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My Michael's and Dollarama Finds 4 Months, 1 Week ago  
First, I'm so enamored by the light mods that I'm going to attempt a few myself. To that end I have been looking for inexpensive but high quality solutions to sconces and braziers.

It turns out my local dollar store, Dollarama, has 2-packs of flickering tea lights on for a dollar. That's 50 cents a piece to get the battery, compartment and switch and, of course, the LED that flickers.

As well, this week they have charms on at Michaels for 40% off, plus you might be able to use the other flyer or online coupons (I use the online coupons from the Michaels app on my iphone). I was able to get a bunch of stuff for 60% off.



The fancy metal cones are, I think, going to be wall sconces. The fancy leaf capped tubes are going to be pulled part and the leaf end caps work perfectly with the LEDs to be wall sconces or very fancy wall torches... something you might see in an Elven setting. Lastly, the bird-cages idea was picked up by another post/thread here (can't remember where or who posted it, exactly, but great idea, if you're reading this!). I think I'm going to make some braziers out of them... all I need to do, once I get the bottom off, is drill a hole for the LED and then set the braziers on a platform.

What's great is that everything is in gold, copper and silver/metal colours.

The chain hoops will probably be used in a mod where some demon or large beast is chained to the wall or floor. Chains can also be fairly inexpensive to buy from Michael's with the right coupons, and there's a large selection of styles, sizes, and colours.



You can see in the detail shot that I've taken apart a tea candle and am fitting the LED in the leaf end cap.

If anyone has some ideas for the hollow tubes, I'd love to hear them.
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#59431
Re:My Michael's and Dollarama Finds 4 Months, 1 Week ago  
@jchunick great minds think alike! I was thinking the same thing about those flickering tea candles...

Very glad you are doing the legwork! lol I just picked up a hot glue gun the other day, and I will be doing some similar mods like this soon.

I look forward to seeing these come together for you and hearing about your process.

As for the tubes... Those really seem good for a mad scientist lab!

Stack two together in a V. leave the caps on one end perhaps, and you are on your way to a jacobs ladder.

Put 4 side by side, and you have a power core of some kind.

If you had a colored LED... or some kind of green filter that would be better. I have no doubt you will experiment.
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#59432
Re:My Michael's and Dollarama Finds 4 Months, 1 Week ago  
JasonYoung wrote:
As for the tubes... Those really seem good for a mad scientist lab!

Stack two together in a V. leave the caps on one end perhaps, and you are on your way to a jacobs ladder.

Put 4 side by side, and you have a power core of some kind.

If you had a colored LED... or some kind of green filter that would be better. I have no doubt you will experiment.


... or a mad Alchemists' lab :-)

I have some Super Sculpey so maybe I can model some sort of 'specimen' to go in the tubes, or even paint and use one of the many 'familiars' I have from the Reaper Bones or Dwarven Adventurers or Gnomish Adventurers Kickstarters I have... anyways, when I pull all the end caps off I'll have 6 tubes to play with.

Here's a google search for medieval braziers to see how well the birdcage can work:
http://bit.ly/1dcPIBD
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#59460
Re:My Michael's and Dollarama Finds 4 Months, 1 Week ago  
They're part of my stocking stuffers from the wife, so I can't post pics yet, but I found some chair shaped charms a little wall mountable skull at Joann Fabric. All I'll need to do is remove the rings for attaching them and paint em up. There are a whole mess of things you can get from that section if you shop patiently.

Hobby Lobby also often does 50-60% off coupons and they carry water effects, grass mats, and other modeling supplies.
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#59477
Re:My Michael's and Dollarama Finds 4 Months, 1 Week ago  
jchunick wrote:
Lastly, the bird-cages idea was picked up by another post/thread here (can't remember where or who posted it, exactly, but great idea, if you're reading this!). I think I'm going to make some braziers out of them... all I need to do, once I get the bottom off, is drill a hole for the LED and then set the braziers on a platform.

Hi jchunick. The birdcage to brazier idea might have been from me. I converted them and put them on the demon wall in my last setup.





I love your idea of the leaf end cap sconces. If you're looking to add some more home made decorations that might work in an elven setting, I flipped the bottom of the bird cage trinket upside down then mounted the small bird on the edge. I then filled the base with clear resin and glued a piece of thin fishing line from the mouth to the "water". Instant bird bath/fountain! I think I'll change the stands on the ones I made. The DF column doesn't look quite right to me...






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#59482
Re:My Michael's and Dollarama Finds 4 Months, 1 Week ago  
Thanks for posting about those fountains, I must have missed them the first pass. Using the fishing filament is great, its simple and easy while still conveying the effect well. I had seen something about that in a modeling magazine many moons ago, but I had completely forgotten about it! Thanks again for the reminder.
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#59484
Re:My Michael's and Dollarama Finds 4 Months, 1 Week ago  
@richens

Yes! Your post was where I'd seen it. In fact, that's what got me looking in the jewellery section at Michaels - I would never have gone into that area otherwise, although when I mentioned it to my wife she said she suggested it to me as well... I guess I wasn't listening (oops!)

I love the bird bath, but you're right, those short columns don't really work. Maybe I'll sculpt a base for them.

I have to buy the resin and try the water technique.

@LordDust
You can also find some detailed instructions on how to make a fountain at the Hirst website here: http://www.hirstarts.com/tips15/tips15.html#water
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#59499
Re:My Michael's and Dollarama Finds 4 Months, 1 Week ago  
I hadn't been through all of the Hirst how-tos yet. I do plan to get some molds and go crazy with them later, I just don't have enough time to make them worth my while right now with everything going on. I hope to change that in the near future. Thanks for the link though. I have sooo many projects I want to start, its driving me batty! I just have to remember, semester is over soon and the next one should be easier on my time.
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#59523
Re:My Michael's and Dollarama Finds 4 Months, 1 Week ago  
There are some cool ideas here. I like the bird bath and the braziers.
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#59571
Re:My Michael's and Dollarama Finds 4 Months, 1 Week ago  
@richens

I found a great pedistal that would work with the "bird bath" basin (it comes in three colours (tan, ivory, grey):
www.manorhouseminis.com/product.asp?Sku=FMA1003TN
www.manorhouseminis.com/product.asp?Sku=FMA1003IV
www.manorhouseminis.com/product.asp?Sku=FMA1003GY
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#59574
Re:My Michael's and Dollarama Finds 4 Months, 1 Week ago  
I was inspired by biowizard's dragon sized treasure hoard to use gold glitter and stick on (well, glue on) rhinestones. I was able to get a set of various sizes that went down to what looks like 1mm stones at Michaels and the glitter at Dollarama.

Here's the image:


Edit: I should have added that the image compares a straight painted pile of gold, silver and gems (I used 4 coats of high gloss on the 'gems'), with the pile that I used glitter on with the glue on rhinestones. I should also note that I had to drybrush some gold on afterward because I didn't like how sparkly it was.. almost as sparkly as a certain vampire. I'm probably going to add some more wash, as well so it looks less flat.
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#59578
Re:My Michael's and Dollarama Finds 4 Months, 1 Week ago  
That is exactly what I am planning to do with the ones I bought, glad to see it works out so well and thanks for posting the pictures!
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