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.



Monday, September 11, 2017

Daisy Hill Remake update and interesting web sites




First coat of paint on Daisy Hill Remake.  Still a lot of work to do and lots more painting. 
Waiting for more supplies to come into Hobby Lobby.  Its a shame there are no longer supplies at most Craft stores and no Brick and Mortor stores.  Probably should have ordered on line but prefer to see the item first. 

This past week has been so beautiful and fall like that I just wanted to be outside.  So I set up shop in the garage and was determined to finish the Daisy Hill Remake House.  Just as in my Vintage Home in real size, I got into more than bargained for in the mini size as well.  What I thought would take a few days has expanded into a week and it's still not done.  However I am further along than when first beginning.  Hobby Lobby only carries 2 of any item and then reorders with a 2 week wait on that to come in.  I looked all over for grooved stripping for shutters that used to be so easy to find.  It took one full day of going to 3 separate Hobby Lobby's to get partial supplies to begin.  There are now enough shutters and  enough crown molding to get me thru the 2 weeks before needing  more.  The windows were a real challenge but the stickers and unicorns are all off thanks to Goop begone.  A few scratches show but  glossy Modge Podge should fix that, and the curtains will cover a whole lot.   Of course the inside doors purchased were too large, so I have to jigsaw an inch off of each wall to fit the doors. 

Where the dollhouse sides and front were put together there were gaps so corner molding had to be cut to size to cover that and maybe now I can take the hinges off the wall from inside.

I think the porch rail assembly was put together wrong but it seems too much time to make it right. The opening should be down by the front door.  It is on the farthest corner from the door.  It is not shown in the picture, it was removed so the flooring could be covered in coffee stir sticks for realistic floor.
The front door is rather cheesy and not to scale.  This is on the back burner for the moment until a eureka moment comes to mind. One needs  to be able to see inside and outside the door even if it is miniature.  Stained glass needs to be somewhere and its still be researched.

Before painting the outside siding I used heavy brown paper bags cut to siding stripe size to fix the holes and defective places.  I then put 4 coats of Americana Brand Mississippi Mud brown on the siding.   This is my preferred paint as it has thickness to it.  Make sure you shake well before using. The shingles were not finished at all where they met on the corners, so brown bag again cut to size to cap off the joints.  I decided on a gold brown for that, not sure if it will stay that way.  American Victorian Painted Ladies by Elizabeth Pomada, Michael  Larson is an excellent guide for painting a Victorian. I choose a color combination that I liked from there.  Victorians used 7 different colors in the house and the end result will be gold, brown, white, blue, green, bittersweet orange, and a burgundy color.   The painting is taking some time, looking forward to this step being done to begin inside.


This  week I have investigated a few web sites and share them with you:

www.ravensblight.com   All I can say about this is THATS INCREDIBLE! Check out this site, you will be amazed, especially if you like anything Halloween.  Everything is free.  Ray Obannon is the creator of all the neat toys, music, videos, printies.  A totally creative person with a generous, giving heart.  My favorites are the 6 inch deluxe coffins and shipping crates with optional skeletons.  There are games, printable treat boxes in the shape of haunted house and grave stones.  If I continue it won't be a surprise.

If you like French antiques, Shabby Chic check out this beautiful site:
www.lookingglassminiature.com      Jennifer Osmond Hatt is guest designer for Alpha Stamps this week and has a lovely Antique shop as the feature.  Her blog has many of her creations and she also has an Etsy Shop.  Eye Candy.  On her blog there are many links to interesting blogs and sites.  I clicked on a few and they were interesting enough to mark for future visits.

www.Alphastamps.com  This is the connection for Alpha Stamps that features Looking glass this week.   If you like Halloween they have laser cut tables, mirrors and other /Goth items as well as Halloween trinkets and papers.

www.bangGood.com   A variety of items for sale, but click on Toys there are a number of inexpensive miniature kits available.

www.lisaslittlethings.com  a delightful sale site of beautiful laser cut items for every area of the house.  A lot of period clothes items and accessories.  Sale site beautiful pictures.  

www.wish.com  Another overall sale site with really good prices.  Click toys and hobbies and all kinds of miniatures come up.  I put a couple items in the sale cart and couldn't complete.  Within a few days all the items were on sale as notified by Email.