Sunday, September 23, 2012 6 comments

Halloween Party Barn :)

Today I'm feeling inspired by all of the beautiful fall colors up here in the mountains so I've been working on my Halloween Party Barn. I completed the basics of this project last halloween and I'm updating it a bit.

Halloween Party Barn

I started out originally with a wooden holiday creche I found at Hobby Lobby :). Then, I added the door and window and lots of industrial grade glow-in-the-dark (GID) paint.

Halloween Party Barn
One of the new additions to my party barn today is adding some fall leaves. I purchased this nice little kit on miniatures.com.  It's easy to punch out the leaves and then glue them about.

Halloween Party Barn
I punched out the little leaves and then scrunched them up and glued them with white glue everywhere that the wind blew!

Halloween Party Barn

Halloween Party Barn

Halloween Party Barn
Then, I decided to paint the leaves to make them more realistic and multi-dimensional. These are the colors I used. I used a mix of watercolor and acrylic tubes I had around.

Halloween Party Barn
Here's the finished product. The leaves are all painted lots of colors and remind me of walking down a fall forest path. I also added some gorgeous handmade mushrooms by Lory's Tiny Creations.

Halloween Party Barn

Halloween Party Barn

Halloween Party Barn

Halloween Party Barn

Halloween Party Barn

Halloween Party Barn

Halloween Party Barn

Golden afternoon @ the halloween party barn
Glowing party pics from last year :)

Halloween Party Barn

Boo!

Thanks for looking :) Tori

Sunday, September 16, 2012 0 comments

      Torisaur's Buzz on Facebook

Torisaur's Buzz on Facebook - visit buzz.torisaur.com
Hi y'all! I had a computer day instead of a workshop day yesterday organizing and updating my social media channels and re-learning HTML ack~. It was really fun even though I have more grey hairs now LOL. Let's chat together on Facebook! My page, Torisaur's Buzz, is at http://buzz.torisaur.com.

Thanks for reading :) Tori


Monday, September 10, 2012 7 comments

      Cupcake fairy house

In August, I spent a week at a wonderful artist's retreat/workshop learning how to use concrete and steel to make sculptures. It was a dreamy world with yummy food appearing magically at each meal and a giant shop full of wonderous tools and supplies :).

Has anyone attended a class or workshop this summer or spent some time learning something new? I'd love to hear your stories...

Concrete & steel sculpture workshop by Torisaur
It all started with my concept sketch. I'm thinking shabby chic dollhouse meets nature inspired sculpture.


Concrete & Steel Aug. 2012
This is one of the welding areas. Honestly, welding is something I'll pay someone else to do in the future LOL.


Concrete & Steel Aug. 2012
This is the outside area of the sculpture studio - only about 200 yards from my dorm and the cafe. The golden ratio!


Concrete & Steel Aug. 2012
More sculpture studio work area. Making a mess all day suits me.


Concrete & Steel Aug. 2012
Forcing the steel legs to spiral to my will LOL


Concrete & Steel Aug. 2012
Welding the 3 legs together. The thing I didn't realize about welding is you can't see at all! I mean, really, it's crazy.

Concrete & Steel Aug. 2012
I got some help with the cutter to trim excess from the base


Concrete & steel workshop
Finished base


Concrete & steel sculpture workshop
I formed the house and flower using blood LOL (really called diamond) lathe, bailing wire, vise grips and thick leather gloves. I'll use zip ties or twist ties in the future. I don't think the bailing wire was necessary for the amount of work it was! I bent a 1/4" steel rod and worked it down into the flower stem for added support.


Concrete & steel workshop
I wired 1.8mm LED lights up each petal of the flower and also on the ceiling of the interior of the house. I wrapped the joints (where I had extended each wire cuz it wasn't long enough) with electrical tape very tightly to protect against moisture. I placed the 3v battery holder and switch underneath the base.


Concrete & steel workshop
Next, I wired the house to the base with bailing wire and hot glued all around the perimeter for a tight fit. On to the concrete! The next experiment!


Concrete & steel workshop
I mixed up concrete using white Portland Cement, metakaolin (clay), nylon fibers, very fine white sand, bonding agent and water. I added a mix of concrete stains to get this unheard of pink color :).


Cupcake fairy house progress
I troweled the concrete onto the house and smoothed with bonding agent using a larger brush (about 1.5") and then a smaller brush (around 3/4 inch) to get a smooth finish.

Cupcake fairy house progress
I think key to my success was "walking away" in between concrete applications. First, I covered the house floor, then part of the exterior to create strength and rigidity. After all of that dried, I added the flower and the rest of the exterior. Finally, I sculpted the interior after the exterior was dry. Otherwise, the concrete would push through one side or the other of the blood lathe as I worked the surfaces.


Cupcake fairy house progress
After the concrete cured a bit, I removed the masking tape from the teeny lights and hand-painted some additional accents on the flower and stem. I left some of the lathe uncovered so the underlying lathe armature could be peek out.

Whew! Thanks for looking :). Since the workshop, I've added a tile floor and have lots of other plans for this project.  More updates soon. I'd love to hear your questions or comments!

Thanks for looking :) Tori
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      Greta spam

Greta spam by Torisaur
Greta spam, a photo by Torisaur on Flickr.
My first post :)
 
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