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Open House Miniatures - Miniature Folding Nativity for 2013

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Open House Miniatures - Miniature Folding Nativity for 2013

  1. 1. Miniature Nativity Set Christmas 2013
  2. 2. 12th scale or not 12th scale ? This miniature nativity set is 7/8ths of an inch wide and 13/16ths of an inch tall. (approx 2.3cm x 2.1cm ) It isn’t a copy of a full-size nativity scene and so it isn’t “to scale” – it is just small, and hopefully the right size for a dolls’ house.
  3. 3. In order to have a mechanism that works reliably, it is important to make it out of a suitable material. My miniature version is designed to be made from paper. I usually use the smoothest 100gsm paper that I can find, for work in this size but this nativity is made from 90gsm inkjet paper
  4. 4. I used - • • • • • • • • a very sharp knife a blunt knife a pair of sharp scissors a metal ruler Evo-stick wood glue, and a small paint brush my Canon pixma home printer 90 gsm inkjet paper (because I wanted a bright commercial-looking print finish) water-based household varnish (yes, I really did use ordinary water-based household clear varnish)
  5. 5. Step 1 Print the nativity Varnish the print and let it dry thoroughly Score crease lines Fold crease lines Cut out pieces
  6. 6. There are only four pieces to cut out ...and only one of them needs folding. I have marked the two score lines (neatly) on the pdf. Make the score lines before you cut out the this piece. I used a knife to cut the long, straight edges neatly.
  7. 7. Make the two folds before... ...attempting to cut out the tabs.
  8. 8. To cut the tabs... Reverse fold the strip and cut carefully along the long edges of the tabs. Try to make the cuts as straight and neat as possible.
  9. 9. Carefully fold the tabs up to make crease lines
  10. 10. Then reverse the tabs along the fold lines. These will then make the supports for the arch and figures
  11. 11. You should now have something that looks like this when folded up
  12. 12. Very carefully glue the nativity together and then let it dry, folded up, under a light weight Make sure that the tabs completely free of glue. There will be a small amount to be trimmed from the front edge. Wait until the glue is completely dry before cutting this away. I glued the main part, at the back, then I folded the shorter flap up and glued that. Doing this makes sure that the Nativity will shut properly.
  13. 13. I found that it was easier to cut out the figures and the archway with scissors
  14. 14. Step 2 Assemble the Nativity
  15. 15. Now for the fun bit... I found that it was helpful to have something like a cocktail stick to support the tabs from behind when I glued the figures into place.
  16. 16. Start from the back and work forwards
  17. 17. The holy family are glued to the central tab and the arch is glued to the two tabs at the sides. In order to make sure that the Nativity would close, I shut it and opened it, very gently and carefully, while the glue was still damp.
  18. 18. The wise men are glued on to the arch If I was making this full-size, I would have made separate tabs for the wise men. In miniature and with this paper, however, the Nativity was more robust with fewer tabs. Note I have rounded the corners of this particular Nativity set.
  19. 19. When the glue is completely dry, it is time to add gold paint I like gold paint and so I covered all the cut edges in gold
  20. 20. Afterword I varnished the paper that I used and my glue stuck the varnished paper together satisfactorily. I would, however, advise testing your own glue and varnish combination before making the nativity.

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