November 20, 2013

Tea Light Party!

photo copyright Karin Corbin 2013
Tea party with the girlfriends time. This project is just the right size for a Christmas crafting project to make at a party. They will make great hostess gifts at other parties or Secret Santa presents.

You will remember from my blog the other day if you remove the plastic flame from the top of the LED tea candle you can slip the led light up through the hole of the Tiny Village buildings. Look for Tealights with soft plastic flames as they are easy to remove and make sure the tealight has a flat top, not one of the wavy or dished or raised tops designs meant to simulate melted wax. Joanns carries some of those smooth flat top tea lights as does Pier 1 Imports.The Dollar Tree also has some but the battery is very easy to remove so it is not a safe LED tea light if you have young children around. The LED Tealights from Joannes require the use of a coin to remove the battery cover, the battery of the Pier 1 tealights requires a screw driver to remove.
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I am using Crafter's Pick "The Ultimate" glue for this project as it will stick to the plastic surface of the LED Tea Light. But if you don't want to directly apply glitter to your tea light you can cover it with ribbon or pretty paper. Or if you want to use a tea light candelabra for displaying a grouping of these buildings you don't have to do anything to the sides of the candles as they will slip down into the cups on the candelabra.

Assemble and decorate with paint and/or glitter and a snowy roof the Tiny Village kit building(s) of your choice. Remember that building #15 not work for this unless you cut some doors out of cardstock to close in the center tunnel of that structure.

To mount the house I made a cardstock circle of 1-3/4" diameter with a 1/4" diameter hole in the middle. I then cut a snowflake to overlay that first circle, it too has a hole in the center and I glued the two together. Then I added glitter to them.

Next I placed them on top of an LED Tea light, just temporary, do not glue to the tea light at this time. Glue was put onto the bottom of the building and it was slid over the LED and adhered to the snowflake circle. Press together with gentle pressure on the building until the glue grips. Let dry.

Now you can remove that assembly from the tea light so it is easier to work on. Next add trees and some snow around the base of the building and trees. My little trees in the project above are made from Wired Tinsel Ribbon. Just use scissors to shape the tinsel into a tree shaped cone. But use wire cutters to trim the center wire to length. If you want fuller trees double the wire back on itself and twist, twist, twist. Keep the bent over end of the loop at the top of the tree so tinsel does not come out the cut end of the wire and leave you with a bare tree top.

If you wish you can now glue this assembly to the top of tea light or use double back tape or adhesive dots to hold it in place. You can still access the bottom of the light for changing batteries.  I have set mine on top of a snow flake doily that I cut. For display I placed it  on the top of an inverted wine glass. Inverted glasses make simple and inexpensive risers and they will work nicely as a group display of multiple buildings by using varying heights. Display on a mantel piece, shelf or use as a centerpiece on your dining table.

November 9, 2013

The Fairy Ring

photo copyright Karin Corbin 2013
 Buy the Micro Tiny Village houses for making your own  projects at Karin Corbin's Etsy store

At last I got around to taking some time to play with the toys I have been making. Not your 1950 glitter house scene, this scene harkens back to days of old.  I can easily see this project as an illustration in a faerie tale from the late 1800's. Mushrooms were very popular subjects in the beautiful European Christmas cards of that era and the style of buildings I design are the same types featured on those cards.  

I found a mushroom decoration at the local florist yesterday. I had gone in looking for a few things to use in photos. This scene is 6.5" tall and the base the mushrooms stand on is only 2.75" wide. (See the link at the bottom of this posting for ordering the mushroom piece I used in the project from an online source.)

These are the pieces from the micro sized, gingerbread colored Tiny Villages. It is a combination of the 2012 and 2013 pieces. I had to add in a few extra pieces to get it filled in as much as I wanted.
I combined three of the buildings to create a cojoined grouping. A little trimming of roofs is all that is needed to be able to glue them together in a row.
Photo copyright Karin Corbin 2013

Faerie Rings are found in forest clearings. There is a ring of mushrooms with the center area empty.
My Fairy Ring is on top of a mushroom with the Queen's castle in the center. A tiny magical place to visit in a magical season.

photo copyright Karin Corbin 2013
The snow on the roofs and the ground was created with Scribble brand, dimensional fabric paint. Before the paint dried I sprinkled it with ultra fine, crystal glitter. The glitter on the houses and trees is from Barbara Trombley, she makes very beautiful blends of glitter colors. I wanted a soft, almost monochromatic color scheme to go with the mushrooms.

The mushrooms I used are cloth covered. I trimmed back the fuzzy surface of the fabric with a pair of scissors then I coated the fabric surface with white gesso and then some lightweight acrylic modeling paste before I started applying glitter and the buildings. The acrylic modeling paste can be used to create a raised snow effect on the ground. Glitter will stick to the wet modeling paste.

How to make a mushroom for your micro tiny village.

Where to purchase the mushrooms online. Remember the mushrooms are a seasonal item and might be out of stock at certain times of the year.

Happy Holidays,

November 2, 2013

Miniature glass domed architectural model

photo copyright  Karin Corbin 2013
The Tiny Village buildings are not just for turning into glitter houses. In the 1800's and early 1900s people collected architectural models. Many were made from white plaster or white paper. They were generally exhibited in glass cases or under domes. White objects that could not be washed and coal fires did not coexist peacefully.

My Etsy Store is now open for buying the kits.

This posting is dedicated to the gentlemen of Merriman Park who might say..."darling the model could use a touch of gesso to cover the cracks"