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Uncle Trav's miniature tiki huts....Small Paradise. Diving into a new project
uncle trav
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Posted: 2014-11-16 07:31 am   Permalink

Thanks Wendy! Winter is long and cold here so it is the perfect time to work on these projects. I'm going to try my hand at some diorama features. I haven't tried that before so it will be fun to test some new ideas.
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2014-11-16 08:55 am   Permalink

U rock bruddah...

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2014-11-16 10:21 pm   Permalink

uncle trav that would be so over the top with the sizes required. WOW, I hope it works out. Wendy

 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2014-11-17 12:28 pm   Permalink

Looking forward to new stuff from you Trav. (Sorry about the 13 degrees )
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TikiG
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Posted: 2014-11-17 3:15 pm   Permalink

Yes! Uncle Trav back at his workbench! I can't wait to see some progress pics of some of your new ideas - inspire us please!

 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2014-11-19 4:17 pm   Permalink

Thanks everyone. As always this will be a gradual process. This is the start of an attempt at diorama foliage. I'll post some progress pics as I go.




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uncle trav
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Posted: 2015-01-03 4:34 pm   Permalink

Messing around with some techniques for my new diorama. Here is my first attempt at making foliage leaves. This is the first one. I need to paint and detail it to see how it will turn out. If it works out I'll make about thirty more to form a tree. Tons of tiny cuts after the shapes are glued to a very thin wire so they can be formed to different shapes. I thought I'd give a try at making the foliage instead of buying it from a hobby store.









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uncle trav
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Posted: 2015-01-03 4:42 pm   Permalink

Next up hand made mini split bamboo. A mainstay of Tiki architecture. These flats will be used for walls and trim. In my other builds I have used full round pieces of real bamboo detailed wth segments I made with micro wire cutters. These are wood dowels carved and split to look like real bamboo.










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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2015-01-03 6:44 pm   Permalink

I like watching the master at work...

 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2015-01-04 06:21 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2015-01-03 18:44, hang10tiki wrote:
I like watching the master at work...


LOL. Thank you sir. I'm no master just a guy trying to escape the daily grind in miniature here are a couple more progress pics.




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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2015-01-04 6:22 pm   Permalink

I always enjoy your work Trav! Just a dumb question - wouldn't it be easier to start with various green papers instead of white when making foliage?

 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2016-03-05 06:49 am   Permalink

Well it's been a year since my last post on this thread. The diorama has been put on the backburner for now. A while back I found a nice miniature copper diving helmet for my home bar. I was just going to put it on the shelf and then I got inspired by the posts of tikiskip to turn the helmet into a small hanging lamp or maybe a table lamp. The first part of the process will be to age the copper to a nice patina. The wiring will be the easy part. I will post some pics of how it turns out.



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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2016-03-05 07:00 am   Permalink

He's back
This will be fun to watch
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2016-03-05 10:44 am   Permalink

Those make cool lights.
The one that Bongo fury I think it was with the radio active green color
made it even cooler.

I found a real one at a estate sale and had to wait all day for it, well when it
came up it went for like $300.00 and everybody thought that was sooo high.

Man you can't get a new small remake for cheap these days.

That looks like a nice one.


 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2016-03-05 2:15 pm   Permalink

Thanks guys. I'm trying to decide which way to go with the patina. I could use various colors of water based paint and a topcoat sealer. I could go with the household cleaner and lemon juice route. Or I could go with the commercially made reactive paint way. Seems they all have pros and cons.
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