Exploring an Endless World of Mediums
So, what do we like about it? Now, that is a question
to answer! Why, it’s exploring the world of critical problem solving. Figuring out just what medium to use, how to apply it, and the distance you can delve into the miniature world with basically no rules to restrict you. Our craft, allows us to explore a world of mimicry, turning a toothpick into a mast, a watch gear into a steering wheel, a shard of glass into the lens of a lighthouse, or even turning a medical injection needle into a stanchion of a railing. And once you’ve figured out what material to use, you’ve got to determine what you’ll use to put it together, whether it be glue, clear nail polish, epoxy, a length of string, a couple dowels, or a combination of those things. This is what it means to
build ships in bottles, and the reason why, I’m so addicted.
Over the course of my building, I've created a list of tips, tricks and material usage. These are ideas to explore. You'll come up with many of them on your own, but I have found, that aside from building, the best part about ships in bottles is sharing with other builders, just how you created what you did.
• Create a tiny hoop at the tip of a piece of thin wire, which is attached to a flexible, long, piece of metal (clothes hanger length, flexible shish kebab stick, etc.). This will be used to suspend the super glue so that it can be applied to your object. The smaller the hoop, the smaller the quantity of glue.
Handling and Using Glues:
• I use super glue to attach nearly everything on the ship, but it can be messy if you squeeze it straight from the bottle. So, always dab super glue with a paper towel. I cut paper towels into small squares and have a
pile of them accessible at all times when working.
• Soak fine veneers in super glue before cutting with a blade (exacto knife). This helps to avoid splitting down the grain of the wood and breaking of very fine pieces.
Random Materials and Their Uses:
• Collect that flexible plastic that many items are packaged in from the stores. Keep the flat sections and use these for making windows or anything that needs to be transparent on your models. (Note: do not glue these with super glue, it will create a horrible haze on its surface!)