already looks ready to wheel off to the barnyard, doesn't
this wheelbarrow, on the other hand, would not be IN a QS
setting; it would BE the setting. This child's toy from probably
the late 40's is metal, with a rubber wheel, about five to
six inches in length. It was given to me by a friend.
the first time I saw it, I could picture it filled with a
miniature vegetable garden. I think it will become a scene
within a scene, with the wheelbarrow surrounded by scale flowers,
grass and plants, and a smaller scale scene inside the wheelbarrow.
I am concerned about preventing dust as much as possible,
so I am trying to plan scenes within clear enclosures of some
sort from the beginning. More than likely this will wind up
inside a dome.
dad used to hang this little red lantern off the side of his
boat when he was fishing. Although it is quite small, and
I haven't figured out how to get the globe out yet, I would
like to put a miniature fishing scene inside. I
can see it on one of those ledge shelves in my hallway, next
to a picture of Daddy.
wanted to make some outdoor chairs that resembled the ironwork
chairs I had seen in some outdoor settings around El Paso.
looking through my stash I found a snowflake ornament made
of lightweight metal. I also found some metal studs among
my clothing trims; together they might make a reasonable facsimile
of the chair I wanted. Step one was to separate the flakes
to see if my idea would work. Looks reasonable.
I cut off a section and bent it so that there would be something
more substantial to glue to the chair seat.
I was gluing metal to metal, I used a dot of Tacky glue and
a drop of super glue.
the left you see the finished chair. Now all I needed to do
was paint it. I used a pale green for some, solid white for
a few, and black for the others. Each gave a slightly different
effect. I figured I would use pale green for a spring setting,
white for summer, and black for fall and winter.
these lightweight "silver" metal buttons in bulk
at a funky place called The Bonanza Store. They have a
depression on the back side which made me think of their
potential as shallow planters when used upside down. In
this case, I wanted to make a Cattail pond for a Quarter
painted a cassette tape label with brown iron oxide paint
and cut small pieces to cover the holes in the bottom of
the button. To give depth to the water, I then swirled a
thick glue-paint mixture over the brown; darkest blue-green
in center, then yellow green, then brown. Goldfish were
made by painting the very tips of thin bamboo toothpicks
orange, then snipping them off with scissors. They were
glued to the base; when dry they were topped with two or
three coats of glue for the water.
form the "rock" border of the cattail pond, the
outside of the base was coated with Tacky glue, then rolled
in vermiculite, which is often mixed in with potting soil
to make it lighter. When dry, the rock was then evenly
coated with a dirty water wash to blend.
container designed for a Quarter Scale Southwestern patio
is made from another of these same silver buttons, painted
terra cotta. I also made several of these patio garden planters
for a swap.
three-branched spiny cactus on the left was the center of
some kind of strange artificial flower. The cactus with
the red blooms was made from glue-blob covered wire, dipped
in Seminole green paint and touched with yellow-green. The
ripe fruits (called tunas) are model railroad
apples. The other flat blade cactus was a tiny artifical
leaf sprig which I repainted and sprinkled with diamond
dust for the spines. The "boulder" in the planter
is a larger piece left in my tea strainer when I was straining
sand from next to our rock fence in the backyard.
made for a quarter scale SW patio, this could also serve
as a small dish garden in twelfth scale.
may notice that by the time I made these, I was getting