Hello ! In this tutorial I show you how I made a miniature village using mainly a worn ladle, paper clay and polymer clay. It’s fun to make and you can use it as an awesome decoration.
Materials and tools : Worn Ladle - Paper clay - Polymer Clay - Cardboard - Aluminum foil - Hot glue - Acrylic paint - Resin - Catalyser for resin - Hot glue gun - Clay sculpture tools - Cutter.
Step 1: Making the Mountain and Foothill With Cardboard
I begin by tracing the circular shape of the base of the mountain. The circle has the same diameter as that of the ladle. Then, using a cutter, I cut 5 similar circles to form the different levels of the foothill. After, I drew the shape of each level as shown in the attached photos, I cut them and and I glue them superimposed using of hot glue. You can choose the shapes and the number of levels as you want.
To make the rounded shape of the mountain, I cut light parallel lines using the cutter to have the accordion shape. I glue it with the foothill using of hot glue.
Step 2: Cover the Mountain With Paper Clay
After, I cover all the cardboard with paper clay. I used "DAS modelling material" but you can any paper clay or even a homemade paper clay. I don't use natural air dry clay, it will shrink and that will result in a lot of cracks around your jar. So paper clay is the best to use in this type of craft.
Step 3: Paint the Mountain and Foothill
I used acrylic paint for painting. You can use watercolors and watercolor crayons. It's up to you. In the end you can seal the paint using some matte spray varnish.
Step 4: Creation of Buildings, Trees and Agricultural Land With Polymer Clay
Using DAS brand polymer clay and carving tools, I create different shapes of miniature homes and buildings as well as fruitful trees and riverside.
You can see all the details in the attached video..
Step 5: Cover the Ladle With Paper Clay
In the same way as the second step, I cover the whole ladle with paper clay. Using aluminum foil I create the shape of the attachment point of the creation, I glue this element with hot glue. After the cover with clay, I use the carving tools to make the desired shapes.
Step 6: Assembling the Village and Ladle
After drying the clay, I made the assembling of the miniature village and the ladle while first using hot glue and then I filled all the empty spaces between them using the paper clay. I finish by painting all with acrylic paint
Step 7: Building the River and the Lake
First, I paint the bottom of the river and the lake with light blue color. Then, I mix the resin and its catalyst by taking a 10% catalyst dosage of the volume of the resin.
Wait about 15 minutes for the mixture to be more viscous and then fill the river and the lake gently with this mixture.
Finally, I leave the resin 2 hours to completely dry.
Step 8: Watch
In order to not miss any details and to follow all the real chain of the instructable, enjoy to watch the video tutorial attached.
I hope you like my instructable. See you!