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Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 2:02 pm
by Steve Bennett
Ferns look like they could be very useful Bill. Not so sure about the mushrooms though, I find Peco track pins work very well after a coat of paint.

Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 3:26 pm
by Gerry Bullock
Yes Bill the Fly Agaric is considered poisonous, however the Celts and Druids used it to achieve highs. :roll: :roll: :roll:
As Busch are promoting this fungi maybe they have Druid connections. :twisted:

Mushrooms are also quite easy to make using Fimo and for a "waste not want not" solution I have one on Gneiss Farm that is the stalk end of a date. :wink:

Posted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:03 pm
by Steve Bennett
Oh dear, a major distraction just arrived, think I might be having a play with these this evening :lol:

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Posted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 1:02 pm
by rue_d_etropal
just received some mini punches from eBay. Advertised as from Australia but packet of 3 treee leaf punches actually came from Hong Kong(probably quicker post as well) .
Cost was just over a £5 for the 3, including post, so they are cheap enough to play with.
I think these are the smallest punches available, and I think are probably about right size for 1/12th.
Just wondering how to fix down heaps of leaves now :roll:

Posted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 3:09 pm
by Steve Bennett
rue_d_etropal wrote:Just wondering how to fix down heaps of leaves now :roll:


As they are paper, an ordinary white glue should do the job, maybe even hairspray. To keep the loose look of piles of leaves, spraying with a dilute solution of white glue might be the best way to go. Not tried it, so I could be completely wrong :) but worth a play.

Posted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:25 pm
by Steve Bennett
The paper saga continues :roll: well, I couldnt resist a play with the new punches shown above :wink:

All the punches I got were from the "Xcut" range which seem quite popular here in the UK, but I'm sure there must be others which are similar. Mine came from http://www.bgpayne.com and took about a week incl the holiday weekend. They didn't have one of the punches I ordered and refunded the amount for that directly back to my Paypal account, no problems.

Here is a pic of the 5 punches, along with the bits they produce to give an idea of the relative sies.

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To help anybody who might be tempted along a similar path, here are the product # from left to right.

XCU-970 - Border Punch - Stars
XCU-9834 - Mini Punch - Four Stars
XCU-2611019 - Punch - Daisy Pattern
XCU-2581006 - Mini Punch - Daisy Pattern
XCU-969 - Punch - Holly

So thats the technical bit, time to play :lol: . Here are a few examples, I will give a few more details after the pic.

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Working from the left front, this is made with the Holly punch, another is just left of the purple flower. I found this one of the more difficult to use, but the effect is good. As the size of the leaves are quite big, it is possible to curve the leaves around a round former, I used the handle of a small paintbrush. With card, this does make them more difficult to fit the layers (3) together, paper might have been a better option.

Next the 3 large plants at the front, these are some of my favourites. They are made up of the 2 sizes of Daisy pattens. again it was possible to curve the leaves of the larger one, I was too lazy to try the smaller, but it doesnt really show. If I remember rightly, 3 large Daisies, and 3 smaller ones went into each plant.

OK, lets turn the display around for the next few.

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Starting in the centre with the one with the purple flower and the one on it's right. These were made up with the smaller Daisy punch, as were the dark ones to the right of the tree stump.
Moving further right, the Star shaped punches were used, the small punch for the 2 at the front, with the larger one made from the larger Star punch. The larger has 5 layers and the smaller are made up of 3.
Also showing up fairly well here, is the Holly leaved plant in the centre.

I hope it is obvious how much bigger these are than the original tiny plants I started with, which can be seen at the back right of the pic. These larger ones wont be suitable for too close to the rails, but intended more for general weeds away from the track.

I think I have probably posted enough on this subject (dont all agree :lol: ), but if anyone has any questions, just ask. I do hope that it will be useful and has provided a few ideas to experiment with.

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 5:27 pm
by Steve Bennett
Just briefly revisting the paper plant subject :roll: sorry :lol: .
A bit of info (UK only) for anybody who might be looking for coloured paper. Popped into the local Lidl store yesterday, to find they have packs of 250 A4 sheets of 80 gsm coloured paper at £2.49. At a penny a sheet, thats the cheapest I have found, so if anybody needs a lifetime supply :?:
There are 10 different colours and 25 sheets of each. Laid out below, a swatch of each colour and I just had to try a flower in each to see how they looked :wink:

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Hopefully of use to some here, it fell just right for me, as following my demo at the weekend on making paper plants, I'm already getting bookings to give the demo at other shows next year :roll:

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 5:38 pm
by Hans H
:shock: ..gotta get me some of those...very useful
I bought a box of H0 flowers...so tiny...but this..now where talkin'

Very nice!!! :D

Cheers
Hans H

Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 3:26 am
by underworld
Steve

You do amazing work with paper!!!


underworld

Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 4:35 am
by steerngo
Steve Bennett wrote:Just briefly revisting the paper plant subject :roll: sorry :lol: .
A bit of info (UK only) for anybody who might be looking for coloured paper. Popped into the local Lidl store yesterday, to find they have packs of 250 A4 sheets of 80 gsm coloured paper at £2.49. At a penny a sheet, thats the cheapest I have found, so if anybody needs a lifetime supply :?:
There are 10 different colours and 25 sheets of each. Laid out below, a swatch of each colour and I just had to try a flower in each to see how they looked :wink:

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Hopefully of use to some here, it fell just right for me, as following my demo at the weekend on making paper plants, I'm already getting bookings to give the demo at other shows next year :roll:


lthay ook like the flowrers onthe MAGIC ROUNDABOUT

Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 4:37 am
by steerngo
steerngo wrote:
Steve Bennett wrote:Just briefly revisting the paper plant subject :roll: sorry :lol: .
A bit of info (UK only) for anybody who might be looking for coloured paper. Popped into the local Lidl store yesterday, to find they have packs of 250 A4 sheets of 80 gsm coloured paper at £2.49. At a penny a sheet, thats the cheapest I have found, so if anybody needs a lifetime supply :?:
There are 10 different colours and 25 sheets of each. Laid out below, a swatch of each colour and I just had to try a flower in each to see how they looked :wink:

Image

opefully of use to some here, it fell just right for me, as following my demo at the weekend on making paper plants, I'm already getting bookings to give the demo at other shows next year :roll:


thay ook like the flowrers onthe MAGIC ROUNDABOUT

Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:31 am
by chris stockdale
steerngo wrote:
they look like the flowrers on the MAGIC ROUNDABOUT


Couldn't resist - lots of flowers, one being rolled from side to side in Ermintrude's mouth.... :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3DcChXNyYQ

(Oh, and there's a train too)

cheers

Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:16 pm
by Steve Bennett
:lol: Those were the days :lol:
A magic roundabout layout :?: No rails to worry about :lol:

Foxglove

Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 4:00 pm
by Gerry Bullock
Here's a Foxglove I made whilst out of contact.
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I doubt that I'll make another as it's just too time consuming and fiddly. :cry:
The photo shows the flower 5x size, I've also made some weeds however as these are 7mm they'll appear on the Dinas Mawddwy thread.
What I can suggest is another natural source and maybe now's the time to collect them - Alder seeds, I've waited a year for the 'bunch' to dry out then cutting the head off gives a good representation of a cabbage - need to paint it though.
GerryB

Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 4:05 pm
by dieselwater
Wow! That's beautiful Gerry!

Re: Simplicity Sidings

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:20 pm
by chris stockdale
I think P Bucket's system might have got wise to it but I've managed to grab (no, don't ask me how) some 20 of Steve's Simplicity Sidings photos out of the depths.

Re: Simplicity Sidings

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:01 pm
by chris stockdale
Right, found a new way to get at what I want.

Expensive on my time and effort, but hopefully fellow Gnatterboxers will agree it's worth it.

What follows is not every photo by any means and you'll have to perhaps copy and paste Steve's 'words and music' into a separate doc (perhaps print it out so that you can read and look at the screen for the pics as you go) but I hope this will do something to recover what was a seminal piece of Gn15 work.

BUT (billions ope blistering barnacles in a thundering typhoon - for fans of Tintin) each set of pics seems to have loaded in reverse order, so you need to get a set in view and then go UP, not DOWN for the next pic in the order that work was done.

Bother!

Re: Simplicity Sidings

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:08 pm
by chris stockdale
And the next set

Re: Simplicity Sidings

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:11 pm
by chris stockdale
And the next set

Re: Simplicity Sidings

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:19 pm
by chris stockdale
And the next set

Re: Simplicity Sidings

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:22 pm
by chris stockdale
And finally...

Re: Simplicity Sidings

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:43 pm
by michael
Chris thanks for doing this. I gnow that Steve used the Brick Printies that I came up with for some early Macton work here they are again

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Michael

Re: Simplicity Sidings

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:47 pm
by chris stockdale
michael wrote:Chris thanks for doing this. I gnow that Steve used the Brick Printies that I came up with for some early Macton work here they are again




Well, that’s a little snippet I didn’t know.

Thanks for popping them in.

Cheers,