Scaling Up

So, the past couple weeks has seen a return to set building, once again.  It’s been a while.

I had to build a scaled-up version of the copper pot, so that I could animate what’s inside of it in an overhead closeup.  I found a white plastic container at a local favourite junk store — Active Surplus — and modified it by lopping off the bottom (to make it the right proportion to the original pot), attaching a new, clear, plexy bottom (so that I can underlight it), sanding off a decal on the top, adding handles, etc.   (Thanks to Phil and Alli for their help with the copper paint and the vegetable modeling…)  The “3.2” written in the above pic was my formula for scaling the elements — I measured all the dimensions of the miniatures and multiplied by this magic number.

I think it turned out to be a relatively convincing version of the smaller stovetop and pot.  I added a few embellishments, just because it looked sorta plain without them:  black handles, and a more detailed, 70s-ish pot lid, also with a black handle.  (The plastic pail happened to come with this very lid — isn’t it a perfect pot lid??)

I wish I had taken “before” pictures, but I’m very happy with the transformation.

The miniature stove on the left; the larger scale one on the right.

Testing out the size of the font — will this cabbage leaf be legible?  🙂

7 thoughts on “Scaling Up

  1. stephanie dudley

    Thanks Shelley; sorry you lost your long raving comment. I have to admit it was nice to be building stuff again… Old familiar territory.

  2. LIsa Hemeon

    glorious stuff Steph! love to sneak a peak in your theatre of the mind…
    great to see that you fabricate all your own props & set designs, build, ets ….looks like you are having a great time with this process … Can’t wait to see more of your work. chat soon.

  3. stephanie dudley

    Aw, thanks Lisa! I AM having a pretty great time with it. Especially the design and build parts. Only one more week of puppet animation left — whew!
    Thanks for checking it out… chat soon!


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