Been working with Polystyrene this week. First time proper big(ish) polycarving for a theatre show. Ooh those little floaty balls gets everywhere! Even found some in my pants after hacking at the big blocks with a reciprocating saw to cut them down to si
Been working with Polystyrene this week. First time proper big(ish) polycarving for a theatre show. Ooh, those little floaty balls gets everywhere! Even found some in my pants after hacking at the big blocks with a reciprocating saw to cut them down to size. Thanks to @prettyscenicglasgow for bringing them down?. Sawing definitely makes more mess. The veritable polystyrene snow storm. I feel like it’s a bit like glitter; if you go anywhere near it you’ll be finding bits forever. However, my pal Phil, who is a fantastic themeing artist, managed to find time to cobble me together a basic hot wire to help with the carving of big chunks - and no snow storm. I looked at YouTube videos on how to make one myself but I’m not knowledgeable enough about electronics to be confident I wouldn’t set something on fire. Not a good look. Anyway, it worked a treat. . So on with the next bit today. The only thing about weekend working is that the building’s heating isn’t on. And though that’s not a problem in the summer, it’s definitely getting a bit more nippy. Though, I’ll warm up pretty quickly doing scrimming today. First though I need to gather up all these off cuts. We have a home for them in someone else’s new project so all’s well that ends well!?? . #polycarving #propmaking #setmaking #polystyrene #theatre #performance #messy #glitter #weekendworking #hotwirebow #passthepolyonthelefthandside #aintpalsgreat
October 16, 2021 at 10:33AM
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Finally, this is Alan Acorn (plus repeats). He was the favourite toy of one of the kids in Number One Newton Avenue. There were a whole bunch of other things like pumpkin signs and potato printed napkins but they aren’t so exciting to look at. The art director loved Alan Acorn so much that she asked if she could have the little runty one on the far right. He was the prototype. I said, of course! And made a little cosy woollen package for his safe transport. That’s when I get a real buzz, when someone loves something I make that much.😊❤️
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September 21, 2021 at 05:59PM
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Been having fun with foam! Cutting, sanding, dremeling, sanding, filling…aaaand repeat…. Oooh, it can be messy stuff! Always wear a mask! . #foam #foammaking #foamsmithery #plastazote #costume #costumemaking #fabrication #sanding #dremel #paulamar #theatre #wearamask #ppe #safetyfirst
September 17, 2021 at 01:42PM
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This was a fun one. A Shoebox Slipper made for Number One Newton Avenue. The Dad character had lost his slipper so the daughter decided to make him a new one. As this episode was dedicated to measuring it had to be exactly 32.5cm long. I found this out after I had decorated it😬. No bother though. Bit of maker’s magic and it was instantly shortened with barely a trace. It was the googly eyes that really made it!
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September 16, 2021 at 04:50PM
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Another Number One Newton Avenue prop. This is a toy theatre made by the grandpa character so it needed to be a bit bashed and aged. Bit of skirting, an IKEA side table and and bit of paint and “dirt” and you get a toy vintage toy theatre in the “Guignol” style with a functioning velvet curtain. I particularly like how the weathering of the vaulted stage floor came out. . #numberonenewtonavenue #toytheatre #props #tvprops #propmaking #guignol #theatre #guignoltheatre #kidstv
September 14, 2021 at 02:25PM
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This Number One Newton Avenue is a giant trifle. Anyone hungry? This one sits at a whopping 50cm diameter. This is no ordinary trifle. It’s a Pigsticks trifle. Made with only the finest selection of translucent dyed resin jelly with yummy wooden kids’ blocks fruit, the tastiest expanding foam sponge and cream and the thickest yellow acrylic paint custard. Left a little gap at the top for the crew to add some delicious shaving foam cream and random objects to sprinkle on the top. Still hungry?
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September 07, 2021 at 02:07PM
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Today’s Number One Newton Avenue prop is a mad looking cactus. Not that big at about a metre tall but fairly ridiculous. Don’t ask me what species it’s meant to be! 😂 Swipe to see what it looked like before I got my hands on it. Meant to be a ridiculous version of the wee cactus in the back of the second pic. Bit of paint and expanding foam did the trick.
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September 06, 2021 at 02:13PM
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Today was new gadget day! A notch cutter! I like very much. It will help with pattern making indubitably. I quite like that some tools have only one very specific purpose. You may be thinking that all tools have one use and Jen, you’re crazy with such talk. Well, a saw can cut things, sure, but they can cut all sorts of things and also be a straight edge and a right angle on occasion. A hammer can bash things changing its shape or drive nails in to something else creating a join or, if it’s a claw hammer, un-join things. There are other tools that do have only one purpose too but I like my little notch cutter. It cuts notches into paper pattern pieces to make registration marks easier to mark. That’s all it does, it’s sole purpose…or should that be soul purpose? I can imagine a little notch cutter soul, being thankful everyday for being able to cut notches. ‘Nuff said.😁
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September 01, 2021 at 09:39PM
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Here’s some Monday afternoon cuteness for you! This is wee robot from Number One Newton Avenue that I made last year. He doesn’t have a name I don’t think, so if anyone has any ideas feel free to suggest. Made from a cannibalised kid’s tech/mech kit and a postal tube. He has a spring loaded head with moving arms and swinging hips. He is the Tiny Dancer! 🕺Stands about 12cm tall. All the creatures and creations have been animated in Cbeebies’ Number One Newton Avenue, so they really do come alive.😁 All episodes available on BBC iplayer.
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August 30, 2021 at 03:19PM
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This week has been all about theatre, dahling! Outdoor theatre that is. It’s the latest thing dontcha know. Collaborating with fabulous costume designer and textile artist @zephyrliddell, I’m creating some parts of her costume designs for a performance next month. What are they? Why, they’re eyeballs silly. 👀 Getting my foam on and trying to get to grips with Blender; an open source 3D app that also allows you to make paper patterns. It came to my attention through artist friend @kriksix. Ta, Sumit! He’s a total pro! I’m probably not doing it the simplest/most efficient way as I’m still a total noob but it’s giving me what I need and it’s going well so far. Foamsmithery and 3D computery stuff are on my list of my “I want to get better at that” so it’s always good to have a project that gives those opportunities. And thanks to @polyprops for all the foam I have, finally getting to have a go. This is fun!😁 🐖in💩 😁 .
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August 27, 2021 at 08:17PM
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