|This is what the ring looks like when it is on your hand after the battery is activated. I can see that it would be ideal for night time bike riders as it can also flash off and on.|
|When I took it all apart this is how it broke down. The housing for the LED LIGHTS was relatively flat with the bulbs on the narrow end of the unit which meant that it was going to be PERFECT for the rather shallow firebox opening in my doll's house.|
|I reassembled the unit and snapped off the acrylic hook that had anchored the battery pack to the inside of the rubber ring.|
|This is what I worked with. The 2 LED bulbs are bright red and so I gave it a test to see how it would look once inside the firebox.|
|Very VERY Bright!|
|It looked like the house was on fire!!!! |
I had to douse the flames somewhat so I found some orange colored felt, cut out some faux flames and placed the felt against the lights to see if that would help.
However, I needed to refine it a bit more so I began to experiment with the fabric.
|I ran out of Quick Grip so I used this kind of glue to affix the felt to the acrylic.|
|I glued the felt flames onto the plastic housing of the battery pack.|
|I left the back of the unit free so that I could later replace the batteries when I needed to.|
|This is what the profile of the fire looks like.|
|When the center of the battery pack is pushed the LED lights are activated.|
|I painted the base of the felt with some very old and very thick |
LIQUID LEAD acrylic paint for the "charcoal" look.
|I teased out the orange felt a bit more to make it appear less rigid|
and also added some sprinkles of red glitter to the flames.
A roaring fire!
|I propped the flames inside a fire basket and added some real ash and more red glitter below. |
Then with a fire screen in front, it diffused the "heat" and gave it even more realism.
I was pretty happy with the results.
|I temporarily hooked up the lights, running the wires behind the sofa so that I could take the photos. The lights on the right side of the living room work fine but....|
| of course.... only ONE of the the wall sconces lights up! |
|Some of the gift boxes are trimmed with ultra fine metallic|
|The writing table is littered with more tiny greeting cards yet to be mailed. And a large mini tree under a glass dome occupies a corner of the writing table.|
|Iridescent filaments are stuffed up into the dome then the tree and more vintage ornaments are tucked inside. |
It looks like a blizzard in there.
|This blue chair use to be painted black, but I like it much better now. The tiny fire truck is a Hallmark mini Xmas ornament from years ago which is the PERFECT SCALE for this scene.|
|Extra gifts and a box of ornaments and excess Christmas trims is on the floor under the writing table.|
|A Christmas teddy bear for one of the grandchildren, is still waiting to be wrapped.|
|Here's an overview of the living room just before I repainted the arm chair.|
what a difference lighting makes
|A wire basket of condiments sits on the far end of the kitchen counter. Fatima's garlic and red pepper ropes hang just above it.|
|The light fixture over the sink puts out a lot of light just on its own, and casts some interesting shadows as well. At some point, I may try to make a cage to protect the bare bulb, but that will have to be for another time.|
|A cast iron collection of pots and pans hang above the vintage stove.|
( God willing) but my ambitions for getting this project finished for the HBS deadline this month, went sideways a long time ago.
I shall have to be satisfied with it the way that it is for now.
Here is the arm chair that's been repainted a deep navy blue. I kept the upholstery the same red but changed the throw cushion for a bit more contrast. The red and white garland was a gift from over 20 years ago, which I never got the opportunity to use it until now.
|One last look before I go.|
|MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE and ALL|
Merry Christmas to my precious mother
from her daughter