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« Reply #1920 on: May 20, 2014 08:52:55 AM »

Thanks!  I don't really know what I'm doing - I'm just globbing stuff on until it looks right!  I miscalculated the stairs, so I'll have to make believe they come out at the right place on the second storey.  And I realized I'll need to make more stairs if I want to have windows in the stair turret, which I'll need to have if I want that light coming down the stairwell...Although, I could have a shuttered window and put a light in the turret to simulated light coming in through cracks...hmm, that might be interesting.  My husband has offered to help me put lights in.  This project is getting very complicated..... Tongue 
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« Reply #1921 on: May 22, 2014 03:23:55 PM »

Here's a rudimentary tutorial for making mini-veggies, in this case carrots:

1. The prime ingredient, Acrylic Matte Medium



2. Pointy dental tool applicator.  A toothpick or similar will also work



You'll also need 24 gauge floral wire - not the paper coated kind, the green coated kind - and thread.

3. a. Cut a 2 inch or so piece of wire and stick it into styrofoam or some other material which will hold it for working.  Attach a short bit of thread to it with a little matte medium.  Let it dry completely.  b. Blob a little medium on the wire and thread, thinning the blob as you go up the wire so you form a tapering shape. c. Add more medium to make the carrot larger.  Two or three thin coats are better than one thick coat which will sag and drip.  You want surface tension to hold your shape. Let each coat dry completely before adding more.  The medium shrinks as it dries.  d.  Once your carrot is large enough and has dried completely, paint it carrot-colored with model acrylics.  Craft acrylics will work, artists acrylics tend to be too thick and gloppy. You can get as fancy as you want with the paint job, here I've just used orange.  When dry, trim off the extra thread to leave a nice little tapering root:



4. Cut the wires shorter and glue a bunch together with Alene's Tacky Glue or similar.  Let dry.  Add more glue and squish on some scenic foam to simulate foliage.  Here I've used "Underbrush" which has larger foam chunks.  Tada, bunch of carrots:



You can make other vegetables and fruits using this method.  Here's the wire shape I use for a summer squash:



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« Reply #1922 on: May 22, 2014 03:43:24 PM »

Excellent tut Ludi!  I had no idea one could use that goop this way Grin
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« Reply #1923 on: May 22, 2014 03:48:31 PM »

I sculpt with matte medium a lot on smaller things; for example my Pink Flower Fairy, in which I used it to blend the dress petals and add her little hair bun.
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« Reply #1924 on: May 23, 2014 07:00:01 AM »

Thanks for the tut, Ludi!  I know what my next craft purchase is going to be, now! Woot!! And your fairy is so stinking cute!  You are amazing....

For anyone else wondering what her fairy looks like:
http://imagination-heart.deviantart.com/art/Pink-Flower-Fairy-455056791
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« Reply #1925 on: May 23, 2014 07:23:37 AM »

Aww, thanks!   Cheesy
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« Reply #1926 on: May 27, 2014 11:19:14 AM »

JUST finished this piece. It's will be placed in a book shop as part of a house/garden tour for a fundraiser for horizons.ca.





It has it's own thread HERE
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« Reply #1927 on: May 27, 2014 11:38:54 AM »

yearning for my own little bookstore now.  This is soooo incredible!
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« Reply #1928 on: May 27, 2014 12:40:20 PM »

I love it so much!   Cheesy
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« Reply #1929 on: May 28, 2014 12:16:15 AM »

Oh my gosh!!! That's fantastic and so life like. Incredible work.
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