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Hello again,

So I decided to make some miniature bottle sculptures by sticking tiny train figurines into them (and onto them).  I had this idea some time ago of creating  little melancholy scenes inside glass bottles.  The following ible' is what I came up with.  I 'm going  to make a whole bunch of different ones, but these are the first 2 that i came up with.


These aren't too hard to make but can be fiddly at times.  My next mission is to find some more train miniatures which have better refined features and actions.

Enjoy


 
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Step 1: Things to Gather

Picture of Things to Gather
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Material
1. Miniature train figurines – eBay
2. Miniature bottles – eBay
3. Matches
4. Music wire
5. Plastic bb bullets - eBay


Tools
1. Super glue
2. Needle nose pliers
3. Stanley knife
4. Wire cutters
5. Lighter

Step 2: Balloon Man - Getting Started

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1. The first thing is to decide which figurine you are going to use.  Tip those little people out and pick the best one for the job.

2. Next decide what colour balloons you want him to hold.  I used BB bullets for this.

3. Cut a small piece of music wire (I used .55mm gauge wire) and bend.  This will be the string for your balloons.  Each length of wire should be aprox 10mm long

4. Have the super glue and bottle ready

Step 3: Balloon Man - Putting it Together

Picture of Balloon Man - Putting it Together
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Steps

1. Heat-up one of the ends of the wire for the string and once red, stick it into one of the BB bullets.

2. Next heat-up the other end and do the same with another bullet.

3. Lastly add a drop of super glue to a bullet and attach it to the other 2 on the wire.

4. Prop-up the balloons on a match and position the man so his hand is in the “V” of the wire. 

5. Super glue into place.  Leave to dry for 20 minutes
The_Tinker9 months ago
I really want to do this. This is one of the coolest things on here.
I think I will be doing some work with this idea in the future. Thanks for the inspiration:D
lonesoulsurfer (author)  Iron Cowbell1 year ago
Any time.
Bosun Rick1 year ago
What scale figurines did you use?
lonesoulsurfer (author)  Bosun Rick1 year ago
The figures are around 10mm high. Their 1/150 scale or size "Z" in model railway talk.

I have added another photo with them next to a matchbox to help give you an indication of size.
Mic1001 year ago
nice job :-)
Awesome! I can't wait to see what else you do with the little figurines!
Cheers Penolopy. I'm looking around for some miniature animals to stick in them next. I'd love to get a giraffe!
Monkeys!
kde'laney1 year ago
They are fantastic - I would have never of thought of doing something like this!
lonesoulsurfer (author)  kde'laney1 year ago
Cheers
Excellent work! miniatures are awesome :D
Thanks