I haven’t finished the first one, but I started another 100 Day Project and this one is going much better. I grumblingly authorized my Instagram account🔗, and sort of randomly fell into the thing I was doing at the time: making paper houses.
It’s about as niche as you can get: fantasy tabletop game buildings, made of machine-cut paper, that fold flat for storage. There are a ton of print-and-cut buildings you can buy online and put together for your roleplaying game or wargame. And that makes sense - even if you don’t have a fancy printer, you probably have a neighborhood copy shop that can print the things out. The same used to be true of scrapbooking stores, where you could rent time on a Cricut and an embosser, but those have mostly been put out of business by big-box stores. And certainly they’re too labor-intensive to make and sell given a typical gamer’s budget. And even for personal use, we haven’t played any miniatures-based games in a long time - not quite as long as the 1980’s-era cardboard standups in the pictures would lead you to believe, but still.
But it entertains me, and my few Instagram followers, so there I am. And I do have a couple of ideas for more-mainstream appeal, so we’ll see.
As is typical for me, I’m flitting around from project to project, developing techniques and solving various mechanical problems. The street scene above includes a couple of test buildings, and some unfinished ones. The only really finished projects I have are two little ones, only one of which I’ve taken anything like a proper video of. Here’s the Herbalist’s Cottage, mounted in a little folder to make it easier to video the unfolding/folding process. The actual base is a 3x3” square, and the house’s footprint is just 2x2” - it’s small enough to fit in a (largish) greeting card.
That’s fairly low FPS, but you get the idea. A proper version of the video is here on my IG feed although you have to put up with scratchy paper noises because I was not smart enough to click the “sound off” button on Instagram. If you look closely, you can see where I trimmed out part of the garden fence but it still hangs up - I decided it wasn’t worth re-making that piece but the garden square definitely needs to come away from the house.
I don’t expect to post every update here - you can follow me on Instagram, or use one of the RSS feed generators like WebstaMe to subscribe directly. If and when I release files, those will end up here, but really this is supposed to be a sewing blog, so it’s about time I got back to that.