Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 21 – Charcoal Burner

This Part 21 of a series of a fair few posts, Part 1 (link here) gives an overview and the philosophy applied to the series – cheap, simple and fun.

Today my favourite so far the Charcoal Burner, a very common feature up to the second part of the 20th century, it is used to produce charcoal. In Sweden as in many countries charcoal was important during the war years due to fuel rationing and the of coal to produce wood gas to use for vehicle fuel.

See the source image

A Charcoal burner is basically a packed pile of wood covered and being burnt to produce charcoal, here is a video (in Swedish, showing an overview, if you are interested).

Anyway this is how I made one (note my support arrangements have been simplifed)

I found this in the rubbish probably with some sauce or something from a takeaway
And a measuring cup for medicine
I cut a hole in the big piece and cut away a part of the small mug
Glue it down
Cover with filler, acryulic adhesive, no more nails or something like that
I then started building up the supports (thinly cut coffee stirrers) and then added some glue and sand
I used some clay to do the little exhaust, added some wood for some door, a straw for the extraction pipe and then also to add some shape to the top.
Keep an hole on the top before you add glue and sand to it all.

Then I added a ladder (and also a platform as seen later).
Sprayed it brown before painting (the I washed it with black ink to get that forestry dark earth colour like seen in the video)

Really happy with that, I will do a Charcoal Burners hut later as part of this project and some more piles of earth to put around the burner. Spend is still £24.42 in total as we just used coffee stirrers and some junk.

Tomorrow, we will do something else…

/ Hope that was of some interest

Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 20 – Scarecrow

This Part 20 of a series of a fair few posts, Part 1 (link here) gives an overview and the philosophy applied to the series – cheap, simple and fun.

Today we are making a really simple piece of clutter, a scare crow that you can place on or next to one of your fields.

Use some coffee stirrers lengthwise and do the following structure and add some clay, bluetac or green stuff on the top.
I added a hat from a 15mm miniature, then made toga from rice paper (or just normal printing paper) soaked it in glue and then put some strings around the arms, make it look like there is some wind

Spend is still £24.42 in total as we just used coffee stirrers .

Tomorrow, we will do something else…

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Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 19 – A few items for Play

This Part 19 of a series of a fair few posts, Part 1 (link here) gives an overview and the philosophy applied to the series – cheap, simple and fun.

Today we are making some more clutter, a see-saw and a play house.

A simple playhouse
First cut out the walls you need (I used some of the adhesive floor tiles, I bought for the project, you could use thick card)
These where the measurments I used (remember it is a playhouse
Cut coffee stirrers lengthwise (I did a mixture of halves and thirds) and then clan the walls, I did two windows and of course a door, just an outline doorframe really, Glue it onto the vinyl tiles.
Cut an angle on the backing so it is easier to fit
Put them on a base and glue them together (fill the gaps if there are any with a thin piece of coffeestirrer)
I then added some thick card as roof (note the fixing of the gap)
Glue on some detailing
For the See-saw, you again need some thin coffeestirrers
Cobble something together like that
Paint it up (note I addes some fine sand on top of the roof to give a faux roof felt feel)

Spend is still £24.42 in total as we just used coffee stirrers and some of vinyl tiles for the project.

Tomorrow, we will do something else…

/ Hope that was of some interest

Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 18 – Haywagon

This Part 18 of a series of a fair few posts, Part 1 (link here) gives an overview and the philosophy applied to the series – cheap, simple and fun.

Today we are doing some lazy clutter to represent the fact that sometimes you can just take whatever and glue it on a base and use it as a clutter, in this case a hay wagon doing nothing special on my lead mountain.

This is a hay wagon

A deserted Wagon
Again perfect in a rural enviroment, providing that nice break in your line of site and some immersion too.

And that budget, well the hay wagon is currenty priced at £4.50, giving us £24.42 in total. A painful hit on the budget and giving us a mere £5.58 left to go.

Tomorrow, I am not sure what we will do.

/ Hope that was of some interest

Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 17 – Swedish Hayrack (hässja)

This Part 17 of a series of a fair few posts, Part 1 (link here) gives an overview and the philosophy applied to the series – cheap, simple and fun.

Today we are doing a Swedish Hayrack (hässja), the key here isn’t the type of hayrack but the material we use which works perfect for the 15mm scale.

Anyway here is a nice slow video now how they are made for real.

We will try to do something representing this on the table.

Mark up some bases (I used 80mm bases, working at a 15mm scale here)
I drilled some holes
Then I added some 30mm long cocktail sticks (I cut off the tops a little bit)
Glue
Secure
Then use some cocktail sticks (mine fitted perfectly, but you could cut them if they do not fit, most of it will be covered anyway)
Glue on three
I bought some steel wool from Amazon
Cut out some thin slices (about 1 cm)
Paint up the base with the sticks
The add the pieces in layers, I put superglue on the stick structure
I added three strips on each side, then a small layer on top. But did not take a picture, when dry I used PVA glue and a brush to shape the structure make sure the PVA totally soaks the material, down strokes is the key movement here.
Then paint it – however, you need to wait until the PVA is fully dry as steel wool rust within minutes with any exposure to humidity. You might have to repaint a few times as paint might provoke some further rust, but the PVA should create a little bit of a protection.

SO PATIENCE IS THE KEY HERE.

It kind of works, might try to use some spray matt varnish next time perhaps.

And that budget, well had to buy that steel wool so we are now at £20.92 in total.

Tomorrow we are doing a really lazy project.

/ Hope that was of some interest

Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 16 – Outhouse

This Part 16 of a series of a fair few posts, Part 1 (link here) gives an overview and the philosophy applied to the series – cheap, simple and fun.

When I was young boy we went to see some relatives in Finland in their country house. The little house did not have a “normal” toilet but instead they had an outhouse for the job. I was so scared of going in there that I almost shat myself outside – a little bit of a paradox. Anyway I went in to do the deed, when I sat there in my solitude I saw a bucket with some white powder and a big ladle. I found it strange to have a bucket of flour on the loo and ask my Mum why. She explain is was to keep the flies away from the “shit”. Well in reality the “flour” was lime powder and it kills the bacteria (minimising the smell) at the cost of the speed of the decomposing process.

Another thing was the bloody flies in the area and I was not used to this and there were a lot of normal flies and horseflies. One day as I came back from the toilet visit my Mum looked chocked and said “What have you done, you are white all over your body and hair”. I smiled, and according to mum, looked very prooud of myself, “Mum, I had enough of these flies, so I poured the bucket of lime over me.”.

Today we are making an outhouse (you buy a nice one from Peter Pig, I have a few already). Anyway let us get going.

Measure up the front of the outhouse based on the models you have, this is in 15mm
Then make four sides using coffee stirrer cut lengthwise, mine will be a little bit wider than deep, I basically cut out four shapes from vinyl floor tiles (or thick cardboard) then clad the pieces. This design is based on a taller front than base with a backwards sloping roof.
Then I cut the sides in an angle so it is easier to fit the pieces together.
Glue the pieces together on a base

Add some planks to simulate a door

Add a roof, I used some vinyl tiles. Then added some thin sand to represent roof felt (using PVA).
A door handle
And some hinges, you could use some thin plastic tubes or perhaps spaghetti?
Then Paint it, notice the structure on top of the roof.

And that budget, well we are still at £17.93 we are now beyond half-way on this project and will we make it under £30.

Tomorrow we are doing a Swedish Hayrack.

/ Hope that was of some interest

Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 15 – Some Boxes

This Part 15 of a series of a fair few posts, Part 1 (link here) gives an overview and the philosophy applied to the series – cheap, simple and fun.

It has been documented before but a box that changed my life when I was a boy was this one, the Mutant RPG, the 1984 version. I have been raving about that many times before so I will spare you from that now (but more here in case you missed it).

Image result for mutant 1984 box

However today we are doing slightly different boxes, again we are going to get out our coffee stirrers…

By know you should be a master at cutting them lengthwise at least in half – this time we try to cut in the three pieces to get some finer planks for our boxes. Careful and it does not need to be perfect.
Then just glue them on top or cardboard (thick please), or as I have done here on some vinyl tiles.
I am making some boxes in different sizes
Then cut them out
glue them together
Add some planks on the sides – just superglue them on and cut and smooth later.
When you clad everything use the knife and cut it nice all around, put them on a base we are ready for painting.
In total about 5 minutes of work

And that budget, well we are still at £17.93 we are almost half way through, will we be able to contain this within the £30 limit (yes we will but I might add some items to spice it up a little bit)

Tomorrow we are doing an outside loo.

/ Hope that was of some interest

Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 14 – A Washing Line

This Part 14 of a series of a fair few posts, Part 1 (link here) gives an overview and the philosophy applied to the series – cheap, simple and fun.

Mum used to make these big washings and hang them to dry, I used to pretend I was a musketeer fighting between the white bed linen, like in the 1974 version of the Three Musketeers – the one with York, Reed, Chamberlain and Finlay (not to forget Lee, Welch, Dunaway and Heston). Here is the fantastic clip.

Today we are going to do a washing line with some washing drying, here a brief description.

I did not takes picture until halfway through, basially this is using a single line between two kebab sticks and one with a coffee stirrer plank allowing a double line. I end add a small structure to glue onto to allow the sewing thread to be saggy like on clothes line (attached with superglue in stages).
For the sheets I use rice paper, this is really easy to work with feels like something you could roll cigarette with if you are so inclined or have some lying around. I guess normal paper or even some cloth may work too.
Paint the base set-up. Then brush glue on both sides and try to create something resembling items flying in the wind – also cover the “Structure”.
Let it dry
The paint it up, I am more happy with the single line, it looks less messy but hey ho.
That is spot on – me thinks
Maybe too much going on? Anyway you get the idea. Simple but adding some drama.

And that budget, well we are still at £17.93 we are almost half way through, will we be able to contain this within the £30 limit (yes we will but I might add some items to spice it up a little bit)

Tomorrow we are doing some boxes (back to the 2 minute clutter approach), sleep tight.

/ Hope that was of some interest

Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 13 – A Sign

This Part 13 of a series of a fair few posts, Part 1 (link here) gives an overview and the philosophy applied to the series – cheap, simple and fun.

When I was a boy we used to go to the Folkpark (People’s park) in the Village of Sågmyra where I was brought up until the Factory sacked everyone and we moved in the “big” town with 50,000 people. There was not much more organised activities in the Village, with perhaps and market once or twice a year. Here I went to my first live gig, my uncle’s band with him on Guitar and song (RIP Lasse) and my Dads cousin on drums (keep on rockin’ Blämmen!), here playing one of their many songs – Klockorna Ringer (The Bells are Chiming). It was my first live gig and I thought it was magic – I still do.

We only need our coffee stirrers for this project (again), the idea here is the sign, It gives a sense of place with a sign saying Rue de Quoique, we might think France, well you get the idea. So more heart than content this time…

Coffee stir away
I put a little piece of paper on the front
Base it up
Then write something on it! That is suppose to say Folkpark. Well you get the idea. Perhaps the Germans invading Dalarna in 1943 would like to listen to Fader Andersson too?

And that budget, well we are still at £17.93 as these were all free issue material, I think I might spend a buck or two at some point.

Tomorrow we are doing some washing, I heard the wind will be strong.

Image result for washing line wind

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Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 12 – A moose hunting tower

This Part 12 of a series of a fair few posts, Part 1 (link here) gives an overview and the philosophy applied to the series – cheap, simple and fun.

A Moose Hunting Tower (Jaktpass in Swedish)

Today we are doing a common item in a Swedish forest, not sure how many they had in the 1940s but at least they had one on my table. The towers are used by hunting teams for setting up positions during the hunt. It would be a fun clutter to put in to break up some forest area.

Sweden has the most dense population of moose in the world and annual almost 100,000 moose are being shot to control the population. The Moose was almost extinct at the beginning of the 19th century but due to modern thinking from hunting organisations the Moose slowly came back.

The hunting tower is a welcome sight when you are hiking in the forest or looking for berries, mushroom and fungi (not the ones from Yoggoth), it is a place to stop for a moment hang up your backpack and perhaps have a break and eat your picnic. Dad and I used to go to the same spot every year for a weekend and pick lingon berries, blue berries and if we were lucky some wild raspberry (we used to be able to forage enough in weekend to last to the next year and it was a damn good time. There was an old hunting tower in the area, it was our point of reference and we used to have this as a base for our operations and I wish I had picture of us being there, but we never brought a camera so I guess the only picture I have is up there is my head.

We only need our coffee stirrers for this project.

First I cut a few coffee stirrers lengthwise and then cut them in 30mm lengths (15mm scale) and then made a platform about 10mm square (as always this is glue on top of a piece of cardboard or plastic).
Then start building up the sides, roughly 10mm wide, you can cut them when the glue has dried.
Slowly build up something like that
Superglue it
Just build up the structure leave one side open to create the ladder
Then add some steps – Job done
Little bit late but check your work against your models, remember in 1/100 10mm is a meter in real life.
Painted and ready to go, just like the tower Dad and I used to go to.

And that budget, well we are still at £17.93 as these were all free issue material, so we seem to be able to keep this under control

Tomorrow we are making signs, well actually only one sign as it is a lazy Wednesday project.

/ Hope that was of some interest