Saturday, 18 January 2014

Spooly Spool


With the relative success of the Hooky hooks, I extended my hanging from shelf range to include my wire spools. I wanted to be able to remove the spools individually and make the hanger generic enough to take the 2-3 sizes of reel I have. This design has a sturdy interlocking cross bar strong enough to hold the reel and the hooks are snug enough to stop the bar jumping out randomly. (svg here)


Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Hooky Hooks


I bought one of each flavour of acrylic paint from Wilkinson so that I would have a wide range of options available to me when it comes to painting custom meeples. My paints normally sit in a box under various other things that I have to move to get to them, so I designed these little hanging hooks where I can rack them all up and get them easily. They don't take up any bench space and the paints always moves to the bottom of the tube. (svg here)



Sunday, 12 January 2014

Superhero Tryptic


After the Iron Man Veneer project I wanted to expand upon the range with Captain America and Thor. Both lent themselves well to conversion to wood veneer with lit polymorph inserts. I love the effects you can get just by aligning the grains and working with the natural colours of the wood (I say natural colours but I have cheated a bit by using some blue dyed veneer in the middle of Captain Americas shield). Polymorph was pressed into the cutouts where I wanted the light to appear. This means it sits flush with the front of the plate. The reverse was wired with white surface mount LED's, connect to 2x AAA batteries.

I'm so pleased, especially with the little things. The handle on Mjolnir was made from teeny pieces of veneer, the smallest triangles were 1mm wide and 2mm long, but this was the only way to make sure the grains aligned correctly so not only does it look right but because the light hits the wood at the different angles each piece of veneer looks like a slightly different colour making it really stand out.