Has anyone made a greenhouse? Overgrown and partially ruined of course...have been messing around trying to make the windows from the pretty sides of plastic ice tea bottles...looks just eh...needs something more...am stumped on how to do any sort of the metal fillagree type stuff that is on the windows of all the neat pics I find online...any ideas? Floral wire bends easily, but looks too thick and clunky...very thin electric wire is breaking on me, wire from bread ties is just to crumpled up...
Try looking at Plastruct's online catalog for Strip and Rod products. They likely have just what you need. Their products are made of styrene plastic, which can be welded with the clear, liquid, modeling glue, with the brush in the cap. Their products are not inexpensive, but they're very high quality, and a pleasure to work with.
Also, look into inkjet/laser transparencies -- have to be made your specific type of printer, otherwise the ink/toner may not bond with the plastic sheet, rubbing off... You can print a texture on the transparency, then cut it out and insert it into your model. WorldWorks Castleworks Ultimate card stock model used this technique for a chain on the drawbridge, as well as other elements, like stained glass windows. It's an effective technique. Cheers!
I am going to assume that you are going for a conservatory structure, rather than a utilitarian greenhouse, which is nothing but bars supporting glass.
If you cannot print on transparency sheets, you could print on paper and lay the transparent sheet over the paper to trace the support outline in black or brown marker. Then cut it out with a narrow bladed craft knife. To make it more rigid, you could cut out several and stack them together to get the thickness you need. Or you could cut a pattern and trace it onto one of the thicker plastic black report covers and cut that out. I am suggesting cutting out the framework, because a ruined conservatory or greenhouse is going to have little or no glass left.
Using a supporting form when you are ready to connect the sides, as sotf suggested, is an excellent idea.
Puffy fabric paint would work only if you could reliably control the thickness - something I find problematical. It works ok for small areas, but building a tracery pattern with it could be frustrating.
I never thought of those report covers...that would work wonderfully to make a more intricate design!! I was so focused on wire of some sort I overlooked the obvious. Thank you! As ND has a blizzard moving in for the weekend, I am seeing crafting time coming up!!!
erho: I will once again rise above Lurker status if I ever get back to painting, Real life work transitions... Adulting
Jan 31, 2020 16:23:29 GMT
factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
Mar 3, 2020 10:13:15 GMT
Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT
sgtslag: Hoping to acquire a Chop Saw within the next two weeks. Then I will cut up MDF into triangles, to form the skeleton of my d20 fantasy world globe... Posting will follow, with how-to guide. Cheers!
May 11, 2021 22:57:40 GMT
erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
Jun 11, 2021 17:49:58 GMT
margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
Jun 12, 2021 2:41:42 GMT