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PostSubject: Books from Foam   Wed 5 May 2010 - 17:21

So I have seen some great looking miniature books made from card and balsa, but they seemed a little bit labor intensive for what I wanted to do.

Looking to add some character to my Mord buildings I wanted to have some book lined shelves here and there. So while cutting up foam one night an inspiration hit me.

let me know what you think? These are the WIP pictures, I will seal with PVA and paint them up.





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PostSubject: Re: Books from Foam   Wed 5 May 2010 - 18:27

They look great but can you put some one in there for scale
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PostSubject: Re: Books from Foam   Wed 5 May 2010 - 19:13

WOW! That is impressive in its simplicity. Great work!
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PostSubject: Re: Books from Foam   Wed 5 May 2010 - 20:22

AWESOME! Gonna make me some o' those! Thanks man!
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PostSubject: Re: Books from Foam   Wed 5 May 2010 - 23:47

i was skeptical when i saw the topic. now i have seen the pictures and the skepcisism is gone! great stuff!
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PostSubject: Re: Books from Foam   Wed 5 May 2010 - 23:54

Awesome. Definitely going to try to make some. Can you post some pictures of them painted when you're finished?
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PostSubject: Re: Books from Foam   Thu 6 May 2010 - 0:47

very impresive, the book shelves are fantastic as well as the books, I might try it out in the future! thanks for the inspirational source!

btw, I would kill to be able to get floor like that from a local store! Sad no luck for me.
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PostSubject: Re: Books from Foam   Thu 6 May 2010 - 1:34

Very cool! Let's see how they paint up. bounce

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PostSubject: Re: Books from Foam   Thu 6 May 2010 - 16:18

I just thought of a cool "mistake" that one could make. If you do the same procedure as intended but conveniently forget to seal some of the books with PVA prior to painitng, they may melt in a way that would resemble charred books. As long as the majority of the foam is protected and only small patches are left unprotected, I think you'd get a really cool effect. When I get some time, I may try this out.

Again, fantastic idea, HorndedRat.
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PostSubject: Re: Books from Foam   Fri 7 May 2010 - 1:22

Nice attention to detail, I like it!
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PostSubject: Re: Books from Foam   Fri 7 May 2010 - 4:19

ANOTHER GREAT IDEA....to steal! VERY CREATIVE use of/for the scrap materials from larger projects...making little accent pieces adds a lot to the atmosphere of a gaming board. VERY WELL DONE!
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PostSubject: Re: Books from Foam   Fri 7 May 2010 - 13:39

Thanks for all the comments guys, I am glad you like them.

I will post some pictures of them painted up with a mini for scale this weekend
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PostSubject: Re: Books from Foam   Wed 12 May 2010 - 12:57

They look great. What did you use to carve them?
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PostSubject: Re: Books from Foam   Fri 14 May 2010 - 13:44

Well didnt quite get them all painted up this weekend like I was hoping, mothers day and all.

But here is a quick, super quick paint job on one set just to test out how they would look. I do plan to go back and clean it up / highlight etc. But I am satisfied with the way they look to crank out a few of them.



Also, while I was cleaning out my desk I came across a pair of scissors, the type used for scrap booking. They create a decorative edge (Dont know the proper name) anyways. I cut a small piece of card with them, and it got me to thinking.

So I added the pice to the side of a shelf. ...wala ...instant fancy furniture. I think I will be putting these to more use in the future.



** Edit ** Oh and to answer the question on how they were made. I just used a sharp blade, and a pencil to carve the details, and some fine sandpaper to smooth the cuts.

The Cobblestone flooring you see isn't to hard to find online. Department 56 makes it along with some others. Normally it is sold in 4 1/2" x 36" rolls. But if you look hard enough you can find it in sheets approx 24" x 24" It is actaully what I used for the base of my gaming board. I have 6 pannels that are 2x2


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PostSubject: Re: Books from Foam   Fri 14 May 2010 - 14:27

That would be cool to use on Walls, Window frames, etc. Nicely done!
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PostSubject: Re: Books from Foam   Fri 14 May 2010 - 14:30

VERY NICE LOOKING! The scalloping on the book case is an EXCELLENT touch...I think that type of scissor is called pinking shears. With or without highlighting the books look TERRIFIC. WELL DONE!
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PostSubject: Re: Books from Foam   Fri 14 May 2010 - 14:38

Pirexian wrote:
That would be cool to use on Walls, Window frames, etc. Nicely done!

Yeah I was thinking that also! Might have to give it a try.

Yeah I know pinking shears are what they call the ones that have the triangular teeth, used typically but quilters etc. Wasn't sure these would be called the same thing. They do however have a wide variety of different patterns. I think I originally got a set to try and and make different types of roofing tiles. But never got around to it and forgot about them...
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