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Into the Woods

Our state is officially on a 'shelter in place' order and my little pumpkin diorama is complete! There was a lot of finger crossing going on while making the end bits, but thankfully, everything turned out great.

Aves Apoxie Clay
Model Trees
Black Acrylic Paint
Tim Holtz Boneyard
Tim Holtz Skull Fragments
Tim Holtz Tiny Lights
Clean Applesauce Cup
Thick Foam Sheet
White Paper
Shrinky Dink Paper (frosted)
White Acrylic Paint

Rotary Tool w/ Drill Bit
Paint Brush
Plastic Paint Cup

First, I had to get the courage to drill a hole in the back of the pumpkin so I could feed the Tiny Lights through. Once I did, I had to widen it so the thicker plastic part of the strand would fit through.

Next, I kneaded the two-part Aves Apoxie and created a base inside the pumpkin. I added small balls of the clay to the trunks of the trees and then added them to the clay base, making sure they were anchored well and then smoothed out the raised areas. It took several hours for the clay to dry.

Once dry, I painted all the clay with the acrylic paint and dry-brushed the trees to give them more character.

I cut the applesauce cup down so that it was a shallow, 1/2 inch deep cup. I then cut a notch to fit the light strand. With patience, I wound the strand into a spiral and used E-6000 to glue it in place.

The lights were very bright and you could tell it was just a strand of LED lights, which I didn't like. After much trial and error, I took a sheet of very thick foam sheet for shipping items and cut out a circle slightly larger than the lip of the applesauce cup. I added E-6000 to one side and glued a sheet of white copy paper over it. Then I added a layer of Shrinky Dink paper. As it all dried, I trimmed it up neatly. I added a thin layer of white acrylic paint and used the extra copy paper to blot it off. I added a ring of E-6000 to the edge of the foam and glued it to the plastic cup, letting it dry overnight.

With a held breath, I pushed the moon back into the pumpkin over and behind the trees. Success!

Feeling confident, I dry-fit the skulls and bones in the foreground of the diorama and then added E-6000 to each one, placing it carefully.

I'm so proud of this piece and can't believe how everything worked out so well.

The snow may be falling right now, but I'm glad to be getting my Halloween creations going. Anyone else thinking Halloween?


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