Posts tagged “Craft

Painting the Town… Update (4/3/17)


It’s been full on of painting today, so out with the paint and brushes and the first coat is now on all of the model miniatures. After priming the remaining pieces that were still having detail added I have finally moved into the next phase before I get the projector out. I finished my day in the studio with a quick layout of the town. I’m really pleased with how they are looking. I am thinking they will need a further 4 or 5 coats before they are a solid white. Putting me on schedule to have another test at the middle of the month or late March.


Painting the Town… Update (19/2/17)


A day later than planned but without any more delay I’d like to share yesterdays events in the studio. It’s been back to operation “add detail” to most of the model bar two or three which are ready for the paint to be applied. It was all about the matchsticks creating the detail, with them being almost to exact size in some cases I have used them to create simple gestures that are completing these simple model miniatures. I know I say this a lot but I am really please with how things are going.

I might be getting out the paint next time as I make a start on some of the models, whilst a few need more work to them. It wont be much but will make all the difference.


Painting the Town Update (18/2/17)


After writing last weekend off due to the weather I have made a much-needed return to the studio again. I decided to call a halt to making any more model miniatures for now. Focusing on my now scaled down collection, adding some minor details to them all.

I began by adding the roofing to sides of the models, which I should more or less complete next time. I also turned to using match-sticks for the posts for a few of the pieces. I’ve discovered that these pieces will be harder to paint, I’m also amazed at how these little additions complete them even before paint is even added.

I’m looking forward to adding the last details before painting gets underway.


Make your Own Buffalo


If you would ever like to make a simple Buffalo, follow these simple steps. You will need, balls of string, classic clothes pegs, cork bottle stoppers. Fur in two tones of brown (dark and light). Scissors to cut both the fur and the string, skewers, a hand-saw and PVA glue.

  • Find a classic round chunky clothes peg and a cork bottle-stop. Saw the beyond the ball end leaving about 1omm minimum.
  •  Find a ball of string (you may need a big ball depending on how many you want to make.  Tie the bottle stopper, to the flat end, making use of the clip to hold the piece tight.

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  • Cut lengths of skewers to a two lengths (two for the front and two for the rear legs)
  • Tie these to the body of the peg, longer at the front, shorter at the back. Use a figure of eight knot to hold them in place before tying them off around the clip.

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  • Making sure your skeletal Buffalo stands up you can move onto the fur, cutting an inch wide strip. Before you glue it around the body of the Buffalo, do a practice wrap to ensure you know where the it will fall to get a good coverage of the body.
  • Once you have decided how to wrap it around you can glue a small section (in between two legs on one side. Wrap around and cut to size, gluing it down. Check all over to ensure you glue down any patches still showing.

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  • Turning the head (cork bottle stopper) cut a inch wide strip of the other fur to size, ( you can use this for a few Buffalo. Cut to size a section that will cover half (top or bottom) of the head. Once you’ve decided, glue down and cut in places to wrap around to cover the flat sides.

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  • Nearly done now, cut a two short length (25mm or less) for the horn at the pointed end. Then work these into either side of the head.
  • And there you have your first Buffalo.

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Shadows of the Frontier 5 (2015)



Shadows of the Frontier 4 (2015)



Shadows of the Frontier 3 (2015)



Gather at the River (2014) Part 2


A continuation of my Frontier Town work that explores the Western genre, focusing on the river-road.

Part 1

rEvive (2014)


Gather at the River (2014) Part 1


A continuation of my Frontier Town work that explores the Western genre, focusing on the river-road.

Part 2

rEvive (2014) 

 


Wild West – In the Woods (2013)


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My work was shown alongside work by these artists Suhani Parek, Natalie Depledge, Laura Ghany, Chloe RoodAbigail Booth, Phyl Parker, Saara Karppinen, Bronwyn + Marina, Isobel Jones, Charmaine DresserCharlotte WhitmanCharlotte Smith, Christopher Jarret, Leslie Deerer, Constance Whitman, Olivia Gilman, , Oscar, Adam David, Stephanie Davies, Alice AstburyNatasha Bird and Sidney Lim. Check out how this piece was made by reading the diary of my time at this link.

In the Woods (2013)