15 Nov 2014

New Laser Project Update

Hi everyone! I'm finally back from my hiatus with a little update.  Since mid-September I've been busy designing, measuring, and learning new tools for this project. It's been a lot of math, sketches and computer puzzle piece designs... until now!  Here's a look at what I've got so far.
After months of being less then interested working on my miniature project I decided that enough was enough and I made the decision to jump into something new.  I came to the conclusion that it wasn't worth trying to make a project work again which I no longer had a spark or passion for.

Learning to use the laser cutter has been on my list for sometime and was the perfect challenge to go forward.  As I've mentioned before I have access to a laser cutter at my local library which is crazy incredible! The library doesn't offer much instruction or teaching so everything was self taught. It's taken some time but I'm in a place now where I can simply design my files and pieces at home, reserve a time (it gets pretty booked up!), and bring in my materials - done!
I love how technologies like 3D printing and laser cutting are becoming more accessible and are empowering miniature hobbyists at every level. Even if you don't have access to a laser cutter at home you can order your projects online from around the world.  Before I felt comfortable cutting on my own I had great success with an online company called Ponoko and had my designs shipped to my door.  Let me know if you are interested I will blog about my experience, I know it can be hard to find a tool like this locally.
This new project is an extension of my Loft series with a contemporary setting and a luxe feel.  It still has the same floor plan as my last project with a kitchen, small dining, and open concept living room.  My modern sofa will finally have a permanent home!  Everything is just a bit bigger and fits a contemporary aesthetic.  A high-rise condo maybe? You can see my kitchen design inspiration on my Pinterest.

I am so pleased with my progress, it's turning out better then I imagined. Everything is finally square and to scale! (Seriously!  Once you laser cut you can't go back!)  The windows fit the scene just as I wanted, and above all I finally feel like my special pieces like the fridge are in a proper setting to really shine.

Still lots to make and a few fixes to what I've made so far.   I'll go into more details in my next post as I continue to move along.
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