1/64 Scale – Background

Hey, hey, hey~!

Today I’m going to start explaining how I made my extra mini diorama (1/64 scale) using Sylvanian Families mini series.

Before I start, I should probably show you the whole scene I made…

Here it is! I made a scene inside of IKEA’s FLISAT doll house!

And here’s what it looks like closer.

Before I start babbling about how I made this, let me show you a couple of the photos I took of this scene.

“Here we go!”

FYI, this car is also a mini series item.   I love it so much!


Somehow I just adore this very toy plastic-y look of these miniatures.

Okay now, let me begin explaining my crafting process.

For the back board, I used a foam board, and painted it light blue with some clouds.  I’m not much of a painter, so I didn’t dare try for more details for the background.

The mountains on the backboard were created on a separate sheet of foam board.  I first drew some mountain lines.

Then I cut along the outline.

I sliced off some of the sharp edges.

And sanded the mountains to give them a 3D look.  If you’re wondering, I used 5mm thick foam board here.

I painted my mountains with some acrylic paint.

Once the paint was dry, I coated the surface with some clear drying glue.

And quickly sprinkled flack powder.

I used a couple of different shades here to add some depth.

Once the glue was dry, I dabbed the surface with a mixture of water and clear drying glue (5:1) as a sealant.

Before the sealant was dry, I lightly sprinkled colored powder (for diorama) to give it some flower field look to some parts of the mountains.  Once everything is dry, the mountains are ready to be attached to the main back board.

Can you see the mountains in the back?  It’s subtle, but makes a pretty big difference in the scene.

Alright, I think this article has gotten quite long.  See you next time!



Kabaya Sylvanian Families Mini Series

Hi, there!

Have you heard of Sylvanian Families “mini series” by Kabaya?

These are boxes containing about 1/64 scale Sylvanian Families miniatures and a piece of candy.  You can find them in the snack aisle at Japanese grocery stores. (For US residents, you usually find them on eBay or Rakuten global.)


Most of these miniatures scale similarly or equal to Epoch’s Sylvanian Families Capsule Toy series.

This is what it looks like when you set up everything in one of the boxes.

What I like about Kabaya’s mini series is that a complete set will let you create a SF house at that super mini scale.  What’s not to love about that?

It’s pretty detailed, too!  Take a look at the views around this house.

When I put my regular SF doll, which is about 1/12 to 1/16 scale, next to it, this is how it scales.  It is a great size to collaborate with a typical train diorama, too!

Well, you know me, I won’t just display this up on a shelf.  I made an extra mini diorama using these mini series miniatures!  After all, I’m more of a crafter than a collector.

I actually got the idea at Sylvanian Kitchen at Lala port Tokyo-Bay.  When I went there last year, there was this display on the wall.

I couldn’t stop thinking about how adorable it was, and I had been wanting to make my own super mini diorama since then.

This is me, making my diorama! LOL!!

Because the scale is SO different with these mini series, the way I made the items in this diorama are pretty different from my usual 1/16 scale crafts.  I’ll introduce my new extra mini diorama next time, and also will be including tutorials in the coming posts!


Shika Chan Statue and Topiary


As you probably know, I have a very good SF friend, Soramama, in Japan; her family and I had a great fun time together at the Tokyo Toy Show last year! A while ago, I asked her if there were anything she wanted that I could make for her town. She said she was interested in a deer Sylvanian shaped topiary.  She has a deer character in her town is named, “Shika Chan” (Shika is the Japanese word for “deer”).  On her blog and Instagram, “Shika Chan” is actually the main character that goes everywhere with her – she even throws a birthday party for him every year!

Considering the number of topiaries I’ve made over my crafting career (?), making the Shika Chan topiary wouldn’t take me long. So, as a surprise,  I thought I’d make a bronze statue of Shika Chan and throw it in the package.

…and, here they are!

Shika Chan is actually a closed hand type character, and I only had open handed deer.  In cases like this, there tends to be slight differences in body shape and faces as well.  I mainly referred to my deer, but tried to pay close attention to the photos, which Soramama has posted on her blog.  I also needed to do this because Shika Chan wears his signature overalls as his outfit and I wanted to incorporate those into his statue.

After I made a statue out of polymer clay, I then made a mold, then a cast using that mold.  I then used the cast for the topiary, as it didn’t need a high level of detail.

And here it is!  A Shika Chan topiary!


And a Shika Chan bronze statue!

If you are interested in tutorials, here are the links to some of the tutorials that I’ve done in  the past that came into play during this tutorial.