Saturday, 6 October 2018

Renovating my dollhouse bakery, starting with tiling the floors and also making a resin floor

Renovating My Bakery Room Box!!!

Yep, pretty awful designing originally on my behalf.  In my defense I didn't have much brain power due to my severe Anorexia, but I did try.  It needs to go though, it reminds me of such bad times that I need to change it or throw it away.  So change it I shall.

Removing the tiles on the one side was easy.  Came off like smooth butter.  The other side, with the skinny black and white glass tiles from Bunnings, OMFG.  I honestly ended up with a hammer smashing the absolute s*%t out of them, because they were shattering but not coming off.  Grrrr.  Then in my temper I realised I smashed through the floor board of the bakery.  Fine, new floor was cut out and glued on.  So much easier than continuing my tantrum, as fun as it was smashing things with a hammer lol.

I got a chisel and peeled off the wallpaper, It came off quite easily.  I had to rub off the glue that stuck the wall paper down, and then I sanded it and also put a few layers of gesso on it.

This is the glue I had to peel off.

 Since I had inadvertently broken the base of the bakery, I had to pull the walls off.  This actually made it easier to scrape and put gesso on.

After prepping everything, and cutting a new floor, I had to glue the walls back onto the base.  Now it took me two days to see the mistake I made, and by then the walls were glued down, quite firmly.  See if you can see the mistake, lol.

 Yep, walls went on upside down.  That's no problem except for this one door insert here.  I have a plan to fix that though, it's no big problem (I hope)!  I used Helmar Super Strength Wood Glue to stick it down, it wasn't going to come off easy so I decided to leave it.

Now for the exciting bit.  I decided to make a resin floor on the larger Bakery side.  Yay I was excited.  I love resin and I haven't used it in a while because of my allergy.  Now was the time to bring out the fun!!

 I used painters tape to go all the way around the edge of the outside walls of the room I was going to resin.  This should stop any resin leaking into my storage room.  It actually worked quite well.  I was happy with it.

 Link to my Youtube video which shows the making of the resin floor here.  

It begins at approximately 12 minutes 30 seconds in the video.

I used white resin dye on one side, black resin dye on the other side.  I left a gap in the middle for the blue and silver I wanted to  blow into it.  For the blue I actually used Pearl Ex to colour the resin, I love the effect the Pearl Ex has on resin, it makes it all shimmery.  For the Silver resin I used just cheap acrylic silver paint and lots of glitter.  If you watch the video you will understand how I made the pattern.

 I absolutely love the way it has turned out.  It is so glossy and shiny and glittery.  I love resin and I love miniatures.  Perfect combination 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜.

On the Storage side of the bakery I decided to use my own tiles that I made from resin, black dye and silver glitter.  These are available on My Etsy Shop, Link here.  I have many colours and styles available.

I began by gluing the resin tiles down with Helmar's wood glue again.  It worked superbly for the body of the bakery so I thought I would stick with it.  It honestly did not take too long to glue all of the tiles down.

When I finished, I used grout tiling powder to fill in the gaps and cement the tiles to the ground, the powder is available in the craft section from Bunnings.  I am yet to polish the tiles as I have so much going on at the moment.

 I have already begun the painting and the decorations on the walls.  I don't want to ruin the surprise so I shall wait until my next dollhouse update.

My current Projects I am working on........

 An acrylic paint pour onto a vase.
 A resin ocean pour on canvas.

Finally put the legs on to my river Resin miniature table.
 A miniature polymer clay ming vase.

 And I finally finished the black Pug in oil paints that I started a while ago.  IT was hard.

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Monday, 1 October 2018

Making a Jack Skellington Resin display piece, and a Direwolf pendant piece from Game of Thrones

Making Resin Display pieces and a large pendant

 These resin pieces were my first attempt at using silicone as a barrier for resin.  I was dubious to begin with, but pleasantly surprised.

 I printed out the picture that I wanted.  I was thinking about my daughter and her University Graduation while doing this, and she absolutely adores The Nightmare Before Christmas.  So Jack Skellington it was.  I put baking paper on the top of the picture, for two reasons, one it is see through and two the resin should just peel off it and the silicone too.  It did, so yay!!😛

Look at me using a caulking gun, I think that is what it's called.  My son set it up for me lol 😉.  I bought the silicone tube from a cheap shop here, while paying for it the man behind the counter looked at me and said, do you have the gun that you need to use this with?  I looked stupidly at him and said, of course.  Hoping that my husband would have something in his shed of wonders.  He did, phew.
So I ran about three lines high of silicone around the outside of the face, and around the black parts of his face, so the eyes, the nose and the mouth.  I did this to stop the white resin from leaking in.  I let the silicone dry for a day.

I then made up and poured some white resin into the "mould".  Held my breath and kissed my pug for good luck lol. 

24 hours later he's looking a little rough.  I was concerned, but things take time and layers I am learning.  I let him dry for another day, removed all the silicone, you want the resin to be completely dry before removing the silicone.  I tried to take it out after a day and it was a little more difficult.  The next day it just peeled off, phew. 
I then made up and poured some black resin into the gaps for the eyes, mouth and nose.  Let it dry for at least a day.
 I thought about my next move, I put painters tape around the edge, poured a layer of clear resin and let it dry.  I did this to fill in the gaps that I had from improper silicone use.

Once it had dried for a couple of days, I sanded all the sharp edges off.  I then stared at it a little more, and decided I would use black acrylic paint to fill in any of the gaps I missed with the black resin.  Added some white acrylic paint to cover up some little spillages and voila!

Another very thing layer of clear resin, another day or two of drying.  Little more sanding on the edges and then I added the leafing size glue to the edges and a part of the top.  I wanted to add gold leaf to them.  I waited about an hour, placed the gold leaf where I wanted it and done.  Now I just need to find or make the perfect display stand.

I tried a different technique with the Starks Direwolf Pendant.  I printed out the Direwolf, put baking paper on top, made a barrier with silicone.  Let that dry for a day.  I then covered the whole piece with white resin, and then let that dry.

 I was going to use black resin to fill in the Direwolf, but I thought black acrylic paint would be nicer (easier).......It was lol.  A couple of black paint layers later and I added some clear resin.
It got a sanding on the edges too.  Then the same treatment for gold leaf.  I am adding a pendant holder to this one so it can be a necklace or maybe even a pin thingy that people wear on their clothes.

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