Friday, September 30, 2016

1 INCH SCALE GOTHIC WINDOW PLANTER - How to make a dollhouse Gothic Window Planter from mat board.

I saw this in a catalog and thought it would make a quick and easy tutorial for all of you.

I am using covered wire, 26 gauge.  This is what I have on hand.  I think you could probably use other size wire, what you have on hand.  It doesn't have to be covered wire either.
Since I am using covered wire I am coating it with white glue to seal the fuzzy surface.  Set that aside to dry.

For the rest of the tutorial I am using wood glue.

Use the instructions from the "Things to do, Things to see" list to resize the patterns that Nancy drew for us.  Thank you, Nancy.   Print the patterns onto card stock.

Cut out the two flower pots.  Wrap the card stock around a pencil to make them easier to glue together.

Glue the pots together over lapping to the line.

Cut out 4 rims, 2 rims per pot.

Glue the first rim on, trim so that the edges meet.

Glue the second rim over the first.  Trim the edges to that they meet, also.

Apply glue to the bottom of the pot and set it onto a scrap of card stock.  Let dry.

When the bottom has dried trim off the extra card stock.

Cut out the out frame pattern and trace onto mat board.  Transfer the lines, also.

Keep the card stock pattern for the outer frame.  We will use that later.

Cut out the outer frame.

Cut out notches on the lines you transferred.  These notches will hold the wire.  Don't cut through the mat board.  Just cut deep enough to hold the wire.

The notches are cut.

The notches at the bottom are wider. They will hold 2 wires.

Fitting the first wire and marking the length with a pencil.

Cut the wire to size.

The wire has been cut and glued into place.

I've marked and cut all the wires on the left side and have begun the first one on the right.

I'm using a piece of 1/2 inch dowel to make the holder for the flower pots.  You may use anything that you have on your table that will make a circle that your flower pots will fit into.

Wrap the wire around the dowel once.  Twist once and leave the wires like mine.

Showing you the twist.

The pot holder sits on the last wire going to the left.  Fit and mark your wire.  Cut the wire and glue it into the frame.

Mark the next wire.  Cut the wire and glue it into the frame.

Wrap the last wire around your form.  Measure and mark your wire.

Do you see where the pot holder is?  It is between the third and fourth wires on the left.

Cut your wire and glue it in.

I'm painting the pots and the wire.

Get the card stock pattern we used earlier.

Glue the card stock pattern onto the mat board outer frame to cover the wire and notches.

Cut out the inner frame pattern and trace onto mat board.

Cut out the frame.  Don't cut out the center, yet.

Use sandpaper, I used 180 grit, to sand the top edge round.

The top edge has been sanded round.

I've cut out the center.

Glue the inner frame onto the outer frame.  Try to leave an equal amount showing all around.

I've left my planter pretty plain with only painting a couple of layers of acrylic craft paint.

You could seal this and apply a dirty wash to age the surface.  You could also make the pots look mossy.

I have a tutorial for Geraniums.  Look in the "Things to do, Things to see" list, Rusty Pan of Geraniums.

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Have Fun, Expand on it, Make it better . . .
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TTUL, Kris

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

1 INCH SCALE BISTRO CHAIR TUTORIAL - How to make a doll house bistro chair from card stock.

This is the bistro chair that matches the table I made last month.

This is the pattern sheet that Nancy has prepared for us to use.  The list at the left of the blog, "Things to do, Things to see" has instructions on how to enlarge the patterns to 1 inch scale.  Print the patterns onto a sheet of card stock.
Thank you, Nancy.

This is the same sheet of lines 1/8 inch apart from last month.  You don't have to print this sheet out if you have any of the prepared sheet left from last month.  To prepare this sheet read last month's blog.

Once the pattern has been printed onto card stock cut out the shaded lines.  Be sure to use a new blade to make nice cuts.
I didn't cut out the seat or back.  This made cutting the spaces out easier to do.

From card stock cut strips 1/16 inch wide.  I just eyed this.

I use tweezers to weave the 1/16 inch strips over and under the strips in the chair seat and chair back.

When I have woven a strip I glue the ends down using yellow carpenter's glue.

I try to leave 1/16 inch between each strip, I eye this also.

Cut out the center of the seat covers and back covers.

In this picture you can see the space that I left between the strips.

Glue the covers over the woven seat and backs.

Turn the woven pieces over.  Cut out the center of the second set of back and seat covers.  Glue these onto the back of the woven back and seat.

Press the covers with your hand to be sure of a good seal.  Let these dry a bit before you cut them away from the card stock.

I am reprinting the pictures from last month for the trim.

Draw a line along one end of the card stock.  Use a ruler for a straight line.

I am using a scallop shaped scissor to cut trim for the chair.  The line I drew is a guide line for me to cut on.

I've cut the strip and marked a dot in the center of each scallop.

Use a 1/16 inch punch to punch out each dot you marked.

Measure from the bottom of the scallop 5/32 inch, draw a line and cut the trim strip away from the rest of the card stock.

Glue the trim onto the edge of the seat and back.

Last month I had you print the 1/8 inch wide strips onto card stock, cut the sheet in half and glue each side onto another sheet of card stock.  Please review this process in July 2016 Bistro Table.

Cut off a few strips.

For the table I had you double these strips, there were four layers for the legs.

For the chair I am not doubling the strips.  The chair legs are two layers of card stock.

Mark a center line on the underside of the seat.

Draw a diagram just like this picture.

The chair is 3 inches tall, the seat is 1 1/2 inches from the floor and the foot rest is 1/2 inch from the floor.

The back is 1 1/2 inches from the top.

To get the right angle on the bottom and top of the strip the last two measurements are important.  From the right side of the paper, first at the bottom, measure 1 inch from the edge and at the top measure 2 3/4 inches from the edge.

This diagram does not have the last two measurements on it.  As I got to the diagram part I suddenly thought, "How did I figure the angle?"  Well, I just thought, "This looks good."
So I went back and put in the last two measurements to you could duplicate what I did.  Sometimes . . .

So, lay a strip onto the diagram, at the bottom 1 inch away from the right edge and at the top 2 3/4 inches away from the right edge.
Mark the top, back, seat, foot rest and bottom angles.

Cut the strip.

Glue the seat onto the strip using the center line you drew on the seat as a guide.

The seat is at the 1 1/2 inch line.

Lay another strip onto the diagram and mark.

Cut the strip off  and glue it to the other side of the seat.

Angle looks goods, huh?

Cut two pieces of the 1/8 inch card stock strip 1 1/4 inches long.

These are the foot rests.

Glue the first foot rest between the front legs at the mark.

Save the other foot rest.

I noticed in the full-size set I measured from they have round flat feet on the bottoms of the chairs and table.

Use a hole punch, I am using 3/16 inch here, to punch some circles from the doubled card stock of the 1/8 inch strips.

Glue the circles to the bottom of the feet.

I also glued some onto the bottom of my table's feet.

Cut the back legs off at the 1 1/2 inch mark.

As an after thought I would have glued the back legs on first to cover the top of the back leg.

Glue the back legs on.  Glue on the foot rest and the circles to the bottom of the feet.

I glued the back between the sides at the marks I made earlier.

The angle of the back does not match the angle of the sides and it isn't 90 degrees from the table top.  It's somewhere between the two.  I show a side view at the end.

For added interest I added curly-ques at the top.

This is 26 gauge covered wire.  This is what I use for miniature wicker furniture.  I would love to use wire more but uncovered wire does not glue and I'm very bad a soldering.  I do know about things like JB Weld but they can get globby.
So, covered wire I can glue.  Cut two pieces 1 1/8 inches long, Glue the ends so they won't ravel.

I used a 1/8 inch dowel and a toothpick to shape the ends.  There is a little bend in the center.

Glue one side on.  Really let this dry.  It's so much easier to put the other side on if one side is stable.

The chair is ready for paint.

Here are a couple of pictures of the side of the chair for the angle of the back piece.

Table for one.

This set doesn't take much time to complete.  It is made from card stock so it isn't something I would put in a child's doll house.

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Have fun, Expand on it, Make it Better . . . .

Just keep making minis!

TTUL, Kris