Holiday busy-ness is fully upon us so this first Friday post is just an in-progress show and tell.
These are start to finish pictures, of a new version of my Stumptown Fairy Houses.
These are N scale 1:148 houses built on or into a clay "tree stump".
Hope you enjoy this peek into the process and stages of making this little design!
Wishing you all the happiest of weeks ahead!
|Each one starts with a simple, roughly shaped lump of polymer clay.|
|A little slicing away of the clay gives me something of a stump shape. Not too picky here as the next step will remove any of the hard lines.|
|I use the edge of a clay shaping tool to start making the "bark" lines, I do this in layers so they overlap.|
Then comes the next stages:
|Next I add a simple shape of a house on top, gauging the size to allow for a door and window.|
|A flat rolled piece like this will become the first side of the roof once texture is added.|
|Then the second side of the roof, sides of the trunk reaching up the house and a branch chimney get added on. In the end, this one will look as if it were carved from the tree instead of sitting onto of a cut stump.|
|Here are a selection of them that I worked on all at once. The little "steps" and mushrooms have been added on the two in back. Then indentations are made for the windows and doors. They are then removed and the pieces are baked.|
|The first part of the painting in the base color for the tree stump. The houses will get their own color so I am |
not too particular here about getting paint on any other part.
|The houses get their gray base coat, the trunk gets it's lightest highlight and the roof tops get their black base color too.|
|A few stages forward. Mushrooms receive their red coloring, rooftops their raw sienna color and the walls get an array of shades. Next will be the landscaping and the final detail touches. . .|
|. . . of flowerboxes, roof tile colors, moss, windows and doors, wildflowers and spots on the mushrooms|
|Here are two of them complete and ready to go in the shop this weekend.|
|"Ya'll come back now, ya hear!"|