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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

It Worked!!!

I thought I could. I thought I could. I did.

I finished the dome. First of all, I forgot to take a close up of the plants in the well of the tree yesterday.....One leaf. One flower and a bunch of dried Nandina. Not bad.

Now to business. You saw some of the insides of the dome yesterday. Today you get to see the outside.

Now at least it resembles a dome shape. Yup. The rest of the tree.(Ignore the messy glass. I cleaned it before assembling the final scene.

I found a small half round basket in my stash and sprayed it black, so that it wouldn't show through the railroad greenery that I used for the tree. I glued that to the top. Then I simply glued clumps of the moss to the basket and dome. I also glued some to the branches inside the dome so that it looks like one continuous tree.

I was a bit sneaky. I glued the greenery for around the edge of the base straight to the glass. Now I won't have to worry about it getting stuck under the edge of the dome when I slide it off.

Ta Da!!! I am done. I cleaned the glass and coerced Tessie into posing, one last time. She only agreed to do it if Zar would stand outside and make sure that I got her out after taking the photos.

I am going to have to find another character that is willing to stay in the swing full time now.

I probably spent less than $10.00 on the whole thing. I am very pleased with the result.

Now I have to go let Tessie out. She is making gagging noises. Very theatrical. In between the gagging and gasping for air, she is making references to the fact that I am not working on her townhouse.....The sooner that I finish that, the sooner I will have her off my back. I guess I should go paint some more walls.

Please don't tell Tessie that I am going to work on the smaller doll dome before I go back to painting walls.

See you tomorrow.

20 comments:

Josje said...

Casey it is wonderful! I love how you made the dome shape with the tree foliage. And Tessie looks right at home in there. She won't be able to get up to anything when she's in there, will she? You could put her in there when she's behaving badly...

Merry Jingle said...

That's such clever idea and the result is just amazing, I love it! You have the greatest ideas, you clever you :)

Tabitha Corsica said...

Casey, that is one of the most imaginative uses of a plain old glass vase that I think I have ever seen! Bravo! (I may steal this technique for something or other in the future....) It is freaking brilliant!

The cost of actual glass domes for displaying and protecting miniatures ahs skyrocketed yet this is so relatively inexpensive. Now...to find a suitable vase.....

Patty said...

OMG!! I LOVE,LOVE this dome!!!! Your are so artistic. I love how the top of the tree is on the outside of the glass and is shaped like a dome top!!! What a great display piece!!!!

Tallulah Belle said...

Wow this is wonderful.

I love how you put the foliage on the outside of the dome.

Great work...love it.

Lucia Gabrieli said...

That dome covered with foliage from the tree is very ingenious, I love it! And well done for being able to make such a treasure with so little money :)
Lucia

The Old Maid said...

It looks absolutely wonderful! I love the idea of the tree crown outside! Briliant!!

Thmini2 said...

That is SO COOL! I love how you made the tree inside and outside. Actually Tessie looks great in there. Now she will probably get jelious (sp?) of the new doll (person) who gets to live in there.

ShellbyFay said...

That is beautiful! You've done such a good job and for so little money as well! I love the idea you've come up with, when and why did you think that one up? Works brilliantly though.

Cynthia's Minilife said...

What an absolutely clever idea with a beautiful result. This is a great way to display a doll (one who's perhaps more willing and appreciative)! Cynthia

Kathi said...

Casey you are brilliant! I loved the tree yesterday, but this amazing!
You are so very clever! What a great surprise!!!

Glenda said...

This is lovely - such an unusual way to use a dome, and it works splendidly!! Beautiful!

Whittaker's Miniatures said...

Very cool idea and fabulously done! Kate XX

Caseymini said...

Hey! Thanks for all of the great comments! I am so happy that the experiment actually worked!LOL

MiniKat said...

I really like this setting, Casey! Who do you think would be willing to sit on the swing full time?

Minnie Kitchen said...

YAY!! It looks beautiful!

Andrea Thieck Miniatures said...

What a great idea!!!!! And I'm no snitch. Just looking forward to see pictures of the smaller doll dome.

iseecerulean said...

What a fantastic idea, it looks great! How very creative...reading your blog always helps me think outside the box.

Lataina said...

Ok, just in case I haven't been clear abut this in the past.....THIS IS MY FAVORITE BLOG!!! Casey, you are amazing!!! =)

Katie said...

Oh Casey! It's perfect! Probally one of my Favorites!! I wanna swing under that beautiful tree! How Neat:)