To finish the house and the balcony, a railing made of vines is glued to the side of the house and the balcony edge.
To Make the Vines The vines are made by wrapping wire (roughly 26 gauge) or long twist ties, with a kraft paper coating. narrow strips of paper are wrapped around the wire similar to the way florist's wire is wrapped. You can see the same technique used on the miniature Moses basket to make raffia wrapped wire. When the wire is completely wrapped with paper, it is brushed with a coating of brown acrylic paint to differentiate the bark from the bark on the exterior of the house. Set the painted kraft wrapped wire aside to dry.
When the wire is dry, lay out a pattern similar to the growth of a vine, which begins beside the door then runs across to the edge of the balcony. The same wire is used to make the upper railing of the balcony, curving the wire out to match the balcony floor then bringing it back to glue against the exterior wall. When you have the wire shaped, apply glue to the back of the wire a small section at a time, and glue the wire firmly to the house exterior as shown.
To Make the Railings To make the balcony railing, a second section of wire is folded up and down, with the bends at the height of the upper railing and the balcony floor. When the section is completely bent, the bends are glued to the upper railing and the front edge of the balcony, gluing one or two bends, holding them until the glue grabs, then gluing another one or two bends. Care must be taken not to push down on the balcony as you are gluing the railing in place.
When the railing is finished, another section of vine can be attached to the side of the house, joining the original piece beside the door, but this time running up and over the French doors, finishing at the back edge of the mouse house.
Fixing the Outdoor Light - With the vines in place, a miniature drill is used to drill a hole for the wires from the miniature acorn light and the wires are fed through the wall to the inside of the house. The acorn light is then glued in place to the exterior wall. When the glue is dry, the light can be fitted to the acorn cap over the light bulb.
With the vines and light securely glued to the house you can add ivy leaves to the vines if you wish. Print off a copy of the Pdf (acrobat reader required) ivy leaves and coat them with a clear gloss coating. When the gloss varnish is dry, shape them with an embossing tool or rounded toothpick run along the veins while the paper is sitting on a foam pad (mouse pad?) or other slightly soft surface. Apply a bit of glue to the top notch of each leaf and glue it to the vine, setting the largest leaves lower on the vine than the smaller leaves.
The instructions for the interior of the mouse house are in a separate article.