Monday, May 6, 2013

Miku's Leek :D

Alright, here is an awesome tutorial from me, awesomerichgirl$$, on how to make Miku's leek. This is something that is very easy to make and it doesn't take very much skill to complete. :)

STEP 1: A reference pic is not necessary but here's one for those of us that just need one. :)

STEP 2: Gathering materials, Here is a list of stuff that you will need to get:
  • A Small bowl
  • A bottle of Elmer's Glue (for this project you can also use paper mache if you like)
  • News paper
  • Office tape
  • Blank White Paper, preferably printer paper because it's easier to work with
  • Scissors
  • Wax Paper
  • A Cardboard Tube, like the ones left over after you use a roll of paper towels or gift wrap
  • Dark Green, Light Green, and White craft paint
  • A Craft Paint Brush

STEP 3: Take your stack of white printer paper and cut them into strips about 1 inch wide. They can range from 1-2 inches if you would like. After you have done this put your stack off to the side, we'll use them later.

STEP 4: Now to make the rough shape of your Leek, take your news paper and wrap it around your cardboard tube. You can make your Leek as long or short as you like. I would recommend it to be at least as long as your arm. Each time the news paper goes around put a dab of glue to keep the news paper from unraveling. You can either glue or tape the end of the news paper once there's three or four layers of news paper around the cardboard tube. Now make another news paper tube about half the length of your first. This tube will be the part that protrudes off to one side of your leek.

STEP 5: You should have the longer paper tube still on the cardboard tube and the shorter one off to the side. Take the smaller tube and tape it a little more than half way up the longer tube, so it looks like the shorter one is merged with the longer one. Don't worry if it looks a bit odd because in the next step we'll get rid of it.

STEP 6: Next take the Elmer's Glue and pour half of the bottle in to your small container/bowl. Take your strips of paper and coat them in the glue one at a time. After you coat one strip in glue place it on the news paper. Make sue that it's all smooth and that there's no bumps or anything like that. Keep repeating this process until there is NO NEWS PAPER SHOWING because if there's news paper showing it'll look tacky, and that's not the look that we want. ^^;

STEP 7: After you've covered the whole thing with no news paper showing I would go over and add another one or two layers just for durability. After you've done that you let it dry, you can put it outside if it's sunny, or you can leave it inside near a fan, or you can blow dry it on a cooler setting. It takes about half an hour to an hour depending on how many layers you put on. It may take a longer or shorter amount of time depending on which method you chose.

STEP 8: Now the fun part! Painting! :D I would suggest that you pair the whole thing white, then paint the connection part light green and the rest of the top dark green. Let the paint dry before taking your leek off of the cardboard tube. Keep adding layers of paint until it looks like how you want it to look. :) You can use craft sealer if you want, I don't use it personally just because I don't want to buy a thing of craft sealer, use it once and then have to throw it away because of disuse. :P

Okay! Now you have an awesome looking Miku Leek to use for whatever reason you decided to use it for. :) I will try to get the tutorial vid up as soon as I can, but I have no idea when that will be. ^-^;

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