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  • Location Maine

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  • Dollhouse Building Experience Five or more
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  1. decisions, decisions...

    My input - an English lord would not be likely to import parts of an old French chateau, he'd be more likely to bring home parts of a Roman villa. La Belle Boutique is very French, 2 Station Rd is very English. Moving a folly from an estate into a village to use as a shop would probably be a folly, as it would be a small one room building, which, if it had an upper storey, that would be incredibly small. August cottage makes me think of a small vicarage. Sit back, relax, don't overthink it, the kits will be waiting, you may stumble onto the perfect vision at any time, or maybe even a better inspirational building.
  2. What's everyone working on?

    Thanks, don't they though? I was originally thinking of doing an adobe house and tried out a bit of adobe style brick flooring and really loved the look. Today I was laying out wooden flooring and hoping I had enough - whew - 2 strips left over. I was looking online to replenish my store of 3/8" x 1/8" basswood strips and found this seller on ebay,  so I ordered some more.
  3. What's everyone working on?

    I've been working on a half inch scale cottage using 1" thick standard styrofoam for the thick masonry walls. The hearth bricks were carved into a piece of thinner styrofoam, then gessoed & painted. The little raised area just below the oven is a small block of wood carved a bit to look like smaller bricks. Trying to make it out of styrofoam didn't work too well. I could have tried a piece of builders foam, but I didn't feel like it. I've been coating the walls with gesso because I read on someone's blog that gesso made their styrofoam much stronger. Then I apply DAP wallboard joint compound for the plaster. Sometimes I use sandpaper to smooth the dry plaster a bit, and sometimes I just wet my fingers to smooth it down, which is really just wet sanding. Today I glued on one side wall and the floor base. I plan on covering this section of the floor with stained boards. There's going to be another room on the main floor and one upstairs. My idea was to have a house that could be displayed on a 12" deep shelf at eye level. This is my second half inch scale project. I'm not used to the scale and all along I kept thinking the scale in my sketches was too big or too small. On paper everything looked way to big. After I started building I decided to cut myself a little 3" high paper man to check that things looked ok. I always use a doll in my 1" scale building to make sure things look right. I guess I should order myself a 1/2" scale person or two if I plan on continuing work in this scale.  
  4. What's everyone working on?

    Why is it, that whenever I start a new house, no matter how much stripwood I've stocked up on, I always seem to be short of the ones I need? This time, fortunately, after rummaging through my scrap pile, I've found several pieces of long enough leftover door casing that are the right dimensions to match my one piece of 1/8 x 3/8 stripwood. With all that stripwood on the shelf, how did I wind up with just one piece? It's a good thing I never throw any wooden bits and pieces away.   
  5. Walls? Stucco?

    I've been working on a 1:24 masonry house using 1" styrofoam sheets painted with gesso, then covered with a thin layer of drywall compound. So far so good. I wanted to use some of the pile of styrofoam packing materials I saved from my bathroom remodel.
  6. Creating a tree look/bark etc

    I did a tree stump years ago using a papier mache product called Celluclay. I wrote a long tutorial on the tree trunk house which includes working with the celluclay. Just scrolldown to day 14. The picture shows the tree trunk before I painted it. Since then I've also discovered that styrofoam is easily carvable into bark shape with a wood burning tool. - 2nd picture, painted "wood"
  7. Any help identifying this?

    It's not a set. It's an assortment for the most part of individual pieces. I do believe it's at least partially European in origin, though. The yellow & blue cabinet on the far right near the sofa was being sold as part of an Aztec Imports dining room set a few years ago. I used to sell them and still have one of the sets. The other blue & yellow cabinet looks like an early version of the $1.00 hutches from Michaels because the carving on the top looks clearer than the ones sold now.The black metal stove is a smaller version of one that Town Square miniatures has been selling for years. The sofa & chair look like old cheaper versions of the Melissa & Doug living room set. I think I saw Handley House has one like that now too. The yellow low cabinet in the kitchen section reminds me of European dollhouse furniture. 
  8. My Mother's Childhood Home in 1/12th

    Lucky you!  I sketched out a front face treatment  for you. I'd use layers of styrofoam, ideally the stuff you get when you get a breakable item from an online seller. Right now I have scads of the stuff in assorted thicknesses. If you have no styrofoam you can try crumpling newspaper, cover it with wire netting, then cover that with paper mache or plaster wrap. I've forgotten what it's called, I've used it & I have some up on the 3rd floor, but I just came downstairs. I'll look and see later if you're interested. Styrofoam would be much easier, though. You can make the front yard treatment short & steep or wider & shallower, whichever you wish. Something similar to go in the back, but the rear treatment can be quite short in depth, maybe just some greenery like flattened shrubs along the wall to give it a finished look. Almost forgot to mention, the hatched wall and floor in my drawing are not attached to anything, so the yard can be pulled away to show the basement.  
  9. Finished 18th c Pennsylvania stone house

    Thank you all, very much!
  10. Finished 18th c Pennsylvania stone house

    Thank you, everyone! Kathie, while thinking of how to do the next thing, and idly picking at little bits of dried glue and paint on a plastic plate which  I was using as a palette, when the Tulip paint easily came off. I grabbed a scrap of acetate I had and started drawing out some small squiggly shapes, let them dry and huzzah - they peeled right off.  
  11. My last 1:12 scale house is complete and my studio is all clean and tidy. Here are a few photos of the house, more are on my webpage, together with the tutorial I made earlier this year about doing the stonework.  
  12. What are you up to today? This week?

    I finished work on my stone house this evening by gluing leaf clusters onto a viny looking tree. Trying to work on the house this past couple of weeks has been exasperating. I had a cataract removed from my left eye 4 weeks ago and now none of my glasses work right. I saw the optometrist yesterday and ordered a new pair of progresives and a pair of sunglasses, but I have to wait about a week to get them. Right now the only glasses I can see through well enough to drive are a pair I bought around 1985. Thank goodness I held on to them all these years just in case I might be desperate for a spare pair. For the last few years I've been keeping an old pair of reading glasses in my workroom for miniatures or sewing, but I've discovered that they just don't cut the mustard anymore. Being severely nearsighted taking my glasses off altogether doesn't do the trick very well either, the way it used to. Obviously I need a couple pair of new reading glasses too. I hope the cataract in my right eye takes its own sweet time before it gets any worse. The doctor said there's no way of telling if it'll last 6 months or 6 years.
  13. stone verandah

    From the album 1690 Pennsylvania stone house

    The stones are made of egg cartons, the moss between the stones is paint.
  14. Help!

    My guess is 1940's, but possibly 1930's on account of the windows.
  15. Spray paint over a shiny finish

    There's a spray paint especially meant to use on plastic. I know I've used it, but I can't remember the brand. I'd have found it at someplace like Home Depot or Walmart.