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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Tutorial: Stools



I've been making these little stools for awhile and thought I'd do a tutorial on them. They're quick and easy to make and can be used in your dioramas as bar stools, plant stands, or just decoration.




Materials needed:

wood circles
wood dowels
skinny sticks
pencil
scissors
glue gun and glue sticks
nail file
tweezers
acrylic paint of your choice
paint brush



The first thing you need to do is take a skinny stick and cut it into four equal sections. 


Gently sand the edges of the sections with a nail file and then lay them out on the circle to make sure they fit and don't hang over the sides.


Next you are going to hot glue the skinny sticks into a square shape. This box is going to support the stool's legs.


Don't worry about any excess glue because it'll get cleaned up later.


Now you have to decide how long you'd like the stool's legs to be. The package of dowels I bought are about 4 inches long which ends up being a good size for a stool for a 12 inch doll. You can cut the dowels to any length you'd like though.


Okay, so now is the only tricky part. To get all of the stool's legs to stand at the same angle you have to hot glue each leg in right after the other and quickly flip the stool over to position the legs into place before the hot glue hardens. 

The first thing I do is drop a dot of hot glue in the boxes's corner and press the dowel into it at a slight angle making sure the dowel rests in the boxes's corner. I hold the dowel there for a couple seconds until it can stand by itself and then I move on to the next one until I've done all four. Once I've done all four I turn it over and position all the legs so they're evenly spaced out.



Perfect!


To secure the legs in place I go back in and add hot glue over the dowels and along the sides of the box. 


I used too much but no one is going to see underneath the stool.


When the hot glue hardens use a pair of tweezers to scrape off any excess glue that may be on the legs or on the outside of the box. I'm using a polymer clay needle tool but sharp tweezers work just as well.


The only thing left to do is paint the stools. I decided to paint this trio of stools bright blue shades. Instead of using the Apple Barrel matte finish paints I usually use, I used their Outdoor Indoor Gloss finish paints. The color payoff is great and they're quick drying just like the matte paints are. 

I hope this tutorial was helpful. Until next time! 

Left to right: Bahama Blue, Real Blue, and Turquiose