Sunday, December 16, 2012 6 comments

    Tutorial: Fairy House Tree Pt. 2

Hi friends! Hope everyone's doing well :).

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House Pt. 2

Next step in the fairy house process is to measure everything one more (at least) time before cutting the window holes and completing the wiring.

When measuring the location for your windows and lights, keep in mind that the wall and floor plaster thickness will be around 1/4" - 3/8" per surface. So, windows will actually appear lower once the floor is in place...

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House Pt. 2

Carefully wire the second floor very firmly to the sides of the house.  It's worthwhile to keep checking  that you're as level as possible. It's really not great when furniture wobbles on an unlevel floor!

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House Pt. 2

Standard height of the bottom of a window is about 3' so I sized 3" for our 1:12 scale (plus added allowance for floor plaster height)

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House Pt. 2

Use wire to hold windows in place and determine perfect location.

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House Pt. 2`

Mark perimeter of window using a bright sharpie marker or paint pen on the exterior side of the tree trunk. I marked my wire with a black sharpie (all I could find LOL) and it doesn't appear clearly in the pic below. Use wire cutters to snip opening for window.

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House Pt. 2

Windows will hold in place easily now that wire is trimmed. It's helpful to keep the windows in place throughout the tree design.

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House Pt. 2

Next task - interior lighting... Mark location for each light with a piece of masking tape.

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House Pt. 2

I recommend using electrical tape underneath all electrical wires to protect the wire from the sharp steel.

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House Pt. 2

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House Pt. 2

As long as you connect red to red wires and black to black wires (plus protect the wire from sharp steel using electrical tape), you can't go wrong with lighting. I'm wiring the interior on one switch and the  tree will have a separate switch.

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House Pt. 2

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House Pt. 2

Once all lights are in their final location, attach the switch and battery and test lights before spending any more time on lighting. If a light isn't working, now's the time to replace it and get all lights working properly before securing the wires and connections further...

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House Pt. 2

The lights work!

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House Pt. 2

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House Pt. 2

Next, make sure all connections are super tight. Then, place a rubber miniature electrical sleeve on each connection (melt with lighter, lick your thumb and finger and press to cool and smush the sleeve).

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House Pt. 2

At this point, all lighting is held in place with tape and that's fine. I'll finalize the lights and switch placement later.

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House Pt. 2

Now that the interior lights are all in place, I'm ready to start designing and building the bonsai tree. I want to make sure that the cherry blossoms can be seen from inside (through the curtained window). I will sculpt the tree first with paper and tape and some wire, as needed, just to define main structure outline.

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House Pt. 2

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House Pt. 2

I plan to keep the limbs close to the house for structural integrity. Also, after building the tree from paper, I will run steel throughout the limbs...

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House Pt. 2

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House Pt. 2

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House Pt. 2

Still lots more sculpturing to do! Next time: forming the tree and building its steel armature.

Thanks for looking! Tori


Sunday, November 18, 2012 5 comments

    Tutorial: Fairy House Tree Pt. 1

I'm making a new custom ordered fairy house tree house with a bonsai Weeping Cherry. Here are the steps!

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House
First, draw out the basics of the design on craft or newspaper. I want the house to fit within a 24"x24"x24" box for secure shipping. My previous version of this house had very pointy corners on the base - not so great for successful shipping. So, this improved version will have rounded corners for the base and lots more steel in the armature. I'm working with my customer's existing furniture, so I need to design for everything to fit properly.

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House
Cut out the template and have your favorite woodworker create a piece of wood for the base.

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House
Tools for the next step: a lazy susan is really helpful for turning and accessing the sculpture from all sides while working. Also needed is a powerful electric staple gun, leather gloves, misc. pliers and cutters and small steel wire for attaching pieces.

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House
The armature for the tree trunk house is made from blood (really called diamond) steel lathe. It's super sharp and is the ideal material for applying plaster, clay or concrete for ultimate adhesion and strength. I wish there was another way!

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House
Preparing the lathe for sizing...

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House
I recommend finding a strong dude to help you install and staple the lathe to your wood base :).

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House
I like to keep the paper template in place for now. You can tear it off later before application of the clay or concrete.

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House
Whew! Here's the lathe in place. The hardest part is done!

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House
Now is a good time to use masking tape and protect your windows. This is important for painting later and for not scratching while "roughing in" their location.

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House
Next, cut some holes in the lathe to place your downstairs exposed beams. I wired my chandelier base temporarily to the sticks to eyeball its location.

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House
The windows are taped in place for planning purposes.

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House
Then, cut one more piece of lathe to rough-in the top floor. At this point, the top floor is not connected but just sitting in place for measurement.

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House
I found this great branch to define the root cellar.

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House
Rough-in for the upstairs...

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House
Rough-in for the downstairs...

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree House
Next time: how to secure the lathe and start wiring for electrical.

Thanks for looking! Let me know if you have any questions or if you try this project! I'd love to see your pics :)

Tori
Saturday, November 3, 2012 3 comments

    Tutorial: Fairy Dollhouse Wood Stove

It's so chilly outside! Here's how I made a cozy wood stove for my fairy house dollhouse.

Shabby fairy dollhouse stove

This shabby version is photographed against my dreamy Cinderella Moments house and paintings...

How to: Fairy Wood Stove

Here's a rustic version of the stove photographed against some old fence wood LOL.

I started with a Sonia Messer vintage ceramic wood stove. They cost around $24 and show up routinely on Ebay.

How to: Fairy Wood Stove

How to: Fairy Wood Stove

I used my wee drill to open up the front to create space for a fire box...

Tutorial: Fairy Dollhouse Wood Stove


How to: Fairy Wood Stove

How to: Fairy Wood Stove

Next, I used my dremel tool to smooth the opening...

How to: Fairy Wood Stove

How to: Fairy Wood Stove

I accidentally drilled through the back of the stove. Try to avoid this LOL... I got lucky and my stove didn't crack.

How to: Fairy Wood Stove

I also used the dremel tool to distress the paint finish...

How to: Fairy Wood Stove

How to: Fairy Wood Stove

Then, I assembled some supplies to make the fire...

How to: Fairy Wood Stove

Tissue paper, LED lights, switch and battery. Plus, some sticks from the yard. Lighting supplies are all 3v and can be purchased thru modeltrainsoftware.com. I recommend the lights in 1.8 mm  size or smaller in warm white.

How to: Fairy Wood Stove

I cut sticks and hot glued them together. Bonus: natural mossy bits on the sticks

How to: Fairy Wood Stove

I put the sticks inside the stove just to measure and make sure they would fit...

How to: Fairy Wood Stove

I started attaching tissue paper with white Elmer's glue.

How to: Fairy Wood Stove

I painted the distressed white highlights with a deep black blue. Next, I fed the wires through the hole in the bottom of the wood stove.

How to: Fairy Wood Stove

Then, I used hot glue to attach the lights to the wood. It's not recommended to use hot glue with these lights because they are quite delicate. Nevertheless, I've had good success using low temp and it sure beats waiting for white glue to dry...

How to: Fairy Wood Stove

The wiring is ez: twist red to red and black to black. I wrapped electrical tape on the twisted connections.

How to: Fairy Wood Stove

I added some paint to the tissue paper... I also painted right onto the light to make it more orangey and reduce the "hot spot" effect.

How to: Fairy Wood Stove

I put some hot glue on the bottom of the fire and placed it into the wood stove...

How to: Fairy Wood Stove

I wrapped the excess wire and secured it in place with masking tape. I hot glued the switch and the battery holder.

How to: Fairy Wood Stove

How to: Fairy Wood Stove

I added paint, crushed flowers (larkspur outside and marigold inside the fire) and moss...

How to: Fairy Wood Stove

Tutorial: Fairy Dollhouse Wood Stove

Here's more of the shabby version of my altered wood stove:

Shabby fairy dollhouse stove


Shabby fairy dollhouse stove

Enjoy! Let me know if you give it a try or have any questions, ok?

Thx for looking, Tori
 
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