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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Fantastical Nature Shrine (pic heavy) on: June 23, 2013 04:57:39 PM
That is all kinds of amazing! I really love the transformation it went through, especially the painting job you did.
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-Forever! on: June 22, 2013 05:43:46 PM
Window time!

I opted for a tudor window style as I'm quite taken with the look, but it's not always easy to achieve. So I went out and bought myself something called "pinstriping tape" from the local hobby shop (think R/C and railroads rather than crafting hobbies). The one I bought came in a tube with various widths of tape - not quite what I wanted, but it was all they had, so I made do. I also printed off a tudor window design I found by doing a Google Image search.

I poked out the existing windows and used them as templates. I had some transparent sheets laying about in the ol' craft room (for projector slides, but I honestly can't for the life of me remember what I bought them for originally).

I tapes the print-out to the transparency while working so I had a guide and used the smallest of the tape to create the effect on all the windows, then gluing the wood back into place.

I tried to match windows with thicknesses as I sadly didn't have enough tape to do all windows in the same thickness (boo!), but I'm quite tickled with how it looks, none the less.

And here's a bit of a close-up at an upper window - wee!
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-Forever! on: June 22, 2013 12:04:31 PM
Next set of pictures!

I attached the bottom front of the house and then used some poly filla to mend things...please don't mind my Lenore mug - crafting is thirsty work!

Then I painted the whole of the outside a medium grey colour, as I knew I would be "stoning" it later on. You can see I've taken off most of the wooden window bits as well - had to use a kitchen knife for that, it was a bit tricky.

Around all the windows and doors I've cut out bricks from drink trays you get at fast food places

It was finicky, but was nothing in comparison of what was to come! So this is the door and windows finished - I'm quite happy with the look but sad to say that when the "stoning" is finished they do get lost a bit.

24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-Forever! on: June 22, 2013 08:45:24 AM
Okay, so after much whinging on my part, I've got my normal laptop running again and some progress pictures on my "wizards house".

I am not the worlds best hobby photographer, so bare with me here as most of the photos are taken in the wee hours with a horrid flash.

Roof progress!

This is the first couple of coats of brown stain on the roof

Then I dry brushed a light green on to accent where I was going to apply a moss finnish

I used Woodland Scenics' "fine turf" for moss here - don't worry, that won't all be staying - it will soon be making a fine mess of my living room carpet.

And here I've achieved most of the look I've been going for - but of course I'm never satisfied and will be adding more things here and there as I continue to work.

So that's the roof!
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-Forever! on: June 18, 2013 11:03:36 PM
I will have mad, mad amounts of updates and pictures tomorrow hopefully when I get a replacement cord for my laptop - I'm using an old one right now that keeps crashing on me which is boogers.
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-Forever! on: June 10, 2013 12:05:47 PM
That door is amazing!

Thanks lady!
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-Forever! on: June 10, 2013 11:35:10 AM
I wasn't happy with the door that came with the dollhouse so I decided to make my own. After all - a wizard needs a good, sturdy wood door for knocking and slamming.

Here's a bit of a "how I did it" for the door via photo's...

This is what the door looked like before I took it off the hinges and re-did it

I cut lengths of basswood to fit the door frame (measuring, using the old door as a model). Some of them were a bit marred and the bar code was big and bright, but it didn't matter - none of that would show in the end.

Using an X-Acto knife and metal file, I cut into the tops and bottoms of each of the "planks" of the soon-to-be door to age it.

I whittled away at the planks to age them even more and this is them together.

Next came the staining...

This is the final door after inking it and adding the horizontal planks. I quite like how it came out. I'm not sure about a handle yet, though. I might add a door-knocker, too.
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-Forever! on: June 09, 2013 10:27:27 PM
So this thread has been rather slow for a little while now and I wanted to post some of my progress on my "wizard house".

A little while ago I was given a house destined for the trash heap that was in pretty rough shape (pictures below) and I wanted to revive it and turn it into something neat and magical.

The house I was given is the Greenleaf Arthur (the same house Knickertwist found and turned into her AMAZING haunted house!)

So...this is what I was given:



More updates to come!
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Hobbies for men ? on: June 06, 2013 05:20:19 PM
I don't know of one, but why don't we start one?
Here's some contributions on my part:

*Railroad modeling and building
*Warhammer painting/terrain making
*model painting
*welding and metalwork crafts
*pixel work with perler beads
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Miniature (Dollhouse) Red Leather Wingback Chair Re-do (7 pics) on: June 05, 2013 10:25:14 PM

I bought a chair on-sale at the local dollhouse store that I planned to refinish to put in my wizards house I'm working on.

Dollhouse furniture isn't cheap and even on sale, this one was twelve bucks, but I had ideas and I really liked the shape of the chair and I could picture my aged old wee wizard sitting in it, pouring over his magical tomes.

Sadly I didn't grab a very good "before" picture, so this is as good as it gets, here:

The chair was bright red and gaudy looking.

I starting putting on layers of gesso, about 3, maybe 4, sanding it down here and there. I also gesso'd the flashy gold feet of the chair as I knew I'd be painting them, as well.

This is after a couple of coats of a red paint I mixed up myself just using dollar store paints.

It's really hard to pick up the shade of red here, depending on the lighting and such - but I'm hoping you can get the idea.

Another shade of redish brown, accents of black. I also took a nail file to the seat and back to make the chair look more "lived in" and older. I'm really going for an aged chair look here.

I added gold detailing to the chair.

I finished it off with some matte mod podge to really give it a leathered look, painted the feet, and voila! I put a penny next to it so you get a better idea of size. It's a 1:12 ratio.
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