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How to Make a Diorama: Chapter1 Part 3: Advanced Materials

Electrical Materials and figures

Wiring up some electrical functions are completely optional in this tutorial. I will show you how to add a light to your scene. If you choose to add this option these are the materials you will need.

The electrical tools

  • Electrical tape
  • soldering pencil
  • solder
  • needle nose pliers
  • small push button switch
  • wire
  • lights
  • 9 volt battery (this works well to activate the light I have selected. You should choose a battery that works for the light you have selected.)


The miniatures

Here is a random set of miniature figues and Items I have chosen for display purposes. Your figures will be different depending on the scene you will create. The scene in this tutorial has three skeletons, one wizard and a treasure chest.

You now have all the materials you need to create your scene. Lets continue on to chapter 2 " The concept, design, and layout of your diorama".

NextContinue to chapter 2 Concept, Layout, and Design of Your Diorama


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