While everyday objects might seem mundane, they are often a fun opportunity to replicate something as closely as possible, either in 1:1 scale, smaller, or even larger!
Inspiration: A friend requested that I build a piano, but I'd already built a grand piano, so I opted to build an electric keyboard instead. One of my favorite little models, I'm really happy with how this turned out, especially the effect that the transparent red keys have.
Build time: 1 day
Inspiration: While you may not like McDonalds, no one can say their iconography and branding isn't fantastic. The minifigure torso, especially the older style one used here perfectly matches the McDonald's French fry container. The minifigure's neck is buried in the ground in a 1x2 technic brick. Deciding exactly what toppings to use on the burger took quite awhile, but I think I finally found the perfect combo.
Build Time: a few hours
Inspiration: Perhaps one of my favorite models of my models from the Iron Forge, this one was from round 4, with the technic connector as the seed part. It let me string up teeth on an actual LEGO string! It's elastic from a LEGO backpack! I think this photo turned out really good as well, the texture is actually my saxophone case!
Build Time: 2 days
Inspiration: Built for the Iron Forge Round 2 with the seed part of the banana. Countless LEGO saxophones have been made at different scales, but I wanted mine to stand out. I spent plenty of time experimenting with all the gold pieces I could find to make it as accurate as I could. The saxophone was nice, but it needed a scene, so a standard Wenger band chair and a Manhasset music stand helped make the gold saxophone really pop.
Build Time: A day
Inspiration: Built for Iron Forge Round 2 using way too many bananas. This build took forever and was more than mildly infuriating. The bananas are pressed in between two tires and only held in by friction. It took many hands to hold them down while I worked to prepare each one, it only lasted for a matter of seconds before exploding.
Build Time: a few minutes
Photography Time: 1-2 hours at least
2d Jazz Band
Inspiration: The minifigure torso's trapezoidal face works well for a 2d representation of a cone, as used in many of my models for Round 1 of the Iron Forge. Here, it makes a great brass bell! I stole the design of the music notes from a model I built for the previous Iron Forge.
Build Time: a few hours