Saturday, 4 July 2015

Water Features and Waterfalls


It started with a comment on my blog that I couldn't shake out of my head? (I get fixated like that) Sarah said I needed to make/buy a water feature to sit on the deck of Fenton Lodge. (Why would you do that Sarah? Why Sarah, WHY? ;0P)
Where would I start? Can you even buy a miniature water pump? No you can't if you're wondering or for that matter, a modern-ish water feature. So

I started with some very thin copper sheet and cut out some maple leaves with a craft punch.



Using a stylus, I pressed and shaped the copper to make the leaves look more 3 dimensional. Then I stripped some 1.5mm copper from a piece of scrap wire and straightened it between pliers. You can use a vice for this but I don't have one so pliers it is.




I soldered a few leaves onto each piece of wire then arranged each one into a bowl/pot, using blu-tak to hold them. I tried to arrange them in a way that water being pumped through the branches would fall naturally over the leaves and drop onto some of the leaves below. Once I was relatively happy with that I poured a small amount of Woodlandscenics Realistic Water into the pot and let it set.



I've never used realistic water before and had no idea how to use it so it was informative watching a video tutorial.This video shows you how to make waterfalls by pouring lines of the scenic water onto a waterproof surface, (I used a glass chopping board), and when it's dry you can peel it off. This gives you long 'drips' that you can arrange so it looks like it is falling from the leaves.

This is the finished water feature.


I really like the copper against the mahogany and black background. I think copper may become a theme =0)

Have a wonderful weekend
Pepper



78 comments:

  1. WOW...I love this! Thanks for sharing...you are amazing!

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    1. That's very kind of you. Thank you Doctor =0)

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    1. Haha, yes Petra. I need to thank Sarah for the challenge =0)

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  3. CHALLENGE MET!! I have several projects I needed water treatments for. They always came out looking like something dripping from a nose (snot)

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    1. Haha. I did worry that the water would look um, like that. The video is really good for tips =0)

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  4. I think us bloggers need a monthly challenge forum for you! You're the Wonder Woman of minis! It is absolutely beautiful. I just got back from the garden center and was looking at fountains, and when I saw yours, my first thought was "holy crap, that's spot on"!

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    1. Aww thanks very much. Oh my Lord, a monthly challenge just might send me over the edge =0)

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  5. What a brilliant miniature fountain design. It really looks like it is running too.

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    1. Thank you Catherine. I could have done with you to help me make the copper bowl look like a bowl. Man, metal work is hard =0)

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  6. This is fantastic!!! :D Bravo!!!!

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  7. Fantastic! Your water feature is super cool!

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  8. Hihi, you keep surprising me! This is amazing - and you managed that it looks likes something we could have in real life, too ;-) ... no kitsch...

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    1. Thanks Marion. I hope I can still surprise you in years to come =0)

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  9. great job, good things happen when you listen to the voices in your head (but not my voices.....mine are crazy *like Flo from Finding Nemo*)

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    Marisa

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    1. Hahaha, Thank you Marisa. Those darn voices do keep me up at night sometimes =0)

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  10. Wow - This looks amazing! Wonderful job

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  11. Truly wonderful ! Great Artwork! Cool!

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  12. I'm so stunned by the perfection of this unique water feature I can't get enough words together! Stunning just keeps stuttering through my mind. You come up with the coolest inventions!

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    1. Aww thank you so much Susan. That's very kind of you =0)

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    1. Gracias Isabel . Me alegro de que te guste =0)

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  14. I love your fountain Pepper!! I'm not even too surprised you were able to meet the challenge you gave yourself....I know that there isn't one thing you can't make!! And all you make is perfection and beauty!! Just one question: do you straighten metal wires just by pulling both ends with pliers?

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    1. Thank you Simona. Yes, you just pull the pliers apart and the wire becomes straight. It's easier if you can get someone to hold one of the pliers and you don't need to pull very hard. You can snap the wire with too much pressure =0)

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    2. Great!! Thanks to let me know. :)

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  15. I can just hear the tinkling drip of water, knitting together the stray edges of distraction. Well done!

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  16. This is fantastic! What a great idea, executed to perfection. The fountain really looks real :) Love it---

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  17. Pepper this fountain is beautiful. What an amazing eye for miniatures you have...once again I am in awe.

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  18. Pepper, this is such a Beautiful creation and how totally CLEVER of You to have conceived and invented it! I love your design of the pumped water circulating up each stem and then gracefully falling from the copper leaves (like after a heavy rain), into the bowl. I can actually hear the soothing and magical sound of the water against the metal. This is Truly Special! :D

    elizabeth

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    1. Aw thank you Elizabeth. That's very kind of you =0)

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  19. You are so creative! Fantastic! It looks very stylish!
    Tatiana

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  20. Wow! Pepper! That is the work of a genius x

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    1. Genius? Haha, thank you. You're too kind =0)

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  21. What a beautiful piece of work Carol :)

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  22. WHAT! I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU JUST WHIPPED THAT UP OUT OF NOWHERE! It looks perfectly delicate and realistic!

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  23. Whowwwww I Love It !!!!! Prachtiggggg dat water dikke duim omhoog :-)

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    1. Dank je wel Karin . Ik ben blij dat je het leuk =0)

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  24. Very Clever Pepper! I kind of like the monthly challenge idea....you're creativity quotient is up to it I think! You said modern fountain...then copper leaves...my mind went.."Huh?"...but what a clever idea! I would have started with a cube or something, never would have thought to build up the fountain the way you did! Thanks for such a great idea!

    Doug

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    1. Thank Doug. You know Art Nouveau often creeps into my modern world ;0) I like the mix of nature and modern materials =0)

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  25. Thanks to Sarah - and I mean it!!! You've worked a miniature miracle... it turned out so beautiful and what I like best is that you've taken a sheet of real copper. Impressive!

    Greetings
    Birgit

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    1. Thank you Birgit. Sarah does deserve the credit for the idea =0)

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  26. Oh its lovely! I always pass them by and think I would love to have on on my deck but I never get one.. Now I can just have a wee one on my desk, with your great work :)

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    1. Thank you Jane. Yeah, make a desk version *nods* that would be cool =0)

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  27. Wow! Beautiful work, Pepper. Glad we'll be seeing more copper in the future. Thanks for sharing how you did it. xo Jennifer

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    1. Thank you jennifer. I like copper. It's one of those easy to work metals with such a lovely colour =0)

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  28. Hello Pepper,
    Thank you so much for this post! I have been looking at many videos to figure out how to make water for a fountain but had not come across any for these products. You project is stunning and looks magnificent. Well done!
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Thank you Giac and you're welcome. The video was really helpful for tips and how to use the realistic water =0)

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  29. Wow, Pepper, it is gorgeous!!! For a minute I thought you were going to engineer a true mini pump and waterfall... I am so relieved it is with scenic water! LOL! I am also loving the copper accent with the rest of this decor! Your work is so inspiring!

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    1. Hahah, I think a real pump may have been a step to far for my abilities. The whole house would have been showered with water =0)

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    1. Aw thank you Christine, that's very kind =0)

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  31. OMG... I love it, what a jewel and massively inspiring! I'm so glad I wrote that comment :D I think that is one of the most beautiful miniatures I've ever seen. Just fabulous! Thanks for sharing the journey too, amazed the punch could handle the metal sheet. Must plant more "seeds" in your head :D x

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    1. There you are...the source of my misery for a fortnight haha. Actually I'm glad of the challenge and the idea. Yeah, the copper is 0.5mm so the punch managed it but it's probably too blunt for paper now. I may try a few more shapes, see what I can make with them =0)

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  32. Wow! If you had shown the photo and not said it was fake water, I would no have known. It came out perfect.

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  33. My jaw dropped! The image of the fountain showed up in my blog reader nice and big and honestly my first thought was where ever she bought it I'm going to get one! And then I opened the post and learned that you made it!! ahhh! If I had such a list it would have be in my top 5 favourite miniature pieces of all time. ;) It just looks so real with the reflections going on... definitely a show piece of your talent! Fenton Lodge is going to be awesome!! :D

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    1. Thank you Krisitne, that's really kind of you. To get into your top five, wow, I feel really humbled =0)X

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  34. haha, the ideas that someone can put in your head, and you just have to make it ;) Well done Sarah, because now you have an amazing water-feature Pepper! :D I like it a lot, and with it you now have your first accessory for Fenton Lodge, great work!

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    1. Thank you Monique. Yeah, things just get stuck in my head and I can't shake them out =0D

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  35. It looks great! I love the copper and that is amazing that you can cut it with a punch. I will have to watch that video to see that technique. I did a class making a water fountain and first we glued saran wrap around fishing line (which was very fiddly) and then we glued fishing line from the fountain spout to the pond and then used a toothpick (I think) to run the "water" over the fishing line. What I next want to do though is to make magically pouring teapots and test tubes! It's on my ever-growing mini To Do list (although of course I have already bought the supplies to do it). Thank you for all your comments on my blog.

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    1. Hi Penelope. I think I've ruined the punch for ever but yes, it did go through the metal. Mind you, I think the copper was less than a millimetre thick. I did wonder how people got the look of flowing water. The video really did explain a lot =0)

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  36. Very cool fountain! I love how you meet a challenge and set out to conquer it. Well done! I can relate...once the wheels start turning there's no turning back! Now if I can apply that to my first ever build, maybe I can breathe a tiny sigh of relief. Me thinks it won't be easy... :^D

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