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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tabernacle construction continued...

So our tabernacle construction has continued...
We worked on our Holy Place walls on Friday and finished them on Monday, as well as painted them gold. We also worked on the bases for the walls, which are painted silver. We hot-glued the walls that Daddy/ Joshua helped us trim on Tuesday. We also built the incense altar on Tuesday. We had painted it with the other gold things on Monday. Then we glued the incense altar all together with rick-rack for edging on the top and dowels for poles on the sides. We painted poles for the Ark of the Covenant too, but haven't worked on the rest of it yet. We decided our Holy Place walls needed to be longer, so Rebekah made those on Tuesday.

We didn't do too much on Wednesday (today) because Rebekah was sick and Caleb is recovering from the same sickness. I trimmed table legs (Caleb helped) for the shewbread table and finished that. I also made little "loaves of bread" to go on it-- little circles that I cut out of tan felt! One funny thing that happened yesterday was that Mallory took all of our Playmobil Nativity characters that we had out, and placed them on the tabernacle. I took a photo of that too! :-D Silly girl!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Mini-Tabernacle construction

So, in our KONOS homeschool curriculum, the authors are having us build a small model of the Tabernacle of Moses, as directed in Exodus 25-31. I usually do not take on major projects like this in homeschool, because Mom ends up doing most of the work. I have really tried to get my kids involved as much as possible. But I just do not trust my 7-year-old boy, Caleb with gold spray paint, a sharp knife to cut with, or tacks which will poke him. But the kids have helped a lot with the construction so far.

On Monday, we read through the portion of Exodus about the tabernacle, and plotted it on graph paper (somewhat).
On Tuesday, we shopped to buy the supplies we'd need (we bought WAY too much, because we hadn't decided our scale and measurements before we began!) Then we measured our base of styrofoam, and cut our wood dowels into pieces.
Also on Tuesday, we made our pillars of clay bases, wood dowels and silver thumb tacks in the top. Then we glued them to the styrofoam, all around the edges (60 of them!).
On Wednesday, we placed the white "curtains" around the inside edge of the pillars. We had to measure and cut them the right lengths and glue them onto the inside of each pillar. In the Bible, it says that they were hung between each pillar, but our scale is so small, that it would have been impossible to make tiny rungs to hang the curtains between each pillar. On this day, Caleb also decorated the curtain for the gate with markers (rather than embroidery).
On Thursday, we made the brazen altar and the brazen laver. We used a small jewelry box which we glued a piece of plastic netting on the bottom, and small round dowels for the carrying poles. We painted it bronze. For the laver, we made it from a disposable cupcake tin, and we also painted this bronze.
Then today, Friday, we placed the laver and altar in the tabernacle proper, and made a base for the laver, which is a piece of cardboard painted bronze. Then we made the lampstand, which is cardboard cut and painted gold. We began making the walls of the holy place, which are popsicle sticks glued vertically with support "poles" glued horizontally. I painted the wall bases silver, and we will allow the glue to dry before we paint them on Monday.

This construction will take us about three weeks, which seems like a lot to me, but this major art project/ Bible lesson is about 45 minutes each day. We will have a very cool product when we are finished, and I hope my kids will remember this forever! I have been taking some photos, and will post those as I can. There is so much symbolism in the whole Tabernacle, with the precious metals used, the white purity of the curtains, the red "fire" (red flat marbles) in the altar which reflects in the bronze, and reminds us of Jesus' blood. God made a huge sacrifice for us, and we need to remember it daily, being careful not to take it for granted! I will continue to blog about this each week! I want to remember this neat process...

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

10 year pin

I am so excited that I received my 10 year pin from Stampin' Up! I can hardly believe it has been ten years! I have enjoyed getting to know so many people and sharing my craft with lots of women in Grand Junction, Durango and even Chicago! I thank all of my faithful friends and family that have supported me. Now go stamp a card! :-D
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