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!

 

 

Roses 2018

Hiya!! I know it’s been a long time since I last did a tutorial on miniature roses.  I’ve been given a much better camera since then, and my roses hopefully look a bit better, too.  And what occasion is better than Valentine’s to make roses?!

I made red  roses this time.  If you’re wondering, I usually use Kato Polyclay for flowers.

I made 4 different sizes of logs with clay, and sliced them out at about 0.5mm thick.  Also, I cut off about 2mm thick out of the smallest log for the center of the rose.

Flatten and roll up the 2mm thick piece first into the shape like the one in the photo below.  Also flatten the 4 smallest clay petals by rolling a tooth pick on each of them on your finger tip, making them as thin as you can.

One by one, stick on the 4 petals on the core piece.

Now flatten 6 second smallest petals.  Try to shape them as close to circle as you can.  (If this is hard for you, you could make clay balls with each petals first before flattening them.)

With these 2nd smallest petals, you’d want them placed a bit higher position the core, and also opening the tip of each petal slightly outward.  This is a good spot to let the clay harden before moving on further.

Once the clay is hard, roll flat rest of the petals.

Before attaching the last petals, let’s shape the bottom half of the rose.  Get some clay out, and wrap it around the bottom half of the rose.

Using a tooth pick, shape the added soft clay into an upside down bell shape.  It’s easier to work with this rose with a pin stuck on the bottom passed this point, so you won’t squish your delicate petals.

It’s good to remember that a pair of rose petals are always facing toward each other.  Attach the last petals even higher point that the last ones, curling them wider.

Once all the petals are on, harden the clay once more, and you’re done!

“Will you be my valentine?”

 

 

 

 

Fun in snow!

Welcome back, everyone!  How has your new year been so far?  Mine has been pretty good.  Surprisingly, we’ve been having very Springy weather the last week or so, and it’s reminding me how much I’ve missed that beautiful season!

Anyway, have you noticed all the changes made on this site?  My husband helped me remodel this entire site over the break.  The cute navigation buttons are also his designs!   I just kept telling him, ” I want this, I want that, I don’t like this….etc etc.”  Thank you so much for always being so tolerant with me, babe!!

Moving on to the main topic of today’s post, my son and I had a fun time making an instant snowy scene using, “Floof.”  I found this brand at a gift shop in the local aquarium of all places. lol

 

It’s soft and kind of reminded me of cotton candy.  This is a type of never drying play dough, and I thought it would be great for imitating snow for my Sylvanians.

 

Although I used “Floof” as my pick, there are many other brands of kinetic sand type things in various colors these days, so I hope you experiment and find your favorite.  Good thing about these as opposed to using regular snow or sand is that they are mess free and can be used indoors without worry.  Also they are pretty easy to make shapes with, so kids will have lots of fun.

I patted down my dough, and made a instant snowy scene for my son to play with.

Here comes a snow boarder!

He can easily leave his foot prints on the snow, too.  It’s not that easy with fake snow powder made for dioramas etc.

Snow angels!  By the way, “Floof” in particular, will stick to your critters just a bit sometimes, but you can get it off very easily with some tape, so no problem there!  Also I’ve noticed that once you open the package and let the product dry out a few hours, it gets much less sticky to your fingers and easier to work with.

O, oh! He is making a snowball station!

Snowball fight!!

As I said earlier, it holds the shape pretty well, so you could make a snow castle, if you wanted to.

I think I’ll have a fun time playing with this again next winter!