Lamp-house from what is at hand


The author: Skibinskaya Yuliya

This master class is not quite 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
  • plaster bandage (the amount depends on the size of the future building)
  • empty plastic bottle (in my case green)
  • plasticine scissors
  • food film
  • Pva
  • utility rope
  • tassels and a stack (can be improvised from a wooden skewer, for example) for easy handling with plaster and plaster bandage
  • soaking water bowl
  • acrylic paints for the final finishing of the building
  • varnish (in my case parquet matte)

By production time - 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 move on to new stages without waiting for complete drying. But the finish is only possible completely dry products. My house is big and long.

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 plaster and leveling it, fixed it until completely dry.
Gypsum solidifies very quickly, but the tube will not yet be securely fixed on the base, it is further strengthened with strips of gypsum bandage, pasting 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 thinly you spread the gypsum. 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 grabbed and stands on the plasticine side that was removed from it.

2. Walls and 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.
Walls are attached to the base with strips of plaster bandage.

Next, outside of our construction, we glue the pieces of a plastic bottle onto the tape in window openings and glue our entire structure with the first layer of plaster bandage.

3. Finishing 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 a characteristic look of a half-timbered house. We make the layout of the frames in the same way from thin strips of plaster bandage. At this stage, I stretched the cord, because I have a way out for the cord of the side lamp and after finishing there was a risk that I would not be able to stick it out. Cord fix tape and wrap it with masking tape so as not to 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 do 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. Finishing decor was made with bronze acrylic paint using a sponge from the dishwashing sponge. After complete drying the house was covered with parquet matt varnish
I tinted the fabric lampshade with PVA coffee solution. Now the lampshade is not only the right tone, but it also works as a flavoring.

Enjoy your creativity and new ideas!