Hello to everyone, especially all the new people following our blog! I hope all of our UK blog readers have all been soaking up the unusually sunny weather we have been having. Knowing our weather it will probably snow tomorrow!
Enough about our English weather! As you can see from the pictures above today we are going to give you a peek behind the scenes and show you how MyTinyWorld make their dolls house miniature Koi ponds. These look really nice if you have space in your miniature garden to sink them into the ground so they are flush. If you don’t have enough room in your garden look in our shop at the different shape and sizes we currently make – our most popular internal dolls house miniature fish tank is the cylindrical goldfish one.
A quick word of caution if you are going to try and make one yourselves – make sure you use a well ventilated area when you use the resin – we nearly ended up with all the ladies from our local Dolls House Miniaturist club out cold on the floor due to the fumes!
All of the following pictures are clickable to give you an enlarged version – so please don’t squint at the tiny pictures – click them and see if you can find the hidden frog in one of the pictures – there’s a free goodie bag for the first person to email us with the right answer.
Ok, if your ready shall we make a start…
Step1 – This is the important bit – get everything ready and in reach before you start! We used the following;
1 plastic 15 section tray, 2 Koi from mytinyworlds miniature fish collection (for each pond you make), wooden sticks for stiring, wood skewer for poking and moving items in place, stones for bottom of pond, green moss for decoration, cheap jug to put resin in, Polymer Resin, Setting agent.
Step 2 – Cover your worktop with brown paper, newspaper, an old magazine or anything you do not mind being totally covered in sticky resin.
Pour the resin (get a water clear one for best effect) into your jug, measure the correct amount of setting agent needed. Stir the setting agent thoroughly into the resin using the wooden sticks (courtesy of our local fast food restaurant)
Step 3 – Get the stones you are going to use and spread them evenly in the base of each hole you wish to turn into a pond. (local DIY shops have a good range.)
Check your stones first – many of the packets seem to contain a huge amount of dust – rinse this off the stones if it is present otherwise it will cloud the resin giving your pond a certain “after the storm look“.
Step 4 – Check the fish, make sure they all have fins and tails as once they are in the pond and the resin is setting it’s nigh on impossible to replace.
Skip this step is you have instead opted to create a more interesting piranha pond – in this case missing fins and tails would actually add to the authenticity of the scene!
Step 5 – Stones washed, fish checked? Great. Carefully pour a small amount of the resin into each hole you have layered with your stone.
If you have an extractor turn to full power, otherwise use the tried and tested way and open a couple of windows and maybe a door. Please also keep pets and small children (actually all children) away at this stage as it could get messy!
Step 6 – Grab one of those free coffee, sorry resin stirrers and mix the stones with the resin making sure they are completely covered and check you have removed any air bubbles you do not want.
Some air bubbles can be desirable if you want make your pond realistic. Just make sure you place your fish by any bubbles to make it look like the fish created them.
Step 7 – Place the fish into the resin as soon as you can. They don’t have to be in exactly the right place yet as the resin takes a few minutes to become very thick.
You can of course also add other things like plants, insects, frogs or other fish in at this stage.
Step 8 – Put a small amount of green moss in the pond. It doesn’t matter where it is totally based on personal preference.
Green flocking also looks very nice sprinkled on this stage as it looks like algae and gives a real depth and authentic feel if you have used goldfish.
Step 9 – If your happy with your fish placement and have added everything else you wanted your ready to move on.
Pour in more resin and fill each hole, then using the skewer make sure everything is in place.
Things have a tendency to start floating upwards so keep your eye on things for a few minutes.
Well, if you followed our instructions you should have ended up with a pond very similar to the ones in this picture.
If you missed the last stage out (keeping your eye on it for a few minutes) then you could very well have an upside down floating fish which is guaranteed to ALWAYS make people ask “Why have you got a dead fish in your pond!”
We hope you enjoyed this blog article. In the next 3 we will be covering making dolls house miniature bonsai trees, miniature food and delicious miniature chocolates for making earrings, rings and bracelets.
Feel free to leave us some comments an dont forget to visit our website – http://www.mytinyworld.co.uk.