Dirigible Plums - HP

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  1. Tammy

    Tammy Member

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    I thought I might try my hand at making some Dirigible plums
    Might be good for a laugh at least :lol

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    I've started the base work of the DP using balsa wood. Which I have shaped and sanded. I'll then add some thick wire into the base and use something like a texture paste to give a smooth finish between the wood and the wire and finish of with some paint.

    I'm completely new to this but I'm such a HP fan :rolleyes

    Please feel free to offer me any advice :D Its always well received :)

    NB: Should I be taking progress photo's?
    Tammy
     
  2. madmanmoe64

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    Always, always take progress pics.
    Any idea what plant you're going to attach these to?
     
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  4. Tammy

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    Thanks Tom. I have taken some shots - I just need to upload. So far they are coming out pretty darn good! The balsa wood works really well. I have cut the wire to about two feet and when I hold the end the little dirigible plum waves around like its floating!

    Unfortunately I haven't got a large vine-y type plant in my yard. I was just going to wire them onto my miniture umbrella tree...which is quite large and bushy with beautiful dark green leaves.

    I mixed some orange paint in with the texture paste and have covered the balsa wood and down the wire. It sets hard so I just need to sand it to a smooth finish and then give it a finishing paint job.
    I'm confident that it will look quite good.

    Thanks for the filming props lemonlemonuk, its always nice to see the originals ;)

    Will upload some progress photo's tonight.
    Tammy
     
  5. Tammy

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    Here are my progress photo's
    I started off with a block of balsa wood roughly cut to 5cm x 5cm x 7cm.
    I then trimmed and sanded it into shape
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    then I added a long piece of thick wire into the end
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    then I covered the balsa wood and down the wire with texture paste with some pumpkin coloured acrylic paint.
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    NEVER use texture paste. It was the worst thing I could have done :angry Its totally the wrong medium for the project :rolleyes Oh well I live and learn I guess :lol
    (the texture paste sets really hard but still has some flexibility which is not good when your trying to sand it!)
    Anyway I have sanded the texture to a reasonably smooth finish and so I'll give it a few more coats of paint...as well as painting the wire green.

    Once it is finished it will be going outside into my garden where it will get wet, so I was wondering when I go to give it a final coat of clear lacquer, should I use a gloss or matte finish?
     
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  6. Tammy

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    Well I finally finished my Dirigible plum. I now have another 3 on the go (with a total of 8) to add to my bush. The kids think it looks great :lol
    This is the final coat of varnish
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    and here it is (all alone) in the garden :lol
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    TFL
    Tammy
     
  7. Wolfie

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    Thats so cool!! lol
     
  8. Trowa

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    I must confess, taking you're Hp props outside into you're garden is something you don't see every day. Not just containing in to the inside of you're house:)

    It looks really great,and the sign just adds to atmosphere :thumbsup
     
  9. ghargiss

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    Amazing work! Looks really cool.
     
  10. Tammy

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    tonight I've been sitting and painting the other 7 DB :)
    I'll upload a photo if them attached to the bush when I'm finished :p
     
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  11. frosty

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    thats a great idea for a prop! looks cool
     
  12. lemonlemonuk

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  13. woozelmom

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    LOVE you DP!!! I can't wait to see them all in flight :) I bet when a breeze is blowing the movement of DP will be a sight to see!!
    How are you attaching them to your plant? What gauge did you use?
    Your project is inspiring.
     
  14. PotionMistress

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    Oh, this is DELIGHTFUL! You've done a great job so far. I just love the idea that you've put them out in your garden with that terrific sign.
     
  15. Tammy

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    Thanks for your nice comments.
    I'm not sure of the gauge wire I used? It was lying around in the shed LOL!
    but yes when the wind blows they sway around :) I'm sure my friends think I've completley lost the plot haha
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  16. StarKill3r

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    The Plums and the sign are a very cool idea for an outside prop. Why keep it all indoors ? Now if I can just figure out a spot in my yard for a 19 foot tall moisture vaporator....
     
  17. woozelmom

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    You know Tammy, it is always a good idea to keep the neighbors guessing :lol
     

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