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Posted by Rusvaj, on 2008-02-19 16:24:20

Scale furniture

Hi everybody, I was wandering if anybody knows where can I find 1:7 scale furniture.I tried e bay but its mostly dollhouse scale.Any Help I would appreciate. By the way I am from Serbia and working on my graduate film.Its a 15 min stop motion short movie.Right now I am in a process of set building and animation tests. Good luck to everybody pozdrav

Posted by Nick H, on 2008-02-19 22:06:08

There is a lot of dollhouse 1:12 scale furniture, but not much that is bigger than that. Some plastic objects made to go with 11 1/2" Barbie dolls can look ok if you paint them. (They usually come in pink.) That includes chairs, outdoor garden furniture, a fireplace, bicycle, Vespa type scooter. They are often made by other companies, but to the same size. They tend to be a little bit small for true 1:6 scale, but can work well with 10 or 11 inch (250mm - 275mm) puppets. A few toys or novelty objects might be the right size by accident. I keep an eye out for things I can use. Some things I have found in 1:6 scale are - a fire extinguisher, model movie lights, a telephone, kerosene lamps (bronze coloured metal pencil sharpeners that come as a variety of model objects), car mag wheel (air freshener), rubber car tyre (was around a glass ashtray), chair (was for putting mobile phone on), bottles (fridge magnets), and glasses (clear tops on spray bottles), miniature pliers and adjustable spanner, roller blade skates (key chain ornaments). But a lot of it you will probably have to make yourself.

Posted by Nofby, on 2008-02-20 05:42:57

I agree, if you want an unique look to your film and everything to match you should make your own.For an example, if you had an interior set, and everything was designed differently, there would'nt be much style to the film, it would look like bits and bobs randomly put together. But im sure if you bought the furniture from the same doll's house they would all look right together. The pencil sharpners that Nick are refering to, is this one Nick? This photo is a bit dodgy sorry..

Posted by Nick H, on 2008-02-20 16:57:00

Yes, that's one of them. I used a pencil sharpener telephone once, but it was so antique looking I replaced it with a plastic fridge magnet phone that fitted in to my set better. There are many other objects in the series - an old style bellows camera, a trumpet (the sharpener is in the base, you cut it off), a "one-armed bandit", many more, but the most useful one has been the lantern. I just paint them in blue or yellow, with some aging. Tables are easy to make in wood and mdf or ply. I made some chairs from wood, but also some Bentwood chairs from steel rod bent into curves and painted like wood. Some home-made furniture and objects: Table in foreground: 3mm ply top, wooden legs, hot-glued together. Tin mug: Plastic tube cut off to right height, with armature wire epoxy glued on top for rim. Flat aluminium handle built up with epoxy glue to round it. Bed: Bent tube is aluminium rod, straight tube is wooden dowel. Expanded metal mesh on top, with folded mattress and pillow made from fabric. Chair: 3mm Ply seat and back, 6mm mdf sides for framing with straight timber bits to join the sides. Toilet bowl: Sculpted in plasticine, a temporary alginate mould made, then cast in plaster. Seat: 6mm mdf. Cistern: 18mm mdf, with flushing lever cut from aluminium, and some fine chain hanging down. Hand basin: Sculpted in plasticine, then cast in poyester resin. Tap: Aluminium rod, flat aluminium cut and sanded to + handle shape. Toilet roll holder: 3mm ply, short length of dowel, with strip of paper towel around it.

Posted by Nick H, on 2008-02-20 17:16:49

The bentwoood chairs, made from 1/4" steel rod, and more tables:

Posted by Nick H, on 2008-02-20 17:26:27

One last one: A 40's style living room set. Notice same fabric recycled again for carpet. Couch and chair are thick mdf, cut with bandsaw and rounded off with belt sander. The blocks could have been fabric covered, then assembled, but I had to take the shot that evening so couldn't get to fabric shop. Old radio is mostly cardboard, with 2 layers of 3mm mdf for the base, some gabric, and little metal discs that fell out of a leaky sandbag for knobs. Fruit is Fimo. Coffee table has mdf top, painted with woodgrain effect and shellacked. Books are blocks of mdf or wood, with card wrapped around for covers. A few found objects here: Toy jeep, coffee mug, alarm clock, table lamp from Barbie furniture set, bowl for fruit. And some found objects used in a different way than they were made for - part of a typewriter cartridge used for inner grille in gas fire, and a plastic art deco picture frame cut up for border around fire and above shelf. As you can see, there are a few little things I was able to buy, but most of it had to be made. There just isn't that much around. Especially if you want a particular period or style, you'll end up making most of it yourself.

Posted by Nofby, on 2008-02-21 04:50:17

Brilliant sets, i was wondering how that resturant set was put together. Nice chairs, i just stretch fabric around foam like a real chair, but wood would work better animating wise. Nofby 7

Posted by Rusvaj, on 2008-02-22 17:27:41

thank you all for reply, I will post some pictures of my set later

Posted by Nick H, on 2008-02-21 17:32:25

I guess foam would be better if you wanted the comfy chairs to compress when the puppet sat down. I used what I had in the workshop at the time, without having to go shopping. I had a bandsaw, belt sander, and some 30mm mdf, and a hot glue gun, so that's how I made the couch.

Posted by Nofby, on 2008-02-22 06:21:04

Just a question about the resturant set.could you tell me how you made those glasses and bottles? Is it resin or some other material? That set has a nice atmosphere! Nofby

Posted by Nick H, on 2008-02-24 20:23:25

Good luck with your set, we look forward to seeing it! Nofby - The bottle and glass are cast in clear poyester resin, in silicone rubber moulds. The bottle has some brown pigment mixed in. I turned up the bottle shape in a very finegrained wood on a metal lathe. The glass was turned in clear Perpex (acrylic) rod, with a special tool ground from a file to carve out the inside. The mould had separate inner and outer pieces. I also use clear tops from spray pump bottles for glasses, but I wanted some typical pub glasses in that curved shape.

Posted by skaterboy, on 2008-02-26 23:19:22

those are some sweet sets, and it sounds like thats just something you made in a weekend......dang..... i keep getting this mental image of a grown man buying barbie furniture :D :D

Posted by Nofby, on 2008-03-01 05:12:36

Thanks for the info Nick! I may try that out some time, and probably make them look like mounds of glue. :+ Nofby