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tackywaxyliz 13-04-2014 06:02 PM

Making Ivy from a kit
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I have in my stash of things to make, a few kits from the miniature garden centre. I need to make up some troughs and hanging baskets so thought I would start with the greenery first.

My these kits are fiddly and my hands aren't what they used to be! I will say though that time and patience taken is well rewarded. Three sizes of leaves are included and had to be sorted out before starting. Each leaf had to be curled down the centre first with the embossing tool pictured, on top of one of those putty type erasers. A tiny amount of tacky glue to attach each leaf to the stem with the help of a cocktail stick and tweezers. Good light is needed so I used a magnifying glass and the little light on the lap tray workstation which has been a godsend.

A tip for these kits regarding the glue - leave it out in a small dish to get really tacky, otherwise the leaves will slide all over the place and the air will be blue :-D

A little and often is the way to go as its quite intense and you need to have a good stretch after a session. Best not to sneeze nor be near a draft lest the tiny leaves take off never to be seen again. Breathe deeply and relaxed shoulders helps too :-D

Each kit contains about 8 wires and I have two kits. I may be some time making these up ...............

sharon288 13-04-2014 06:19 PM

i have just purchased a couple of the bluebell kits from the same shop..I have seen some of their kits made up and they do look fab although i can see that they will be fiddly.....i am hoping to do them with the aid of glasses and sitting by the patio doors on a sunny day....the ivy looks as if it is worth the effort

hamburg 13-04-2014 06:30 PM

10 points for your patience Liz. The ivy has turned out really fab !!
And thanks for the glueing tips, very uselful :)

Purplebengal 13-04-2014 06:34 PM

Thanks for the info Liz and the tips! I have a cosmos kit to make sometime but am waiting until I have a day when I know I am feeling really chilled! :-D

Rebmicallef 13-04-2014 06:56 PM

Well done Liz. That must have taken ages to do. You do have patience. Thanks for the tips.

pattysminiatures 13-04-2014 07:11 PM

Oh My Liz! They look amazing but as much patience, experience and dolls house talk as I could muster, I would have no chance with that size leaf!!
Good on you trying and I bet you finish it!...............I have two hints and tips for you the first is, don't sneeze and the second, don't sneeze..................I thought the first tip was so important it was worth mentioning twice!:-D

debworth 13-04-2014 07:36 PM

There are alot of leaves there.Looks very nice though.:)

FunkyMonkey 13-04-2014 07:58 PM

Totally worth the time and effort Liz, they look great!!

kath 13-04-2014 09:14 PM

Oh my they are small :eek:
Good work so far......

sued 13-04-2014 10:15 PM

Total dedication to your art Liz. Amazing work. I wondered about these kits but I am not sure I have the patience or dexterity anymore.
They look great though. Well done.


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