My cardboard Christmas Crib

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by nalmeida, Dec 9, 2003.

  1. nalmeida

    nalmeida Member

    Well, inspired by Robin's work I decided to do this year's Christmas Crib out of cardboard, it's mostly basic structures but it will give me some practice in cutting and planning, and maybe I'll get some confidence to build more complex structures in the future. The space to ocupy is this one:

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  2. nalmeida

    nalmeida Member

    The two first basic structures

    They are loosely based on the one's found in Bethelem in the time Jesus was born, the inside of the windows are completed but still not in place, there's still one structure and lot's of painting to do:

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  3. nalmeida

    nalmeida Member

    In another angle

    The last one for now:

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  4. Arlaghan

    Arlaghan Member

    Very Nice, Nelson!

    Looks like you have got the hang of it already... nice clean cuts and joints... looks nice and square. Congratulations!

    Also, Merry Christmas! :D
  5. Catt

    Catt Guest

    Nelson,I can see now that your gonna be competion for Robin. :D Very nice start sir.
  6. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Looks like that will work out quite nicely! Well done!
  7. nalmeida

    nalmeida Member

    Some progress

    Let's see if I can finish it before Christmas :)

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  8. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Only 12 days left! :) Looks good!
  9. nalmeida

    nalmeida Member

    Almost finished :)

    Well, it's like 90% done, I still miss some weathering and of course the figures are still missing, I plan to finish today. Some things didn't turn out exactly as I wanted mainly because working within a time schedule is very restrictive, that explains why my N layout is evolving so slowly :D .

    The shiny look is because the paint is still wet :)

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  10. nalmeida

    nalmeida Member

    Another perspective

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  11. nalmeida

    nalmeida Member

    Silent Night!

    And now the night shot, tomorrow it'l get finished, hopefully :)

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  12. aartwmich

    aartwmich Member

    Nelson..that looks fantastic!! I LOVE the palm tree!! All very nice indeed:thumb:
  13. Great work, Nelson!!!

    Great way of making structures...

    I like it very much!
  14. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Terrific! The structures came out very nicely! Great palm tree too! Say, what did you use to make the water on the right side?
  15. Sir_Prize

    Sir_Prize Member

    Looks really nice!

    Out of curiosity.... is there a Religous aspect to it, or just Tradition?
  16. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    Nice work! What a great way to celebrate the birth of our Savior!
  17. nalmeida

    nalmeida Member


    Thanks for the compliments, it's always good to hear them, as for the questions:

    Ralph: To make the water I used three colours of Artistic Acrylics, Titanium White, Cadmium Blue and Sap Green, I put a lot of white the same of Blue and a little green. After that I just mix everything making sure the darker tone stays on one side and the lighter on the other (thus making it the impression of being deeper) (Note: I've done this directly on the place to paint and not in a can). After that I used a cheap clear varnish to give it the shiny surface. Hope you understand what I wrote because sometimes thinking in Portuguese and writing in English is a bit confusing.

    Sir_Prize: Well Portugal is a Catholic country (at least something around 92%) and this particular scene depicts the born of Jesus Christ. It's a tradition but it also has a deeper meaning for Christians it represents the born of our religion. As far as I know only Roman Catholic religions have this tradition, I might be wrong so if anyone knows a bit more I would like to learn.
    Christmas Cribs can be seen around the world and each nation has it's on interpretation of it. I once saw a beautiful mexican christmas crib made with their own ceramics style that left me almost speechless.
    In my country C. cribs are mainly made with green moss but this year I decided to go diferent and created my own interpretation of this particular scene.
  18. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    And very well done to, a pleasure to see.:)
  19. aartwmich

    aartwmich Member

    Nelson..your translation is excellent, especially your sentence structure!! :thumb: You only missed one word-born:birth

    What you call a 'Christmas Crib' is widely known in the USA as a 'Nativity Scene'-depicting the story of the birth of Christ for many denominations of Christianity other than Catholisism.
  20. Arlaghan

    Arlaghan Member


    Wonderful job on the nativity scene! I think you did a great justice to what you are trying to depict and I'm sure others have already appreciated your work. You must get a great joy to see that "look" on their faces. ;)

    From on Catholic to another: Merry Christmas!


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