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Materials Needed to Make a Miniature Walnut Hull Bermuda Sloop or Pirate Ship
Printable sails and materials used to build a simplified miniature Bermuda Sloop Model

Printable sail sheet, glue, thread, toothpicks and a walnut shell are the main materials needed to build a simplified miniature model of a Bermuda Sloop or Pirate Ship.

Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

To Make the Miniature Bermuda Sloop Sailing Ship You Will Need:

  • Half Walnut Shell - Use the instructions for cracking walnut shells in half for ornaments. Use fresh walnuts if possible as they are easier to crack.
  • Round Toothpicks - you will need two for each ship.
  • Fine Dried Grass Stems - or quilting thread stiffened with glue, or fine paper covered wire for the "yards"- the cross pieces which hold the main and topsail on the masts.
  • Printable Bermuda Sloop Sail Sheet - the sails for this project are printed on a letter size or A4 piece of paper or printable cotton lawn. The sail printable is in pdf format (acrobat reader or similar required). Information on working with printable miniatures can be found here:
  • Sandpaper - to thin the toothpicks if you wish, I used 80 and 120 grit.
  • PVA (white) glue or wood glue
  • Fine Thread - for the pirate ship I used brown sewing thread to resemble hemp rope.
  • Dry Floral Arrangement Foam - or modelling clay, to hold the masts in the walnut shell hull. I painted mine medium brown to make the foam less obvious. Adults could secure masts in the shell with hot melt glue.
  • Flat Acrylic Varnish or Clear Coat - Clear coat will help set permanent curves in the paper sails.

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