Sunday, October 4, 2015

Paper Clay Mice

Meet Mr and Mrs.Lemontree,

These are the latest mice I've made from paper mache clay. There will be children just as soon as I get the time again. I have one son that's almost ready for photos. But for now I'll introduce mama and papa mouse and give you a little bio on each. I hope you enjoy!

Merry Lemontree:

Merry is the wife of Arthur Lemontree. She is a plump, good hearted and joyous mouse. She loves her family and her life in the forest. Her favorite things are baking, gardening and she loves to paint. She also sings and she really loves apple pie. You can see by her side view

Monday, September 28, 2015

Homemade Mouse For the Dollhouse

Meet Wilfred the Mouse,

Wilfred is a mouse I started just a couple days ago and as soon as I saw him take shape I was obsessed with finishing him. I've always wanted to make a sweet little mouse for the dollhouse! I love mice, I think many of us do that love dollhouses, it's a common thread we share. Anyway, this morning I quickly crocheted him a scarf and a matching hat and made him a crooked cane. And I'll give you a little

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Mushroom House Update 4 Balusters and Railing Cap

Continuing on from the previous post and now adding the railing:

For the balusters (the sticks holding up the railing cap) I used rolled tinfoil wrapped in masking tape then covered in glue soaked paper towel. Once the paper towel and glue was dry I painted them with instant coffee mixed with a little bit of water (2 coats) then sprayed

Mushroom House Update 3 ~ Ring and Deck Base

I knew I wanted a wrap around deck for the 2nd floor of the mushroom so decided to first make a ring around the mushroom much like the one pictured below and this ring would help hold up the deck base.

I made the ring with rolled up tinfoil then hot glued that to the house. I covered it with masking tape but I think I could have skipped this step since paper mache clay will stick to bare tinfoil but that's ok I didn't want to take a chance and have the clay come off. After that ring base was on and the clay all dry I painted it. While the paint dried I made the "ring" with masking tape. I folded strips in half, sticky sides together. Using scissors I frayed one edge then painted the masking tape. This was then hot glued to the ring base.

Oops! I forgot to get a photo of the ring glued to the edge. But you'll see some of it pictured below. Ok,  now I needed the deck floor which I made in 2 sections using cardboard cut to the shape of the house. This step was tricky to get the shape just right. I actually used a length

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Paper Mache Mouse WIP

Today I got the urge to make a mouse so I used some of my homemade paper mache clay that I have left over from my mushroom house. I didn't think it would turn out since this isn't the right material to use for sculpting but look how cute it is so far! I love him! I started with tinfoil and wires, covered with masking tape then added the clay over that. The only thing I don't like is it's not poseable but he does stand on his own! I'll make a couple more in different positions

I built him up little bits at a time then he'd go into the oven for 20-30 minutes and dry before getting more parts, like his ears, nose and mouth, I just did small amounts at a time so he took a long time to get to this point. He's now ready for fur and paint and a tail.

Come back soon to see if he's got a coat on yet!