Sunday, 23 January 2011
Sunday, 16 January 2011
Creating a dolls house scene is all about fooling the eye; very much, like the tricks a magician plays. You can make anything yourself just with a little bit of lateral thinking.
The artists studio sink was just made from pieces of balsa wood coloured with acrylic paint of varying colours. The sink bowl had PVA glue poured in the hole to give the impression being full of water when it dried. The paintbrush is made from a painted, chopped down wooden cocktail stick. (You can see how to make a brush and artist's palette on a previous post).The tap was created by using a little jewellery making finding. (Not an exact representation, but enough to give an impression) The paint pot is small clear bead with a little acrylic paint coated around the inside. A little piece of cloth, paint stained and soaked in PVA glue to keep it in shape make a great paint rag, and splattering the sink with paint was just plain good fun.
Sunday, 9 January 2011
Sunday, 25 April 2010
- Start by taking a piece of firm card and cut it to the size that you want you fireplace to be.
- Next cut three pieces of Balsa wood. Keep one longer than the other two to be the mantelpiece. Glue them to the card using PVA (white)glue.
- Once dry paint the Balsa wood the colour you want your mantelpiece to be and paint the visible cardboard black. Next paint a few flames over the black background. Keep the deeper reds/orange on the inside and let the flames become yellow at the edges.
- Find something to make a grate. Here I've used a hair clip back but you can use tin foil, or any oddment that fits the illusion.
- A few cut up and dried out twigs make magnificent logs.
- Before you glue the fireplace to the wall it helps to have a hearth. I have used a few mosaic tiles but you can be creative and many oddments can give the hearth effect such as thick painted card.
- Glue the fireplace to the wall and find a few beads for vases and ornaments to pop on the top.
- The candle stick was made from a bead with a cocktail stick pushed through. Chop the bottom off the cocktail stick then paint your "candle". As my bead was thin and tall I glued it to a button on the bas with a glue gun but a wider bead can stand alone. Simple but effective!
Friday, 23 April 2010
The side balcony was detached when I got it so I left the plastic tower off, fitted acetate to the window and a window sill. This leaves some extra on the base which could become a little garden. I added some extra roof on the house which gives it a nice "Dutch barn" shape to the side view. It ended up a very sweet little house and I was very pleased with my experiment.
Saturday, 17 April 2010
Friday, 16 April 2010
Monday, 12 April 2010
Saturday, 10 April 2010
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
Monday, 29 March 2010
Sunday, 21 March 2010
I decided it would be fun to turn an average 24th scale dolls house into an unusual "Folk Art" style doll's house. It was really fun doing it and I will be showing you some of the individual projects at a later date. I enjoyed trying out my new glue gun to attach buttons securely to the front to give it a true country primitive feel. SOLD
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
Thursday, 27 March 2008
Use the sepia option on "layer styles" to recolour the picture. Use "effects" to choose the "vignette" option which will put a frame around your people.
Resize your photo to turn it into a mini printable family portrait and pop it in a frame.
Monday, 24 March 2008
Saturday, 22 March 2008
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
- First find thin some Balsa wood. You can buy packs of this extremely cheaply.
- Cut out the shape of a palette using nail scissors or a craft knife.
- Push a hole through the palette using a sharp point and work it around to make it bigger.
- Rub off any rough edges with a small piece of sand paper.
- Paint the palette with one or two coats of varnish as this will strengthen it. You can either use a varnish with a wood stain or add a bit of brown acrylic paint to the varnish.
- Put some splatters of acrylic paint on the palette in various colours to give it a used look.
Sunday, 16 March 2008
CLICK HERE for one example.
If you think you may like to make a variety of items you can invest in a book that shows you how to make bedspreads, clothes and a host of other 12th scale knits yourself.
Saturday, 15 March 2008
- Click, then print the images onto white paper or card.
- If you want a white mount for the squirrel print, remember to leave some of the white paper around the edge of the picture when you cut it.
- You can place cellophane, clear sticky plastic or acetate on the print to give the effect of glass. Even sellotape will do on a small picture.
- Either place the picture in a frame or make a frame for your picture. You can see how to do this on previous postings below.
Please remember the copyright to these images belongs to me. You are welcome to use them for personal use but not for profit. Do not copy them to another website although you may provide a link to them.
Friday, 14 March 2008
If you want some tools or other implements why not have a go with Fimo/ Polymer Clay.
- First get a picture of the tool that you want. It's much easier if you have something to base your model on.
- Shape the Fimo into your tools. Use a sharp knife or even nail scissors to get neat edges.
- Cook in the oven to harden following the instructions on your packet.
- Paint the tools using acrylic paint. Silver acrylic paint gives a nice metalic look, to age them add a little brown.
An additional idea for a shed or barn is to buy a tiny horse shoe which is designed to go on a wedding cake. Rub some brown paint on to age it, and it is ready to hang. Small pieces of Balsa Wood make great wood offcuts and planks to have around.
Thursday, 13 March 2008
Monday, 12 March 2007
Sunday, 11 March 2007
Courtesy of NEFSC photo archives - only to be printed for personal use.
Wednesday, 21 February 2007
Venice, "The Grand Canal," Painting
English Bluebell Wood Painting
Tuesday, 20 February 2007
- Take some pieces of Balsa Wood. Balsa wood is light and easy to cut. You can buy packs of wood with various sizes and thicknesses in craft shops.
- First decide how big you want the furniture to be. This fireplace is 24th scale but could be made in any size.
- Cut out the back panel from thin Balsa wood. You can even draw it out and then use a craft knife or scissors to cut it.
- Take some thicker piece of wood and glue on two side panels and a base. You might be able to cut these with a craft knife or use a small saw.
- Glue a piece across as a mantelpiece.
- Next paint the fireplace using acrylic paints. You could make it look like stone or wood.
- Glue some twigs on for logs and if you want paint a few flames on.
- Screw a small hook into the mantel piece to hang a cooking pot on.
- Hammer some tiny nails into the side panels to hang pots/utensils on.
- Place it into your house.
First find a small plastic stag/deer. This one came as a cake decoration but you can look in cheap plastic animal sets for children.
Cut a wooden shape for the backboard out of Balsa wood. Balsa wood is thin and easy to cut using a craft knife or even small scissors.
Stain and varnish the wood.
Cut the head off the stag using a sharp knife. (This feels a bit mean even though it's plastic!!)
Paint the stag using acrylic paint. This takes away the plastic look.
Finally, glue it to the wooden board and put onto your wall.
It is quite simple to make food from FIMO.
For the Edam Cheese just roll a pale yellow ball and flatten it out a bit. Roll out a really thin layer of red and wrap it around the yellow. Cut a slice out so that you can see the "cheese" inside, and have a slice to display.
For a cauliflower, roll some white Fimo into a ball and poke small holes into it. Wrap small green layers around it to be the leaves.
To make bread or rolls, just shape some cream coloured Fimo into whichever bread shape that you want. When you have baked it and it has hardened put a little brown paint/tea onto the outside.
Monday, 19 February 2007
- Shape the head and neck and then push a straw in the bottom of the neck to create a hole you will be able to put a pipe cleaner into later..
- Make a rectangle for the shoulders and curve it round. Make a hole in the middle of the rectangle to push a pipe cleaner through later.(You can make these without shoulders if you just use the pipe cleaners to shape a shoulder effect.)
- Roll a thin "sausage shape" for the arms and make a hole in the end, that you will be able to push a pipe cleaner into. Squeeze the tip of the arm flat to form a hand and then make a few lines in it to indicate fingers.
- Roll two "sausage"shapes for legs and curve the end over and shape into feet/boots.
- Cook the FIMO as instructed on the packet.
- Push a pipe cleaner into the "arm sockets," and through the curve of the shoulder piece. Then push another pipe cleaner into the neck, through the shoulder hole, and wind it around the "arms pipe cleaner" going down to create a body. Wind another one around for legs and push the ends into the FIMO leg tops.
- Wrap some cloth tape or wool and wadding around the pipe cleaners until they have a shaped body and make them some clothes.
- Paint the boots brown and put a little colour on the eyes and cheeks. Glue a little hair on. This can be cotton, thin wool or some of the "hair" off of thick pipe cleaners. Be creative!
There are two books, that are useful for making doll's house dolls, shown below. Although they are for 12th scale it is possible to just scale the sizes down.