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Luna1375
« on: December 25, 2009 08:42:37 AM »

Here is my latest diorama!  I am so proud of this one.










How I made

Bricks: Mixed sand and red paint, painted a piece of cardstock, let it dry.  Then I cut out and glued down each individual brick (because I am crazy) and when that was dry I washed it all with watered down black paint to age it.

Robot: cut pieces of copper pipe, filled with hot glue (tried clay at first, didn't work) stuck in the spring neck and legs, let dry, painted the hot glue.  The hands and feet are jewelery findings, and I glued the arms on with E6000 and painted the glue when it was dry.  I probably should have used JB Kwik, which i did use for the other metal bits, but I didn't have it at the time.

Floor, crates, cabinet, window frame, door frame, shelves: popsicle sticks. Crates are filled with hot glue and the metal odds and ends stuck in.  Metal bits on shelves and screws on the cabinet are glued down with JB Kwik.

Peg board: cardboard with holes burned in with my heat tool.  Tools: purchased from dollhouse section of craft store.

Door: used to be the lid to a box.  

I bought a lot of the random metal bits from here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/vintagesupplyco

Comments and critiques welcome!
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« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2009 09:25:42 AM »

This is super cool.  I love it (and I "this rocks" it Smiley ).

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« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2009 09:27:10 AM »

Thanks! 
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« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2009 09:40:39 AM »

This is adorable.  I can appreciate all your hard work, I helped my daughter make a diorama last year for school.  hmmm...may post later!  too cute!
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« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2009 09:45:54 AM »

Well, what made it lots easier was that I cut the walls myself out of a big sheet of . . . I forget what it's called, but sold alongside mat board, and I decorated the walls first before assembling them.
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« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2009 10:57:21 AM »

Totally gorgeous.  It's amazing what you've done with the cardboard and the popsicle sticks.  Fantastic work.  This rocks.
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« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2009 11:36:20 AM »

Thanks! It was kind of funny, when I made the floor and then painted it with watered down brown paint to make it look stained (I do have stain, but it . . . stains things, and I'm too messy to use it inside) in my head I was like "wow! this looks like real wood!" and then I was like "uh, duh, popsicle sticks ARE wood!"
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« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2009 03:05:05 PM »

OMG This is fantastic! I love your attention to detail. Grin
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« Reply #8 on: December 25, 2009 07:22:39 PM »

That is so cool, and so very complete.
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« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2009 04:37:55 AM »

Amazing!
You blew my socks off!
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« Reply #10 on: December 26, 2009 07:11:17 AM »

wow! this is really amazing!
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« Reply #11 on: December 26, 2009 07:15:44 AM »

Thanks so much y'all!
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« Reply #12 on: December 26, 2009 10:55:07 AM »

That is an adorable idea. Grin
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« Reply #13 on: December 26, 2009 05:55:34 PM »

Amazingly detailed!  What make me love it even more is that it also tells a story.  Great job!
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« Reply #14 on: December 26, 2009 06:26:27 PM »

Thank you so much! I sort of fell in love with the little guy myself.
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« Reply #15 on: December 26, 2009 09:49:42 PM »

D'awww!!! So, so freaking awesome! Made my vote for it rocking!
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« Reply #16 on: December 27, 2009 08:55:51 AM »

This is really cool. I love it. So adorable.
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« Reply #17 on: December 27, 2009 12:40:59 PM »

this is seriously awesome.  I would love to be able to do stuff like this.
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« Reply #18 on: December 27, 2009 01:00:29 PM »

Thanks!  A lot of it is just trial and error. And browsing through craft stores and hardware stores going "Hmm, wonder what this could be turned into . . . "
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« Reply #19 on: December 27, 2009 02:09:35 PM »

Gorgeous!!
I love it ! and I want it Cheesy
I LOVE the theme ^^
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« Reply #20 on: December 27, 2009 09:19:31 PM »

So cute! The attention to detail is astounding. It looks so much fun, now I want to try one!
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« Reply #21 on: December 28, 2009 12:31:47 AM »

I love this...and I read your popsicle comment and momentarily forgot that laughing loudly while people are sleeping is generally a bad idea. Wink
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« Reply #22 on: December 28, 2009 06:20:34 AM »

Thanks! Hope you didn't get in trouble for waking anyone up.
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« Reply #23 on: December 28, 2009 07:27:13 AM »

This is darling, fabulous, wonderful!  I just love the whole idea and how you put it together.  Thanks for sharing the materials you used for each part...that made it even more fun to go back and study!
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« Reply #24 on: December 28, 2009 08:31:08 AM »

That is so adorable!!!!
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« Reply #25 on: December 28, 2009 08:36:19 AM »

Oh wow! I am so in love with this! really great job!
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Luna1375
« Reply #26 on: December 28, 2009 09:21:22 AM »

Thanks so much! And for those who want to try your own dioramas, do it! 

Some tips:

1. Once you get an idea, don't just head to the craft store. Look in your stash and around your house first, you may already have everything you need.
2. Do not be constrained by what an object or supply is "supposed" to be used for. 
3. You may need several different types of glue, depending on what you end up using.  http://www.thistothat.com/ pointed me in the right direction many times. 
4. Plan plan plan!  It sucks when you get something finished and then you're like "Oh, I should have glued that part first.  Now I can't reach it."  So think in layers, plan what needs to be done first.
5. Have fun, and make sure to giggle and cackle to yourself like a mad scientist when you are overcome with glee at how awesome your project is turning out!
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« Reply #27 on: December 28, 2009 09:40:46 PM »

Those are good tips! Thanks!
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« Reply #28 on: December 29, 2009 09:07:50 AM »

Wonderful! It's so great. Nicely done Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: January 13, 2010 02:46:55 PM »

 Every year in school, I would always have such high hopes that I was going to make THE BEST DIORAMA EVER, had I had you for inspiration then...sigh..This is the cats pajamas of dioramas! (hey that rhymed!)  Grin
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« Reply #30 on: January 20, 2010 10:04:28 PM »

Excellent diorama! The detail is really nice, and the concept is so cute & funny. I love it!
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« Reply #31 on: February 01, 2010 03:46:52 PM »

This cute little diorama made me smile ; thanks for the link for all the little vintage stuff Smiley
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« Reply #32 on: February 05, 2010 06:45:35 AM »

This rocks!
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« Reply #33 on: February 09, 2010 11:24:05 AM »

thats SO amazing! i'm inspired! (i "this rocks"ed it!)
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« Reply #34 on: February 10, 2010 01:44:15 PM »

Awww it's so sweet! And looks utterly beautiful, well done!
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« Reply #35 on: February 21, 2010 09:14:29 PM »

Your diorama is amazing! That was always my favorite project in school. When doing book reports I always hoped that my teachers would give making dioramas as an option to actually writing a paper. I haven't made a diorama in about ten years. I think this would be a fun project. Thanks for sharing, I love your creativity and work!
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