Sunday, February 24, 2013 1 comments

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree Pt. 9

Hi friends :). For the last couple of weeks, I've been sculpting the tree house - inside and out - using layers of Celluclay.

I decided to use the grey clay for added depth once I stain and paint everything.

Covering the ceiling with clay is tricky. 

The clay will dry much lighter than it appears here in the photos.

Next time, finishing off the roof and clay work!

Thanks for stopping by :)


Monday, February 18, 2013 0 comments

"Who's box is this?" COMPETITION ENDED

I've never been motivated to sew... except for Blythe! I have absolutely no experience so I just wing it the best I can. I hate sewing on snaps and buttons... so sometimes, I don't LOL

Blythe dresses I made awhile back :)

Blythe dresses I made awhile back :)

Blythe dresses I made awhile back :)

Blythe dresses I made awhile back :)

Blythe dresses I made awhile back :)

Blythe dresses I made awhile back :)

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, February 10, 2013 1 comments

Tutorial: Fairy House Tree Pt. 8

I had fun with details today while working on the root cellar, exterior lantern, chandelier and bunny burrow :).

The lantern top is not glued on yet. I still need to create a candle shape around the LED light.

I added Paperclay to the bunny burrow...

I created little candles on the chandelier out of Paperclay,  forming it around the lights. I will paint the bulbs and candles later. I intend for the chandelier and tree to have the most detailed lighting with the wall lights being less detailed and receding into the background.

I'm not sure where I found these little rubber "brushes" / modeling tools (maybe Hobby Lobby) but here's the info on the handle. I used these to form the candle detail on the walls and chandelier, dipping into water as I worked.

I enclosed the very simple wall light with Paperclay.

I sculpted candle shapes onto the chandelier.

It's nice to make the candles a little crooked for rustic appeal :)

I started making the shelf for the root cellar.

These are the brushes I like to use for painting these days. They are super cheap and I am really hard on 'em LOL.

I painted the floor of the root cellar to match the back wall bricks.

This is my absolute favorite paint. I use it to highlight all of my projects.

That's all for now. Thanks for looking! Tori


Tutorial: Fairy House Tree Pt. 7

Welcome and many thanks to everyone following along! If you have any questions, please let me know :). In this edition, we finalize the electric, stabilize the tree branches, sculpt the pond and lantern area plus start forming bonsai cherry tree.

Time to finalize the electric. I twisted the ends very securely and then applied plenty of electrical tape to hold together forever LOL.

There is one switch for outdoor lighting and one switch for indoor lighting. The battery packs are taped underneath the base for easy access battery replacement.

I taped very carefully over all connections to protect from moisture. After taping everything perfectly, I decided I HAD to have a wee hidden light in the bunny burrow so untaped, added one more light to the circuit and re-taped... 

Bunny burrow light :)

I used some of my copper electrical wire to tie and secure branches to each other very tightly - no wiggle here.

Whew! Everything is now ready for clay application.

Creative Paperclay is the product I'm using for details such as pond, tree branches, bunny burrow and misc. small details.

The Paperclay dries out very quickly so cover with plastic wrap in between grabbing pieces.

Pull off a piece of Paperclay and flatten to about 1/8".

Flatten the Paperclay pancakes and smooth the edges carefully. It's helpful to have a small cup of warm water to dip your fingers into. And, keep a damp cloth nearby to wipe excess water from your fingers.

Lantern area detail. I glued the lantern to the wall and used small pieces of Paperclay to fill in the edges.

There were still some small cracks from the Celluclay application. They will not be noticeable at all once our finish is in place. However, I used white glue to fill in the cracks and secure them.

The completed pond and lantern area.

I started applying clay to the tree branches. This is very time consuming and requires intense attention to detail around all of the foliage. Just take your time with your favorite music and beverage :)

I'm using Paperclay for part of the tree trunk. I'll also use Celluclay here later for a layered look.

That's it for today! Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for looking :)