Sunday, December 16, 2012

    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


6 comments:

Joanne@ Desertmountainbear said...

Thank you again for this information.

Melanie EdFo said...

Brilliant! Thanks very much.

Torisaur said...

Thx so much for your comments! Part 3 coming soon: finalizing the tree shape and supporting with steel.

Amanda said...

Fantastic - can't wait to see the rest

Ascension said...

Un fantastico trabajo.
Gracias por compartir todos los pasos con nosotras.
Me encantaria poder construir algun dia una casita tan especial como esta.
besitos ascension

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