Details and Decals

People who have seen early attempts at 3-D modelling remember how neat, clean and artificial many early 3-D models looked. Early computer models captured the shape, accurate proportions, and often the general colour of an object, but not the fine details, and certainly not the imperfections. We minds intuitively sensed there was something not right.


 Film Models

The models earlier generations used for films were prone to the same drawback. They needed some fine detail and ‘grit’ to look realistic. Often this could be covered up with by the lower resolution of the picture, with a slightly ‘dirty’ looking model passing a casual glance. But the same principle still applied- the model couldn’t look like an architect’s diagram.


A process called ‘greebleing’ was developed for many film models of the 1970s. This was just the process of adding details to surfaces to prevent spaceships in Star Wars from looking like simple geometric shapes. The added details served no real function other than adding to the realism of the object. Our minds expect this. Real objects have both overall shapes and minor details. Models must replicate this on a very small scale.


Plastic model Decals

Plastic model decals add to the detail of their respective models. In isolation the decals are often quite simple – emblems, shapes, insignia or just isolated words. But when these simple decals are added to a larger object they are part of the accumulating detail. None of the details are complex on their own, it is the large number of simple details that give the overall impression or complexity, and hence, realism.


Waterslide decals & Inkjet decal paper

Custom decals will be made to a specific design, such as the insignia of a military vehicle or the personal logo of the creator. All the other applied details are less specific, but the overall effect creates a model that is far more convincing.


Tradeshow list

Booths at Trade-shows.

Trade-shows and booths work well for some industries. The people that are there are there for services you provide, or something similar, so you have a fairly good demographic for your business. It’s an opportunity to get straight to interested customers.


Prepare Print Media Sydney

Have flyers and other advertising media made well beforehand. Have a custom made booth/marquee which can be re-used.

  • pull up banners Sydney
  • posters Sydney
  • stickers Sydney
  • marquees Sydney
  • T-shirts, if appropriate.

Before the show email any list of clients you have, and any other potential attendees.

Print and send out cards that offer a free item at your booth. This will give a good indication of who is paying attention to your advertising. Make sure to collect contact details on the cards.


The Booth/Marquees Sydney

Try to get a good position for a booth. The front of the show, the centre of the floor and booths on corners tend to get noticed. Booths next to eateries and restrooms get noticed too. There are many competitors there, so if you want to stand out a custom marquee can make all the difference.


Trade-shows can be expensive. We suggest preparing as well as humanly possible, and then seeing if the situation works for your company and industry. If you get some genuine connections, make some sales and get interested inquiries, continue to set up a booth at trade-shows. Else, use print media and the internet to advertise you company elsewhere.

Serious Decal Gear

We tend to think of decals as decoration. Plenty of plastic model kits had decals to fill in the intricate details. But the vehicles that those plastic models represented had details that were often far from decorative. Military marking served a purpose, denoting the nationality was just one function of markings. Even the advertising on sports cars served a purpose beyond decoration. Plastic model decals were actually reproducing real world advertisements or military markings.


Mechanical and electrical hobbies often required labelling. Even something as basic as a radio needs numbers on a dial. Hobbyists could give their projects a professional look by using custom decals.


Guitar decals are popular for customizing instruments. This sees an overlap of style and function. Frets are marked for practical reasons. This is usually an inlay rather than a decal, but decals are used too. Controls are occasionally marked, but as these are few in number they are often left unmarked. Most other instrument decals are for decorative purposes.


Effects processors for guitars and other instruments use decals for labelling controls. As these controls are slightly more complex than the volume and tone knobs of the guitar this labelling is essential. The internet has many sites dedicated to DIY projects for guitars; they appear to be popular. Custom decals for these projects is quite useful.


Inkjet decal paper allows decals to be made at home, specifically designed for any project. Style and function can be combined with ease.

RAINBOW EMBROIDERY – Embroidery Basics


Computer embroidery was preceded by many generations of home embroidery. As with many hobbies and practices successful embroidery required a mixture of experience and knowledge. In order to do something successfully you need to actually spend some time doing it, but you also need to know a few tricks of the trade.


Embroidery Hoops

This keeps the section of cloth constantly taunt. Without this the embroidery will have puckering; every time you pull the tread the fabric will tend to bunch up. An alternative to a hoop is the embroidery frame. Machine embroidery either uses thin plastic hoop, or occasionally another means of providing fabric tension.


The hoop should be removed before the embroidery is stored for any time, lest it leave a crease in the surrounding fabric.


Insufficient Thread.

This can be infuriating, especially if you cannot by more thread in the same colour.


Mixing fabric and thread that require different cleaning methods

Some materials require dry cleaning, lest they shrink. An embroidery pattern that shrinks when washed is a disaster.


Fabric Pens

An embroidery design should be marked with a proper fabric pen, which will easily wash off. Other pens are not suitable; Permanent markers will not wash out, and will continue to be visible if not cover by the embroidery pattern.  Other pens will leak into the surrounding fabric, ruining the work.


Displaying embroidery work near Sunlight.

All fabric will fade in the Sun, some more than others. Protect displayed work with glass (preferably UV protected), with the glass separated from the material.



Store embroidery cloth in acid free tissue paper. Each piece should be separated. Keep away from wood as this causes many materials to go yellow. Do not starch before storage as this will cause breakages along the crease. Avoid folding if an item is to be stored, unless you want the fold to be permanent. Rolling the cloth works well for some items.


Embroidery Sydney

Facilities for computerised embroidery and materials for personal embroidery projects are readily available in Sydney.