During the month of September I was called for jury service. I was assigned to a grand jury, which, for our county, met at least three days a week and paid $25 per day. During this time, the MicroMark catalog featured the new enhanced cutting machine from Silhouette, the Cameo 4. I had been curious about cutting machines and this was supposed to be faster and more powerful than the Cameo 3, as well as the Cricut machines. And it was selling for just $300, precisely what I would earn during my jury service!
I had the cash windfall and the new Cameo 4 would be available soon. I thought, “Why not?” And although I have never done anything so impulsive, I ordered it.
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.
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.
Not so fast! We can’t go shopping until we have a shop to go to. A few years ago I bought a shop from Real Good Toys. I didn’t know what I would do with it, but I liked that it was basically a room box.
The first step is to do a dry fit. I like it, except the door is kind of clunky. I’ll replace it with the ones I built.
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.