A couple of months ago I saw this post by the legendary crafter MagpieB0nes. I didn’t think much of it, in fact looking at the method I figured the light would be rather static and dull (although the overall aesthetic was amazing)! Fast-forward about a month and I’m discussing with the manager of a certain LARP what props I could make to make his quests more interesting. One thing that was brought up was the lack of safety involved in fighting around real fires. I instantly knew what could be done!
I’m not particularly proud of this one (not because it’s tacky, although it is), since this comes as the result of missing my dads birthday. I wanted to get him a really special gift so I decided to make him a model with what (at the time) little model building experience I had.
I made the hut using half a plastic Easter egg covered in coconut strands. I made the camp fire out of charred pieces of twig with shiny red and gold foil inside (I realize now that I should have done the red at the bottom and the gold at the top). The tree trunk and branches was made from coiled wire covered in paper, covered in latex that had been roughed up with a wire brush.The canopy was made from several fluffed up layers of scouring pads, covered in yellow foam powder. The grass was made using a static flock applicator with longer strands inserted manually (their tips were glued and dipped into brown foam powder). The ground was made from wet-painted SculptaMold then sprinkled with the dust from coconut husks to give the effect of fallen leaves. Finally the spade was made from a matchstick and lollipop stick painted brown and grey respectively, the edges of the head dry-brushed with terracotta paint giving a rusted effect.
Suffice to say I never forgot my dads birthday again. Happy Birthday Papa 🙂 ?