There are days where you just have to do some handicraft to finish the day in a nice way - so was today (and yesterday, but yesterday nothing worked, so fu yesterday, today worked out nice!). What we did is a - specifically our first - custom figure display. Its a kind of picture frame for a Rakka which lies cozily on a feather-bed.
As figures are somehow fun and so is tinkering. So how about combining those two? "Garage Modelkits" offer you the (IMO) nicest way of doing so. What you'll get is a resin casted model in parts, you've gotta file it, grind it, polish it, paint it and glue it together. It takes up shitloads of your time, so be careful not to let that new hobby eat too much of your time - if you decide to try it / stick with it.
Anyways, we've (as in Eefi and NebuK :P) tried our first garage kit, Mina, from the Densha Otoko opening:
As we've run into many problems, gear and methode wise, we thought we'd publish a small "buildlog" or "modelkit diary". Mind you, this is by no means a guide or tutorial as we've only tried to find our way into the Resin Kit World :P. Still if you're preparing to do your first kit this post may give you some kind of idea what you're diving into.
You may have some dark or darker places in your Flat/Room/House/Whatever - or - as i do - a complete souterrain flat. Now you may have tried having some indoor plants in there - just to make the rooms nicer. It just didn't work, so you put 'em into trash and never tried again.
Well, maybe i just exaggerated a bit, it isn't that worse most of the time. Still its kinda difficult growing and hatching nice plants virtually anywhere. As i like some green around me and *am* living in a dark souterrain flat i've put some reading and discussion with biologists into this and i think i've got it how to make that work by now.
First off you need to choose the right plants. Not anything is suited for this kind of enviroment, but some nice ones are spathiphyllum, ficus (benjamini), yuca, phoenix (dactylifera), calathea, dracaena, various ivys, but there are many many more. Just check your local library for nice books on that topic - believe me, books are way better than interweb for this :).
Of those examples i have the following ones around:
As i sometimes like to tinker on stuff that i totally don't know about. This time it was bookbinding. Turnes out its easier than you might think. All you might want is some basic garage workshop material you probably already have at home, some glue, your PDF to print and some time - only about a hour. It's really fun, really easy and the results are great.
So, please come in and read the actual Article/Tutorial :P.
As you may have read in the last article we've been playing mahjong recently. As we have nice tiles but no counting sticks and the only nice counting sticks we've found amazon.com were just too much shipping (6$ product, 49$ shipping, yay!) we thought we just make them ourselves as well.
You're going to use this stitch many times if you make plushies, usually used for closing after you've stuffed them. It's made of awesome. I plan to write a more detailed description this stitch in the future but these pictures have to suffice for now. You can google it in the meantime.
Like this (click for bigger picture). And pull every few stitches.
It'll close magically!