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While it's raining the whole day and because I really couldn't learn all the time for University, I've looked around in my handicraft cupboard and found some cardboard.
Suddently I got the idea about an aquarium- eventually the Sylvanians also want to have pets.
If you also want to create a little, shabby chic looking aquarium, I'll show you here how I went on:
- acrylic paint
- polymer clay (choose the colours you want)
- some markers
- glue (superglue or "normal" glue for handicrafts)
- transparency film
Draw the single wall-parts onto your cardboard and cut them out. You'll need the following parts:
Important: I first had forgotten one wall, so it's missing in the foto. Please draw another 5x3cm wall.
Colour the peaces with the acrylic (from both sides).
Create your background-design for the Aquarium. I've drawn some infantile looking waterplants:
Stick the picture to one of your walls and to your bottom plate, like this:
Don't worry about the frazzle edges - they always appear by two-layer carboard. But we will make them disappear later ;-).
Stick the two small wallparts onto the bottom plate:
Now it should look like that.
Step 5: The inner life of the aquarium
Because the children want to have little fishes, let's take the polymer clay and start:
For one fish, you need two small balls of polymer clay, like these:
|Press one of them with your finger.|
The flat part will be the fishtail. Take another peace of clay and form a small pole. Stick it from both sites onto the tail:
Put two more on the tail and cut a small triangle out of the clay:
Now we'll form the body:
|To get the body a bit more coloured, add a small part of another colour and role the clay, so the two colours can combine.|
Combine the body with the tail:
Becaue the fish wants to swim, he needs some flappers. Make a small circle and cut them in the half:
Fold them together, like this:
And stick it to your fish:
Now just the eyes are missing. Make little holes with a needle in the fish's face and put little black balls into the originated holes.
|Isn't it sweet? :D|
Beside of inhabitans, your aquarium needs plants and/or decoration.
I've made this little rock with a hole in it and this easy waterplant. Just form everything you want.
Now your creations must bake in the oven.
After the interior has cold down, you can stick it to the bottom plate - I had also added some sand on the ground:
Take some transparency film, cut it into the right size and glue them on the walls. Sadly I've forgotten to take a picture, but it's not difficult.
Because I wanted that one of the fish can swim, I've sticked the fish with a transparent yarn onto the top of the aquarium:
Talking about the top... As you see I'd stick another plate and a little halfround knob onto it - so it looks a bit more realistic.
Add the top to your aquarium - now it should look like this:
Not very beautiful, but it's easy to make it look nice.
Take a piece of thin card in the convenient colour of your aquarium.
Draw straight lines onto the card:
Cut them into the fitting size and attach them to your aquarium, like this:
Repeat this act for all sites, including the top....
We're finishend now! :)
This is my result- I've added a small floor cupboard. But the aquarium can also be placed on a table or another cupboard.
As you see, I've also drawn little nails onto the card. I like the idea of woodplates - especially because we're in Sylvania :).
I hope you had fun with this tutorial - I'm really curious about your comments.