Very durable tree

Have you heard? The new line of SF products are now on sale in Japan! In case you haven’t heard, it’s called the “town series,” and it’s absolutely beautiful!  Here is the link to JP SF site, if you’re interested.

I’ve been making a few items that will go with this town series lately, and I thought that I’d post this craft earlier than others, as this will probably be very useful for many.

So far, this tree has been THE best that I’ve made, because it’s so durable, easy to make, and cost efficient.  It’s so durable that you can totally let your little ones play with it! Plus it will last for years to come because unlike the trees with air-dry clay, it won’t ever shrink or crack!

What you need first is this IKEA fake plant pot.  It’s about 3 US dollars.  You can make 3 trees out of one of these pots.

*If you don’t live near IKEA, do not fret, you can just adopt some of the techniques from my earlier post using other fake plants from the store. Check out this and this.

Pull the plant part out of the pot.

Take 4 of the detachable stems off the plant.

With a small brush, paint the top half of the stems first with the color of tree branch you’d like.

Paint the bottom half. I’ve found painting the branches this way was the easiest for me.

Cut a flexible wire (about 25cm long.)

Fold and press one end of the wire.

Poke a hole on the bottom branching area with a sharp stick (I used a corn holder,) and put the wire through the hole from the top of the plant.

Repeat this process so all 4 branches are connected like beads; we’re pretty much stringing these trees together.  Set this piece aside.

Cut off about 22cm long thick wire.  You’ll need 4 of them per tree. Fold the wire in half, leaving the folded area round like the photo.  The length, size, or shape won’t matter too much, so don’t stress much on this part.

Fold the area that the wire touches into 90 degrees angle.

Bundle 2 of the wires like the photo below, using a tape.  You can use any kind of tape as long as they don’t come off so easily.  I prefer using masking tape for painting.

Sandwich the last step with last 2 wires and tape over them again.

Stick the bottom branch into the bunched up wires, and wrap the whole area around tight with the leftover wire that was coming out of the bottom of the branches.

Wrap the whole trunk area with some more tape.

Get your low-temp glue gun ready, and reinforce connecting areas of the branches.  Also, I recommend adding some padding with glue on the lowest branches, it will add more realistic look to your tree. Hot glue is what’s making the texture of the tree branches and the trunk.  It takes about 2 glue sticks, so if you’re making multiple trees, be sure to have enough of them!

Cover the whole trunk area of the tree with hot glue.  The trick is do get your glue out little by little as you move the tip of your glue gun side way over and over.

Finally, Cover the top of the wires sticking out on the bottom, shaping the roots of the tree.

Paint all the areas that had hot glue on.

I kind of added brownish gray to add some texture.  At this point, your tree should stand on it’s own well.  Since we didn’t use any clay, you can adjust the root wire, too.

If you want to go one more step further and make trees along the street, prepare a dish like the photo below.  I made mine with foam board. Hot glue the bottom of the tree.

Fill the dish with some air drying clay.

Paint the surface of the clay.

Paint clear drying glue over the paint.

Sprinkle tea leaves, and done!

By the way, I just received my package of the new town series from Amazon Japan, so I’ll be doing a bit of introduction of those in the next post.  Leave here a comment if you have questions in regards to the new products!

A care package from Soramama

Before I start the usual post, I would like to introduce the FAQ page I made for this site.  I tend to receive similar questions often via SNSs and in comments, and I thought it would be a good time to make this page.  If you are interested, please check it out…

 

Anyways, today, I’m showing you the miniature cakes Soramama had made.

Soramama sent these yummy looking cakes to me as soon as she learned I was done with this blog.  What a sweetheart!

Aww they look so good!! I don’t know how much time she had spent on making these for me…

Wait, there’s more!

These waffle plates look so delish! I need to hurry up and make a cafe or something to serve these.

Oooh, boy! I’m addicted to these rolled cakes lately in real life, hahaha.  Thank you so much for all the super awesome treats, Soramama! You have made me feel whole a lot better when I was probably at my lowest.

By the way, did you notice I can now take better close up photos of miniatures?  My father handed me down his old mirror less camera just recently.  Apparently, he didn’t know that I wanted one of these cameras for so long.  Obtaining the new camera was definitely one of the reasons I came back to blogging.  Now I can shoot better photos when I do miniature tutorials.  Yay!  It used to be such a nuisance!

Tulips (Revised)

I had the chance to make bunch of miniature tulips recently.  I was using the method I had posted two years ago, but I tweaked it a little bit this time to make it better.

First of all, I made bunch of colors with my polymer clay.  It’s really fun to make gradation colors for your flowers, too.  The tutorial for the gradation making is here.

First I sliced off 3 pieces out of the clay log, about 1mm thick each.  Press down the slice and roll with a tooth pick on tip of your finger.  Leave the bottom sides unrolled thin.  Do this to 2 of the slices, making them look like the petal on the right. The last slice should be rolled up like the middle petal in the photo below.

Wrap the core petal with two flat petals one by one.  When you do this, you will want to leave the pretty side of the petal outward. The pretty side is usually the side you had rolled with the tooth pick.

Once two petals are lightly wrapped around the core, the flower is done.

Poke a hole with the tip of a tooth pick on the bottom of the flower.

Once the clay is hardened, get a wire ready for the stem.

Pour in a little bit of super glue inside the hole on the bottom.  Quickly stick in the wire inside the hole.

Once the glue is dry, paint the wire light green.  It’s done once the paint is dry.

I like making tulips, because they are quick and easy, and add lots of colors to my town.