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RajkeRajke1 год назад
Warning: This blog contains creativity and is very picture heavy. Some of these pictures are horrific and ment as nightmare fuel.

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It has been a while ago that i uploaded this blog DIY Making a Horror Scene Part 1 what contains the first two parts (Floor panel and back panel) of my Horror Diorama.
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Back then this project hasn't a good name so i changed it to The Cube of Horrific.
Since the last time i updated this project a lot has changed and improved. So let's dive to the depths of MFC with the main theme of this blog and i hope you will enjoy it as much as i did when making this.

Let's start with the front panel. The front panel is a large gate that allows a big view inside the diorama. I got the idea for this shape when i saw two boxes with hedge trimmers upside down in a store. The gate was difficult to make. Not because of it's shape but because the pattern i made with the hobbytool. That is done on all sides. For the side parts i used a keyfile. I had to be carefull not to break it in pieces by cutting it to deep. It looks great, is surprisingly sturdy and i like the result. The keyfile didn't make it to the end of the project. It got too hot and broke.
After that i painted both sides of it. As painting equipment i use mainly synthetic make-up brushes and applicators. Also in the time between the layers (Four in total) i also painted the back and sides of the floor- and back-panel.
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I thought about using the same type of wood (pinewood) for the sides. But the problem about that is that it doesn't create depth and realisme if i would do that. Also using the brick pattern all the way wouldn't make it more realistic. I decided to make two small support parts that formed the 'skeleton' of this diorama. To add some brick looks i made cuts in it on the two sides. for these two 'ribs' i used the same paint as with the front panel and back panel.
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With these two parts completed i could assemble The Cube of Horrific. Important with the assemblage is that every place where you put a nail should be drilled first. Pinewood has the bad quality to split. I also used some glue to keep the parts in place before i slam the nails into them. How bigger the hammer how bigger the problem. The best tool to use is a small sized hammer that is also used in the handicraft room in most schools. With the main parts attached this project really starts to look like a cube.
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I added some seat pads under the floorpart to prevents scratches on the glass and wood plate in the shelf.
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The side panels where easy to make. For these panels i used triplex wood. It is a lot thinner and by painting them a shade lighter i created depth in this diorama. I wanted 'the painted wall in a house' look so like you would do in a real house i painted the side parts with a paint roller.
Attaching those where a real pain. And that goes most for attaching them to the small parts. Like always drilling the holes first.
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For those small parts the nails where too long and i didn't have shorter ones at hand. With a nipper i cut the points of the nails and with pliers i pushed them into place. At first i used that small hammer, but that resulted in one of the parts broken.
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With glue i repaired it, sanded it and i painted the glued part afterwards. The photo is taken right after i glued it before sanding and painting. If you look closely you can see that i marked the outer side of the panels with letters. For every part i make i write a combination of two letters that gives me the information about where it comes and in which direction. The RB that is (barely) visible stands for rechts buiten. It simply means this part comes on the right side with the letters outside.
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This is also the part where i made some photo's with a figure to see if the realisme is good enough.
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The roof part was complicated to make. I had to take many things in account before i could attach something that is good enough to be the roof.
I started with making a square part that fits on top of The Cube of Horrific.
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I painted that part in the same color as the brick parts. I started to experiment with some lighting angles. This was also a check if there was somewhere a gap that allows unwanted light going in or out the diorama. One of these pictures i am using as my background.
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At this point i also needed a plan for the lights in the roof. The color was easy to decide. If you want to shine a light on something scary you use green. And not a random green color but dark green. Finding suitable green lights was not easy and at some point i came across an isolated multi color LED strip. After buying that thing i had a nice plan in my head: Attaching the lights in a Z-shape and hide them with wooden parts that functioned as ceiling beams. This plan was faster buried between the bones than i expected, because this LED strip couldn't be attached in shapes with a degree of ninety and lower.
That means i had to make another plan that works with these kind of lights. I decided to go with a circle. With that i could create the same effect without covering the mid part with light.
I had some spare wood left from the Dioramansion project. From one of the leftover gate parts i made a circle that i painted in the same paint as the roof. I attach it with nails that don't have a head. That means that they are barely visible when you attach them.
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The next step is making room for the cables. Lucky for me it is just one cable. I always keep in mind that i have to replace the lights at some point and that is why i made a claw like shape in the roofpart. With that the connection part and cable would fit easily and can be removed if needed. Also i wanted a roofpart that i could open. That simply means that i have to prevent cable damage caused by a shortage of space. But let's go back to the roofpart itself.
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If you make something you can open than you need something to grab. I bought a door knocker as handle. After calculating where it comes the only thing to do is drilling a hole and screw it to the roofpart. Simple but effective.
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The hinges where a big pain to attach. Attaching them to the roofpart is easy. Attaching them with roofpart to the backpanel not. All my nails where too long and i didn't want to take the risk of damaging the backpanel. So that means that i had to attach them on top of the backpanel.
One problem comes never alone. After attaching the roofpanel to the cube i discovered that it could not close.
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Soon i realized that the head of the nails prevent the cube from closing. I drilled some holes in the roofpart above the heads. After that i sanded and painted the holes.
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And now that i am making some kind of box design i wanted to add a lock to it. So i did and i used a small one that you also can find on cheap wooden boxes. Simplistic makes realistic right?
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Let's go a bit off topic with the first prop i made. To test and get some inspiration i started with a chandelier. The wooden ring part was difficult to make and a lot of these broke. After some practicing i had made a decent looking one. After sanding them i painted these parts in the black chalkboard paint.
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With chains i started to attach both parts with each other. I discovered that the chains where too long and that it looks horrific (Not in the good horrific way). I shorted the chains and attached them again. Attaching the chains is difficult because you have to attach the chain to a nail, clamp the chain around the nail and finally pushing it in the wood. With each chain attached the space for these actions decreased. After some time the chains where on it's place. I placed four nails on top of the ring to simulate candles.
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The finishing touch is done with red paint to create candles and bloodstains on the chains.
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With a ring-bolt i attached the chandelier to the round roofpart.
I like the result of the chandelier. It looks realistic and old. The chandelier is also very sturdy. It can easily hold some weight.
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Holding a Figma is not a problem.
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Then we come to the part where the LED lights are placed. If you have a sharp eye for details you will notice the extra wire in an earlier picture in this blog. That wire contains an infrared receiver. Simply said: The lights can be controlled with a remote.
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With the remote you can change the colors of the LED or turn the lights on or off. Also the intensity of the LED's can be controlled with it and that is a fun feature. The LED strip is isolated and the temperature won't rise much because of that.
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The glue that comes with this strip is worthless. In the end i had to use seconde-glue to attach it. The cable itself was more easy. I used a part to keep the cable attached to the roof.
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I also used those parts to attach the cable and the infrared controller and receiver to the back of the backpanel. The back of the cube is also the most ugliest part of this project. I made the mistake to attach the glass parts before painting the wood. I haven't found a solution yet.
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The first figure that felt prey to The Cube of Horrifics is Yozora 1/8 made by Kotobukiya. She is sculped with an expression on her face that indicates that she is irritated. I tried to make her look evil.
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The pink lights compliment this figure well. I got the idea to replace the book with something else to make the photo a lot more horrific (in the good way).
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And lucky for me Rem and Ram would also lend me a hand (remember the nightmare fuel thing at the beginning?)
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Take a good look at the shadows of Rem and Ram. When you place a figure at certain points in The Cube of Horrifics you get that weird shaking shadow pattern that only affects the upper half of the shadow. It really adds some creepiness. But more importantly: It is fun to pose Rem and Ram in this diorama and making photo's of them.
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That was it for this blog. The next step is to make props that goes well with this diorama. If you have any ideas or suggestions feel free to share them.

See you next time,
Rajke
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For_Others5 месяцев назад#74584695This looks amazing!
The front frame looks so good with that slight tilt to it and the way you incorporated the lighting is so handy and clean. Great job on the chandelier too, I would've had no idea how to do that!
Good luck with the furniture, small delicate things are hard to work with ^^;
Have you thought of making furniture out of popsicle sticks/toothpicks yet? You could even add some fabric for a more realistic feel.
Looking forward to the photos!


Thanks. The chandelier was hard to make but the result is really great. I did think about popsicle sticks and toothpicks but the biggest con about them that they are made in such way that they splinter easily. They are usefull for adding small details but nog to make a strong frame. By the lack of inspiration i have restored some old dollhouse furniture by breaking them apart and building them up again with a new realistic paintjob. Three pieces are ready for use and i will show them in a blog. :D
However i got some new inspiration when i was a few days ago in Disneyland. Only time can tell if those ideas actually will turn out nice. :)
5 месяцев назад
This looks amazing!
The front frame looks so good with that slight tilt to it and the way you incorporated the lighting is so handy and clean. Great job on the chandelier too, I would've had no idea how to do that!
Good luck with the furniture, small delicate things are hard to work with ^^;
Have you thought of making furniture out of popsicle sticks/toothpicks yet? You could even add some fabric for a more realistic feel.

Looking forward to the photos!
5 месяцев назад
gundamuk Lewd, but never uncouth...
Rajke6 месяцев назад#73378413Thanks :)
Last year i tried and learn some new technicks i want to use. In december i came across some interesting old (i guess 80's) wooden doll furniture. It is damaged but it has some charme to it. Currently i am restoring those items and bringing them in the same style as the diorama. I will definitely show the results in a blog post :)
Old doll furniture is awesome! I found some old metal doll house kitchen appliances from the 1940s a while back, crazy yellow paint and rusted. Paint remover took off the yellow paint and now it's a nice rusted base metal. Things for a future set. Anyway, looking forward to your next set.
6 месяцев назад
Rajke Ca Fanatic
gundamuk6 месяцев назад#73291485I was looking back on this diorama and blog post... Great stuff and I hope you have time to follow through with some of your additional ideas.
Thanks :)
Last year i tried and learn some new technicks i want to use. In december i came across some interesting old (i guess 80's) wooden doll furniture. It is damaged but it has some charme to it. Currently i am restoring those items and bringing them in the same style as the diorama. I will definitely show the results in a blog post :)
6 месяцев назад
gundamuk Lewd, but never uncouth...
I was looking back on this diorama and blog post... Great stuff and I hope you have time to follow through with some of your additional ideas.
6 месяцев назад
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Maakie1 год назад#39284111Really nice end result on this! :D Looking forward to you making more dioramas. ;)
Thanks. :D It is fun to make diorama's like this one. There are some ideas that i have written down for some future projects. :)
1 год назад
Really nice end result on this! :D Looking forward to you making more dioramas. ;)
1 год назад
Rajke Ca Fanatic
Stacycmc1 год назад#37771571Hehee...busted!!! :-P
And yeah those were my fav shots..and you're so right...so many possibilities!!! :D
Tomoe1 год назад#37811735Holy crap, this is absolutely amazing craftsman ship. I'd love to see what photos and set-ups you'll come up with this.
See you on the front page soon ;)

Thanks. :D I have to try a lot of things, building it is different from using it's full potential. For now the focus is on some props that will fit in the Cube and testing some things out.
1 год назад
Tomoe neL killed my wallet
Holy crap, this is absolutely amazing craftsman ship. I'd love to see what photos and set-ups you'll come up with this.

See you on the front page soon ;)
1 год назад
Rajke1 год назад#37758453Don't worry, you wouldn't go by unnoticed. ;)
The pictures with the natural light are actually natural light. All parts have dried in the open air but out of direct sunlight. The view had something creepy and i had to take some pictures of it. The silhouette picture is made in the second photoshoot. Not with natural light but 2 times normal light under a certain angle. This was my favorite picture of the shoot.
I recently discovered that placing the figure on the left side at the front with the lights coming trough the window gives the effect that you can see the figure but can't see the full face. There is a lot possible with lights and not every spot in this cube works the same. There is a lot to try out. :D


Hehee...busted!!! :-P

And yeah those were my fav shots..and you're so right...so many possibilities!!! :D
1 год назад
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Figure collecting is the base of my hobby. Around that, i like to enjoy this hobby to it's fullest by making some attributes myself. I believe in the sentence 'Doing Nothing is Achieving Nothing.' Which simply means that if you have a goal in mind you have to hunt it till you reached it (And then set a new goal). The subjects on my blog can be worlds apart because not only a collection grows over time, a person's knowledge and interest grows with the time too. Happy collecting.

Greetz,
Rajke

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