teeny-tiny snow dome

Hooray! It’s officially December! Did you start an advent calendar?  Back when I was in college, I used to open all the doors and eat all the chocolate on the first day!

I made a snow dome for the Sylvanian scene inside of my candle lantern.

I found these glass dome thingies in the accessory parts isle at Michael’s.  They are 2cm in diameter.

I didn’t feel like using the metal base as is, so I made a hoax wood base with polymer clay.

First I made some marble clay using different shades of brown.

Then I rolled the clay out.  I put a toothpick on each side so that the clay would roll out at an even thickness.

Before cutting out the clay, I brushed some corn starch onto the surface to avoid clay sticking on.

I pressed in the glass dome to make indentations.

Then with a one size larger cookie cutter, I cut the circles out.

At this point, I baked my clay.

Once the clay was hard, I sanded the base to smooth out the shape.

I like oven bake polymer clay, because it doesn’t really shrink while hardening.  The glass dome fits perfectly!

It’s a bit too much to go into details with super mini decorations inside, but I’ll show how I made the trees.  I made different shades of green balls with clay.

Then I shaped them into cones and baked them in the oven.

On the bottom of the hard cones, I stuck in sewing needles.

While holding  the needles, I turned the cone while carving the trees.  It’s just like sharpening pencils with a knife!

These trees are pretty cute – even without the snow on top!

Here’s my teeny-tiny snowman.

And a log house.  I painted it afterwords.

I super glued all the pieces onto the base at the end.

It was fun making this snow dome, but the parts were too tiny for my tired eyes, and I ended up with only finishing just one dome.




9 Replies to “teeny-tiny snow dome”

    1. Thanks for linking my page! Your photos are very beautiful!! They really inspired me to learn about photography, which is nagging me for so long but I just haven’t gotten around…lol

  1. You just make the most adorable things! How do you do it? 😛 And you always make it look so easy. I absolutely love your creations, especially around Christmas time! Can’t wait to see any more you might make!

    1. Teehee! Thank you so much! I do try to make things as simple and efficient as I can think of, so that if any of you decide to try it out, you won’t have to go through a lot of trial and error like I did. My posts are only showing the final, and refined results of all the messiness that go behind the scenes. 🙂

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