|They had a demo opened and on display in the store so that you could see how it worked and for me the shape was PERFECT!|
|I tried out the gloss when I got home and it was the typical greasy goop that teenagers enjoy wearing but I didn't even bother scooping it out.|
|Using a pair of heavy duty pliers I nipped off half of the plastic stick|
|I sealed the edges with Quick Grip glue, gloss and all.|
|I saved a top from a McDonald's coffee cup for this project|
|The spout cover would become the dial component after I trimmed it down|
|A trial fit.... hmmmm?|
(you know this kinda looks like the beginnings of a bathroom scale doesn't it?)
moving right along...
|I tried to use a plastic zip tie as part of the project but it didn't work in the end and I had to remove it later AFTER the entire meter was painted. |
* more on that later....*
Meanwhile the photo below is what I started with.
|I added eyelets and crimp beads to the exterior of the meter. It was slow going as the glue would stick for a little while and then detach with too much handling.|
Trying to find the RIGHT adhesive was very challenging.
|I added various bits and bobs trying to get|
using my own gas meter as a photo reference.
It only had to get close to looking like a meter.
|To make the round flow valve, I used the two circles from the McDonald's coffee cup which I trimmed and then glued together.|
|This is where I decided to stop and spray paint.|
|(Showing the old rubber band that I replaced the zip tie with)|
so I forgot to take photos of how I did the dial but that was
a total FAIL too.
Here is what happened and why it didn't work.
I used paper correction fluid which was my first mistake. It dried stringy and lumpy. To try and fix it I used white nail enamel. It was better but the correction fluid made the nail enamel unstable. I waited a day for it to dry but when I went to draw the dials it caved inward.
well, so much for that!
|Hello, little bunny!|
|Ahh YES!, |
that's much better!
while waiting for the paint to dry,
I gave the rabbit some whiskers
|....and Bob's your uncle!|