Thursday, October 19, 2017

Crooked Stick Lane 1/4" scale house-I am not imtimidated anymore!

A kit in 1/4" scale from Suzanne and Andrew's Miniatures

I picked this one up at the Seattle NAME Convention in 2010 or 2011 and hand carried back on the plane only to put it in the closet and never look at it again.  This scale intimidated me greatly but I wanted to try it.  The fear made me put it off until just last week.  I felt fearless and still quite upset about the pain in my right side.  I needed a diversion to immerse myself in to take my mind off the pain.  It took a lot of chocolate, coffee, and more than a few rides on the bike,  but it finally is finished after a week.  This class was a 3 day class, and I could see it would be quite intense to finish it all in that time.  I did not take the class at the convention but purchased the kit.

Back side of Crooked-Stick Lane house  Upon completion of this kit, I discovered it was not all that different than putting a furniture kit together in 1/12" scale.  In fact the house was bigger than a furniture kit.  It went along quite swimmingly, I am not intimidated by 1/4" anymore.  Next will be the landscaping and furniture but that's perhaps next month. 

This is the front page of the instruction booklet
www.andrewsmini.com   I am a learn by doing type person so the instuction booklet was quite intimidating.  I have to admit reading and understanding are separate things.  I read and reread and after making  what was a mistake, disassembling and cleaning the glue off, going back and rereading the instructions it then made sense to me.
Check out the above website, they have some wonderful kits and smaller scales.  They are usually at the major miniature shows.  They also have an old Women Shoe kit, dicovered that in the closet too.  I don't know where I purchased that one.

Something new I have never used was Paperclay.  I like this stuff.  It was used in the chimney and around the porch on the sole of the shoe.  It is soft and pliable but dries very quickly.  I used the balance of the open package on a log cabin that I will be blogging about soon.

 The two metal sheets in the back with the blue ends I found at Harbor Freight.  There are 4 different sizes in this and I found these to be very valuable in my construction of this kit.  Magnets bond to the metal and sections could be constructed and then moved to the side to start on another part.  I used these to roll out the clay and with the aid of one of the smaller ones scooped up the items off the sheet.  There is also a straight edge on the blue side with a lip that is useful for butting glued items against and securing with a magnet.

I found this item at the thrift store.  It is used for play dough from a generic play set.  It is no bigger than my hand, even the handle has mold impressions on both sides.  This will be used  for Fimo molds for cakes.  They are so tiny.  It doesn't take much  for me to get excited and overjoyed about something.  No finer gift for myself.  

I picked this book up at the library.  Another time I  picked up one by this author about moss gardening in mini terrariums, but cannot verify for sure.  The author is Terutoshi Iwai.  Miniature Bonsai-The complete guide to super mini Bonsai.  This is inspiration just to peruse this book.  As you see from the pots being held up on the cover, all are fingertip size,  thimbles are used as well as other small pots.  This would be a good use for all the  Barbie items that could be used as pots.  I will have to get to my potters wheel and spin a few small ones to make a few Bonsai containers. This has always  intrigued me on how this is done.  Excellent book and guide for anyone interested.  I have picked up over the years containers that look like green houses at thrift shops, hoping to make them in miniature greenhouses.  The only thing holding me back is the amount of time and how many mini plants I would have to make out of paper.  This might be the solution.

The Mermaid Chair  by Sue Monk Kidd.  This author also wrote the  Secret  Life of Bees. This one was on the shelf from a bag sale and decided to read it.  All I can say is I could not put it down.  I started reading at 4 and finished it by 8.  It has a lot of twists and turns and thoroughly enjoyed this one.   I promised myself not to give the plot away.  This one should be made into a movie!  Although I am sure there are reasons it will never be.  

If you like Halloween here is a  site to share on You Tube.  This project is miniature but the rest of his ideas are not.  This guy is really into Halloween and I enjoyed watching all his videos for inspiration and ideas.  The one to look for is the Mummified fairy and sprite specimen using Dollar Tree skeletons and plastic wrap shrunk with heat gun.  Fantastic.  Go to search on You Tube and type in Monster tutorials.  


Another You Tube that has a lot of ideas for miniatures made from practically nothing.  Junk to Fun. There about 20 videos total.   The one I really liked was the Green house made out of stir sticks and Popsicle sticks and clear packing material.

Wishing Well Workshop   You Tube    Fimo vintage looking pumpkins and plastic canes.  She also makes stained glass using alcohol inks on shrink plastic.  Very informative and maybe a mini tutorial will come from that inspiration.

After a week of darkness and rain, the sun has finally came back out.  The temp is quite chilly and the first frost was last week.  I listened to my intuition telling me to get those plants inside the house on the very day of the night we got a heavy frost.  Some times it pays to pay attention to the one that counts -Yourself.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Halloween- How to Dollar Tree and Michael's finds and gumball machine dogs in disquise

Hear no Evil, See no Evil, Speak no Evil altered skeletons can now Live, Love and Laugh on bases found at my local Dollar Tree in the candle area.  The skeletons were a tutorial at the end of September 2017

This is what they look like with the flowers on them which got removed right away by pliers.

These are made of resin and about 2 inches high.

I first painted them all black using acrylic paint

I used the darker patio paint by DecoArt first and dry brushed over the top of black.  Dry brushing for you that might not know is done by putting the paint on your brush and then wiping the majority of it off and applying the color to enhance the black underneath.  After I used a lighter patio paint color and dry brushed in spots here and there on the bases.  The final dry brush was done in white just in the areas that rain and weather would hit the most.  That's it.  I then hot glued the skeletons on top using a half round of a mini Styrofoam ball first and then the hip bones had something to stick on to.

This little wood treasure  was found at Michael's in the bins by the door.  It is just the right size for a pirates chest or a travel chest.  $1.00.  They had several other styles but this is the only one that would be miniature.  They also had lots of styles of wood coffins in the bins at $1.00 that would fit into 1/12" scale Halloween theme.  I plan on making the indents with wood stripes or leather with lots of metal brick brack and fancy embossed scrap book paper.  That will be another tutorial another day.


This was found at Michael's also in bins at the scrapbook area.  $1.00 marked down from $2.00.  The Round colored stickers are sturdy and have several sheets in them.  Paper plates?  The round and triangular tags in the back are heavy card stock and have galvanized tin look to them.  This will make buckets, kitchenware, lots of possibilities.

Dollar Tree  9 piece carving set.  Look at the handles of the knife and scoop


Cut the handles off and you have stacked pumpkins for the door.  I will finish these off in a future blog.


Michael's the best find ever.  These are legs in the Wilton area and are used for Candy apples as sticks.  The lines in the stockings do not show but they are striped.  12 to a package and just right for mini decorating like the legs in the black kettle in the back.  I will finish these off as well in a future  blog.  Found my red glittered nail polish and will make The witch from Oz legs for in the kettle or under the bushes in a mini scene.  They also have a set of bones stacked one on top of each other and a long twig with bark like wood indented into them.  They could be used for brooms or canes.
This is the best find ever.  I got these in the outside lobby of Dollar Tree in a gum ball machine.  Dogs in Disguise they are called and there are 18 possible ones to get.  Cute and nicely painted.  I repeat Dollar tree was not selling these but in the lobby outside in a gumball machine.  Just the right size for 1/12" decorating and just in time for Halloween.  .75 cents a pop plus the plastic container that makes great hair dryer hoods.  The round container is the hood and the lid is the base of the seat on the dryer.  

This is the greatest thrift shop find ever.  .75 cents for the two combined.  The broach will go into my Daisy hill remake and the clock is mini and will go on a mantle.  Works with tiny round battery.

Yesterday was just a beautiful fall day outside and I decided to take a road trip.  A local church was  having a rummage sale and it was on the way out.  Wow!  Boxes and boxes of lace and material, books,  craft supplies, vintage clothes which I got just for the materials in them.  I found  a large shabby Chic shelve for behind the toilet with legs that I am going to remake in miniature using bead board just like on the large size.  There was all kinds of kid leather gloves and wallets for .25 cents each for use in  miniature luggage.  All total  I spent  8.00 and got a ton of stuff.  I did not see the 3 crock pots in one long container for $1.00.  Would have come in handy  and only needed  one plug in for it.  Someone was carrying it out.  

After wards I went to the pound store and the most exciting thing happened.  I was looking at a box of brand new patterns and the 18" doll patterns kept showing up.  I was so excited about that and a woman was ready to leave and decided she was going to go thru her cart and downsize its contents.  She chose to do that right next to me.  Guess what she got rid of?  Doll furniture in bags.  What?  I grabbed them as fast as she threw them out while saying are you sure you want to get rid of these.  One bag held the original 1970's Horschman rubber play dolls that I once had a set off.  The rest of the furniture was Shack man, early 1970's as well. 

The best things other than the furniture and patterns were a string of clear Crystal beads on a wire as a Christmas tree  garland. Torn apart I can make miniature perfume bottles.  A bag of glass bowls in every color just right for miniatures.  I think these are for the neck of wine bottles or perhaps wine glasses.  A very large piece of elegant bridal white embroidered cloth, 2 like new American Girl Dolls and a complete set of American country books printed by Time life.  Each of these was .25 cents each.  Look for these at your local library or resale shop.  Even though these are large size topics they are  wonderful reference books for miniatures.  Each book is a different topic.  Pottery, County style, County kitchens, Country Gardens , primitives, quilts.  I think 12 in total, I have a few others in my library already about 1990 is the print date.  Lots of pictures in color and lots of inspiration.  I will put these away until the long evenings of fall and winter and peruse them in detail.

My grand total was $8.00 there as well.  I got some fall items for decorating.  Its sad to think that this stuff is getting thrown away if it does not sell.  

On the way home I happened to go by the house that I got the Daisy hill remake Dollhouse.  It was originally painted blue and white with a blue roof just like the doll house.  The large house had been for sale for a very long time and someone bought it and flipped it and now its is for sale again.   They painted it in the same colors that the dollhouse was repainted as.  Now that's incredible, and a wise choice if I must say so myself.  I promise I will return to the house and the Shabby Chic furniture as soon as I get rid of  the Halloween decoration bug.  If you click on my archives for each year about September and October you will find many other Halloween projects and printables for Halloween.

I have only one recommendation for you today.  My daughter and I could not believe how good this recipe is.  On Pinterest , search for black bean muffins.  No sugar, no gluten flour, just black beans, honey, oatmeal, eggs, chocolate powder  and chocolate chips.

They are even better the next day and freeze quite well if you can get them there.   Not a vegetable lover, I could eat these every day for breakfast.  I threw everything into the blender, except for the chocolate chips .  These are better than any chocolate cupcakes.  I threw in a scoop of chocolate protein powder just to be extra healthy.  I will be making these again.

Also we tried the cloud bread, gluten free made with eggs high in protein.  Excellent and toasts well.  I decided to get out of my comfort zone on food and I am glad I did.  



Friday, September 29, 2017

Three easy Door or step Halloween decorations-Dollar Tree

Three Halloween sets of  Decorations for front porch  or steps

Altered skeletons and Urns from Dollar Tree

Side version of Urns

Back of Urns

These are the Urns from Dollar Tree-4 to a package. I believe they are trophies and in the party aisle.  I cut with a Dremel tool the handles off and  sanded the rough edges.  I used gray Acrylic paint with fine sand added to it.  Two coats and it looks like cement.  Dry brush Verdi-Gris finish over or turquoise, brown for aging effect.  Green paint or moss could be added.

Next  cut 2 Dollar Tree plastic skeletons off just under the rib. These will be a tight fit but the plastic is soft.  Push in at bottom of ribs and force into the planter securing with a dot of glue.  Next use a heat gun and apply to the arms top to pull up and out.  Curve the elbows while heating to bend and fold at a curve. I used a curved pair of pliers for this.  Be careful it gets very hot.  Use pliers to hold the shape until they cool off or drop into water.   The hands can be folded outward by the heat gun.  The signs are from scrapbook items in my stash and glued onto the hands and clamped until dry.  The skeletons were dry brushed with brown and then when dry dry brushed with white over the brown. These are a little taller  3-3/4", but they look good in a garden scene or corner of a porch.  Fall leaves were tucked into the gaps around the
skeleton.
Pods for pumpkins jewel finds, wood slices for base, plastic birds .

These pumpkins are in the candle aisle at Dollar Tree or craft shop, and shown in the picture below. They look like little pumpkins but more primitive.  Each bag has multi sizes in them and each container has 3 different sizes.  Big on the bottom, middle size in the middle and small on top.  I painted the bottom black and used nail stencils for the design.  Tooth picks dotted black paint on the orange pumpkin in the middle, the top one was painted white and black stripes added.  The crow on top is from the wedding area of Dollar Tree and are in the form of white doves for favors.  Black acrylic paint those.  The urn is a jewel find shown below as well as the wood slice you could cut from a twig.  I found these wood slices in  different sizes all in a bag at the craft store.  These slices are handy for walkways in Fairy Gardens.  When paint is dry use a thick glue and assemble one on top of another as shown.  These stand  2-3/4" tall including the crow on top.
 

Dollar Tree has a whole bag of these black and orange shiny glitterd  balls in 4 different sizes,  could be used in jars or candles.  I stacked 3 different sizes on top of each other and added to jewel finds painted black and then Verdis-Gris finish on top.  I used a thin ribbon around each layer in orange and black and found Halloween stickers for decoration.  These stand  2-1/4" tall.


Dollar tree nail stencils.  I was excited about these.  They have about 6 different packages with many designs in each package.  I used one on the black pumpkin but not good on a round surface.  Flat would be ideal.  The stencil is a soft plastic with a little sticky on the back and can be used again and again.  You could paint pillows, material, trays, chair backs,borders, designs on furniture.  I really like the stripes, stars, and spiderweb designs.  The trick would be to dry wipe paint just like a real stencil and darken as needed.  Gently wipe off paint from the stencil and it is ready for the next time.  Comes adhered to clear plastic sheet.

These are some of the items used plus other ideas that could be used as a base of the urns.  The pods are what I used for the pumpkins. They take paint real nice but could be sealed with matt Modge Podge.  The white dove was painted black, The tulip like jewel find (found at Hobby Lobby) is what I used for the urn and painted black and Verdi-Gris dry wiped over.  The other items are what could be used as bases.  Those huge earrings from the 1980's can now be used as mini bases for lamps and flower pots.   Remember a coat of paint does wonders for junk items.  I really liked the sand in the paint for cement texture.  A couple coats of Gesso would add texture as well if you don't have the sand.



The colors of fall are my favorite.  I splurged for mums by the door.  The temperature has dropped from the 80's this week down to 60's.  It now feels so cold and time to take out the heavier clothes and fuzzy blankets.   Fall seems to be coming earlier,  the leaves are really changing and  falling down and the squirrels are really busy stashing black walnuts into my flower beds.  I go through this every year, they forget where they are and they grow in the flower beds.  I usually have to remove about 60 bitty trees  every spring.



Trash to Treasure Skeleton Chair


Trash to Treasure skeleton chair.  A salvaged Victorian chair that had curved arms, with the upholstery inserts removed.  They were replaced with scrapbook paper with bones on them.  Total height including the head is 5" high.  Chair was painted black. 

It had no legs on it so tooth picks were glued into the holes that previously held the other legs.  When tooth picks were all dry, legs and arms from a Dollar Tree skeleton were cut off.  The whole body will be used so keep everything.  For the front legs cut at the knee cap and fit onto the toothpick so that it rests on the heel of the skeleton.  You will probably have to cut a bit of the tooth pick off.  I used tacky glue and clamped both front legs until dry.  Make sure you choose a skeleton with flat feet, otherwise you will have to warm them up a bit.  Now do the back legs the same way.  Make sure the chair is level by cutting the toothpicks and then cut the top of the leg bone to fit.  Clamp the back legs until dry.  Each of the legs should be tucked under the chair.  I used round tooth picks and if the hole to insert them is not round drill one on all corners.  The toothpicks after they are painted look like they are a part of the skeleton leg.

Next will be the front chest and arms.  You will need a heat gun for this and tweezers or pliers and two hands.  I placed my heat gun in a drawer in front of me and closed it in so it pointed to the side and away from my face.  Remove the backbone from the ribs and arms.  The head should stay on the back bone.  I cut a tad off the shoulder blades because it stuck out too far.  Concentrate on the ribs and top of the shoulders on the arms.  The back section of the ribs I cut off right under where the arms were.  You can use on the back but I thought it was a bit much.  Heat and press those out as flat as you can.  Now do the elbows so it fits to the back of the chair.  I glued this down to the back and at the elbows with glue and clamped until dry.  Next heat the hand areas and flatten them down over the curves.  Glue and clamp down until dry.

The next area is the back with the Head, spine and hip bones.  I eliminated the back rib cage, it was a little too much.  Glue and clamp this down until dry.  The top of the head fits on the top of the chair.   That's it.  Easy Peasy.! The skeleton was then dry brushed with a little brown paint and then dry brush with a little white.

This chair would look great next to the skeleton dresser from my last post.  Another idea would be to make a man and woman by putting hats or hair onto them.
Back view

Side view

Now that Fall is finally here the catalog company's are sending them out. Wow, the mail box was real full yesterday.  For those of you who like the resin Doll furniture with about 6-8 items in it  www.collectionsEtc.com has 2 sets geared to Christmas that are really cute and inexpensive.  A lot of things could be done with it .
They also have sets of treat bags that are really cute.  The ones I like are Santa pants treat bags.  Very clever.  
Everything I have ever gotten from them is good quality.
As soon as the kids are in school I  get the feeling I should be learning something too,  This year I signed up for a Creative writing class online on How to write Children's books, and a refresher course in digital cameras. Even though I am now able to take College courses free of charge at the present time I like the online classes which can be scheduled around my time or not.

Our local Art Museum was offering an oil painting class based on the Dutch painters from the 16th century like -Vermeer (the Girl with the Pearl Earring)  I thought it intriguing and signed up for that.  Two weeks in and I'm lost.  Never painted like this before.  I choose an egg and yolk  on a background of blue feathers.  It was probably the wrong choice.  It is sometimes better to walk into something leaving what you know outside the door because if you don't something new might refuse  to slip into your head.   I still have 4 more weeks so there will be updates and hopefully a picture.  I hope that I can miniaturize the process.  It involves a lot of drawing in pencil first.

Next blog will involve 3 different sets of front porch or step planters for Halloween using Dollar tree items and jewel finds.   I wish I had them all in large size for my steps.   Hope you enjoy!


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Trash to Treasure-Spookie Dresser and Dollar Tree finds

Trash to Treasure Dresser made from match boxes, large Altoid tin and small Altoids tin, scrapbook paper, beads jewel finds plastic mirror and plastic skeleton






Close up of feet on the dresser

Items needed for this project: Dollar Tree plastic skeleton, heat gun, plastic frame from children's area of religious goods area,, small Altoids tin-1-l/2"x2-1/4", large Altoids tin 2-1/4" x 3-1/2"  four match boxes from Dollar Tree - 1-1/4" x 2".  Scrap book paper of your choice, bead claw feet jewel finds from Bead landing found at Michael's Craft stores.  Beads for drawer openers, jewel finds, small key.  Paint  black for frame and clip art of skeletons from Internet.

This little chest is 5-3/4" high 2-1/4' wide and  3-3/4" long.  All the match boxes can be opened and the Altoids tins open to store items inside. 

Glue 4 match boxes together, two on top of each other and then 2 units side by side.  Use a rubber band to secure until dry.  The drawers were covered on the front with apotacary  labels printed off the Internet.  Glue on to front and then I used Tim Holtz Alcohol ink pads in vintage brown to clean up the sides, and age them.  Glue on beads or jewel finds for the drawer pulls.  Cover the entire assembly with paper all around top and sides and let dry.  Pull the drawers out and apply glue to the back of boxes and lay down on paper until dry.  Trim off the excess flat to the boxes.  Use alcohol ink pads again to cover up the cut area(usually white) and make it aged.

On the large Altoids tin use a Dremel tool  and make a hole in each corner. Then off to the side at an angle make another hole and cut the center out.  The jewel find with the claw has a loop on it and needs to come up into the inside of the Altoids tin.  I used a cut tooth pick and inserted it into the ring inside and then put a drop of glue on top of the assembly.  Let dry, then you can cover the bottom with paper. The Altoids tins I used scrapbook paper top and bottom and inside lined.  Use a thin piece of typing paper and lay inside on lid and bottom.  Using a pencil or stylus go around the edge to make marks on paper for the pattern.  Cut to size, cut out of patterned paper and glue inside.  The outside top and bottoms on each tin I just glued down onto paper and let dry.  I then used a sharp razor blade and cut to size and around the curves.

Glue on top of Large Altoids tin the match box assembly, then the small Altoids tin.   Cut the arms and legs off the skeleton and using a heat gun(See my blog post of  9/19/ 2017 for how to melt plastic using a heat gun)  melt the legs to go around the small Altoids tin.  Do the same with the arms around the picture frame.  I used a Popsicle stick painted black and attached my frame to that.,  Make sure you lift the frame high enough so that you have clearance for the tin to open up  Glue the stick to the back of the matchbox assembly.  I put the hands like they were clutching the picture of the skeleton and glued them on with clamps until dry.   Glue the legs on the matchbox assembly around the mini Altoid Tin.

This was a fun project and cost very little.

Bead landing 4 to a card found at Michael's Craft store.  Glass ball with claw feet.  Great find  with coupon they were about $2.50

Dollar tree find for miniature makeovers.   These measure about 6-3/4", are made of heavy cardboard, they could be cut down on the top and bottom and lined and jewel finds, handles and wood slats added across the top.  They could also be cut down somewhat  1-3/4" with the lid on.  These could also be used as packaging for your mini club treats and gifts if you have a party.  Love these

I do not have a picture but will mention this because it involves the Christmas Decorations they are starting to put out right now at Dollar Tree.  This year they are selling a clear plastic ornament in the shape of a canning jar.  It has a metal looking screw on lid.  The possibilities of this are endless.  They also have near by bags of confetti to put in the bottom.  I like the small white and blue snowflakes that could be used as decorations on a mini Christmas tree.  The other confetti is candy color red and white and silver.  These little containers could be used for packaging for a mini gift exchange, you could make ornaments with mini scenes in them.  I did not see if our Dollar Trees had the mini village sets in yet.  I know they did not get the Halloween ones in this year but they probably will the Christmas ones.  They would be about the right size for these jars.

These jars would also be great for Halloween Decorating for the house.  Find vintage apothecary labels, age them up and fill the jars with funky stuff.  Hang on a tree branch stuck into a flower pot.    Drape the Creepy  cloth over the branch like a spider web.  Get a pack of plastic spiders for added dimension .  They also have a large package of ping pong balls with eyeballs on them.  Glue a loop of ribbon and hang for ornaments.

The back drop on my photo shoot came from Dollar Tree.  I really like this stuff.  Creepy cloth, comes in black and the off white color. 30" x 72" is the size.  Could be curtains, table clothes, ghost clothes, bedspreads and that's just mini ideas.  

Found these at a thrift store for 50 cents. These are blown  glass mini candle holders for a birthday cake , but when you turn them upside down they are fancy cake holders for a mini bakery.  They are smaller than the size of a quarter.  The handles are pretty fragile, a pliers broke one off very cleanly. There were 25 of them in the package.


Another Dollar Tree find.  A child's play set Legends of the Wild West.  This had some people and horse to it but I just like the fire tripod and the wagon.

Dollar Tree wagon stripped of the canopy now will be repainted and made into a fall pumpkin and produce wagon, maybe mums, for the mini scenes.  The size is only 3-3/4" x  1-1/2".  The wheels  are so cute.

Another Dollar Tree find.  In the office supply area is where I found these.  36 sheets of wood grained paper in the colors shown.  The paper is 5 x 7" but the wood sheets could be cut down into mini size use.  The graining is mini size even though the width is not.  I also found other mini paper packs there with mini prints that could be used for gift wrap or wallpaper in a mini scene.

Well it is a beautiful fall day here.  This is the tree that I was going to do my photo shoot under on my last post when I fell on the wet grass.  I have been recouping for the last week.  The soreness and shock to my body did not show up until the next morning.  I did not know that bruises had such a color spectrum.  Every place on my body hurt. 
Excuse the dates that suddenly started to appear on my pictures after my camera landed on the ground with me.  I never set that portion of the camera and now I have to figure out how to turn it off.,  Its not even the right year and it certainly isn't December yet.  Needless to say I did not get much sleep this past week, could not use my right arm and stayed up all night and did a lot of mini projects with my left hand.   I never knew my left hand was as strong as it was but I refrained from using the power saw. 

This week I discovered on You Tube- Kraken make Ruckus- some wonderful evening's worth of How to video's if you are into 1/24"  This lady is very talented and all her designs could be changed into 1/12" very easy.

Another You Tube I have mentioned is Petit Palm.  Since the last I mentioned this site a whole lot more has been added.  The latest is a mini blender that is too  cute.  No talking just the facts.  This site makes a lot of carved wood molds and then uses Fimo or plastic melted to accomplish the realism effect. 

I have quite a few How-to-'s that are ready to be photographed and they all pertain to Halloween.  A skeleton chair, Door or side walk planters make with skeletons, and the best food table yet using a skeleton .  You will just have to wait for this one. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

How to alter Dollar Tree Plastic skeletons, Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil, See no Evil

Hear no evil, Speak no Evil, See no Evil.  Plastic skeletons from Dollar Tree that have been altered with a heat tool.  Growing up there was a statue in plain view in my house  for every kid to see of 3 monkeys with the same design and sentiment as these skeletons.  It always reminded me to be good.  Somehow the skeletons further drive the message home.






A heat tool is needed to heat up the plastic.  My brand is Darice, but look in your scrap book Aisle .  It is used to melt embossing powders on cards.  This is hotter than a dryer and needs careful use.  It does get hot.    To use I wedge it into a drawer that is right in front of me.  If you have a vise that would work as well.  You have to have both hands to hold and shape the skeletons.   Have clamps, rubber bands or string to shape after melting into desired design. Use tweezers or needle nose pliers to shape in desired direction after holding skeleton over the heat tool.  It blows lots of hot air so make sure it is away from your body, paper and anything else that could catch on fire.  When you have turned the arms, elbows to desired shape, clamp, tape or tie to shape or dip in cold water right away while holding in new position.  The hands over the ears, eyes and mouth were super glued on after melting and held down with rubber bands.  The knees were heated up and turned under for sitting position.
Dollar Tree plastic skeletons that have been altered in shape.  Hands and elbows and knees now bend.  The picture does not show the finish on the skeletons.  I used a white alcohol Ink spray from the scrapbook area.  It dried in irregular dots all over the objects adding an aged effect over the brown skeletons.  This spray alcohol also comes in blood red, in case you want to get a little gorier effect.  The photo shoot was intended to be  outdoors in the grass with the fall leaves on the ground.  It was just a short trip from the back porch to the tree.  All my objects were in a box along with my camera and down  the steps I went.  As soon as  on  the grass I was flat on my face on the ground. The grass was very wet.  This shook me up pretty bad, nothing broken just bruised up on my right arm and ribs.  Lucky my hands were full or I could have broke my arm trying to stop my fall.  These things happen so fast.  Can you believe all that worried me is who might have been out to see my blunder.  So this picture was the dining room table instead of the nice Fall background.  My sense of humor was lacking after my small blunder.


Wagon found in a thrift store.  These seem to be popping up all over.  This one looks to be from a kit. Maybe a covered wagon.  It did not have the cover on it. There are a lot of wagons from play sets for kids that are at the Goodwill outlet.   Just the wheels alone are worth the small price of the item.  Spray painted black or aged they can be used in gardens settings, make tables out of them  Pumpkins in front are pods from Michael's. Straw bails, and skeletons from Dollar Tree.  The corn stalks are made out of corn stalks from my stash,  Cut and wrapped to size.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Trash to Treasure 3 tier storage Caddy made from pill cases and Fall pumpkin setting



This is a 3 tier  kitchen  storage caddy for mini scenes made from pill cases from Dollar Tree


These are the pill cases.  Select 3 days of cases  and cut off one of the 3 sections on all 3 cases. This gives you 2 compartments on each one.  Three makes this a tad too big.  These are plastic so Super glue is about the only glue that will hold.  I tried several methods on this, metal sides with wheel rollers, and they all fell apart.  So the above caddy has been papered with scrapbook paper.  I then took a Dremel with a drill bit the size of a tooth pick and drilled in each corner of each section. You can paint the inside at this point with acrylic paint, and paint the tooth picks the desired color.  The tooth picks used are the fancy carved like finial ones. The finial became the bottom foot.  Insert tooth pick in and make legs even, use a piece of foam underneath to insure all legs are the same level.  Put a bit of super glue on the corners inside and let dry.  When dry add the second 2 compartment case and allow enough room to insert items inside.  Apply superglue to the inside corners on this and let dry.  When dry apply the 3rd compartment  on top and let dry after applying a dot of super glue in the corners. The tooth pick now needs trimmed with sharp sniper's or scissors just to the top of the compartment.

I used a kitchen chair to gage the height of the caddy.  Have items you would like to put inside to gage the distance between the shelves.

This could have been easy, but I made it a big issue.  My original plans did not work out so the rest was down hill.  I have several other caddies for other areas of the house but I will post after completing them.  These could be made for sewing rooms, kitchens, work shops, bathrooms.  I am still on a roll with the Daisy Hill and almost completed with the outside.


I finally had to go online for the rest of my trims for Daisy Hill Remake.  I can't keep running to Hobby Lobby every two weeks for supplies, and some they don't carry.  There won't be a miniature show for another month. in my area.   I selected Hobby Builders Supply and within one day I got notice it has been shipped  .www.miniatures.com  They have an online catalog and a hard copy one as well.  The doors are the only thing holding this project up.  I have spent the last week painting each color, then cleaning up little messes on that color.  It is shaping up. 

Instead of making the window boxes for the price I purchased the window boxes,  My patience is thinning out the longer this project goes on.  If I had not committed to blogging about this it would have already been put on the back burner;  The colors are speaking to me as I go along, and have changed my mind and added new ideas as it progresses.  As soon as the new front door is on I will give an update.


For laser cut kits and accessories from heavy chipboard this site has a lot of seclusive items
Gypsy Soul Laser cuts  They have a very reasonable Gypsy wagon to go with my medical show, a lot of goth in many scales and greenhouse, furniture and wheels.

www.factorydirectcraft.com  If you like crafts of all kinds FDC Factory Direct pictures each item, gives specifics on each.  Has primitives for your house, scrap booking, and a search bar, when I typed in dollhouse a lot of items came up.  All kinds of beads and trims.  This is an interesting site for crafts and the dollhouse items are a bonus.  Holiday items under their own header.

This website is in French but sponsored by Google so the translate button should come up in the top left corner.  www.nonomininostalgie.blogspot.com.es  Click on the tutorial section on the right side.  She has a lot of very nice tutorials and patterns if there are any needed.  She specializes in shops.

www.true2scale.blogspot.nl  This website is awesome.  Every place you can click-leads to another amazing find.  There are free magazine publications to view online.  She has a store and does shows.  I spent about an hour on this site and have many more to go to see everything.  She has a lot of links and other blogs and sites you can visit as well.  When I visit sites like this I get antsy to start new projects.



Here is a small Fall scene compiled into a wheel barrow.  The grapes in the basket are flower sprigs with  round balls found at Dollar Tree and spray painted purple.  Fall leaves are punched from real preserved leaves with a punch.  The Pumpkins are made from Fimo Clay and baked in the oven.  I use toothpicks to make the lines on the sides using a rolling motion from top to bottom.  The stems are from real  tomatoes allowed to dry and shrink.  Grape stems could also be used.

All miniaturists will enjoy the new movie coming out in December called Downsizing.  It is on the line of Honey I shrunk the kids, but its the answer to overpopulation.  A lot of miniature models for this one.    You Tube has the trailer you can watch.