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Scale figure risers, and lighting for cabinets?Scale figure risers, and lighting for cabinets?

Elise_GrimwaldElise_Grimwald11 dias atrásAsk MFC
I was wondering what you guys use for risers for scale or prize figures?

I only recently bought a bookshelf/cabinet for my figures (this one: www.wayfair.com...) , and so far have one shelf full, with the larger 1/7 figures in back, and 1/8/nendos/trading figures in the back. However, this is not working for the second shelf.

All of my second shelf figures are around the same size, and figures I'm getting later on are ALSO the same size, so they all end up being in the front, as I can't see them in the back. Even my 1/7 scales are shorter, and can't put them in the back. :/.

So, I was wondering, for scale figures (and especially ones with large bases), what do you guys use to raise figures? I am well aware of acrylic risers for nendos, but those won't help here. And the single step ones I'm seen at would only be ok for prize figures with small bases.

Now, for question 2:
What do you use for lighting, for cabinets that are not a Detolf? Every thread I've read about lighting is for an IKEA unit, and mine honestly has nowhere to thread a cord through (the back is the support for the shelf, so I can't drill into it), so I'm not sure how to handle it.

Thanks in advance to anyone who replies.
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Elise_Grimwald Genius Puppeteer
@everyone: I have read all of your responses, and will be replying to all of you eventually. :). I loved reading all of the ideas I saw here, and definitely got some good ones. :). Thanks! Again, I will be replying to each of you, but it'll be over a period of a few days.
8 dias atrás
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heekyunggx3 Queen's Watchdog's Wife
i love my risers from the container store! they have a bunch of different sizes.
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they also added these square looking ones that are open. depends on the look you're going for
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9 dias atrás
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Interesting topic.

For risers I use simple long glass vases that are actually for flowers.
Like these: LINK

Has the advantage that if you reduce your collection you can use it for flowers again. XDD Plus they are very cheap here in the stores if you look around a bit.
9 dias atrás
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For lighting a cabinet, I use an LED strip I got off Amazon and thread the power cord through the front side of the glass front door. LED cords (not the strip itself, but the cord connecting from the strip to the power box) are really thin and threading them through the side of a door isn't difficult. I did this in a detolf, but it should work for any cabinet with a glass door without issue.

Make sure you use diffuser strips on your cabinet when installing LEDs, though. It makes it look a lot better and saves your eyes from the harshness of the light.
9 dias atrás
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Daiso sells many different sizes of clear acrylic boxes that are the perfect heights and widths for raising figures of differing sizes, and they're cheap to boot. They also look very nice. I'd recommend checking Daiso out for risers.
9 dias atrás
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I guess I'm lucky since I can make clear plastic risers at work from waste material whenever I want. But I've also used cheap glasses, Ferrero Rocher boxes, and transparent food containers from the time before I had my current job.

I use IKEA's OMLOPP in BILLY bookcases that are covered by MORLIDEN doors. The light is white but we cover it with black electric tape (as well as the cable) so everything is hidden. We've connected the lights to the Philips Hue system we have at home as well. I don't think it's a solution that would suit your needs though.
10 dias atrás
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Apologetic Meme Lord
I cheaped out on Risers, I use these Sammanhang mini shelf's from IKEA as 1 Inch risers. They fit most 1/7 moderate base sizes and 1/8 bases and sitting poses www.ikea.com/ca...
I've even cheaped out and used the outer shells of these boxes from the same line to get the job done before too www.ikea.com/ca...

If you want some high end looking stuff and have a granite store nearby, ask if they have any scrap trimmings they would be willing to cut into the diameters you need, one of my friends did it with black and white quartz and they charged her $15 each for 6" diameter and they're pretty thick, and it looks amazing when the light reflects off of it.

I prefer led spotlights in my cases as it creates a casted shadow effect. I personally have 4 sets of 4 lights of these in cool white and have not had an issue with them in the last 2 years @ 8hrs a day on time, I may have some pics in my collections if you have no idea what I mean by shadow effect. www.amazon.ca/g...

If you prefer full light, then like everyone else said the 6000k led strips are the way to go!

I would suggest investing in this as well to place around the door gaps on your case to make it very dust resistant www.amazon.ca/4...

as well as one of these to keep the humidity down and wood odours from getting to the figures(I painted the face black on mine and use it as a riser to hide it in the case).www.amazon.ca/E...

happy hunting.
10 dias atrás
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for risers these are the ones I used www.ebay.com/it...

as for lightings I will recommend the ones at homedepot www.homedepot.c..., they are interlinkable so which means you can put them not just in detolf but other shelf as well

I tried them all, the IKEA RGB dioder (great build but low light), I created Custom one from LED strips (I cant recommend also due to manual wiring, soldering etc,) and the one at home depot which is very simple to use and a lot brighter.

here is the pic of my setup LEFT is custom LED, CENTER is the home depot one and the RIGHT one is dioder pasteboard.co/I...
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Elise_Grimwald (10 dias atrás) #71275393Thanks for the help. :D. I tried looking on Amazon US for similar products, and they do have them. :). However, I actually ended up looking for ones run by battery not because of the drilling (I thought about it more, and a tiny hole shouldn't matter too much), but I actually am now afraid of catching everything on fire. D:. I don't know anything about wiring or power, and would very much likely cause a fire >_<;. It also very recently occurred to me I might have accidentally blocked the outlet with the shelf, and I'd have nowhere to plug it in, but I'm not sure about that one. I just got overly excited about the idea of adding lights I guess lol, as I want my collection to be visible without opening the door every time I want to see my figures.
This is what I found for battery powered ones that look very similar to the ones you linked: www.amazon.com/...
The only thing I'm not sure of is how I'd get them to light up if I cut them, which is inevitably going to happen, but I'm sure the page has the answer somewhere. There has to be a way to add battery packs or something, or the lights wouldn't be able to separate.
Thanks for the help, I didn't actually know these were a thing until I read your comment. :). I might be able to use ones like you linked if I can figure it out, but I think batteries might be safer for now lol.


Haha. Sorry to scare you about potentially having the case catch on fire but just a possibility. It shouldn't happen unless something is really wrong like exposed wires.

The ones you linked should be fine, just make sure you have enough for what you want to light. It looks like there is 2 meters / 6.56 feet. For my 6 shelves I almost used up 5 meters / 16 ish feet.

You can cut them like this: imgur.com/a/bbQ... Where each terminal has to be connected to the same one on both sides shown by the black lines. You can either solder wire between them or buy something like this: www.amazon.com/...
The top left of the first picture is what you want as they will just connect the two cut strips without any additional trouble. I recommend the second option but they might not be long enough to cover what you need so additional wire may be needed.

I think the battery pack just connects to the beginning of the strip.

I'm glad my comment helped. Feel free to message me about anything if you're running into trouble. I just finished mine about two weeks ago and it was the best decision I made.
10 dias atrás
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Elise_Grimwald Genius Puppeteer
Frizzard (11 dias atrás) #71241149I have one of those Billy bookcases from IKEA. I like my shelves really bright to show everything in its full glory so I use a strip of high density 6000K 120/M LED strips like these ones for each shelf: www.amazon.ca/g... You can probably find something similar on amazon.com. These have adhesive on the back so they will stick but if that doesn't work you could use superglue if it's permanent. I drilled holes through the back and wired them up there.
If you can't drill through the back of the case, then I think your only option is to drill through the shelf and wire the lights down the interior wall and through each shelf.
Or if there is enough space between the doors and shelves, you could run it along the door for only front facing lights.
If you do go with these LED strips make sure you know how to wire things safely or the bookcase may catch fire and make sure you know how much power you need from the power supply to light the entire case.
Good Luck!


Thanks for the help. :D. I tried looking on Amazon US for similar products, and they do have them. :). However, I actually ended up looking for ones run by battery not because of the drilling (I thought about it more, and a tiny hole shouldn't matter too much), but I actually am now afraid of catching everything on fire. D:. I don't know anything about wiring or power, and would very much likely cause a fire >_<;. It also very recently occurred to me I might have accidentally blocked the outlet with the shelf, and I'd have nowhere to plug it in, but I'm not sure about that one. I just got overly excited about the idea of adding lights I guess lol, as I want my collection to be visible without opening the door every time I want to see my figures.
This is what I found for battery powered ones that look very similar to the ones you linked: www.amazon.com/...
The only thing I'm not sure of is how I'd get them to light up if I cut them, which is inevitably going to happen, but I'm sure the page has the answer somewhere. There has to be a way to add battery packs or something, or the lights wouldn't be able to separate.

Thanks for the help, I didn't actually know these were a thing until I read your comment. :). I might be able to use ones like you linked if I can figure it out, but I think batteries might be safer for now lol.
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