A Joint Project From The Summer

A Joint Project From The Summer

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I hope that you are all keeping safe and well and have managed to avoid the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.

Regular visitors will know that I’ve not been in the best of health for a very long time, and that over the summer I had to have an emergency operation as well as having various infections.  So I hadn’t done a lot of crafting.

Nor was I able to go out the garden and potter about with my raised beds and troughs like I usually do, or collect fresh flowers for my mother’s room every other day.  I had made her some small faux flowers that she has in a small vase over the winter (and have since made her some roses for her birthday which you can see – here). But during the summer my nephew and myself did a joint project to give my mother a small vase of different flowers to look at.

My nephew has a 3D printer, and I’ve shown you some of his work before, so he chose a vase from an assortment he’d downloaded from Thingiverse, which he adjusted the size and some parametors, and then printed out in some varigated PLA filament that I’d bought – only problem is that, because the vase was a small one, the whole vase printed out in one colour, but I think it’s the perfect colour for this project.

For my part in the project I took a Forever Flowerz Delightful Daisies making kit to bed with me and made up some flowers in several colours – using just the smaller sized daisy makeing layers.  There was also another flower I’d made up previously in my flower making box that I added for a bit of variety and interest.

Finished Vase

Finished Flowers

Finished Vase and flowers

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While I have some way to go before my health is back to even my not so good normal, I am feeling a whole lot better than I have been, so hopefully you will see more regular blog posts from me during October.

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3D Vase And Fabric Flowers

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A 3D Printed Vase And Fabric Flowers

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Regular visitors to my blog will have seen an assortment of 3D printed items appear in a variety of my blog posts since my nephew first got a 3D printer.  I have posted several times about both the trials and tribulations of this first 3D printer as well as his developing into a designer of his own 3D items.  A quick search for 3D in the box above will I’m sure bring up those things if you are interested.

But for today’s post the 3D element is a Vase – and for the design I went back to Thingiverse for the file.  Unfortunately the print failed a a little before the top (due to a blockage in the nozzle causing first under extrusion then zero extrusion) so won’t look exactly as the designer intended. But, having had a good look at it, and takeing off the top few layers that had not adhered properly, I decided that it would still work as a vase for the faux flowers I was makeing.

Just in case there were other weak bits in the printing that wasn’t obvious to the eye, I did decide to paint it inside and out using ModPodge, which acts as both sealant and glue.

You will notice that it is printed in several colour tones – this is because I used a “varigated” filament.

The flowers were made using some Craft Buddy flower making items, wire stems and florist tape.  I wanted each flower to stand individually therefore didn’t completely fill the vase of add foliage.

What I Used To Make The Vase
  • 3D Printer Used – Creality Ender 3 Pro
  • Design – Flower Vase large twist by mistertech (Licensed under the Creative Commons – Attribution – Non-Commercial license)
  • PLA Filament – Noulei PLA Filament Silky Shiny Rainbow Multicolor – The 1Kg reel of filament has lots of colours in it, it just happened that these were the colours at the end where we started from – a sort of pale maroon red through to silver.  When I get my nephew to print me something else from this reel it will start at the silver and go into another colour.
  • Glue/Sealant – ModPoge, Glossy
  • Brush
The Finished Vase

This is what the vase looked like after tidying it up and brushing over ModPodge.

And a bit closer look.

What I Used To Make The Flowers
The Finished Flowers

This is the box of material flower layers, plastic components and tool I started off with.

I made up lots of flowers using several different shades of flower layers that I thought would work together as one flower or as flowers put together in a vase.  Some flowers have a touch of yellow or green on individual layers.

Some are made with more layers to make the appear fuller.

I put them together in the 3D printed vase, bending and curling the ends of the wires to give different height to the flowers, rather than cutting the ends off.  This mean that I could make the ends of the flowers intertwine and help support each other in the position I put them in – I didn’t want to fill the vase until tight as I wanted the individual flowers to stand out.  For this reason I didn’t add greenery either.

Looking at the vase of flowers from a top angle.

A view from further down.

And a further view of the flowers in the vase.

Sorry for the messy background.  The kitchen had the best light conditions when I came to take the photographs, and I had several crafting totes and other things still out from a crafting session.

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I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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Bag For Craft Marker Holders

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Makeing A Bag For Craft Marker Holders

Now that I had the holders for my new Craft Markers designed and 3D printed by my nephew and then stuck together (if you missed that post you can see it – here!) it was time for me to design and sew a bag to carry my Prism Craft Markers around in that could also be put on its side for storage and for quick access to the markers when in use.

A job that should have taken me a few hours has taken me several days, off and on, because I just can’t do a complete project like this without having lots of rest these days.

Designing And Makeing The Bag

I started by measuring the two holders side by side, with the pens in to get the height.  Then I made a paper template at the exact size needed – I had a few sheets of A3 cardstock that had become damaged that were not good enough for card making any more, but just perfect for this project.

I then put the pen holders, with pens in place, in it to make sure I had the correct dimensions.

I then cut a panel for sides, top, bottom, ends and flap out of the Bosal I was using.

These were ironed onto the back of a piece of denim – the ends individually and the sides, etc., butted up to each other.  (I could have made the front, back, top and bottom one piece of Bosal but because it is a foam and I wanted to have crisper corners I decided to cut each piece individually).  After ironing I cut out the side panels and the long string of panels, leaving around a .75″ seam allowance.

I then cut out more pieces of denim to match the pieces I already had, makeing them a little bigger so I had a little play room.

To make sure that, should the foam become unstuck from the bag lining at some point in the future, it wouldn’t move, I sewed a line around .25″ in from the edge of the foam for all pieces.

This meant going round the panel on the end pieces as well as every panel on the main piece.

Then, putting the other denim pieces on top, right sides out, I sewed matching sized pieces together right at the edge of the foam, sandwiching the foam inside. I could feel the edge of the foam through the denim as well as see the first sewing line to keep the sewing on the edge of the foam.

Having cut the outside larger than the stiffened inner panel I trimmed off te pieces after sewing to the correct size that the inside pieces already were.

I sewed the long piece together between the foam panels at what was to become the edge between bottom and front, bottom and back, etc.  Again I was feeling through the denim and watching the previous sew lines to help me get in the right place.  Where I’d got two foam pieces butting up against each other I could feel the line through the material because the sewing had slightly pulled and riged the Bosal foam.

Next it was a case of stitching the sides onto the bag.  I had decided that I didn’t want the bulk of the seams inside the bag so wanted to have the seams on the outside and bind them, so at this stage the bag looked very rough.

Next I double checked that my pens in their holders went tidily inside my bag then I put on binding around the raw edges.  I did want to put the binding on with the sewing machine as well, but I found that my chosen binding was a bit slippy and didn’t work so well with the feed dogs of the machine so it was not so easy to control a straight line.

I therefore had to hand stitch the binding on.  This took me a few days to do as my hands are not so good at holding a sewing needle and working for long. Lost one needle on the floor and still not found it, even going over the area with a torch to try and pick up its shine.

It’s not very clear in this photo but the best I could get.

I then finished off by attaching the strap fittings as well as two clips to hold it closed on the front.

So, this is what it looks like upright for carying.

An angled view.

I’ve folded my coloured in swatch sheet so it fits in on top over the pens.

It will only be put upright for carying so there will be no chance of the pens coming out.  For storage it will be put on it’s back.

And then the clips can be opened for access

And a closer look.

It has worked out perfectly for what I wanted it, even if all the sewing, etc., isn’t quite perfect.

This Is What I Used

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I’ve still got some projects on the go, including Christmas Card makeing, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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More 3D Printing

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A 3D Printing Project

In the past I’ve made a small number of posts about my nephew’s saga of problems with his first 3D printer and how he part built the different one he’s got now.

If you haven’t seen those posts and are interested then you can find them – here! And other bits that have been 3D printed have appeared in my projects such as the the tops put on the canes when I did some yarn basket weaving – here! and many more.

Since he first got a 3D printer, when everything that he printed were designed by others, and downloaded by my nephew from the Internet from a site called Thingiverse, he has started doing his own designing of little things.

The project I’ve got to show you today is one such project he did for me.

I have a large supply of alcohol markers, water markers, etc., in a large rack by the side of my bed as shown here – easy to just pick a few colours out, get into bed, and colour on a lap tray.  (It is a bit taller and with more pens in by now as this is an older photo.)

But when I want to do colouring sat with my mother in her room, or in the kitchen or sitting room, or even outside sat in the garden in the summer, it means choosing and pulling out the colours I am likely to want to use, of whichever type of pen I’m going to work with, and carying them where ever I intend to do my colouring – and usually missing out a colour that I find is essential as soon as I settle wherever to do my colouring, thus meaning getting up and dragging myself back to my room to collect the missing colour.  And that usually happens more than once a session.

So I decided to buy myself another set of alcohol markers that I liked the look of – and have in a bag to carry around for the times I’d want to colour somewhere other than my room.

And if I had them in a bag I’d need some sort of inner support to hold the pens in place tidily when carying, that would allow me to store the bag, and thus the pens, on its side when not being moved around.

And this is where my nephew, his designing, and his 3D printer comes in.

Designing And Printing Marker Holder

I showed him lots of different pen storage – both the ones I’ve got in my room as well as photos of several different types online.  I said I wanted the bag to hold all the pens I had of the new type – Prism Craft Markers from Hunkydory – and let him decide by himself how he thought would be the best way to go about creating the support/rack to go inside the bag.  I haven’t seen any others using the exact same style and method as he came up with.

A bit of measuring.  Counting the Pens. A bit of designing in Tinkercad.  A bit of converting to the right format for the 3D printer in Ultimaker Cura.  And away he went 3D printing.

He even did some time-laps recording of one of the layers of the marker holder being 3D printed using his Apeman Action camera – he’s got a slightly earlier version of this one – here.

Then it was down to me to stick the layers together.  He’d designed the base layer and the two other layers with a recess/groove at each corner to accomodate corner pieces.  He was thinking that we might use metal corners for strength and stability, but we decided to try the cheaper option of PVC first.  I cut the long piece into 12.5cm pieces using a hacksaw and then started to glue them to the 3D printed layers, starting with the base, which I left to get a good stick for several hours before starting to attach the top layer.

I put strips of tape cross ways over the outside corner of the layer – so that the corner wouldn’t stick to the surface I was working on or my fingers if I accidentaly squidged out some super glue from the join and then I positioned the top layer in place before putting glue on one of the corner recesses.

It was then turned and pressed to my work surface to make sure that the corner posts were flush with the top of the 3D printed piece, and then I wrapped the tape around.  This isn’t enough to hold the corners in place while they stick, but did help keep my fingers from oozing super glue while I pushed.

I found I could get the corners to make good contact with the printed piece by putting three fingers in three of the holes on either side of the corner post.

And then pushing with both thumbs against both sides of the corners (obviously I couldn’t take the photo with both hands holding in place so I had to remove one to give a better photo of what I mean)

I worked all four corners until they were stuck in place.  I think I might have had a quicker grab if I’d sanded the recessed corners a bit where the PVC corners were going to glue onto to make it a bit smoother, but they did stick quite well.

I then cut a piece of thick packaging cardstock into a 5cm wide strip which I folded in quarters and taped the ends together to make a hollow square tube.

For attaching the middle layer I put the super glue on both sides of each corner and slid the layer into the middle of the holder at an angle.  Once it was within the corner posts I started lifting one side and slid in the square tube before dropping the middle layer onto it so that it was positioned at a level 5cm from the bottom layer.

By being careful about this very little of the super glue rubbed off on the inside of the corners as it went into place and it was held at exactly the right level, without any chance of it sliding down, while I used thumb and next finger of both hands to pinch and push together opposite corners of the marker holder to get the superglue to bond.  And then did the same with the other opposite corners.

Then it was simply a case of sliding out the cardboard that had held the middle layer in place and start putting pens into the holder.

Oh, and printing and makeing a 2nd one the same as, because of the size of the printer my nephew had decided to make each layer enough to hold half my pens.

This Is What The Marker Holder Looks Like

So, having removed all the tape and the support, I started sorting out pens into numerical order and putting them into my marker holder.

As you can see, we decided to leave the pens with the length of the cap above the holder to give room to grab hold of them without too much being out that they would fall out when on their side.

My nephew factored the size of the holes for each pen when he decided on the size of the holes after his initial measurements.

He believes that the same size holes will be suitable for several of the different alcohol and water markers I have should I require more marker holders in the future.

He is also going to offer the file for others to use to print their own marker holders.  He’s talking about doing so under a Creative Commons Licence, but hasn’t worked it all out yet.  I’ll let you know when he does.

And this is them on their side as they will be stored and when being used.

I printed out a sheet from the Hunkydory website and coloured in each numbered circle with the corresponding colour as the colours on the top are not a good representation of the colour you will get when using the markers.

I would highly recomend that anybody who has any colouring media prints out a grid, whether supplied by manufacturer or print your own, and then colour in a small area with each pen so you know exactly what colour you are working with.  Always print the grid/swatch panels onto the same type of cardstock you would be using with that type of media.

This Is What We Used

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Now it’s my turn to do a bit of designing.  I have some denim fabric ready, and some wadding, and with a long ruler in hand I’m starting to design the bag that is to old the pens for carying around.  I need a firmish base and sides squared off at the correct size for my pen holders.  I’m thinking of adding a pocket for my work in progress and board that I use under the cardstock when colouring.  We’ll see how it goes.  I’ll be back with the bag to show you in a couple of weeks hopefully.

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Forever Pouring Cup

Forever Pouring Cup inc. Video

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

The project I’ve got to show you today involves an ever pouring cup that has been printed on a 3D printer, that I’ve decorated with flowers.

I’ve seen this type of thing made using a china cup and saucer and using a piece of bent cutlary to support the cup, but decided to use a 3D printed one because I thought it would be easier to get it stuck together, (with no bending of cutlery involved,) when made using a ready prepared design that was available online. Also, the “pouring stream of milk” wouldn’t need to be completely covered like disguising a bent spoon would need to be.

I’ve done some posts on my nephew’s saga to get a working 3D printer a while ago. If you want to look back you can go to my blog – Here! And you can see some of the process of putting together the part build one he has now on YouTube – Here!

Video

I’ve filmed the majority of the stages of me makeing this creation.  I hope you like it.

You can see the English version of the video – Here!

Gallwch weld y fideo yma yn Gymraeg – Yma!

Items Used

(Some of these links are affiliate links that would give me a commission should you click through and buy.  It costs you nothing to click, and no more than the stated prices to buy.)

Finished Creation

This is what the finished item looks like from a few different angles.

And a closeup of the decorated base.

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I’m not sure which crafting I’ll have to show you next, or when my next video will be ready for uploading to YouTube, but I have several bits on the go at the moment so I don’t think it will be long before I have more crafting to show you.

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Nativity – Part 2

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Nativity Christmas Project

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In my Nativity – Part 1 blog post I told you that I had a discussion with the nephews about what we wanted to do in Sunday School ready for the Christmas service at our chapel. And I told you that we had decided on a hand puppet show, but we had realised that those at the back wouldn’t be able to see what was going on if we actually did the show as part of the service, so we had decided to pre record snippets.

Who knows what this is?

It’s one of a set of display stands I made so that the glove puppets could be displayed as part of a Nativity scene on the front table during the service.

This is the Joseph puppet I showed you in the scene in my previous Nativity post put onto his stand.

I got a stock image of a donkey to print, cut out and stand up in the stable.

I used some wood effect digital downloads from the pack – 12 Wood Papers Cu4cu – to print out and make the “wood” planks for Joseph’s workshop, as well as the manger and animal pen in the stable.

Jesus was made by 3D printing a dolls head out at a much smaller size, rolling up a bundle of cotton wool, and then wrapping around the bundle and head with strips of a sheet that I’ve cut up for crafting (the inner “glove” for each puppet was cut from the same material) glueing it in place so that it didn’t come apart.

And this is the whole display as it was set up during out Christmas Service.

We even had a little lamb 3D printed for the shepherds to give to Jesus – although, as our minister pointed out in the service, the Bible doesn’t actually mention the shepherds bringing a gift for Jesus.

I think this different method of going through the Nativity story went down quite well in the service last Sunday.

I think I may even put together a video of some of the out-takes for a post before long.  One that includes Mary head-butting the baby Jesus into the manger because he wouldn’t go in, and the Wise men head-butting Mary instead of giving her a hug.  Oh, and one of the shepherds managed to toss the lamb half way across the stable.  Keep an eye out for that in the next couple of weeks.

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This is a list of the 3D files attributions.  We shrunk most in the Ultimaker Cura slicing software to make them a suitable size for this project.

The dolls head was a file called Doll Head by CreativeCoPilot.

The lamb was a file called Lamb by teentechsquad.

The face used for Joseff and one shepherd was a file called Face by Mucugaro from Thingiverse.

The face of the angel and Mary was 3D printed from a file called Female Face Mask – Rough Cut Stone by The_BeardBot.

Wise man’s face was Face Mask by TheFoundryTeam.

Another wise man and another shepherd was printed from Mark’s Face by brainwagon.

If I’ve missed any attribution for any 3D file we used please leave the details and Thingivers link below in the comments.

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I hope you have enjoyed looking at our puppet creations and the few clips I put together of the puppets in action.

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3D Printing 2

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3D Printing

Another Text Heavy Post Everybody! But some photos and a video clip towards the end.

In my 1st 3D printing post – here – I told you about my nephew WMG getting his 1st 3D printer, the nice 3D items he printed with it, and the fact that it had to be sent back because of problems.

I’m starting this time with the arrival of the 2nd printer. Again a Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer v2.

This time setup instructions came with it, along with a paper with instructions regarding what E-mail address to contact should a problem occur. So I sat with my nephew and we went through the setup step by step. But there wasn’t anything different in the instructions than the way he’d set up the first time following what he’d learnt on YouTube.

Again, there were no initial problems, a bit of tweeking of the level of print bed and off he went printing.

But a problem occured very quickly with this one, a problem that couldn’t be worked around.  The printer stopped reading the included microSD card.  Kept on saying that there were no files on the card when it had come with content and my nephew had added a few files that he had already printed and a new one he hoped to print, and looking at the card in a PC showed that the files were all there.  We even formated and put some files on a card that my nephew had for his camera, with the same result.

A look online showed us that we were not the first ones to have this problem but there was no solution given, only saying that Monoprice was sending them out a replacement microSD card, but no indication of whether this had been a success or not.

So I E-mailed the address given inside the top of the box when we received it.  No response other than the automatic one.  I sent a second message.  Again, no response.  It was only at the third time of asking that I got a response, and that response wasn’t much help.  The person who responded wanted to know what size and type of microSD cards we had been using.  Now seeing as I had made it clear in my message that it was the microSD card supplied with the machine that had been the first one the machine didn’t recognise had any files on it, he shouldn’t have had to ask me what size and type of card I was using – surely the tech of the manufacturer shouldn’t need to ask particulars of the card.  I was then asked to try it with a microSD card that was known to be nonHD and smaller than 4Gb.  I did, but same result.

So once again Monoprice told me to contact Amazon UK for it to be returned to them.

And once again Amazon were wonderful.  I discussed it via online chat, a pre-paid label was E-mailed to me, and as soon as the package was there the money was sent back to me.

Which left my nephew without a 3D printer, and, as much as he liked the price and the print quality, when it was working, of the Monoprice mini, he didn’t feel like putting in an order for another of the same.  But he only had the same budget to work with.  So, we set about some more research – new machines, different prices on older models, etc., all to be taken into consideration when thinking about what I should order for him this time.

It took a bit of sorting through possibilities, but we came to a descision in the end and put in an order for a …..  Creality Ender 3 Pro.

Ultimately he would like to upgrade to a printer with a much larger print bed, and even build his own 3D printer in a few years time. But at this point the much larger sizes are much more expensive and therefore out of his budget, and he doesn’t have the knowledge and experience to build from scratch yet.  But this new model from Creality caught our eye.  No reviews yet as it had only just come into the country, so we looked at the reviews of the previous models in this same range, as well as looking carefully at what customers had to say about the company.

What we found out was that the printer we liked the look of was not hugely more expensive than the money that was refunded for the returned printer.  And this was because it was part built and therefore need a couple of hours labour to finish the building and connecting all the wireing.  This would be good experience for my nephew, under supervision as he is only 12.  The build plate was larger than on the previous machine as well, and came with a magnetic mat that went over the heated plate so that the mat could be removed from the base after printing, and the printed item peeled off this magnetic mat, rather than having to try and pull off a printed item off the heated base using a pallet knife as on the Monoprice.  And also not needing any sort of adhesion material put on as many a 3D printer require.

The reviews for previous models were favourable, and people were very complimentary about the company and the support they offered. As I said in one of my previous posts on this subject, I would expect there to be teething troubles or bigger problems with a small number from a big batch of any type of machine, but I would expect the company to sort them out, and the company involved with this new machine appeared to have dealt well with any and all problems experienced by a small number of customers of other models of printers they had sold.

When it arrived everything was well packaged, there was a quick guide sheet in the box as well as two versions of the setup booklet on the microSD card.  I printed out both – the one that was all pictoral for WMG and the one with pictures and text description for me.

All tools needed, spare nozzles, even a nozzle cleaning wire and pliers, came with the printer.

We took half an hour or so on several different days to build the printer completely.

We took lots of photos during the construction and short video clips while testing and put them into a slideshow video with WMG narating.

You can see it – Here.

And this is the little puppy dog that we printed first with supports all cleaned up. This was the test piece whos file was on the supplied microSD card. No painting on of details or anything has been done to it yet.

He’s printed out a lot of things since the new printer has been set up, in addition to the things that have been printed for my crafting – here and here, and Sunday School Nativity puppet show.  He’s been busy the last couple of weeks printing out items to give as Christmas gifts to family members.

Firstly, this …

  

This was printed using white, black and orange filament from the file “snowman_V3 3 color multipart” by pgraaff.  He’s tried to colour in the “coal” for eyes, mouth and buttons, but the ink ran a bit on the surface of the print.  He’ll need to try and use thicker paint next time I think.

He’s also makeing up lots of Labyrinth Gift Boxes designed by sneakypoo, to give to different family members.

The one on the right is as they will be presented, with both halves put together, the one on the right is the outer part and the middle one is the inner one with the labyrinth/maze.

This is a closer look at the inner part.

And this is the inside of the outer part – you can just make out the blob inside the top edge that is worked along the channels of the inner part to close and open the box.

I’m very impressed with how accurate the printer is, because if it wasn’t acurate then the two parts of a printout such as these labyrinth boxes wouldn’t go together so perfectly.

And then there’s this tray of pieces which he tells me will make a Servo Arm.  The file he used was EEZYbotARM MK2 by daGHIZmo.

Hopefully I’ll get back with everything constructed.  He needs to collect all the non-3D printed parts (screws, servos, etc.) before he can do the construction, and he recons it might be well into the new year before he’s able to do that.

I expect that a lot more 3D printed items will find their way into my crafting before I get to come back with photos of the Servo Arm completed.

Keep an eye out for more posts from me over the holiday period.  I do have more photos of my own crafting to crop and upload, so you can expect something posted in the next few days.

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Nativity – Part 1

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Nativity Christmas Project

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A couple of months ago I had a discussion with the nephews about what we wanted to do in Sunday School ready for the Christmas service at our chapel.

They believe that they are too old now to dress up as any character from the nativity story. And they were seriously unimpressed with the video produced by the Bible Society that could be used in Christmas services. So we had quite a discussion about possibilities before a decision was made.

And that descision was Glove Puppets!

We discussed the scenes we’d want to create, which characters in the nativity story we’d need to create puppets for, and whether each character would be talking or whether a storyteller would narate the story while the puppets acted out the scenes.

The descision was to have a storyteller rather than have individual characters speaking.

We searched online for ideas and images we could use, including looking on Thingyverse for faces to 3D print out for our creations.

Once everything was gathered together I started the construction work – the nephews were busy with school exams etc., so it wouldn’t have been fair for them to have homework from Sunday School at the same time.

The “puppet theatre” itself needed to double as Joseph’s workshop/home in the first scene as well as the stable after that. The nephews thought that Joseph’s workshop would have hanging racks for wood. Therefore it needed a way to quickly change the scenery inside.

The decision was to use magnets. Two stuck inside the roof.

And two attached to the top bar of the suspended wood rack, that can be seen here with the other props for Joseph’s workshop and sleeping area – lots of wood and a bedding roll.

And here’s Joseph in his place. The decision was made to use a box and cut it to shape for our puppet theatr.  Going for a really rough, old building look.

The face used for Joseff was a file called Face by Mucugaro from Thingiverse.  The licence details that came up were as follows.

We realised that, if we did the hand puppet Nativity show as part of our Christmas story, anybody sitting in the back wouldn’t be able to see the small characters, so we decided to record the puppet’s activities ahead of time, and then edit, put together, and play around with the clips, adding photos and maps, until we had individual, short, video scenes, showing what we wanted.  The scenes, 5 short ones in all, were then shown on a screen at different points in the service, in between the hymns, prayers, and address from the minister.

Here is a link to the 1st scene – Golygfa 1 (It is in Welsh as we are Welsh and attend a Welsh medium chapel).

The face of the angel was 3D printed from a file called Female Face Mask – Rough Cut Stone by The_BeardBot.  The licence details that came up were as follows.

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I’ll hopefully be back again during the coming week to show you more of our puppet characters, and perhaps another scene from the production.

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Paper Flowers And A Vase

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Small Paper Flowers And A 3D Printed Vase

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When my nephew, WMG, had his first Monoprice 3D printer (in the short period it was printing before it broke down) he was experimenting with printing different shapes with different settings. One of the objects he got from Thingiverse was a file for a vase – Decorative Vase by mistertech.

The settings he chose were not quite right for this one. We think the wall thickness could have done with being a bit thicker as, when water was put in it, there was a very slow seeping of water out through a couple of minute cracks.  But we solved the problem by slightly thining a small quantity of PVA glue with a little water, pouring it into the vase, then swirling it around.  It was then left on it’s side and turned regularly over a period of a day or two so that the drying glue was swirled over all surfaces. We kept doing this until all the glue had dried as a thin layer over the inside of the vase.

And it worked. The vase not only held water, but it was used by us to put fresh flowers in throught the summer, and placed on a bedside table so my mother could enjoy them.

But now the winter is here and we have no more fresh flowers, but I told my mother I’d start making her some paper flowers to put in the vase for her to enjoy.

I used Fleurs Mulberry Paper and Minature and Medium flowers plus leaf dies.  (I got them as a multibuy – Fleurs Mulberry Paper and Dies Collection Multibuy) . I also used my Snap machine, florestry wires, florestry green tape, and faux stamens. (This is the sort of things I mean, although the ones I got had a different combination of stamens and more tape.)

I also used wet glue and a sheet of 250gsm white cardstock.

I started by cutting out several different batches of flowers and some of the leaves, sll out of different colours of mulberry papers.

I took the white cardstock and tore a narrow, wedge shaped, strip off it.  This I wound up around one end of a florestry wire, glueing as I went, starting with the widest part of the strip, and keeping the straight side towards the bottom.  This left me with a cone shaped piece on a wire.

Once the cone was dry I started shapeing the smallest blue flowers I’d die cut and sticking them onto the cone, a few at a time, and adding some more once the glue had dried.

I used the same method for the purple “lavender” spire.

The small, white flowers simply had a stamen threaded through, a dab of glue put in to keep the stamen in place, and then I attached them to florestry wire using florestry tape, two or three per “stem”.

The red and pink “roses” were constructed by bending over a small loop at the top of a piece of florestry wire.  A flower layer was then threaded up the wire, glue put on, and scrunched around the wire loop to make the flower center.  More flower layers were shaped, threaded on, glued and pushed and pulled into place until the rose was built up.

All the flowers were finished off by binding the stems with florist tape and using the tape to hold in some leaves.

I will make more flowers to add over the next few weeks, but this is the bunch I’ve made so far.

Different angle.

And here they are in the vase.

So that’s it from me for today.  Pop back again and see more of my makes.

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Welsh Symapthy Card

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Welsh Sympathy Card

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A couple of days ago I posted the first in a series of posts about 3D printing. You can see it – here.

Today’s post is a bit of very clean “mixed media” LOL – made of cardstock and PLA+ filament.

I went online to a site called Thingiverse and downloaded the file for a Celtic Cross by lorenmcconnell.

This was then sliced in Ultimaker Cura and printed using nephew’s current 3D printer – a Creality Ender 3 Pro (more on 3D printing and how he got this in a future post) – using white PLA+ filament.

I was very impressed with the detail achieved an such a thin item.

I then used a Tattered Lace corner die to cut into the corners of a sheet of white, linen textured, cardstock that had been cut to slightly less than A5 in size.  I also cut some layers using other Tattered Lace dies – Tattered Lace Strung Lace Diamond Die and an oval die.  All out of the linen textured cardstock.  I even made the base card from the same cardstock.

I used some foam tape to attach some of the layers and wet clue to attach others.

I finished off by adding a peel off greeting “Gair o Gysur”.

This is what my card looked like after it was finished.

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My nephew and I have more posts planned on his ventures into 3D printing, including the construction of the 3D printer used for the cross element on this card, so please keep an eye out for those.

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