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Old 25-09-2011, 12:31 AM
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Default The Science Lab - A Work in progress

Thought prehaps, instead of scattering posts everywhere, l would start this thread on the science lab l'm making.
The lab will be mostly handmade items and nothing that you'd ever call 'grand'. But its my hobby time out in a busy demanding world. l love the fact that it dosen't have to be 'exact' as there is no exact.
Anyway: The beginning.


How it arrived. Stands around 42cms high and 54cms wide. Real thick chipboard and * gasp * lots of pink and purple paint.


l knock out the middle of the lower section and put a 'stone' floor in it with egg carton and glue.
The bottom floor is the science lab, the two rooms above are the 'study' and the 'Time machine' room.

l wallpaper the walls and then realise there is no way for the scientist to get to the top! So make a hole for the staircase.

l realise the wall paper is too dark and l ruined it when putting the paper preservor spray on it. It has runs in it and l just dont like the whole thing.
l ignore it for a few weeks and then feel the urge to come back and try again.

Printed stone walls, the grey man is my first attempt at trying to make a Fimo person. l only have grey Fimo here so its my test case.

l crack the grumps with it again as nothing seems to work and l have no idea what l'm doing. A web search shows me so many wonderful creations that l have no hope of matching them. So l give up and buy a kit for a Time Machine.
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Old 25-09-2011, 12:32 AM
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Never done one before but it's a huge amount of fun, mainly because l have an instruction sheet telling me what to do next.


That works, so back to the Science lab. l work out what is the matter - its too dark, there are no windows (can't believe it took me months to work that bit out!)
So l strip the whole lot down, pull off the roof again and add windows.
And a brighter wallpaper that l will 'age' later when l feel a bit more 'happy' about it. (l have a dreadful temper when things don't go my way).
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l sit a few things in the study and the Time Machine in its room (the original movie that has the machine, has big windows in the background. Movie is ground floor....l can't parrot that one!)

l were hunting for pictures of a Victorian science lab and mostly steam punk inventions come up. Either those or freaky Frankenstein characters being cut open....

l need clutter, metal clutter. Shelves to be filled, disorganized mess and creations.


l add a few lights (mainly so l can see what l'm doing).




Something still wasn't right so l've pulled it all apart again and 'aged' the furniture. Nothing should look new, he is but a poor scientist in an old lab.

l'm back in a corner with it now as l can't really work out 'what' the scientist is doing in the lab. l'd rather he be in the middle of something but l don't know what.
Gah! l make it so hard.
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While surfing a few web sites trying to get ideas of where to go next, l come across this steampunk site where they make things glow.
The middle of a highlighter pen, when mulched with water and put under a UV LED light, glows.
l buy several UV LED lights and start playing around to see just what would glow in the lab. Certain kinds of paint glow so l'm off on a new slant. The lab itself will have the scientist making 'something' awlfully toxic and somehow 'time travel' will be tied into it.


Test tubes (almost an inch high) with highlighter mulch in it.


The same tubes under the light.
Success! l just don't know what for at the moment.


The study as l have it now (not to say l won't pull it apart and start again. l need 'dirt' and l need 'age' to happen. Any ideas?


Those little green balls are fishing tackle. No idea what fishermen use them for but they sure glow under the black light. (l raided my friend's tackle box. One never knows when they will find a treasure).

So there you have it. My work so far. Totally non-conformist and not to everyones taste.
Can only do little bits every few days as l work full time as well as run my own sign writing/printing business. So far its taken a few months to get this much done.
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Old 25-09-2011, 06:45 AM
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Love your inventive ideas, time taken to find things to use is never wasted. To make things dirty try wet tea bags, cold coffee, artists chalks and a dirty paint wash.
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Old 25-09-2011, 07:31 AM
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Wow! I'ts got a wonderful steampunk feel to it!

It looks like it's coming along wonderfully... although I noticed the stairs are at an odd angle (I think because they are one-step too short for the ceiling height).. had you thought of adding a little platform (like and extra wide bottom step) at the bottom for the lowest step to rest on to bring the staircase up to the right angle?

Sort of like this but only one step instead of three: http://www.euro-peanflooring.co.uk/i...air-runner.jpg

I'm looking forward to seeing how this project progresses.

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your steam punk settings are really catching me, very nice!
...am I a steam punk addict?...
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Old 25-09-2011, 09:35 AM
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ahh now i see where this is going i love it and your earlier creations on another post make sense. Shelagh has given you some great ideas for aging. i used a cloth with wax woodstain on it and the old karakte kid method, ''wax on, wax off'' that way you control how dirty it gets and can make the work corner dirtier
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Thankyou for the comments.
Will tackle the stairs (l hadn't noticed them). Really, l would love it if you point out things like that because l just can't see it myself sometimes. Like the person who pointed out that the rooms were dark because there were no windows. l couldn't believe l didn't notice that.
l suffer from tunnel vision!

With the ageing of the wall paper - will anything water based i.e the washes and wet teabags, will they make the ink in the wallpaper run? It's only normal paper printed with a home printer.
Just thought l'd check first before l jumped in with both feet.
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Old 26-09-2011, 09:30 AM
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yes it most likely will run. with home printed papers you should stand them upright (i tacky wax to the back of a box) and spray with matt spray so it doens't pool on the page
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