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Monday, May 11, 2009

New Micro Miniature Project 2, French Country Flower Shop, Paperclay

















The top photo shows the Micro Flower Shop with the paperclay as it looked today, after it had dried for a few days. I did get a slight warping on the base, although I had used gloss, it isn't enough to be a problem. As it was drying I could see this happening so I put weight on both sides of the base that really helped. I used my stapler and scotch tape holder, they had the right amount of weight and were handy. The graph paper is four squares to the inch.

I started with a layer of paperclay that I glued with thick glue to the bottom floor first. I wanted tiles of some sort so I pressed a piece of metal mesh screen on the bottom and pulled it off. It worked quite well because I want it to look old. I brushed it with a bit of watered down glue to even the floor out.

Paperclay was used on the walls and then I gave them a brushed finish to look like old plaster with my paint bruch. The photos don't show the finish well yet but they might show up better when I paint it. Paperclay was then glued to the base and I built up the area in front for a bit of a patio and step. Then I textured all of it with a toothpick to make a stone walk way and flag stone areas, that was fun. I will be smoothing them a little more with water and adding paperclay where it cracked and came away from the front of the shop when I do the outside of the shop.

I wanted the front doors to look like French doors so I cut out a piece of shrink art plastic because it is a nice weight and cut tiny strips of wood veneer with a sticky back I bought year ago. I put the vertical stripes on one side and the horizontal on the other side of the doors, painted it with acrylic and placed it in the door opening. My order for doing things is not always the best, LOL, but I really like to just do it rather than think it through too long. If it doesn't work I can always start again.

8 comments:

  1. That's amazing Jean! I didn't realize how small it was until I saw the scissors for size comparision!
    xoxo

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  2. It's turning out beautifully, Jean. Love the little !stones

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  3. This is shaping up beautifully Jean. I have some paperclay but have never tried using it and so its very interesting for me to see what you can do.
    julie xx

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  4. Jean I'm shocked!!! It's so tiny and so well done.
    My congratulations for your works.
    Kind regards,
    Meli

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  5. Wow, it looks just lovely. It's hard to believe how small it is. So detailed already!
    Hanna

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  6. Jean, thank you so much for sharing this with us! You are always so generous with your craft. This is just amazing !

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  7. I have a soft spot for flower shops since I was a floral designer for so long. I think this is amazing- I cannot even imagine working this small. It looks incredible so far and it is so interesting to read how you are building it. I can't wait to see more!

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  8. JD, a Butterfly Award for you and your incredible creation :)!

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