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3-Dimensional Models and Crafts

(Last updated 2015/01/11)

 


Medieval Norman Farmhouse built by Mui-Ling Teh at age 13

Early Examples
 


Reindeer candy cane by Mui-Ling Teh at age 17

Christmas Crafting
 


Hand-made house model by Mui-Ling Teh with some parts done by a co-worker

 Architectural Models
 


Hand-made house model by Mui-Ling Teh with some parts done by a co-worker

Origami
 

 

 

Early Examples (from my pre-teen and teenage days)

 

Log House - Built at age 12:
 

Log cabin made by Mui-Ling Teh at age 12 Log cabin made by Mui-Ling Teh at age 12 Log cabin made by Mui-Ling Teh at age 12

 

 

 

Medieval Norman Farmhouse - Built at age 13:
 

Medieval Norman Farmhouse built by Mui-Ling Teh at age 13 Medieval Norman Farmhouse built by Mui-Ling Teh at age 13
Medieval Norman Farmhouse built by Mui-Ling Teh at age 13 Medieval Norman Farmhouse built by Mui-Ling Teh at age 13

 

 

 

Sailboat (done in one or two days for a skit) - Built at age 17:
 

Sailboat made in one or two days for a skit by Mui-Ling Teh at age 17

 

 

 

Wooden Key Pendant - Hand carved at age 17:
 

Hand carved wooden key pendant made by Mui-Ling Teh at age 17


 

 

 

 

Christmas Crafting - Done at age 17

 

Hand-made Christmas cards for a Christmas sale:
 

Hand made Christmas cardby Mui-Ling Teh at age 17  Hand made Christmas cardby Mui-Ling Teh at age 17

Hand made Christmas cardby Mui-Ling Teh at age 17  Hand made Christmas cardby Mui-Ling Teh at age 17

 

 

 

Reindeer Candy Cane:
 

Reindeer candy cane by Mui-Ling Teh at age 17


This idea first came from one of my Japanese teachers back in the days that I used to attend Japanese school. Many years later I made these in high school to give to classmates and teachers.

 

 

 

Hand-made Architectural Models: Buildings and Sites


The following were made during one of my internships (I made a few other models during other internships, however I'm not allowed to post them publicly). All models were built entirely by hand without the assistance of any machine.

 

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Hand-made house model by Mui-Ling Teh with some parts done by a co-worker Hand-made house model by Mui-Ling Teh with some parts done by a co-worker Hand-made house model by Mui-Ling Teh with some parts done by a co-worker

Hand-made house model by Mui-Ling Teh and a co-worker Hand-made house model by Mui-Ling Teh and a co-worker Hand-made house model by Mui-Ling Teh and a co-worker
Detail of hand-made house model by Mui-Ling Teh and a co-worker. Deck constructed by Mui-Ling Teh.
Detail of hand-made house model by Mui-Ling Tehand a co-worker. Lattice stair made by Mui-Ling Teh.


I also made the stairs and carved the car by hand.

 

Site model built by Mui-Ling Teh with massing done by a co-worker Site model built by Mui-Ling Teh with massing done by a co-worker Site model built by Mui-Ling Teh with massing done by a co-worker
Detail of a site model builit by Mui-Ling Teh with massing done by a co-worker Detail of a site model built by Mui-Ling Teh with massing done by a co-worker Detail of a site model built by Mui-Ling Teh with massing done by a co-worker

Site model built by Mui-Ling Teh. The road was made out of a single piece of foam core. Site model built by Mui-Ling Teh. The road was made out of a single piece of foam core.
Detail of a site model built by Mui-Ling Teh. The road was made out of a single piece of foam core. Detail of a site model built by Mui-Ling Teh. The road was made out of a single piece of foam core.


The roads in both site models above were made with a single piece of foam core.

 

Feel free to explore some of my Architectural Drawings

 

 

 

Origami


Origami has been an early passion of mine. Aside from folding standard models out of paper, I have incorporated folding techniques for other purposes. As shown in some examples above, I applied some inspiration from origami in my foam core models and paper craft. I also often folded acetate and other plastic sheets:
 

"Folded Cup" by Mui-Ling Teh


I came up with the design of this cup myself for a dining project. In the end however, wine glasses were used; and I folded custom sized rectangles instead for other serving purposes:
 


The four plastic boxes in each tray were folded by me; I folded 32 of these in total, and they needed to fit perfectly within the tray. There is also a folded plastic box in the middle of the table containing fruits. I folded two of these to fit perfectly into the central trench.

 

 

Sometimes I also folded origami models out of acetate to give them a glass-like appearance in my photography:
 

"Glass Horse" by Mui-Ling Teh inspired by "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams

Inspired by "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams

 

Origami rose folded out of acetate by Mui-Ling Teh

"Glow" by Mui-Ling Teh

"Fading" by Mui-Ling Teh

 

 

I have also come up with other origami designs:

"Serenity, the Firefly Spacecraft" by Mui-Ling Teh

 

Miniture red origami crane and maple leaf in a bottle by Mui-Ling Teh, with the message "Always Together" written below on a yellow label. Origami design by Mui-Ling Teh. The crane and the leaf are made out of one paper.

 

Miniature white origami ballerina by Mui-Ling Teh, hanging on a needle in a bottle; with the word "Dream"  on a yellow label below.

 

 

In 2008 I started folding a series of miniature origami models.

Read more about my background in origami here.

"3cm Family Swim" by Mui-Ling Teh

"Fly" by Mui-Ling Teh

"Freedom" by Mui-Ling Teh

"Born from the Cell" by Mui-Ling Teh

 

I have also folded with copper tape and gummy candy.

"Ninja Star" by Mui-Ling Teh

"Origummy" by Mui-Ling Teh

 

I often use my miniature origami models for my photography, but once in a while I also fold miniature models for gifts and commissions; during the time which I would also fold special cases for them.

 

Miniature origami crane folded by Mui-Ling Teh in a hand-made acetate box folded by Mui-Ling Teh

A series of miniature origami cranes folded by Mui-Ling Teh A series of miniature origami cranes foldedby Mui-Ling Teh in a hand made acetate box folded by Mui-Ling Teh

 

I have made custom foam core boxes for architectural models, and as I began my series of bottled origami, I made boxes to contain these bottles - sometimes using plastic, sometimes foam core.

 

A mock set-up of a booth by Mui-Ling Teh in preparation for the Makers Market at Crawford Bar. Many items, including the postcard holder and bottle holder were made by hand.

 

 

 

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