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Topic: Miniature Cat Trees, ferns and pots.  (Read 429 times)
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« on: April 20, 2019 10:04:10 PM »

https://imgur.com/a/IXZLINC

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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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2019 12:21:38 AM »

Nice job!
You can make fiddleheads with wire and flocking.
You might want to experiment with painting paper to make leaves.  You get much more subtle colors, and can make it shiny or matte.
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2019 07:34:06 AM »

Beautiful little pots, just gorgeous!
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2019 07:28:19 AM »

Nice job!
You can make fiddleheads with wire and flocking.
You might want to experiment with painting paper to make leaves.  You get much more subtle colors, and can make it shiny or matte.

I had tried a fiddlehead out of some of the left over copper wire, yep, I could definitely do that. Though I may try my wife's floral wire as that seems like it has a much more...erm...it may be better at bonding with glues, paints, etc.

I've never heard of painting paper except for canvas, so I'll have to search for that the next time I'm at the store. Though, I think I've got an idea for the scaly/fuzzy look of the staghorn ferns. I think I could pull that off with a piece of wood and spray paint several coats of whatever colors I think would work and sand with 400, 600, or 800 grit sandpaper over the leaves as they're still wet.

Beautiful little pots, just gorgeous!
 

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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2019 12:14:09 PM »

Any kind of paper can be painted; printer paper, cardstock, newspaper, whatever you've got.  Well, tissue might be difficult.

Floral wire has a thread covering that makes it easy to glue and paint.
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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2019 08:13:19 PM »

Any kind of paper can be painted; printer paper, cardstock, newspaper, whatever you've got.  Well, tissue might be difficult.

Floral wire has a thread covering that makes it easy to glue and paint.

Doing some thinking on this, I thought about when as a teen I used to make bookmarks out of Elmer's glue. So I took four pieces of printer paper we have and watered the glue down a bit and glued two sheets together to make the shield leaf and one fertile leaf, then sanded a blue box lid over them.  Looks pretty nifty.

Here's the experiment. https://imgur.com/NxDYtI0, I really think I could pull this off.

Oh, here's a picture sort of what I'm aiming for. https://i.imgur.com/F3VKT8I.jpg
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« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2019 12:47:22 PM »

Okie dokie! I went all out and made another one, that is 1:12 scale of a 74 inch cat tree, and sheesh, the fabric work blows Cambell's chunky beef stew, I should have stuck with felt. Meh, live and learn.

https://imgur.com/a/ZEotQZA
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« Reply #7 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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« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2019 02:04:38 PM »

Your miniature kitties will love this. But how do you avoid stepping on such teeny kitties? Grin
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