How-To-Section

Tiny Bottles

Tiny bottles can be made from miniature holiday lights bulbs.

Simply cut the wires off.

For cap, use a very thin strip of masking tape...about 2 or 3 rotations.

Cut holes in table top and insert bottles at different heights!

Bottles

Making Tiny Flowers

Using a paper punch,, punch out 1/8 and 1/16 inch discs.

Place them on a scrap sheet of balsa wood.

Gently press each paper disc into the balsa wood. This will achieve a concave flower shape.

Glue each flower onto lichen or fiber.

Use multiple layers to get the effect you want!

Flowers

Miniature Parking Meter

Remove the miniature holiday light from its base. (open type)

Insert a clear plastic tube to fit inside.

Drill a small hole in your base and insert a 2.5" finishing nail.

Paint the tip of the nail red and add meter so red tip shows.

Paint meter silver to match the nail.

Punch out two styrene discs for the cap on the meter.

Parking Meter

Miniature Mop

Use a wooden dowel for a handle.

Wrap string around a one inch ruler.

Remove the string and wrap a very thin wire around the mop handle.

Cut loops off.

Use clear acrylic paint to give the mop and floor a wet look.

Mop

Making a Maquette

The first maquette made was the Disney character, Geppetto in 1940. It was constructed as a visual aid for the animators to see the character from different angles and poses. Now maquettes are scanned and used by CG animators as a frame for animating characters.

Sketch the character first in several poses. Then decide which pose you want to make your maquette.

Materials:

If you want a permanent sculpture, use Super Sculpey. Sculpey can be baked in the oven and painted. Follow baking directions on the Sculpey package. If using clay, you should used Roma Plastilina. This clay comes in four different forms. No. 1 being the softest and no. 4 the hardest. No. 3 is best for most work but No. 4 is best for small sculptures with very fine detailing.

Sculpting:

Shape a wire frame in the general shape of your character making a loop for at least one of the feet or section that touches the base. This loop should be anchored to a wooden base with a wood screw. If possible, anchor both feet down to hold your sculpture steady. Use a thinner wire for the hands and shape them in the position you want the hands to be in. Wrap this wire up the arm to make it secure. Wrap aluminum foil, very tightly to the wire frame in the shape of the head, torso, legs and arms. If the foil won’t stay in position, you can use small pieces of masking tape to hold it in place. Apply the clay over the foil making sure that there is a minimum of ¼ inch of clay covering the foil. Apply textures. At this time, you don’t have to do the small detail work. Sculpt the general shape, bake, allow it to cool and add details such as clothing, hair, hat or small items like jewelry, backpack, weapon, etc. Bake again. The extra baking will not damage the sculpture of the base if you don’t exceed the baking temperature of 275 degrees and the proper time. You can carve and sand your sculpture if needed. Paint your sculpture with acrylic paint.

You will find your sculpture will be a great showoff piece and a compliment to your model, miniature or to just show an added skill.

Maquette