Heritage chimney ivy and lawn ornaments

by brae  

While I didn't want to cover up all the lovely egg carton brickwork of the massive chimney, I did think some ivy was in order.  You know I don't shy away from cutting and shaping individual leaves, but I found something that not only looked realistic but made life easier.  :D  This is O-Scale (1:45) English Ivy from Scenic Express (Silflor Summer Ivy by Mininatur).

There are three sheets in the box.  The leaves might be small for direct 1:12 scale, but it worked very well.  You cut and stretch it to create long vines.

I thought this store was called Scenery Express since I first started buying their landscaping materials, and that's one of the web addresses that will get you there...but I just noticed that it is in fact Scenic Express.  Maybe I always had it wrong or they changed the name or they just have two domain names for the same place.  Regardless, they have a great selection of landscaping materials.

I didn't overdo it and used just under one sheet of the ivy for the project, using Aleene's clear gel glue to attach it to the house and chimney.

It disguises the awkward edge trim around the chimney.

Here's the back side of the chimney.

The chimney is now complete!  :D

I have a small amount of landscaping left to do, but I added a beautiful aged metal birdbath by Island Crafts & Miniatures to the front lawn.  The last time I made an aquarium, I used some leftover Acrylic Water resin to fill the bowl.  The birdbath is from Dejoux Miniatures.

I also planted the shepherd's hook on the side of the stairs to hang one of my birdfeeders.  :]

It amazes me how each little thing changes the look of the build.

13 comments

Comment from: Elga [Visitor]
The ivy looks great, Brae! All the little details makes it just perfect and so realistic.
05/18/13 @ 14:13
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
I remember when you started this build! It certainly turned out well! Quite a transformation. Now on to another challenge!
05/18/13 @ 16:01
Comment from: Pat [Visitor]
I love the ivy. Isn't it amazing how details, no matter the size, make things more realistic. Great job, of course.
05/18/13 @ 16:41
Comment from: Norma [Visitor]
The ivy looks great. I'm sure there is more than only kind of ivy in the world - why not one slightly smaller than the one that normally comes to mind? The colour is interesting too. Love the birdbath and feeder, they really add to the scene. I'm going to check out your links, I haven't heard of any of these suppliers before.
05/18/13 @ 17:35
Comment from: April [Visitor]
What a huge time saver, the ivy looks quite nice.
05/18/13 @ 18:29
Comment from: Jane s [Visitor]
The ivy is awesome, it adds a good age to the home in its long climb &#59;)
05/18/13 @ 19:34
Comment from: Jeannette [Visitor]
The ivy really looks great! Another wonderful detail. :o)
05/18/13 @ 20:40
Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]
It's so precious. That is the perfect amount!
05/18/13 @ 22:25
Comment from: Patrick [Visitor]
That ivy looks prefect.Thanks for the link. I hope they send abroad. Have a great weekend, Patrick
05/19/13 @ 01:31
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]
Hi brae! I love the ivy and I think that you made a wise choice as it is something that will grow in any season and is realistic looking and suits the atmosphere of the house. I had some real very tiny leaf ivy that I bought from Safeway and decided to plant against a stone retaining wall to add some color to the cement. It TOOK OFF! It went everywhere it was not allowed to go and eventually I had to spend a whole day, tearing it off the wall that it was destroying. Ivy is lovely in miniature, but it real life it is a BRUTE! elizabeth
05/19/13 @ 02:42
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you so much! :D I had heard that ivy is very destructive in real life -- good thing in mini, it's just for show. :yes:
05/20/13 @ 20:15
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
The ivy looks great :)
05/21/13 @ 05:07
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]
The ivy looks great. What a fab product. You couldn't NOT use it!
05/22/13 @ 12:07


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