1/64 Scale – Path & Hill

Hola!

In today’s post, I’m going to show you how I made the ground for my 1/64 scale diorama.

<Dirt Path>

The baseboard is just a piece of 5mm thick foam board.  I glued on a sheet of diorama ground sheet from the store.

To make the dirt path on these nifty diorama sheets is quite easy.  You just get your brush wet with water, and brush over the area you want to make a path.

The water on the ground will soften the turf powder on the surface of the sheet, and you just need to scrape it off with something flat, like a ruler.  That’s it! lol

<Hill>

To create a hill, I used a piece of Styrofoam, and made a rough shape of a hill.  If you don’t have Styrofoam, you can just crinkle up some aluminum foil and make a hill shape.

To smooth out the surface, I used some air dry clay.  (You can do the same with an aluminum foil base as well.)

Once the clay was completely dry, I painted the hill with a path using some acrylic paint.

After the paint dried, I painted some clear drying glue on the path.

And sprinkled some rough sand.

After the glue was completely dry, I shook off the excess sand.

Next, I spread clear drying glue all over green part of the hill.  Then, same as the path, I sprinkled some turf powder and waited for the glue to dry completely.

Now I have a beautiful green hill.

On the sides of the path, I decided to put some flowers just like a typical SF scene would.  I took some glue on the tip of a tooth pick, and made a line.

Then, little by little, I placed some tiny pieces of colored foliage clusters using tweezers.

 

 

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!