This chapter is still finishing up the porch section with the sliding windows (two out of four) and the ceiling roof. So, first up was to paint all the pieces the usual burnt umber color. I am actually finishing my last tube of this color which is surprising since two bottles were used to paint all of the brown trim of the house. Not bad trying to be frugal with acrylic paint!
I glued and painted the roof piece and fitted it in as well as the trim inside the porch. The nice thing about this kit is the detail. There are small wooden sticks that are installed in each angle of the rooms and the porches to hide the juncture points. Even so, it still doesn’t hide the gap in the porch area. I seriously considered taking it apart but having glued it in so well, it wasn’t budging, so it stays that way. Next were the outside wooden additions and the ceiling/roof. And finally, the trim to the top of the roof.
|Adding the internal finishing.|
|Adding the external finishing|
|Internal detail of the ceiling/roof section|
|Finished roof with trim.|
|Windows to be installed later.|
First thing was to find some pics of decent bamboo. I found one that I liked that showed the bamboo stalks yellowish rather than green.
Some would be a bit bent but not as many or as severe as the instructions shown in the kit so, I bent a few pieces of the sticks after cutting them into different lengths. That meant soaking them and then bending them overnite.
Once they were dried, I mixed some green and yellow acrylic and painted the bamboo. I then added some details where the bamboo stalks separate - following the inspirational pic. The kit came with some green wire to be used for the branches of the stalks but it was much too thick. I had already purchased some paper covered wire from Georgia Steeds over at her Miniature Garden Centre (and some kits but those will be used later...) so I figured this would be the perfect time to use some of the wire.
|Bending the sticks.|
|Slight bend to some of the bamboo.|
|Obvious difference in thickness of the kit's wires.|
|Decorated bamboo stalks.|
|Added branches using the fine wire.|
|The base before being shaped and covered with moss.|
|After the grass and moss treatment.|
|Inserting the bamboo into the baase.|
|Bamboo leaf template|
|Cutting out the leaves.|
|Painting in a little color.|
|Finished bamboo tree.|
|Miniature Garden Centre kit.|
|Teeny tiny pieces from the kit.|
|Flower mounted on an acetate sheet for easy removal.|
|Orchid painted and ready for mounting on the wire stems.|
|Finished orchid plant mounted next to the bamboo.|
|Eventual position for the bamboo tree and plant.|