Thursday, November 23, 2017

Gnome Home out of Gum container-See the PossibilitiesGnome

Gnome Home made out of a plastic gum container and Air dry Clay.  Easy and inexpensive to make.  This would be a great project to do with children.  The house is 3 inches high and the little Gnome is 2 inches high from Darice, at our local craft store in the Fairy Garden section.

Here is the gum container.  3 inches high with a flip top lid.  Car container it says because it fits into the cup holders.  I have kept quite a few of these to put tiny things into.  After throwing one into the trash it kept calling me.  OK, what can I make out of you?  It wasn't long before the answer came to me.  I had long forgotten about the little Gnomes in my craft cupboard.  Their  time has come.

First take all labels off and tear off the lid, remove the top and turn upside down

This model house the lid is underside to the top. I cut with an exacto knife the back side of the lid so the container slides over it and removed any nibs that prevent it from being flat against the container.  Hot glue lids to container as shown above.

This model home has the lid right side up and has more room on the front for a patio.  Hot glue together as shown.

This is the zip opener in the oval hole where the gum comes out.  It looks just like a toilet lid and seat attached.  I will keep for another project in my junk stash.  It might come in handy someday.

The clay used is  Polyform Model Air Dry Clay.  It is a 2 pound block and will keep for a long time if left in the foil packaging it comes in and sealed and put in a plastic bag.  This is $7.99 at Joanne Fabrics and with  a 40% off coupon it was in the $4.00 range. This is comparable to Paperclay brand which is a lot more expensive.  I really like this clay.  It is a real joy to work with, cool to the touch, does not get gummy, but you have to work in small sections at a time.  It starts to set up 15 minutes and dries overnight.  Fimo clay is hard to get softened sometimes and my hands get tired before even get started making a project.  This clay can be colored with small amounts of paint kneaded into it.   The other tools needed are  Aileen's tacky glue, and Wilton's Fondant tools found at Joannes in Cake supplies and a small stencil brush, paints of desired colors.  I like the Wilton Fondant set  because it has a ball tool, knives, and each tool has texture on the ends and when used as a rolling pin, it adds little dots to the clay.  On top of the Air clay package is a pencil with the eraser taken out.  I used pliers to make the metal into a square.  This is what you will use to  punch the stones into the clay.  

I usually start with the roof, and then make snakes to go around and fill in around the door section.  Roll out to 1/8 approx thickness and use  the pencil as described above to punch out the stones.   Use Ailene's Tacky glue to make a thin layer of glue on each section of the house before applying  the rolled out clay on top of the glue.  This can be at random or some upright with the pencil and some sideways. After scoring stones in the section use a tooth pick or ball tool and press in between the rocks to smash down the grouting.  I then use a small stencil brush to add texture of rocks by pouncing lightly on top of the clay. 

Let dry overnight

Here are the two models of houses with different front porches

After drying overnight apply a wash of the first coat of paint.  This will be the color you want your grouting to be.  Thin down with water acrylic paint and scrub into the crevices and all over the house.  I found in my trash stash the piece of a broken candle ring and it looks great on top of the grey house as a roof.  The chimneys are mini chess pieces with the top cut off and the hole enlarged.
The next step is to dry brush several shades of coordinated paint-dark to light just on rocks not in the grooves.  This makes it look like sandstone   The picture does not show it very well but it has high contrasts.

To finish off the beige house I painted the door a persimmon color.  At this point it was discovered if you want a person looking out the door or paper curtains you need to put it on the inside before you glue the front on and put the clay on.  I used a  small  picture frame and inserted some screen into it.  The base is the underside of the lid, so I had side panels exposed.  I used Deer moss for a garden and small Joleen's flowers.  The sidewalk down the center has a set of steps at the door.  I found some interesting pine tree sticks and cut them  to cover the panels next to the door and down over the panels on the base.   Jewel finds make up the door knob. When dry these are very light weight

I think the Gnomes off to the left side are jealous of this guys new home.  Next blog will be the grey Gnome home.  I ran out of time today and did not finish it.    Then another style  will have to be made for the other guy.
These are really cute and don't take up a lot of room.  They are sturdy like paper mache and won't break like the glass ones.  You can hold them in the palm of your hand.  The nice part about working with these is you can have your hand in the inside container to maneuver it around the whole time.  I plan on putting them into my larger plant pots that are on the floor with all the accessory's of course.  By changing the design and roof you could make a whole village of these small houses.  Gnomeastay!

1 comment:

  1. Te han quedado geniales y además muy buena idea,utilizar envases plásticos,así no hay peligro de rotura!