Milo Valley Farm - porcelain fuse block

by brae  

While I had the clay out for cookies and other items for my etsy shop, I worked on making a porcelain fuse block for the knob and tube system.  This is for the service entrance like the one shown in this image (the whole article is awesome).  I used polymer clay (Sculpey in Pearl) since it was easiest to mold and shape and would look enough like porcelain to pass.

I used jewelry findings for the connectors.  The measurements for the real deal are roughly 3" x 6" from the few I saw listed for sale.  Mine is a little large for scale at 1/2" x 3/4", but it's all relative in the barn and it shouldn't make a difference for realism.  I didn't think I could successfully work any smaller.  :D

Once the baking is done, I'll add the knife switch and fuses.  Then it will be ready to install.  :]

7 comments

Comment from: BunnyD [Visitor]

Wow! That looks fabulous Brae! Not sure what jewellery findings you used for the prongs but I know of something else that would work if you need that prong set up again.

01/17/16 @ 19:30
Comment from: Abbe PB [Visitor]

That looks great! The clay seems a bit sparkly in the photo - is that just the image, or is it the clay you used? If the latter, will you paint it?

01/17/16 @ 21:37
Comment from: Abbe PB [Visitor]

Oh. You mention it’s Pearl clay….don’t mind me, LOL.

01/17/16 @ 21:38
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you! :D

I opted for the pearl clay since white would have been rather stark in the aged barn, and grey would not have been true to the original. The pearl, while somewhat shimmery, has the right tone overall. With a bit of aging after the all is done, it should be just right. :yes:

01/18/16 @ 14:06
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]

How cool the wiring is going to be once done. Your attention to detail is really going to make it shine.

01/19/16 @ 04:07
Comment from: Monique [Visitor]

it looks great and I agree about the choice for size, sometimes you have to take a bit of liberty, but when not too much it doesn’t interfere with realism, well done Brae!

01/21/16 @ 03:47
Comment from: Betsy Rogers [Visitor]

I LOVE it that you tackle such unusual and historically correct details! And you do it with such precision and creativity!!! This will add even more of that authenticity to this old barn….. A detail most of us wouldn’t even know where to look for… let alone how to make it! As always… I am in awe of your work!!!

01/21/16 @ 17:49


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