

Now, attach top to bottom tape strips to the right wall.  Use the end of a pencil (but not the lead) to tuck the tape into the angle between wall and floor, and continue along floor.  Fold all extra tape under model.

To finish, use large strips of yellow tape to cover back.  Just make it nice!

 

"Hey-- who's up for a game of Pyramid? Oh sorry, wrong show."


Tiny Candle Holders

Full disclosure: this tutorial is my take on The Sweetest Occasions “DIY Party Animal Candles“.  I’m not really doing anything different, but it’s a good reason to post lots of “tiny things” photos.  I had a great time looking for the right plastic animals.  San Jose has several party supply stores that are AMAZING compared to what I’m used to.  The plastic candle holders are easy to find– just look in the baking aisle for cake supplies.  Most likely, they will come with candles.

Get some plastic thingies and candle holders.

Make sure your drill is charged, with a 5/64 drill bit.

Get some spray paint, and a safe place to use it.

WATCH OUUUUUTTT!!!!!

A mistake that I’ve made too often is trying to drill into a small, uneven object without securing it.  I still have all my fingers and finger nails, but I don’t own a table without a hole in it.  I promise you, invest in a small bench vise and you can still have nice things.

I've got you now!

Try not to drill all the way through the object, but don’t worry if you do.  Dab a little glue or Modge Podge in the hole as spackle, and it shouldn’t show after the paint.  If your object is too shallow, trim the spike on the candle holder.  The spike should fit snugly enough that glue isn’t necessary, but add a dot of superglue in the hole if you wish.  The snug fit plus the spray paint should keep it together.

Lizard Menorah

I LOVE drilling holes in shit.

So far, apartment living isn’t so different from my old home, but issues came up when I wanted to spray paint. Can’t do it inside, can’t do it on my little balcony, and I didn’t want to annoy my neighbors by doing it in a common (outside) area.  I’m sure someone was complaining about me today, but I decided to spread a tarp out on the grass of our courtyard and daintily spray.

Make sure you get all sides, and leave to dry for the day.  Don’t let the leaves fall on your wet figures!

As for food safety, I’m pretty sure you shouldn’t drop these in your cereal, but to sit on a cake for a few minutes shouldn’t hurt anything.  If you are still concerned, seal the figures with Modge-Podge.  If Modge-Podge was toxic, I’d have died years ago.

Finally putting my lightbox to work!