Friday, December 31, 2010

Romantic Dollhouse Gazebo: Finished!

I made all the roses! That was like being a florist! I hope this gazebo makes spring get here faster.
O.K. here are the pictures:
Here's the switch fort the light. It's on a back rafter.
I made a vine to hide the wires.

Under this moss, I hid the battery. It's still accessible.
I lifted the moss to reveal the battery.

It's always a challenge to hide wires, batteries and any unsightly things! But I got it done.

This was a terrific project. If you need a break from doors and walls, this is the one to go for!

Romantic Dollhouse Gazebo: Mannequin Pis Fountain

I've finished the dollhouse Mannequin Pis fountain. The fountain was interesting to make. I followed the instructions on PBworks. I just used Polycrylic gloss to make the water.

This is what it looked like when I poured  in the gloss in. For the running water, I used the plastic strips that I glossed. The stream coming from the 'Mannequin Piss' is just a plastic line filament. I got it from a price tag off a new shirt.
At the bottom of each place where the water seems to be flowing, I used little clear beads. They are the ones without holes. I always get some with each bead bag I buy. I didn't know why I was keeping them until I read the PB instructions!
For the paint finish I started with making a aging stain. I mixed black, brown and water to thin it down. I applied the stain to all the nooks and crannies. This really brought out the details!

Then I applied the greens. I used a dark green and a spring green.

To finish it off I used 2 shades of golden browns. These 2 shades look like rust.

The trick here is to do many steps. Every time you add  a layer of detail, the fountain looks more and more real.