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Treasures & Trinkets

Candles

How to make effective candles.

Gold Bars

Making gold bars from plastic sprue pieces.

Pots, Bottles & Urns

How to make items using a hand-drill as a rudimentary lathe.

Coin Piles

Making coin piles from casting plaster using a temporary mould.

 

Treasure Piles

How to make piles of treasure with hot glue and glitter.  

Scrolls

How to make simple scrolls.

Closed Books

How to make closed books from stripwood and card. 

Open Books

Making open books from stripwood, card and paper.

Bead Bottles

How to make bottles from beads.

 
Metal Rings

Making rings from solder  for use as door handles or curtain rings.

 
Goblets

How to make goblets from a dolls house coffee set.

 
   

Flowers & Foliage
Buddleia Trees

Making effective trees from dried buddleia flower spikes.

Ivy

Making thick patches of ivy.

Creepers

Making creepers using dried plant stems.

 

Birch Catkin Leaves

How to make small leaves from birch catkins. 

Simple Hedges

How to make simple hedges from pan scourers.

Topiary Trees

Making topiary trees from pan scourers.

Water Lilies

How to make water lilies.

 

Bull-Rushes

Making bull-rushes.

 

Fruit & Veg
Pumpkins

Making pumpkins with coloured clay.

Oranges

Making oranges with textured skins.

Sweetcorn

Making cobs of sweetcorn.

 

Cabbages

Making cabbages from polymer clay. 

Monsters & Minis
Water Elemental

Making a transparent model from a plastic bottle.

Gelatinous Cube

How to make a gelatinous cube with a skeleton inside.

Slime Slugs

Making slime slugs from plastic sheet and epoxy.

 

Tentacles

How to make a set of tentacles.

Eggs & Nests

Glue Gun Eggs

How to make translucent eggs from hot glue.

More Eggs

Making different types of eggs using a variety of materials.

Brush Nests

How to make a nest using bristles from an old paint brush.

Scourer Nests

How to make a birds nest from a scouring pad.

Swallow Nests

How to make swallows' nests from modelling clay and flock. 

Scrape Nests

How to make a scrape nest using sand and hot-glue.

Webs

How to make spiders' webs from hemming tape.

Wolf Spider Nests

How to make a wolf spider nest from a wet wipe.

Spider Nests 1

How to make a cocoon-style nest from a cotton bud.

Spider Nests 2

How to make a spider nest from a wet wipe.

Beehives

How to make a 'skep' beehive from string.

Wasps Nests

How to make a wasps nest from modelling clay.

Molehills

How to make molehills from plaster.

           

Wagons
Removable Hay Pile

Making a hay pile which can be added to a wagon.

           
Landform Features
Bare Earth

Making patches of bare earth from casting plaster.

Failed Retaining Walls

How to make collapsed earth patches from casting plaster.

Ploughed Fields

Making ploughed soil from casting plaster.

Lava Flows

How to make lava flows from casting plaster, and add paint effects.

Card Constructions
Domes

Templates and instructions for constructing domes.

Hipped Roofs

Templates and instructions for hipped roofs.

Spires

Making a plaster spire using a card mould with templates.

   

Perfecting Plaster
Flat Floors

How to keep floors flat when using plaster blocks.

Flat Walls

How to keep walls straight using plaster blocks.

Round Walls

How to make neat round towers using plaster blocks.

   
Hiding Flaws
Battle Damage

Disguising flaws as battle damage.

Laser Damage

Disguising flaws as laser damage.

Bullet Holes

Disguising flaws as bullet holes.

Monster Damage

Disguising flaws as monster damage.

Acid Damage

Disguising flaws as acid damage.

Filling Holes

Filling large air-bubbles in plaster casts.

Filling Joints

Filling unwanted joints in models made from plaster blocks.

   
Additions
Icicles

Adding icicles to a model.

Signs

How to make removable signs for buildings.

Tapestries

Making tapestries to add to a model.

Plastering Walls

Adding areas of plaster to model walls.

Damaged Plaster

How to make areas of damaged plasterwork.

           

Windows & Glass
Printing Leaded Glass

Print a variety of leaded glass panels in 16 styles.

Cracked Glass

Making damaged window panes with cracks. 

       
Arms & Armour
Grinding Wheel

Making a grinding wheel from a rotary tool grinding disc.

Weapon Racks

Making a variety of racks to hold weapons and shields.

Kite Shields

How to make kite shields from an empty plastic milk bottle.  

Textured Shields

Making textured shields from an empty plastic milk bottle. 

Shield Bosses

How to make shield bosses from superglue caps.

 

Shield Handles

Making handles for shields from an empty water bottle.

 

Shield Designs

Adding designs to your shields using adhesive tape.

 

Maces

Instructions for making a variety of maces from beads and cocktail sticks. 

Rapiers

How to make simple rapiers from dressmakers' pins. 

Swords

How to make a variety of swords from plastic card and other cheap materials.

Practice Swords

Instructions for making two styles of practice sword from pop-rivets. 

Polearms

How to make a variety of polearms from cocktail sticks and other cheap materials.

 

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