3d Printing

FanShroomies for Fan Expo

I’ve got this weird idea in my head that I might be able to swing going to fan expo with a toy and make enough money to at least afford the experience.  Part of this weird idea is hinged on the following:

  • whether I can be happy enough with a toy design to take there.
  • whether I can convince myself to take the risk.
  • whether, at this late date, I can actually get a spot at Fan Expo.

So here’s the first step, FanShroomy, a sketch:

And the next step, was to make a 3d model… The middle model was created first, and then I thought it would be nice to give it a couple of friends for variety.  Here is the render:

And the next step … print it!  I’ve taken off a couple of prints already and modified them to make them look nicer / print better.  I have a set that have been spray painted with a base coat drying at the moment.

Updated with a shot of the 3d prints w/ base coat:

If this works out, then I think these, along with some Lucky Kitty’s, Monster in a Kid Suits, Tiki toys from my Pirate Festival Collection, and perhaps some skully plushies, will be enough to make it!  Wish me luck 🙂

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Tiki Pendants for The Pirate Festival

I’ll be heading out to the Pirate Festival (www.thepiratefestival.com) on the August long weekend.  I wanted to include something new .. something different … something piratically congruent, yet not piratically trite.  So I chose tiki!  And I found there is quite a vibrant tiki following, at least in the states … at least in the state of California lol.  But there are little pockets of enthusiasts everywhere.  You can find out about them here: (www.tikiroom.com)

Here is the result, so far:

And here are some process photos:

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More Louis XVI Furniture in 1:48 scale

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New Louis XVI Miniature Seating in 1:48 Scale

I just had to work on this.  When I started to research what sort of style of furniture I wanted to design, I found that LouisXVI (16th) furniture is lovely – all the vogue in Marie Antoinette’s time.  It has the ability to be simple, or quite ornate, depending on the setting and decorative treatment.  LouisVVI furniture was fequently used in Victorian rooms, both originals and newly built “revival” furniture.Image

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A New Focus for the OMEGA Show

Recently I decided to be a dealer at our local Miniatures show last Sunday, and I had a fabulous time!  I had a plan, but the plans changed as I evaluated the interest of miniaturists.  I put a half scale set of fantasy garden furniture on hold, because I felt it was a little too toy-like in style after showing it to a few folks and got a mixed reaction.  So, instead, I decided to focus my whole display on quarter scale furniture.  My friend Kacie Hultgren had designed a set of queen anne style furniture (chairs, tables, sofas, and chairs), which I 3d printed and painted for the show in addition to some other sofa, chair, and modified tables of my own design.

I had also planned to offer the 144th scale castle pieces and caravan shown in previous posts, but alas the flurry of activity needed to complete all the quarter painting took so much of my concentration that they fell through the cracks this time.

On the whole, I was very happy with the turnout to the show, and also the warm reception I was given!  Thanks to all!  Here are a couple of pictures of the leftover furniture.

There was so much more that I had painted.  This represents probably about 30% of the stock I had prepared for the show.

If you bought something, and you have photos of your pieces, I would love to post them here on my blog 🙂

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1:144 Palace Roombox Project

Continuing to get ready for the OMEGA Miniatures Show and Sale, I starting playing around with a 3d printed roombox idea where you could use the box to make a little miniature scene – or – fit it together with other boxes to make a house – or – add even more boxes to make a whole castle!  First – the basic room box.  Here are some pictures of the roombox, and how it can be stacked.

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Designed a little 1:144 scale Gypsy Caravan

I’m gearing up for the Omega Miniatures Show and Sale, and for that I’ve designed a little caravan in 1:144 scale and printed it on my 3d printer.


This scale is also known as “dollhouse for a dollhouse” scale.  Which means that you could use this as a house for the tiniest gypsies, or you could place it as a toy in a dollhouse playroom.  My style often tends to veer towards the fantasy proportions of toys and games.

When I’ve got some of these painted for the show, I’ll make another post.


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Teacup Dragon

The Queen of Teacup Dragons! She is waiting patiently for her Lady Grey. Printed on an UP! 3d Printer in white ABS, she is designed as a puppet with the ability to move her head and mouth. This is another design entered into the “pet monster” contest sponsored by Makerbot and 3D Artist Magazine.

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This is one of my entries into the “Pet Monster” contest sponsored by Makerbot and 3D Artist Magazine. This little guy is not pleased that he has to wear leftovers at Halloween again… He was printed in on UP! printer and painted with eggshell finish acrylics.

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Here is a newly 3d printed candlestick I designed. It uses a MagLite Solitaire flashlight as a source, and the 3d print diffuses the light enough to be suitable for reading, writing, and arithmatic, as well as more esoteric mood enhancing reasons.  Check out the video!

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