Post by Aon-Adharcach on Feb 18, 2016 10:30:53 GMT
I'm starting to work on some sort of kinda realistic backdrop for Julips. I've got a photo selected, now I'm thinking what can I use to make a fence. What materials would work in this scale? Balsa wood (never used it)? Anything else?
Balsa wood would work, but is very fragile, so unless you stored your fence somewhere extremely safe so it never got bumped or touched or tipped over, it would end up breaking and falling apart very easily. I've had balsa wood jump wings in the past, now I have a little box of broken bits of wood I've never got round to gluing back together for the third time cos I got fed up If you're going to a DIY/craft shop (or ordering online from the same kind of place), and want your fence to be real wood, I'd suggest getting proper pine instead. It's no more expensive, and you can get flat sheets a few mm thick which can be cut into planks with a craft knife, and round or square sticks for your posts. Dolls house and modelmaking shops also sell wood, even pre-cut into narrow strips, but it tends to be a lot more expensive in those. At the moment, though, I'm using painted cardboard. It costs next to nothing (a few pennies worth of cheap acrylic paint I already had, and a recycled cake box!) and looks pretty decent as wooden fencing. And if it gets crushed or crumpled in storage, it's quite easy to straighten out again - and if it's creased beyond repair then it doesn't take long to make some more
Thoresby showing off his cardboard fence :
And another shot, a small Trad scale using the same bit of fence, you can see how I made it more three-dimensional by folding and gluing the card into square posts
You could probably get lolly sticks in half lengthways by scoring them hard a few times with a craft knife or stanley knife, but it might be a bit easy to slip and spoil the stick or your fingers unless you have one of those safety-shaped metal rulers for cutting along. But I think the width they are would be about right for fences, anyway - if you think they're about the width of a Julip rider's hand, and real fence planks would want to be at least the width of a real human hand
I've never found balsa wood to be exceptionally fragile, as long as you're using the proper thickness for your scale. I have balsa props that are 15 years old happily knocking around in my prop box with no damage.
When I get on the laptop I can share the link to my balsa place. They let you select from soft/medium/hard as well as size
I just mis-read that as my balsa palace, so I'm sorry but I'm forever going to imagine you have a minature palace made entirely of balsa wood somewhere in your home
Who says I don't?
This is the place I like: www.slecuk.com/index.html Postage is about £7 because the parcel is so long, but the actual price for the wood is much lower than any place around here and the postage costs less than the gas it takes to get me to and from our closest hobby shop - the one actually *in* town doesn't carry balsa anymore and was really expensive.
I was told, by my uncle who used to do a lot of crafty woodwork, that the best thing is a combination of a dot of superglue, for instant strong hold, and a dot of PVA or wood glue (next to it, not on top) for lasting strength, then press the wood together and hold it a few seconds. The superglue means you don't have to peg it or clamp it or anything, and can move straight on to the next part.