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1  Re: Miniature Cat Trees, ferns and pots. in Completed Projects by CatwithSevenToes on: June 11, 2019 01:46:07 PM
Okie dokie! Finally finished the 2nd re-design from the last post I made here.  This design definitely is far better than the first, and gives a lot more space for kitties to be placed around the tree.  Unfortunately, I was in a bit too much of a hurry to do some of the things I wanted to do (such as use a strip of fabric to go around the circular platforms, and put the fabric inside the top box BEFORE sealing it up, yeesh, and place the lower two platforms at more appropriate heights).  All in all, though, definitely a much better design. 

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2  Re: Planters with plants for necklace charms. in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by CatwithSevenToes on: June 08, 2019 08:29:59 PM
Next three are done...
This one is the best one, as I've not been feeling well and had done a horrid job on all of them (Lack of sleep make the pains a tad more fun, yeesh).  Anyhoo, I messed up on this wood pot and made it too long, which gave me the idea to put only two instead of three. I think I kind of like this, and can add it as a variant. 

The next two (posting as links to save on image loading on ya'll's computers, phones, etc, which reminds me I need to thin up some of my posts here,  Shocked).  Anyhoo, tried something different, used brown jute instead of white and I think it works as well.

The first one the wood pot broke, woops, but I decided to leave it and finish it, but it does seem to have some interesting qualities to it, and gives me an idea of attempting a broken pot laying on its side with a plant coming out of spilled soil.
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3  Re: Re: Making fern leaves in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by CatwithSevenToes on: May 26, 2019 10:41:01 PM
Have you considered die cuts for plants?

Oh definitely.  Even searched up about designing my own dies.  Only trouble with either is until I can get a handle on my pains and get my mind back to working well enough to make any money, I'm kind of stuck with what I have or am allowed to buy. Hopefully I'll get that at least moderately figured out here in a few weeks, heh.

Anyhoo, with my pains being a bit worse, working on these leaves was just a tad too painful, so I am putting them off for the time being (the one leaf I did attempt came out pretty awful, heh).  However, I decided to attempt the Heliamphora leaves, and they are a tad easier on my shoulder, but probably won't get too many more done for a few days. Really need to relax,  Roll Eyes.

I'm going to turn these into earrings by using those little glass (preferably plastic) vials so they seem like tiny terrariums.

Here's what a Heliamphora is. It's a type of carnivorous plant native to South America.

How I did these, I used the scour with my combination square, and glued the paper around it. Then I cut off the excess paper, then reglued it again (I actually think the gluing twice is needed for these shapes. The first gluing holds the shape for cutting, then the second gluing seals the edges). Then I took a paint brush, and put the butt end in watered down glue, I would wipe the very tip off and lightly press it into the opening after cutting the lid to shape, and very carefully curl the lip. (That is so poorly written. I really need to try to take a video of these things, HAH!)

They may not be true to life and you seem to really know your plants. I think most people are not going to have that level of knowledge though and will be very happy with something nice looking at that scale.

Yeah, I know I take things way way waaaay too far, and I'm trying not to,  Grin.
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4  Re: Re: Mini Planter Magnets (WIP) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by CatwithSevenToes on: May 21, 2019 09:50:52 PM
Well that's a cool idea. Magnets, clever.

There's a WIP craftalong going on where you could also post this project. We are pretty rah-rah supportive of each other, it's a nice encouragement to keep things going to completion instead of ending up in a pile. I don't know what your crafting space is like but mine is full of abandoned projects, lol.

I have the most weirdest deja vu.  I think I've come across that before, and when I searched for something like that before posting, I just didn't see it as I was thinking it'd be somewhere else... Shocked.  Meh! I think I may rename this if I can, as I've come to another far more interesting miniature which is going to be quite fascinating (for a weirdo like me anyway).

Not only can I do bipennate Adiantum and Platycerium, I had made successful attempts at Pteris cretica and Doryopteris pedata (though only the fertile leaf. Still have to figure out how to do the sterile fronds), and although I didn't finish the simple large Nephrolepis, enough was done that it'd be perfectly doable.

Idea 001: I believe I could pull of a small pendent with some form of epoxy with Microsorum leaves below and above water.


Platycerium bifurcatum at 1:12 scale as a fridge magenet...Wrong color, but meh, bloooooooody awesome.

The rest of the pics are in this album.
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5  Making fern leaves in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by CatwithSevenToes on: May 20, 2019 10:28:56 AM
Ok! This has been on the burner, but just recently came up with an axiom that may be of use for some people who have a desire to create their own leaves.

1. Get a feel for the leaf

The very first thing I do is search up images and get a feel for the leaves by drawing the veins first, then the leaves around those veins. The larger drawings are generic, and not to scale, where as the smaller drawings are far more accurate and aid me in designing "unique" leaves.
Now, if I were to make these leaves to scale, there'd be a lot more detail, but since I am working on making these at 1:12 scale, I am not overly worried about "detail", heh.
Species I'm working on: Doryopteris, either pedata or palmata, or a blending of the two. (Haven't narrowed them down as of yet).

Edit 1:
With these two species of ferns, the sterile leaves are very very similar to certain species of ivy. So, there's a dual purpose for those particular leaves. After thinking about it, even the larger leaves could be used for generic palms, perhaps even a Philodendron.

Edit 2:
Just recently I had read an article about using clay and a cookie cutter for a paper cutter. Which gave me an idea for these leaves. What I do, is I find a tray small enough for our toaster oven that we use specifically for the polymer clays, and I put a piece of parchment paper on it. Then I cut out the shapes I want fairly thick, and bake them. Then I peel off the paper and use them as guides to cut around.  However, I have found a device called the Sizzix Sidekick, and after some time, once I feel I can afford it (the chronic pains have been horrible lately), I'm going to contact the company and see if they can make dies for it.  If so, then I'll go that route, but until then, the clay templates work just fine. Plus, they're easy to mold into whatever shapes I so desire.

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6  Re: Planters with plants for necklace charms. in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by CatwithSevenToes on: May 16, 2019 07:16:25 PM
Thanks everyone.

Edit: EUREKA! I think I finally found out what to do about earrings...

Now just to figure out how to do a tiny vine that would wrap around the wire.
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7  Planters with plants for necklace charms. in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by CatwithSevenToes on: May 13, 2019 11:19:15 AM

Here's the link for the planter charms that I'll be working on.  After my pains subside enough and I finish preparing my garden I'll start a tutorial, as I really don't use that many things for making these.
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8  Miniature Cat Trees, ferns and pots. in Completed Projects by CatwithSevenToes on: April 20, 2019 10:04:10 PM

Just ignore the crummy camera pictures, but I had finished these over the past few days.  I have more information under each picture in the link.

Anyhoo, I have a few ideas on the backburner. Since I'm a pteridomaniac (fern nut), of course most of my ideas are going to be along that line. If I can figure out the type of material to use, I'm definitely going to make some Platycerium (staghorn) ferns for hanging on dollhouse walls. Another would be the Asplenium nidus, perhaps even A. antiquum, too.  Unfortunately, my favorite species, Adiantum, would be almost impossible at such a small scale. Meh, I can live with Platycerium, Pellaea, Asplenium, and generic species for the moment, and maybe I can even figure out a way to make a few miniatures of Cybotium, Dicksonia, and Blechnum (Blechnum being the much easier of the three). Ooh! I bet I could get Angiopteris evecta done. Though, they're so huge that it'd almost look like a normal sized fern even for a miniature, heh.

One thing that I do know I need to do, is find some other wood for the pots.  The Russian olive is nice and all, but I need something to add more color to them.  Maybe buy some Cherry, osage orange, etc online, or find some locust, mulberry, and whatnot that's easy (enough) to find around this half desert.  Unfortunately, elm and cottonwood (which are native around here) are just way too fragile and irksome to mess with on this mini lathe.

Anyway, this is what I've done and still more work to do to make these better than this time.

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