Category: "Flowers and plants"

Planter carts for spring!

by brae  

I took a short break from making pillows to upcycle some plant carts for my etsy shop.

Hammered bronze...


Ivy Hollow - tree, part 4

by brae  

I've finished up the tree. :]

Love looking up through the branches.

Ivy Hollow - tree, part 3

by brae  

Continuing work on the tree. Sprouting foliage! :D

Good thing I chose autumn, so my tree can be sparse. haaaaa

Ivy Hollow - tree, part 2

by brae  

Continuing work on the tree. I have the tree painted and detailed, and I separated the foliage branches from two bundles of candytuft. Too bad I can't just say "alakazam" and have the foliage appear on the tree. :\

The trunk is somewhere between grey and brown. I mix at random and fine-tune until I get there since there isn't a good color straight out of the bottle.

The foliage branches next need to have their stem portions painted to match - or relatively close.

Ivy Hollow - tree, part 1

by brae  

I'm working on another tree this year. I'm using the same wire and putty technique I've used in the past for the trunk - notes at the bottom.

The first layer of putty is on with at least one more to go, where I will add texture.

I like how the tall tree forces the perspective. Jebediah looks more in scale with the tree in place.

I plan to use candytuft for the foliage. This is autumn gold candytuft from Scenery Solutions - 4 bundles.


Notes: Link to my last big tree - follow the links in the first sentence back through the process.

A good starting source if you can find it is the DVD Master Miniaturists: Landscaping Primer with Diane Myrick. I got mine through interlibrary loan. This whole series is just awesome! 

The tutorial by Connie Sauve on using candytuft for the foliage. I doubt I will go back to using individual leaves again unless I want a specific type of tree where candytuft won't work. :]

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