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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Dollhouse Miniature Fire-pit



This week we continue our summer series by making a fire-pit complete with a fire for roasting the marshmallows for the s'mores we made a few weeks ago. This was such a fun project and I am so pleased with the end result. I hope you will make one and please share your results on the Facebook page I would love to see how yours turns out.

I decided to use some of my pink builders foam simply because I am trying to use up the last of it. I would like to get a new sheet of it but I promised myself I have to use up the old on first. If you don't have any of this you can use just about anything in its place. I had also thought of using foam core, just cut the rings out of the foam core and then glue them together to make the correct height. I am sure regular Styrofoam would also work well. Just about anything that can be cut to the correct shape and size.

I did paint the outside edge with gray paint to help it hide, I didn't want the pink to show through between my stone blocks. You will have to decide what color yours will need to be painted based on what you cover the outside with.

Another option with the builder's foam would be to carve your stones or bricks right in the surface. I showed you that technique a few years ago in the toy store series. Miniature Building Construction step 9 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnhuRlZt4gw)

The patterns I cut to make the fire-pit were as follows:
Fire-pit: outside dimension 3 ¼”
inside dimension 2 7/8”

Top: outside dimension: 3 ½”
inside dimension 2 ¼”


Now for the what would I do differently if I were to make this again. I might think about using black sandpaper in place of the black cardstock to build the fire on top of, or to sprinkle some black sand over the glue as I placed the wood. The glue is a bit shiny but you have to actually look at it to notice. In a normal display no one will ever notice.






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