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!

 

 

Candy Hearts

Hiya!  Do you have any special plans for Valentine’s day?  Mine is to go shopping for the discounted chocolates the day after. LOL

The last of this year’s Valentine’s Day crafts is miniature candy hearts.

The big ones are actual candy hearts.  I know I didn’t put messages on mine….it sounded a bit too much. lol  Maybe next year?

The heart shapes are made with yet another straw heart shape cutter.  Only this time, I used a really narrow type that came with the boxed juice I buy to throw in my son’s lunchbox.

I later adjusted the shape of the heart a little to make it look more like the real candy hearts, but now that I’m looking back, I think the original shape was much cuter…. 🙁

Anyways, I guess that is the price I pay for trying to be authentic to the shape of the candy hearts.

This is the size difference; the one of the left is the one used for the candy hearts, and the one on the right is the size I used for the cookies.

I used FIMO polymer clay because I think they have nice colors.

I directly rolled out the clay on a baking sheet.  You can do whatever works best for you though.  I happen to use a small oven just for baking clay by my desk.

Before cutting the hearts out, I lightly spread some corn starch on the surface.

Small hearts were trickier for me to cut out, especially when they were thick.  So I recommend making your clay thinner if you’re having a hard time.

I carefully removed the extra clay off the pan, using a toothpick.

After removing all the excess clay, I baked the hearts like this.  By rolling the clay directly onto the tray, the cut out heart pieces stuck to the surface and didn’t stay inside the straw (most of the time). As you can imagine, dealing with such small straws and trying to keep the fine detail, the less we have to mess with the clay, and their shape, by getting them out of the straw, the better.

Done!

My, is it just me, or are his eyes twinkling with joy??

“I love you bear-y much!”