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Tip: I recently bought 12 pairs of ankle socks, which came attached to a hanging plastic card that looked exactly like a section of latticework that could be used on a diorama.

The card measured 1½ x 5 inches. The lattice pieces were 1⁄16 in. wide and created a pattern of openings that were 5⁄32 in. square. With a little sanding and paint, these sections can be used as decorative trim on a structure or as room dividers in a garage or showroom.

During that same shopping trip I bought a box of crackers that were packaged in foil bags that were heat-sealed at the top.

This seal created a “corrugated metal” appearance that was about ½ in. wide by 6 in. long. I cut off this section and have used it to create small metal roofing patches and junk pieces of metal for a scrap pile.

If carefully trimmed, these pieces could also be used for interior trim on a car or truck.

-Dennis Marion
via e-mail

Ken: Now that’s using your imagination to look WAY outside the box. These particular products might be difficult to find, but they illustrate that we should always keep an eye out for unusual items we can apply to our hobby. Thanks, Dennis


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