Romany-mini
#21
Oi! Down to the wire for me. I'm headed out of town shortly & not dressed yet because I have to get this entered before I go! So, I apologize if my write up is brief.

The wagon wheels came in, as did the glass orbs. I also got some painting done.
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The wheels are smaller than I would have liked and the crystal ball is larger than I'd like. I was trying to find the best compromise to overall ball size and the opening available. This hole is so very small.
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I decided to put a grim reaper inside to be a horrible omen, plus it was tall & skinny enough to fit into the globe Tongue
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I put him inside with some cotton quilt-filler to add some "conjuring magic" to it, but really it just ended up blocking my view of the skull face. Oh well.
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I cut a square out of an old board game board and glued on a mix of different basing materials I have. (Fine turf, tea grounds, and a "dump bin" of everything else)
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I got some buddies to help hold things while my glued dried.
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Various other details were added like tarot cards, printed posters, the steps for customers, etc.
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All in all, not my proudest achievement but I am glad I at least had something to show at the end of the comp.
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#22
I'm really glad you did that gold accent painting because, to me, the romance of these wagons is all in the paint jobs! I think the wheel size looks great and not too small. And getting anything in those orbs is a challenge. :\ Though I'd really like to know where you got yours if you feel like sharing. I don't think the misty magic swirl covers him too much but it definitely benefits from it being in there. I think it's an appropriate touch!

The coolest part of this to me is your shingle roof. It was totally the right choice to use a natural material because it does so much for it in terms of looking real and worn and with natural variation that's so hard to replicate with uniform materials.
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#23
Thanks for the feedback! The bulb came from this Etsy shop. They have many different shapes to choose from.
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#24
I can just picture it now>

The swirling mists pass to reveal a deathlike visage. The customer becomes fearful and steps backwards - falling down the staircase and breaking his neck.

Madam Katrina: "Damnit! There goes another one... I really need to start taking payment in advance! "

I too love that paintjob. I think everyone did a fantastic job squeezing their projects in at the last minute.
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#25
(08-22-2015, 03:01 AM)MellyMonkey Wrote: Thanks for the feedback! The bulb came from this Etsy shop. They have many different shapes to choose from.

Oooh, that's brilliant! I actually didn't realise it was so small until I saw that picture. I've gotten some globes and the like from Etsy before, though they can be expensive. This looks like a great price though so I will keep this link. The domes I got I ended up going straight to a manufacturer for. Shipping was pretty expensive but they came in at less than 1$ a piece that way. Not bad, considering many people sell domes like that for sometimes five dollars apiece on Etsy!
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#26
(08-22-2015, 09:54 AM)SethDrallitoc Wrote: The swirling mists pass to reveal a deathlike visage. The customer becomes fearful and steps backwards - falling down the staircase and breaking his neck.

Ha! I knew there was a reason that steps were going to be a bad idea. Tongue
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#27
I am glad you finished on time. This was a cool effort with some new-to-me materials. The pine cone leaf as roof looks great, and this is a place where cut squares of card just wouldn't have done it.
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