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Topic: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-Forever!  (Read 263654 times)
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« Reply #1410 on: August 15, 2012 06:28:25 AM »

I would love the link! I took my kids to the park the day before yesterday, and picked up a ton of twigs and pine cones and a few pieces of wood. I think I'm going to decorate the outside of the house with the twigs, and I would like to try and make a bed and maybe some other furniture out of them as well.
My biggest issue at the moment is trying to figure out how to take a decent close-up with our camera. It's an old piece of junk and it doesn't take a good picture anymore. Most of them are either over-exposed or too dark, and generally the close-ups are horribly out of focus. I made the cutest little pine cone chairs but the picture is disastrous Sad

Edited to try and add a picture (the coin in the picture is the wrong way around  Roll Eyes but it's a dime):

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« Reply #1411 on: August 15, 2012 06:33:30 AM »

Yay pictures!
First off, my blank slate... the fantasy villa just put together:



After a bunch of painting and messing with the roof, trying to get an idea of whether the colors work the way I want them to:



Once I get the %$#^@ camera sorted out, I will take some better shots of my tiny chairs.
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« Reply #1412 on: August 15, 2012 06:34:19 AM »

There are loads of pics attached to this Flickr link-  http://www.flickr.com/photos/torisaur/sets/72157622504884698/with/3929762961/

I just found this Pinterest page this morning, some 1:12 items and some twiggy furniture if you scroll down- http://pinterest.com/sabinekleij/fairy-house/


ETA  I love the fantasy house...what did you do to the exterior walls? It looks like tree bark!
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« Reply #1413 on: August 15, 2012 08:40:49 AM »

oh the house is wonderful! I also love those little chairs!

I love this craftalong because I have loved tiny things since I was a child!  I used to make clay miniatures of the Flintstones village! Cheesy  My house has reappeared on the dining room table...my goal is to have it done before the turkey holidays!
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« Reply #1414 on: August 15, 2012 09:26:48 AM »

Thanks guys! The outer walls were an awesome experiment! I painted them gold with acrylic paint, slathered on cheap white glue from the dollar store, and when that was almost dry, I covered them with brown acrylic paint. Once that glue started to dry, the brown paint crackled and showed gold underneath. It turned out way better than I expected! I followed a tutorial found here. So fun!

alwaysinmyroom, glad to see you back, I've been following your wee house throughout the thread! (Yep, I read all 141 pages before I posted!).

Madra, thanks for the links! I'm going to take my three kids on a play date at a local park, but tonight after bedtime I will be delving into mini world!

~Iris~
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« Reply #1415 on: August 15, 2012 02:29:24 PM »

I feel like I am hogging the thread, but thanks to hubby I have the camera figured out so here are a few more detail pictures.

The chairs, made from bits of acorn (no idea what those bits are called!) and copper wire twisted into a spiral.



The roof, crumpled up and inked scrapbook paper mod-podged on there.



And the front exterior, which shows the barky appearance. Funny thing is the texture is as smooth as glass!



Sorry about spamming... I promise I won't post again until at least 3 other people have had a chance to get a word in edgewise.  Grin
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« Reply #1416 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 #1417 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 #1418 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 #1419 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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