Lamp-house from what is at hand

The author: Yulia Skibinsky

This master-class is not completely step-by-step, it is more for replenishing the piggy bank of ideas than a ready-made recipe for creativity.

To work on the lamp-house "from what is at hand" we are suitable:

  • empty juice or milk packaging
  • masking tape or plain tape
  • gypsum (alabaster)
  • plaster which remained from repairs or specially acquired (in my case, finished acrylic plaster)
  • a hollow tube of any diameter and material, the main thing that inside it was a cord. (In my case, a small piece of plastic pipe is a fragment of an old exhibition cage for cats)
  • level
  • disposable cups
  • gypsum bandage (the amount depends on the size of the future building)
  • an empty plastic bottle (in my case of green color)
  • plasticine scissors
  • food film
  • PVA
  • household rope
  • brushes and a stack (it is possible improvised from a wooden skewer, for example) for convenience of work with plaster and gypsum bandage
  • soaking water bowl
  • acrylic paints for final finishing of the building
  • varnish (in my case parquet matte)

According to the terms of production- they are individual, largely depend on your skill, size of the house, and the degree of “fluid” of the gypsum base and bandage. At all stages of the construction of the house you inevitably wet it with water. And after the new operation you will have to wait for it to dry for, for example, painting and finishing. While you are working with plaster, bandage or plaster, you can proceed to new stages without waiting for complete drying. But the finish is possible only completely dry products. My house is big and long enough.

Ideally, 1 day to assemble the whole structure (if the house is not large), one and a half days to dry and 3-4 hours to paint.

Recommendations for speeding up the drying:
Finishing work at any stage before painting, leave your blank on a thick layer of paper towels or napkins. Gypsum is very hygroscopic. And since water always seeks to flow down, you have to inevitably and, sometimes for a long time (several days) there may be a wet gypsum base and the lower part of the walls. Wipes speed up the drying process.

1. Making the lamp base
For this stage, I do not have a visual photo, so I will explain the essence in words.We make long sausages from ordinary plasticine of absolutely any color. We flatten the sausage, close it into a ring and form the perimeter of our future plaster base casting from this circle. This will be our mold base, it is installed tightly on any flat base, I use a conventional kitchen table, covered with cling film, for the convenience of separating the base from the surface of the tabletop.
After we have installed our fill circuit on a flat base, dilute the alabaster in the cup and pour the mold into the resulting solution. At the same stage, I fixed the plastic tube, simply dropping it into the still liquid gypsum and leveling it, fixed it until completely dry.
Gypsum solidifies very quickly, but the tube will not yet be reliably fixed on the base, it is additionally strengthened with strips of gypsum bandage, gluing it in a circle.
Further we wait when the basis will dry up and it is possible to build the house. Drying depends on the size, thickness, and how thin you are. You can build a house in principle and without waiting for complete drying, you can wait for a sufficient fortress.When the workpiece has cooled (gypsum is always heated when it is cured), you can remove the plasticine rim and continue working. In the photo, the workpiece seized and stood on the plasticine side, which was removed from it.

2. The walls and the roof - we build the frame of the house
For the frame of the building, we will need empty packaging from juices or milk, painting or ordinary adhesive tape to fasten the structure.
On the package we mark the windows and doors, cut the roof suitable for our taste and collect all the details on the tape, checking the level of the structure.
We attach the walls to the base using strips of plaster bandage.

Next, outside of our structure, we glue on the scotch pieces of plastic bottles in the window openings and glue our entire structure with the first layer of gypsum bandage.

3. Decorating the house

My house is in the style of half-timbered houses, so in the next stage of the folded strips of plaster bandage, I will form the characteristic look of a half-timbered house. We make the layout of frames also from the thin bands of gypsum bandage. At this stage, I stretched the cord, because I had a way out for the cord of this side lamp and after finishing it was a risk that I could not push it any more. The cord is fixed with adhesive tape and we wrap it with paint tape so that it does not get dirty.

After starting the layout of the wall layout plaster.I use a simple soft brush for this. Plaster aligns the background of the walls. And on the layout of wooden beams, I put longitudinal strips to imitate wood on raw plaster.
When our frame is ready with a primary finish, you can make the roof. It is also made of plaster bandage. Plastic material, imitation of tile or reed can be done in a variety of ways.

4. Garden blossom
When our house is ready, we need to decorate it with flowers, make a path of pebbles and weed around the house. I watered my house with roses. For the branches, I take a twisted economic rope. On PVA glue to glue pieces of rope imitating climbing roses to the walls of our house. Next, from the plaster bandage form greens, roses, grass around the house. For the track, we again come in handy plaster. We impose it with a thick layer, level it and apply notches in the form of individual pebbles. Now we wait for complete drying. At the same stage, we mount the electrician, fix the cartridge on the tube, decorate its base.

And doing the first fitting lampshade.

5. Painting and final finishing.
I liked my house at all the final stages. And in white with white shade.Next, it was painted black for later decoration. But in black with a silver-steel shade, he looked great.
For painting I use acrylic paint for interior work and color schemes. Artistic acrylic paints are also suitable for small areas. The finish decoration was made of bronze acrylic paint using a sponge from the dishwashing sponge. After complete drying, the house was covered with parquet matt varnish
Fabric shade I tinted with coffee solution with PVA. Now the shade is not only of the right tone, but also works as a flavoring.

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