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A Hall Tree From Stash

I’ll need a hall tree to display some of the wares in the shop. A Google search showed some I liked that have turned posts and three Queen Anne style legs. As luck would have it, I had some turned posts left from the pillar candlesticks in my Romance Retreat. Other supplies I had on hand were turned cocktail sticks, wooden beads and a scrap of 3/32″ thick basswood.

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Fluorescent Light Installation

My four “fluorescent light” fixtures are ready to suspend from the shop ceiling. There is one problem; there is no ceiling in this shop. The shop has four fixed walls and a removable plexiglass cover. I will make the light fixtures look like they hang from the ceiling.

I made a center “ceiling joist” to support “rafters” of 1/4″ polystyrene square tubes. The joist will have notches to support the rafters and keep the spacing. The wires for the lights will run through the hollow rafters.

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Fluorescent Shop Lights

Most shops have fluorescent lighting suspended from the ceiling. Have you ever tried to find fluorescent lights that didn’t cost and arm and a leg? Either I was looking in the wrong place, or I was presented with another of those opportunities to draw from my Popular Mechanics DNA.

I thought I had seen somewhere that a cool white LED chip attached to the open end of a polystyrene tube would resemble a fluorescent light. Experimenting, it seemed that a light at each end of a 2” piece of 1/8″ tube would give a pretty good effect. Now I needed to configure a box that would hold the tubes and chip lights firmly in place. I used some styrene and ABS extrusions from Plastruct. I used 1/2″ ABS channel for the bottom and .187″ half round styrene rod for the sides.

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Needle Felted Puppy

I just love the feedback I receive from my blog and Instagram visitors. I’ve learned from you and feel good when you say you have learned from me. And sometimes, you just make me smile.

One of those smile moments was when Deborah replied to my post on collaboration. I loved her comment, “Tutti is so stinking cute.” She also asked if the puppy was hard to make. With all the talent that miniaturists possess, I believe that there is nothing that you all can’t do. But I can go a step further with Deborah’s question. When I finished the puppy, I had collaborated with my Fruity Girl groupies to think of a name, but in the request, I also gave a brief How To. So, join the “Fruity Girls and Me” for a short tutorial.

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