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Topic: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-Forever!  (Read 452929 times)
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« Reply #1340 on: August 15, 2012 04:43:54 PM »

I love the closeup of the bark finish, it really truly looks awesome! I don't think you're spamming, I think this project was started sometime last year so the bulk of the participants have completed their projects, and we're the second wave  Grin  Also digging the Canadian coinage Smiley 

Open question about using twigs and other plant material in these mini crafts. Do you need to treat them first to make sure you're not bringing in any mini wildlife? And how do you seal something like the mossy roof that Knickertwist uses...would the spray sealers work to keep it from crumbling over time?

I'll get busy with my house again soon. I'm just being stumped by window treatments. I kinda wanted to install them before I reassemble and permanently glue the house together. I have some pretty lace trim, but not 100% happy with it. I'm gonna check out the local thrift store on Saturday and see if I can find something I like better.
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« Reply #1341 on: August 16, 2012 04:35:28 PM »

Finally I can offer some advice from personal experience, even though I don't have a wee house on the go. One of the ways to deal with soft, loose material like bark, moss, grass, etc. is to saturate it with diluted flexible white glue, drain off the excess, and spread it out to dry where you want it to stay - the roof, yard, or whatever. Usually it will glue together in a loose mass but not be clumpy. It's important to use flexible glue, such as Weld-Bond, bookbinding glue, etc. because a white (PVA) glue that dries hard will make it fragile and allow bits to break off. I find that about a 50% dilution is best - any more glue and it'll be shiny, but any much less and it may not stick. It won't be adhesive enough to stick onto a vertical surface, though, so if you're applying something like bark onto walls, you'll have to glue it on first, let it dry there, and then soak with dilute glue. You can also tint the glue mixture with acrylic or watercolour to darken or colour your material as it dries.

Love the way your crackle finish came out, Snugglebugmom. And those chairs from pinecone bits are brilliant.

Is it just my imagination, or is the Canadian quota in this craftalong particularly high?

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« Reply #1342 on: August 17, 2012 06:59:58 AM »

Wulf--thanks for sharing that advice!  I love working with natural materials but  worried about the longevity and fragileness !  I definitely want a straw roof on my wee house but not in my real house! Cheesy

I love your pictures snugglebugmom!  I have used the glue/paint technique to get that crackly paint look...it works really well!  Your bark finish is lovely...

and once again, I love those tiny little chairs!!
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« Reply #1343 on: August 18, 2012 01:20:20 AM »

Thanks for sharing SnuggleBugMom - I have the same house and it's great to see yours in that stage, mine is still getting built.
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« Reply #1344 on: August 18, 2012 02:48:23 PM »

I did a bunch more painting and then realized that the trim is too green.  Roll Eyes In the process of repainting now, I'm wiping it with a tin coat of white paint and then flecking it with gold paint, to take the harshness out of the green. Not sure if I like it yet. It looks a little like fairy camo gear (or what I picture that would look like, more to the point).
Anybody else want to share pictures of progress or end results?
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« Reply #1345 on: August 18, 2012 08:49:17 PM »

It looks a little like fairy camo gear (or what I picture that would look like, more to the point).
Anybody else want to share pictures of progress or end results?

Ok, now THERE'S an image....an army of wee fairies in camo  Cheesy   I don't have pics yet, but I do have curtains up so progress is being made.  Thanks to Wulf for advice on natural materials...also, you can never have too many crafty canucks on board  Cheesy
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« Reply #1346 on: August 19, 2012 10:39:19 AM »

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« Reply #1347 on: August 19, 2012 03:24:28 PM »

Magnificent!
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« Reply #1348 on: August 19, 2012 03:33:47 PM »

teag, I LOVE it!
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« Reply #1349 on: August 20, 2012 01:41:16 PM »

Teag--you must share more details...it is incredibly detailed!  The little pumpkin tea set is just adorable...love how it turned out...and you are finished! Cheesy
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