Fluorescent Sculptures, LED lights and Smoke

Some more experiments in finding different props to use to make enchanting illuminated scenes which will move and interact with smoke on video.

Angry Fish in the Dark

A Fimo fish with a pearlescent finish. Leds under water cause the glare in the smoke.


Odd fluorescent objects floating in the dark

Fluorescent floaters. I’m planning to develop the use of this material.


Smoke, coloured lights and fluorescent sculptures

I love the way that the smoke weaves patterns, it’s a fun thing to capture in a still.


Photographic word designs using hand made coloured lights and uv reactive sculptures in water.

A little bit of underwater background lighting adds more dimension to the smoke and depth to the image.


Photographic name designs using hand made coloured lights and uv reactive sculptures in water.

This is a “new styling” for adding new names to my massive library of photographed names, which I may update at some time. Names In Lights


Sensory Lights for Relaxation on YouTube

Here’s something new. Since updating my camera, I’ve been revisiting the tricky task of photographing art made with changing lights.
The video capabilities of my new camera are much better, and I have been experimenting with using my “water standing letters” to make relaxing sensory videos. I’m adding elements such as candlelight, swirling smoke and bubbles; aiming to make something soothing yet watchable.

These are the first two ( to be fair, they’re pretty similar), the intention is to make a series of them, developing the style into something even more intriguing.

I’m pleased to say that I have had some great feedback from adults on the autistic spectrum and one of my objectives is that these films should safe and appropriate for kids, on and off the spectrum. I would love to get your feedback, so please add your comments, questions and suggestions, either on this post or on YouTube.  If you subscribe to my channel, you’ll be able to see when I add a new video.

The music tracks on these films are from the YouTube collection of music that you can use with attribution (see below for credits) , although I’m currently looking into creating a “soundscape” for each film, with a focus on non-vocal  ASMR type sounds, which will describe the rolling mist and bubbles.

Music Credits
Undercover Vampire Policeman by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://chriszabriskie.com/uvp/
Artist: http://chriszabriskie.com/

Light Awash by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100175
Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Illuminated Christmas Bauble – Make the Cut and KnK Zing Tutorial

Here’s a fun Christmas Bauble project which takes just a couple of sheets of card and a little mulberry paper.

RGB Bauble

Use  RGB tealights in your Baubles for a multi-coloured display.

There are some small, fiddly parts, so please only attempt it if you know you have a little patience.

Click on the link to download the files

Christmas Bauble with Tealight - Make the Cut and svg files (503 downloads)

As always, please contact me with any questions or comments, I hope to make my tutorials better with your helpful input.


May Your Baubles be Merry and Bright!

Robin svg Print and Cut Demo with Free Download

As a first project for my KnK Zing plot cutter, I’ve worked this watercolour robin Christmas card design into a decoupage style mini project.

Robin Christmas Card in a decoupage style

Robin Christmas Card in a decoupage style

The entire project is on 300gsm printer card and it’s glued together with Mod Podge. I used a double thickness of card to make the stand at the back.
The files are svgs, so they should work with any machine that will do print and cut. In the demo, I show you how to bring the files into the Make the Cut software for plot cutters and set up for print and cut.

Just click on the link to download the Robin svg files.
Robin Decoupage svg for Plot Cutters Free Download (531 downloads)

From Sinister Superhero to Carnival Princess

If you’re not already aware, you can download a free PolyFacets plan to make a Superhero mask, right HERE
Because it’s a plan, you can make as many as you want, you can even make smaller ones for the young ‘uns, if you use the resizing guide HERE

This tutorial started life as a “how to patch up a mask that didn’t turn out so well” tutorial (which will be coming soon).
It shows you how to make water-based paints with Mod Podge, and making up a design as you go along with sequin strings, giving you all the help you need, to go from

Batman masks made from my free download

Plain Old Superhero

Carnival Superheroes

To Fabulous Carnival Queen!

Come with me on my messy journey, thrill to the frustration of fiddly sequins and gasp at the audacity of goose feathers, all set to a little bit of Beethoven.

Printer Card Illuminations

After much prototyping and rejigging, here are the first two light designs.
Having had them around for a few weeks now, I’ve decided that I’m going to find an alternative way to make illuminated letters. I’ve tried different ways to give it the support it needs but it inevitably sags and it’s way to complicated to build.
The mushroom, on the other hand, is a lovely thing. I’ve rejigged it so that it’s huge, much bigger than in the photos.

These lights are made mainly from printer card and Mod Podge

These lights are made mainly from printer card and Mod Podge

The outer bodies of the lights are made from two layers of 300gsm card, bonded with Mod Podge, which is also the medium used to bond layers of translucent paper to make the “windows”. In this case, I’ve used mulberry paper but you can use anything which will let the light pass through.

Even in daylight, the lights give a bright and heartwarming display

Even in daylight, the lights give a bright and heartwarming display

Inside each light is another card structure, onto which the lights are securely fixed. There are no electrical tools or knowledge required, and once complete, the lights change colour by remote control.
The “light” parts for the project can be bought for under £10.

You don't need any electrical knowledge to construct these fabulous DIY Mood Lights

You don’t need any electrical knowledge to construct these fabulous DIY Mood Lights


Mushroom Mood Light – Design in Progress

Much as I love designing masks, I want to make plans (to create) for things with a more universal appeal.
Decorative lights and stained glass are passions of mine and I have always had it in mind to develop the plans in this direction.

Prototype Mushroom light made from Leds and 30 A4 sheets of printer card.

Prototype Mushroom light made from Leds and 30 A4 sheets of printer card.

My fascination with coloured lights is due in no small part to my having Aspergers syndrome. In true style, I have started off with a pretty complex design – it takes about twelve hours at the moment but I’m working on simplifying the build.

I like to think that I can “get away” with it being a project that you have to invest in (timewise) because of the very rewarding end result.
The full cost of the materials for building the light comes to less than £15 (excluding the cost of a mains adapter).
One of the most beautiful things about it is that you need no electrical knowledge whatsoever, just the same, very basic tools used for mask making. The only additional materials you will need to build this are the lights themselves and the paper for the “windows”.

Kickstarter Success

A quick but massive “thank you” to everyone who supported the Polyfacets Kickstarter camapign; happily, the campaign raised a little more than my target amount.

The money raised was intended to buy a “plot cutter”, to save the time it takes to cut out so many prototypes during the design process. Like all of the “best laid plans” the need for a plot cutter has been superseded by that of a new camera. My current one, a Fuji Finepix is on its’ last legs, plus, it doesn’t cope with photographing lights, so I’m going to get a DSLR camera with the Kickstarter funds. At this stage, it’s more important to me that I can produce better quality images and video, so I will be carrying on cutting with the Stanley knife for now.

I will be updating the project on Kickstarter in the next few days.

Printing and Scaling a Mask Plan – FAQ

I don’t have any software which will open the PDF file.
If you don’t have software to open and print the plan, you can download it for free, here get.adobe.com/uk/reader/

Do I need to print in colour?
Printing the plans requires black ink only.

Will it work with my paper size?
The plans are sized to work with both A4 and US letter paper.

The plans are designed to be printed at 100% (this is for a standard / large adult size) – Select “do not scale” in your printer settings.
Each sheet of the plan has a 100mm line, so you can always check the size by measuring this line on the printed sheets.

I want to make masks in different sizes.
If you want to make the masks smaller, you can use your printer settings to rescale them.
85% is the scale I would use to make a “child size”.

Here are some screenshots, yours may be slightly different, depending upon which printer you have.



1. First, I select which pages to print – just the pages with the plan on, pages 6-12 in this case. Each download tells you which pages you need to print.
2. For a standard, adult sized mask, I select “actual size” – then print.
3. To scale the pages, I select “Properties”


4. Then “Page Setup”




5. Select “Scaled” from the Page Layout options
6. Then adjust the figure in the Scaling box and click OK.

85% is the scale I usually choose to make a smaller mask.
The “100 mm” measuring lines will measure 85mm, in this case.

When you come back to the original print settings, “actual size” is still selected and the “print prieview” still shows the pages at full size, but it will print at the scale you have selected.


Making Masks with Silver Foil Card

It’s been a while since I tried making masks using foil card. Early on, I made some silver Aliens – they turned out less than satisfactory.
Something I had forgotten about reflective silver masks, is that they’re completely rubbish to photograph. I’m hoping that this blog post will serve as a reminder to me.

Drama Masks made from Silver card and Sequins

Drama Masks made from Silver card and Sequins

This is how the finished masks turned out, they look much better on a person than in my wood store.

I started by making the mistake of using some foil card which I had put to one side because it’s too thin but having already bonded the pattern to it, I decided that I would reinforce it with tracing paper (that’s the green colour that you see on the inside).

The foil card is a bit thin, so to reinforce it, I use tracing paper.

The foil card is a bit thin, so to reinforce it, I use tracing paper.

The video covers the assembly of one mask, and how to give them a quick bling-up using some blackboard paint, Mod Podge and Sequins, using red for the tragedy mask and green for comedy.