Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
I have added pics I saved here from Unica Home, which have the catalog numbers of the lights.
These are also available from my google search at a shop called www.Quincyshop.com that is a
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I had meant to post this, but have been so busy! This is the tiling of the dais that the Bratz bathtub will sit on, along with the step. Remember the marble tile how to I posted a few posts back? Well I used those with caulk and my mdf pieces to create this. First, I primed the step and dais with two coats of primer. The primer will be the color of my grout. The bath will have a very regal French majestic look, and the color white goes a long way to making the room look larger than it really is, and offsets the golden faucet and fixtures that will be in the bath. Next, I took the tile pieces and laid them one by one with a drop of tacky glue on each for extra hold. Don'tuse superglue on the backs of these tiles pieces, it will eat into the material the tile is made of. After all the tiles were laid- I had to cut and alter a few because of the space and and the step, I began to grout. I used a cheapie tub and tile grout I bought at the dollar store, but you can also use Quik Seal or joint compound. I simply squeezed it out and spread it with a flat tool or popsicle sticks, which can be thrown away. It is good to have a damp cloth nearby to wipe off the excess off of the tiles when you have filled the grout into the spaces between the tiles. You may have to add two coats of the grout to completely fill the spaces, I used my fingers to smooth grout into the cracks, and washed my hands frequently. The loctite in the picture I use instead of glue sometimes, it really holds and dries quickly. After you have finished grouting your tile, let it dry overnight, then go over it with your hands or fingers to determine if you need to sand any rough edges, or add more grout. I have since taken venetian gold metallic paint and inca gold metallic paint (both Folk Art brands) and painted the legs, feet, and faucet and drain of the tub so it will look gilded and luxurious, and fit in with the 'marble' floors. I will post pictures of the finished tub, just have not yet taken them.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
I couldn't resist snapping these photos of Vanessa in the bed, who could believe a doll could look
Thursday, December 11, 2008
As promised, here is Part ll of the Garland tutorial, that is, creating the ornaments. I am going to do my formatting on this tutorial more better, I couldn't correct the inevitable scrolling down, which probably makes the previous Part l difficult to view, in getting an idea on the assembly of the frame and the limbs for the garland.
For those of you who have had previous trouble looking at the post, Part l can be found in my private webshots album : http://community.webshots.com/user/Barbietown
Let's get started!
Tools & Supplies:
Wire for the 'loops' on the ornaments
Pretty beads for the main ornament. I recommend testing the ornament beads against your doll's hand, to see if looks size comparable. Mine were from Michael's on a string of 20, Bead Gallery, and were silver with gold netting
Finishing beads, or crimp beads, for the top of the ornament.
Scissors, or wire cutters. I have those little condiment cups to hold the beads. Tweezers are also helpful too.
Glue- jewelry glue, or Duco cement- available at the dollar store.
Cut small pieces of wire, I recommend about 1-2 inches long. You will cut the excess off after the beads are strung.
Prepare your wire length- twist the wire midway into a small loop, then twist until you have a straight piece, with loop at the end.
As in the picture, take your toothpick and spread some Duco on the wire, then slide the gold final bead first. Add another drop underneath as shown in the
picture. After this, add your ornament bead.
Add your ornament bead, and again, add glue underneath.
Your Finished ornament
should resemble this picture to the left.
You should now have depending on how many ornaments you have made, enough to accent the branches of your garland. Pretty, aren't they?
When decorating the swag, I first strung some burgundy ribbon amongst the branches, sort of weaving it. This ribbon I bought long ago at Michael's it has thin wire in it and so it stays in place easily without glue. I strung the ornaments onto the greenery branches, then put a dab of glue on the branch to hold the ornament, again, using Duco cement. I did not take pics of this process, but figure you can probably figure out what I did. I do however, have plenty of pics of the finished garland decorated on the mantel!
I plan to add some more items to this garland, I chose gold, silver and burgundy accents to match my own Christmas tree, as you can see it is a small tabletop tree on a table in front of our dining room window. Agnes loves the garland and is insisting the house be finished NOW! so her friends the Moods girls can come for a nice holiday Christmas houseparty. DOLLS! LOL.
I chose a traditional elegant way to decorate the garland, but this greenery can be kept for a long period of time, simply wrap and store in a plastic container with your other dolly decorations, lycapodium (princess pine) lasts for a long time.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
1:6 Scale Holiday Garland Tutorial
Above is the Bespaq fireplace shown, it is about 9 1/2 - 10 inches high. I have created a wire
You can decorate your garland any way you like, there are loads of options: miniature toys, candles (with 1:6 scale you can use those thin birthday candles, and have 'real' candles!) bows, ornaments, either handmade or bought from the craft store, and stockings. Sticks can be cut down for logs in your fireplace and orange metallic paper used for flames to simulate a warm fire.
Ok, let's get started.
You will need: Lycapodium (otherwise known as Princess pine) I ordered mine at http://www.kitz.com/ but you can also order it at http://www.minichristmas.com/ and also Hobby Builder's supply, (though fairly expensive there-) http://www.miniatures.com/ Debbie at Mini Kitz! is great to deal with, and sells loads of great supplies.
You will also need floral wire, 26 gauge, wire or florist's cutters, hot glue gun, and hot glue. You can use thinner wire if you wish, and cover the wire with floral tape. I wanted to do this step, but wanted to finish this part so I skipped wrapping my wire form today.
Start by taking several lengths of wire and twisting together. To create shorter limbs, cut the wire in half, and then twist around your main frame so to speak. If the wires are extra long, 'loop' them as shown in the picture to the left, and twist again. You will need a form for the hot glue to hold when adhering your princess pine to the wire. Measure your wire frame against the mantel and your fireplace, so it will fit. Fiddle with the wires and see how they drape.
When I was measuring the frame, I also layed it in front of the fireplace, and on top. I then added more wire limbs as needed. Long limbs should be at each end, shorter limbs should be towards the middle, so they will curve and meet each other.
Remember, you do not want any of the wires showing after the pine has been applied.
You should have a wire form similar to this, when finished with adding limbs to the frame.
Let your glue gun heat up. While that is heating up, take your princess pine and cut small leafy bunches off. If you order from Kitz! like I did, it is already cut in small bunches, so you just have to cut it to fit your spaces.
Put a dab of hot glue on one of the wire ends. You will be building the garland, so you will start at the ends of the limbs. Put a blob of hot glue on each end, then press a small leaf of princess pine on each one. Be careful of burning your fingers, or glue strings.
When you are finished with each limb, it should resemble something like this. Don't worry, it looks simply awful right now, but will look presentable when you're finished.
Adhere more glue on the limbs, working your way up, with blobs of glue and more princess pine pieces, until the wire is fully covered. You will find that underneath it does not look finished. While adding pine on the top of the limb, you can also add a dab of glue on the bottom and 'finish' that limb with adding more pine. Build your way up each limb, and cover all exposed wire.
At this point there will probably be glue strings all over your limbs, wire, covered base, and also your hands and your clothing. Begin cutting the glue strings off, or any blobs of glue that dripped. Finish this, and adjust your wire limbs.
Vanessa & Agnes adjust the garland on their fireplace. My fireplace will reside for the holidays under our tree, which is small this year and sits on a table. The ornaments I create will be of gold, burgundy, w/ touches of silver to match the ornaments /colors on the tree.
Here is a better pic of the fireplace from the front, with the ends of the limbs hanging over the edge of the mantel.
The finished garland! Merry Christmas, and stay tuned for the ornament and decorating tutorial- here- part ll!
Progress on the house: Because of the cold weather, I haven't been able to progress much, it has been either too cold or too damp (we've had freezing rain, ugh) to paint or prime, or paper the interior or exterior. Because of that, I've been preparing some supplies and getting items together so when I start, I won't be held up looking for supplies. More later - and enjoy!