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.
Thanks for coming to visit!
Kristine









36 comments:

  1. Oh my word Kristine, I am so impressed. It love the look - so clean, modern and stylish. I'm really pleased you approve of the laser cutter. Not just because I use one but if anyone has the chance, it's a great way to experiment a try something new. So diggin' the high-rise pad
    *applauds*
    =0D

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    1. Aww thanks so much Pepper! It's definitely turning into some sort of penthouse now haha! Why not?
      I think of you when I go into reserve my spot with the laser cutter, you actually have your very own! And it's so addicting! Seeing all the cool stuff you've been able to make is part of the reason I knew I had to learn to use it. I'm going to try the 3D printer next so we'll see how that goes. :)

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  2. Hi, an awesome result! I love what you made with this laser cutter! I also look forward to read about your experiences with the 3D printer.

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    1. Thank you! I think it might be awhile before I finally figure out the 3D printer! It's much more complicated designing the files for sure. But some day.... :)

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  3. Incredible! It all came together very well. I love that fridge in there too!

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    1. Thank you so much! I think the fridge has to be the most favourite miniature that I own. I'm so happy it has a proper place now.

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  4. That's awesome!

    I want to learn how to use a laser cutter (hell, even learning how to use the Pazzles machine I bought six months ago would be a good start) but it never quite makes it to the top of my list...

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    1. :) I googled Pazzles machine and it looks like one of the machines I had been looking at myself. They look really cool! I have a die cutter that you manually roll but the electric machine would open up so many more designs. I wish they could cut 1/16 basswood, could you imagine?! I hope you find a way to learn it. I'm sure it will be like me and you wish you had done it earlier ;)

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    2. On a related note, I was reading a local (Australian) blog this evening and thought I should make sure you 'meet' each other: http://tinydistinction.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/its-been-while-since-i-posted-but-now.html

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    3. Thanks for the introduction! Wow, the details on that project are something else! I have never cut anything so small so it's really an inspiration. Thanks again for thinking of me :)

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  5. I'm impressed by the progress you've made, Kristine, you've done amazing work. All looks so beautiful and it's a great design, just like you said: it's like a penthouse :)!
    I live in a small village, so absolutely no laser cutters available. Ah well, I think it ever will be, but I just have to wait a bit longer ;)! It seems to me a great opportunity to develop yourself with new techniques.....so, we'll see.
    Ilona

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Ilona!
      I understand, I was really surprised when I found I had a cutter in my area available! Total surprise! I'm sure they will become more popular as time goes on. :)

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  6. What a great thing to be able to use a local laser cutter. Your design looks AWESOME! It's so modern and clean. Please do blog about using the laser cutter and making the designs. I've been thinking of getting one for some time. I would love to see more!

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    1. Thank you :) I'm really looking forward to adding the final modern touches like lighting and flooring soon.
      I'll write about my laser cutting process for sure! I was so lost when I started but it wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be. There are some free applications on the web to use and like I mentioned above you can always send off your files for cutting and have them shipped to you. Beware it's sooo addictive! I can just imagine how cool the designs you would make with your style!

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  7. I love your kitchen cabinets and the color. I am catching up on what you are doing. Love your style.
    Anita (fabulouslyflawedminiatures.blogspot.com)

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    1. Thank you Anita :) It took a long time to get the colour right I didn't want something too dark. I really appreciate you noticing :D I've taken a quick look at your blog and love love love the items in your shop! Your tutus and blankets are gorgeous! I'll be following your work from now on :) so beautiful!

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  8. Wow this is beautiful. I am working in 1:48th scale now and this would mean very clean (accurate) lines. Please write about you experience with Ponoko as I have been too scared to give it a try lol x

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    1. Thank you Sandra, I can only imagine how tempting using a laser cutter would be in that scale! I have trouble when things are 1:12 as is ;) Ponoko was super easy and fast and they were really nice to work with too. I will write about it for sure :)

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  9. So amazingly wonderful Kristine! Your creations here are stunning, the modern lines and pieces are perfectly designed!

    I also love the stride the lazercutting and 3d printing is making, I hope someday us mini hobbiests will be able to have a print shop that does all these wonderful designs at home!

    I look forward to your progress as a mini cutter aficionado!
    Hugs~J

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  10. Hi Kristine, Thanks for following my blog. This project is really cool. Isn't it great how much these technologies can improve our projects! I know I was thrilled when I discovered I could laser cut stuff myself. The possibilities are really endless.

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  11. Love that kitchen! You made a great work!

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  12. This modern kitchen...I love. Great work!

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  13. Love LOVE your modern kitchen! Especially the refrigerators! Those are just great. And I am so impressed that you made them. Can't wait to see what else you make!

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  14. Wow! I just discovered your blog...terrific...keep it up. Love it.
    Best Wishes,
    Doris Nathanson
    minimodernistas

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  15. Is it bad that I want to steal your kitchen and run, run, run? :) Beautiful design and work.

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  16. Thanks again everyone! I'm hoping to post another update very soon! December is just flying by and I'm up to my ears in making Christmas cards lol

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  17. This is an incredible kitchen. Where on earth did you find the fridge?

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    1. Hi Anita, The fridge is by Elf Miniatures and is a commercial double fridge/ chiller (you can find it at elfminiatures. co. uk under kitchens>appliances). It has to be my most favourite miniature that I own actually. There is also a single version and a under cabinet one too. :)

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  18. WOWEEEEEE! This kitchen looks so HIGH END that it should be featured in a Design Magazine like Canadian House and Home! Truly your skills with the laser are Super-duper! Keep up the Great Work Kristine. You got a great future ahead of you kid! :D

    elizabeth

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