Monday, August 1, 2016

Campfire – WIP TBAI Gallery Piece

One of the features of this piece is a campfire. In fact, you might even say, without a campfire, the fun factor would be dramatically diminished. With that in mind, I did some research because I wasn’t sure how one goes about building a small campfire that doesn’t look totally ridiculous.

Do you see the sort of white, sort of round, flat object on the right edge of this photo?

That is where I began. Actually, the beginning was creating that round object but I lost some of the photos from my camera not 15 minutes ago, so you’ll just have to take my word for it when I say the mold for this thing was a piece of aluminum foil and the substance I used was a silicon gel.

In order for it to look as much like a campfire as I could possibly make it, I thought it needed to glow and flicker. And in order to glow and flicker, light needed to pass through the ‘coals’ (i.e. the silicon circle). The silicon would provide this opportunity so the lights could glow but not-too-bright.  I wasn’t totally convinced my idea would work, but I had no back-up plan so I had to go with it.

I removed some of the moss in the area I wanted to place the campfire and, with Jay’s help; we wired three flickering lights in three colors: red, orange and yellow. I covered the lights with the silicon circle, added some flakes to give the impression of coals, and shortly after, glued everything in place.

Here’s a quick clip of the glowing embers:


Afterwards, all that was left to do was to set the rock/stone border in place – we wouldn’t want the fire to get out of hand! – And make some tiny logs to add to the top.

As always, thanks for reading!


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