Wednesday, March 14, 2012

What can you make with foam core and wallpaper?

 Why a 1 in scale fantasy house for your little faeries, gnomes or whomever would like to move in!!

For my cake day my mom and I took a mini class the local mini club offered and was taught by Ron from Ron's miniatures in Orlando. Because the class was one day, Ron had the basic structure built and the inside already wallpapered. The outside was all up to us. So with an extra roll of wallpaper and strips of foam core he set us on our way. We covered the outside with the paper to give the house more stability and also because its textured it gave the entire house a look of stone/putty. We then cut pieces of foam core  to the shapes we wanted to look like flat stones. **Hint if you smush and slightly bend the foam core it will make creases to give the stones a more realistic look. Then we glued them on with the paper side showing. Some foam core has paper covering both sides or you can get it with only paper on one side.  
Ron also gave us some pre-done stones to give us a rough idea of size and to also help along those who needed it or just to help it not take up so much time. lol
If you can see it we also added strips of heavy poster board randomly to give the look of bricks showing through. Then something I had not used before was paintable caulking as the grout, but it worked and by the end of the day most of the areas on my house was dry. I did not paint mine because I wanted to add smaller stones in between but Ron did show us ways we could paint them with watered down paints and a wet rag.  Right now the house is just looking at me going...Hello!!! I am not finished...You must work on me this very weekend!!  hmm I think i better get more caulking today.

Best mini wishes to all.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Been working on another hutch

I have been working on another hutch for my mom's shop. This one I aged a little differently and added more worn areas. I also knitted a green scarf that's tied around the pitcher of flowers and the purple one next to the jar. I think next time I do that I will need a large magnifying glass. lol  The flowers are also made by me from some flower punches I had laying around. In the closeup picture you can see where i painted the tips of the petals white. Not too bad for a first try I think. I also created a open drawer on the hutch from some left over balsa wood I had. This will allow for even more mini things to be just overflowing in her shop.  The basket of yarn/thread is little pieces of thin card stock that I wrapped embroidery thread around.
Have a great evening everyone, and thanks for reading my blog.