029 - Cutie Cars 1" Button


My 1" button maker was returned this last weekend I made a few buttons. It's nice to have it back! It's a really neat machine and the output product is just so fun.

I used the piece of paper that comes with the toy that showcases all the other cars you "just have to have". Turned out nice.

020 - Diorama Kit v1


I designed a diorama kit inspired by this one section in the recent Flow Book for Paper Lovers annual. Each panel measures 3.5" x 3.5". I'm not sure why I decided to have a circle cutout in the center there. It was actually a little annoying to cut. I may remove that in the v2.

I'll eventually post the blank template for folks to use.

Nook's Cranny Miniature Diorama - Work in Progress

Here's a number of in progress shots of my miniature diorama of Nook's Cranny. Outside of the Porter miniature, everything is made by hand with whatever craft tricks I know (for example the flower pot is a perler bead).

I still need to put together the shirt and the umbrella. I also need to find something to find pots. I suppose I could make them out of Sculpey and paint them.

The diorama measures 2" x 2" and I plan to put it in a bell jar display. Anyway, hope you folks enjoy the pics!

Flat Arcade

I had about 35 minutes yesterday to work on this idea I had for a flat arcade cabinet that can sit on your desk as a dumb little tchotchke. What was a really cool idea in my head turned out to be a pretty dumb final product. Maybe a more polished sticker would make it kind of better, but overall the flat nature of the arcade cabinet with forced isometric view was lacking.

Fortunately it gave me the encouragement to work on something better: a Sigma-Scale arcade cabinet that I can put together that doesn't require a lot of intricate cutting. I just need to pick up some wood filler so I can fill in the gaps.

I also have a small metal arcade, non-scale, that I want to cast.

WIP - Desktop Scene Thing

I've been thinking about this "desktop scene" toy for a while now. Finally got some time to drill some holes and put it together. It's always interesting to see how my calculated plans on paper don't seem to work out very well in real life.

The idea here is a base with holes where a figure can be fixed. I use the term "figure" loosely. It's probably closer to a flat cutout with a peg on the bottom. Then you attach a backdrop to the last row of holes and you've got a tiny desktop scene.

Right now the pegs are simply toothpicks taped to some paper. What I'd like to ultimately do is get laser cut pieces and laser etched pieces to go into the holes.

Custom Toy - Totoro Cat Bus

Here's the next wooden cube block things that I'm working on: Totoro Cat Bus. I'm not quite sure what to call these things. I was thinking of "Dumb Blocks" or "Cube Blocks" or "2-inch Wooden Craft Cube" or "Possibly Toxic Spray Adhesive Block". I have no idea. They're just nice to display and fun to make. I wouldn't quite call it a toy either since it's just a block of wood. Then again, maybe a block of wood can be a toy.

Not sure what the next one will be just yet. I do have plans to put together an Optimus Prime wooden train now that I got some tools in the mail. We'll see how that goes!

Below you'll see the Photoshop environment that I work in:

Professor Layton - Instant Insanity Blocks

I had an opportunity last night to print out and adhere the faces onto my Professor Layton themed Instant Insanity puzzle game cubes. I think they're a nice fan-made addition to my small Professor Layton collection. Funnily enough, I really didn't care for the 3DS incarnations with their panning and zooming environments.

The premise of the puzzle is that each cube has a mix of one of four icons on each face. Your goal is to stack these four cubes vertically so that each face that is showing a different face (four faces showing per cube as you can't see the top or bottom face). As I mentioned in yesterday's post, it's much like Sudoku where each line has to have something different.

Apparently this is all based on the Polya Enumeration Theorem. I haven't had to time to actually read this article, but it explains how one create their own with different patterns on the cubes.

Purchase: Professor Layton Games on Amazon.com

Tiny Wooden Console Model

I've been messing around with this idea to make a model wooden console (of no particular type) with little wooden cartridges you can stick into it. This is the first test. It looks... okay. Something's missing though. I wonder if I add a "power" and "reset" button that it will make a difference. It's hard to tell.

PAC-MAN & Blinky Pillow

This last Christmas my family decided to do Secret Santa. Out of all of the gifts bestowed upon other folks, I think I got one of the best ones and thought it appropriate to share. My cousin pulled my name from the hat and decided to make me this awesome PAC-MAN themed pillow.

That's how I know that she thinks I'm a pretty cool cousin: Blinky is actually white fleece, but the blood from her sewing mistakes made it that deep red.

Thanks, Jessica!

Lego Dice Tower

As most of you know, I've been playing a good amount of Warmachine lately. The miniatures game takes place on a 4'x4' board and involves much dice rolling. What I've come to discover to this date is that I'm always looking for a place to roll my dice so as to not disturb any of the pieces (miniatures, terrain, tokens, etc.). I often also find myself rolling dice off the table. That's why I decided to make a dice tower.

Now, dice towers aren't new and there are plenty of companies that make their own version of the dice tower. I, however, didn't want to actually wait to use one, so I decided to make one out of Legos.

What's a Dice Tower Do?
It essentially is a vertical shaft with protrusions inside so when you toss dice down the shaft they hit the protrusions, rotate, spin and pop out on a random side. Because of the fenced area at the end, you're not scrambling to make sure dice don't disturb other pieces in the game nor are you worried about them falling off the table. My tower has two protrusions and a series of steps at the bottom. See the scientific diagram below.

It's not the prettiest thing nor is it in anyway uniform, but it works pretty well. I'm excited to try it out today to finish up my current Warmachine game at lunch.

Purchase: Dice Towers on amazon.com