Balloons 2

Hola! I know that there is an old tutorial featuring Umeko‘s Balloons, but I thought I’d share this one for people don’t have the easy access to Easter eggs.

It’s pretty straightforward, and basically you can make any shape you’d like for your balloons with very light weight air drying clay.

Once the clay is just about solid, add a bit of clay at the bottom so it looks like a knot.

Stick in a white wire, and let the clay dry completely.

After it was dry, I used nail polish to coloring the balloons.  You can also use paint, of course.  It’s a good idea to give it a bit of shine at the end.  So if you’re not using nail polish, use some kind of glossy finish on it.

Personally, I think that the pearly color nail polish looks great!

For Valentine’s day, I made heart shaped balloons, too.

If you’re lucky, you might find some Styrofoam hearts at the store for quick balloons.  Don’t use nail polish on Styrofoam though, because it will actually cause the styrofoam to melt!

It’s good to also note that light weight clay is typically heavier than Styrofoam, so don’t go too big on your balloons, or they’ll be too heavy for your wire and won’t stay up!

“Mom is going to love these balloons!”

 

 

 

Ballet Theater Stairs

 

Hi, there! Have you heard the news? There is going to be another capsule collection for the SF Village Cake Shop! It’ll be a lavender color set with chocolate treats! According to my friend, Sayapon’s blog, it will be released in December 2017. You can see the photos on her blog, so if you’re interested, go check it out!—->> Sayapon’s Blog

In today’s post, I want to show you how I made the stairs and decorations for the ballet theater.

You might thing that making your own staircase with a unique design sounds a bit complicated, but it’s easier than you think!

What I did is this…I made bunch of copies of bottom step out with foam board, tracing the shapes.  For this particular design, I just needed to flip the board for the other side.  Once you have two stacks of all the same shapes on each side of the stairs, you cut off the extra for each step.  Making them shorter and shorter as they go higher.  This way, you really don’t need to measure or do a math.

Glue them all together, and it looks like this.

Add a side wall.  Because foam board bends very easily, this shouldn’t be very hard for you, right?

I wanted to have a little space for statues in between the staircases.

And I just kept on adding more and more pieces to create the base for the ballet theater.

I used air drying clay for the side decorations of the stairs.  I had a bunch of roses I made long ago, so I glue them on too.

I thought I add some designs on the steps, too. I pressed on some metal parts I had to make impressions on the foam.

3D stickers were very handy for the moldings on the walls for this particular craft. I got these stickers at Michael’s.

This is how it looked like before I painted everything.

After paining the base.  It always feels like a bit of a gamble to me because I have to assume things will look okay once paint is done.

Later, I will do another tutorial on how to make these funky railings in the photo below.

 

 

light house hill – beach diorama terraforming

 

Hello, all! I’ve received such nice reactions on this beach town diorama from everyone, thank you so much! It’s you that keeps me going, really…just knowing that there are people out there that are excited to see what I make! I am very lucky to be able to share my love for crafting and Sylvanian Families with you!

In today’s tutorial, I’m going to show you how I made the ground and the hill in my beach town diorama.

By the way, my friend Sylvanako made a background for this diorama, it looks AMAZING!! Thank you so much Sylvanako!!

It is pretty similar to the “very green diorama” I made last year, but this one is a bit longer than last year’s.

I came to realize that for the large diorama base, I really like using Styrofoam boards sold at DIY stores for home insulation.  It’s cheap and light, what else can I ask for?

I carved out the rough shape of the terrain with a cutting knife.

I then smoothed out, and then carved out more details with a hot wire cutter.  Oh yeah, I also made a little cave into the side of the cliff.  I can make a fun story with my Sylvanians using this cave. 😉

After I had settled on the shape and placement of my land formation, I needed to smooth out the surface of the Styrofoam hill, so it’s not so Styrofoam-y instead of rocky.  A caulking gun was the cheapest and quickest way to do the job considering the amount of space I had to cover. The caulk was perfect, because it gave me an easy way to fill in gaps, and add additional and detailed texture to the surface. I just used the caulk like putty and covered up the whole hill surface, adding stratum textures on the cliff side.

Once the caulk was all dry, I painted the terrain with acrylic paint.  I just used different shades of similar colors to create stratum look on the side.

For the grass on the hill, I just spread clear drying, matte finish glue on the areas I want the grass to be growing, and then sprinkled on top, green foliage powder.  There were a couple other areas too where I used spray glue.  Spray glue is optional, though.  It is a bit tricky to use, since it blows away light weight things when spraying, and once dry, is super strong and won’t ever come off! You don’t want to make any mistakes when using it!

“Spread glue…”

“And sprinkle!”

I didn’t make this hill too green because I wanted to give it a kind of a rocky terrain.

It’s very important to coat the whole surface with watered down clear drying glue (avoid glossy finish, of course) as soon as the glue under the grass is dry, because caulk might start to crack, or your dolls’ feet might get green from the foliage powder.  It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Later I decided to add a small path going up the hill.  I just used different color of foliage powder (or should I say dirt powder?!).  But you can just use real sand or dirt for this, too.  (You can make a path along with  the base grass, I just forgot to do it then.)

Just spread some glue on the ground where you want the path to be, and then sprinkle the powder over it.

To seal something like this, it’s easier if you gently spray water all over the area you want to seal.  This helps the light weight powder to stay in place for the next step.

Just like other areas, I used watered down glue on it.  Instead of using a brush, I just used my hand to sprinkle the mixture gently.

Once it’s all dry, the new path should be totally blended in.

On top of most of the path, I made stairs with some balsa wood and small garden rocks from a DIY store.

 

That’s it for the terraforming! See you soon!