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Here's a pic of some gates I have just finished for my film. They are about 200mm high and made using thin aluminium bent rather like full-size wrought iron, and glued with superglue. Frames are in 3mm plasticard. Walls are MDF covered in papier mache pulp and tooled to give the stone effect. The coat of arms is actually my family crest!

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Hi Simon,

 Really top-notch! They look regal and fancy, like walling off an institution or a manor home. Is that what you were looking to achieve? Do they open with a hinge?

  You didn't ask for any improvements, so if you don't mind I think it would be great if you covered them at least partially with creeping vines. I use the rubber foliage/bushes that you can get in a crafts or railroad store, glued onto aluminum wire. It is convincing at a small scale. 

  The wall bricks of Papier Mache is cool, but I find it so messy. It gums up my tools and hard to clean up after. My masonry is always done with chips from the home depot window blind trimming station. You can get thousands for free! But your wall bricks are great!

  Keep up the good work!

-Geoff

Fantastic job on those gates! 

Thanks for the comments. Geoff, I will add some lichen and foliage. You are right that it adds so much as well as giving a bit more 3 dimensionality. I'll have a look for the railway foliage, thanks for the tip.

The gates are held on hinges made from aluminium foil, adequate as they don't need to move much in shot.

As for the Papier mache, what I do is apply the layer with a broad spatula then wait for it to get a little firmer, so I can work it without it sticking to the tools. But it still takes a long time - about 7 hours for this wall. Where the edges have risen up unrealistically, I then press them lightly with a finger.

And yes, this is what I intended. The character lives in a grand house while the townsfolk are starving. The shot will be a crane shot rising up over the gates and approaching the house, moving towards a window and passing through to end up looking at the man counting out his money...! I have hidden a J and a T in the ironwork, for Jan Tregeagle, also as a nod to Citizen Kane ( yawn, pretentious..!)

I posted it because I have not seen any miniature wrought iron that looks at all acceptable on the internet. Most dollhouse stuff is rather crude and grotesque.

Those really do look great!! Are you planning to dirty them up a little bit for realism? Otherwise things can tend to look toylike, unless of course that's the aesthetic you're going for. 

Thanks for your kind comments. I absolutelywill be dirtying and making them look like they are not toylike. I haven't even done any of the ground yet. In my excitement I thought I would post them up, as they came out better than I expected!

Simon

This gate just looks super!  

What kind of aluminum did you use?  A hardware product?  And what was your cutting and shaping technique?

I used some K&S aluminium sheet, I think it said .016" on the wrapper. This is thicker and more rigid than foil. I cut it using a knife and bent it round some needle-nosed pliers. Gluing was with gel superglue, and I spray painted it all black. The crest was made with paper stuck onto plastic card and cut to shape with a knife.

Hinges were simply aluminium foil, as it does not have to move much.

Nice Work!

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