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« on: September 03, 2014 09:03:40 AM »

Hi, everyone,

Since there's a spotlight on dioramas in the Articles today, I thought this was the perfect time for me to do my first post!

I'm hooked on Altoid tins. I do not eat all those Altoids - ouch - I buy blank tins. They're just the right size, and I sort of love the constraints of making things fit in that little space. I've done about eight different dioramas, and this is the one I just finished.



First I stained the tin with alcohol ink, then I used paper bark off a downed birch tree to cover the exterior. I made the door from craft sticks, made little hinges from jewelry wire, and added the lock, house number, and ladybug, which were all charms.





The interior has scraps of Cavallini paper, plus newspaper and other bits, like a fairy might scavenge. There are dishes made of acorn caps, a hanging lamp made from an acorn, and pictures of fairy grandparents.





The little chair is made from a cork and a button, and the table holds a teacup and a little copy of American Bungalow magazine (all the best fairies are reading it).



There's a feather broom in the corner.



The key (fairies have very big keys and locks - I guess they don't trust each other) hangs from a hook by the lamp.



If you find a fairy house, be sure to run your finger over it so you get a little fairy dust. What you do with it is your prerogative.
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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2014 09:11:55 AM »

You did a great job, thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2014 09:16:17 AM »

The bark is really pretty...and it is awesome how you think like a fairy...scavenging things that a fairy would find (love acorn caps!)...

Nice job...hope to see more of your tiny tin dioramas!
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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2014 04:51:19 PM »

I love how you used all natural elements in your diorama. The paper bark and the acorns are my favorites.
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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2014 08:17:58 AM »

That's a grand little dwelling for a fey occupant.  The whole thing is wonderful, but I particularly like the acorn cap items in the interior.
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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2014 01:12:57 PM »

Adorable! The feather broom is such a clever idea!
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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2014 01:25:13 PM »

That is just the cutest! I love how you made the door, and all the little details are just spot on.
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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2014 02:03:29 PM »

Thanks, everyone! I can think of all sorts of things I'd do differently now, but I'll apply what I learned to the next one.
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