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  1. The Orchid Tea Room

    Someone suggested newbies start a thread about their build and ask questions so that everything would be in one place for them as they work on their projects. Sounds like a great idea so here is mine. I am building the orchid with the intent it be a tea room or tea room and gifts shop. The exterior will be painted in a true Victorian color scheme of rose tones, cream/white, and gray. I wanted to paint my own Victorian house in this palette but the Victorian next door to me is painted orange, yellow and brown. Color clash with my pinks. I opted for greens, beige, cream with a deep red burgundy accent in real life. The first floor will be a kitchen and dining room with a conservatory out the end of the dining room for additional seating/garden area. The upstairs will either be a bed and bath living quarters for the shop owner or a bath and gift/shop area. I haven't decided for sure yet. I have many questions and hope you all will be able to help out and give me your ideas, opinions and web sources. I have been reading like mad the past few weeks to learn about things I don't know about like wiring and lighting etc. Yes I am cross eyed at this point so it's time to ask questions. I would like to paper the house with Victorian damask or floral type papers and have not found exactly what I want.  I checked out miniature.com, Earth and Tree along with ebay and many printable paper sites. I didn't find anything I was in love with for this project so I thought I would make my own papers. I found some beautiful images to use and take to a printer to print out since I don't have a laser printer. I have only been able to find one short video without sound on how to do this. I need more info. Like what to set the dpi for if I want to print on legal size paper and how to cut the image to make the pattern repeat. I have gimp but would be willing to download something else if someone here knows how to use different software. There are tons of videos on how to use gimp but I don't know what other terms to search for to find the right video to set up for large paper printing and making my pattern repeat. Any suggestions? Even printing out on 8.5 x 11 would be fine since I am going to plug and play my electrical and use corner molding to hide wiring. Been a long time since I used gimp so I don't mind learning things again. While researching lighting, I found warm white led bulbs but not cool white or daylight led. Do they exist? I may put some of these in the ceiling as can lights around a focal point Victorian type of light fixture in the dining room. I'm also interested in making some of my own light fixtures and led would work perfectly for this. Are there any in particular lights you would recommend for this purpose or suppliers. I think I can plug and play led bulbs. If I am wrong, please let me know. I have hung lots of wallpaper in real life and rewired my fair share of antique lights and chandeliers so I think I'm ready to tackle a dollhouse. Thanks in advance you wonderful mini makers! Please help me with these two dilemmas. 1. wallpaper 2.led bulbs/lighting.  
  2. Fairfield wiring

    Help! I took on the wiring of my Fairfield dollhouse. The problem is with where to put the wires on the lights & the tapewires. I have looked at the house over & over. I just can’t figure out a way to make it work!
  3. I am making my first try at electrical wiring and was really hoping to find a drawing of the dollhouse that I could use to draw my dimensions and measurements on, rather than creating one from scratch on graph paper. Alas, the directions for the Beachside Bungalow do not have a suitable drawing that I could copy to draw on. Is there some resource somewhere where I could find something I could work with? I would like to have a permanent record of where the tapewire is located to avoid haphazardly poking holes in the wallpaper later on. Thanks to anyone that can offer some perspective or ideas!
  4. I swear, I make more work for myself. It has just been a lousy week for me. My minis were my best consolation until this mishap. I was trimming the wallpaper around the window openings when I cut the wires to one of my sconces. #$%^!!!!!!!  If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all. WWWell I just wanted to commiserate with you all. I think I fixed it, but now I hope I have extra wall paper I was able to reattach the wires and use some heat shrink tube!.
  5. You'd think I could wire a dollhouse if I can teach 4th graders how to build series and parallel circuits along with electromagnets and how to make a light with a dill pickle, but the brass brad have me beat.  I've gone through  nearly 100 brads and only have 3 junctions created.  They represent nearly 6 hours of work.  Any tips on getting those brads into basswood walls? l started with the requisite dollhouse tools:  1/8" brass brads, tape wire, pilot hole punch, brad placement tool,small brass hammer, transformer, junction splice, and lead-in wire. Got the junction slice in and working, but from then on it's been more frustration than the presidential election!   Brads bend, fall out of tool, won't go in-- so I moved up to tiny needle nose pliers.  Brads bend, fall out of pliers, won't go in-- so I tried using a push pin for pilot holes and that worked a bit better, and I got one junction done.  Then had difficulty with next one.  Started using larger hammer with mixed success.  Have tried small drill hole--creates a loose fit of brad.  Tried holding brad with fine tweezers, and the brads bend worse.     I know it should get easier with practice, but 6 hours seems like it should produce  about a junction every 30-45 minutes.  Am I being unrealistic? How long should it take?  My husband thinks a larger single brad should work.  I have 3/8 " brass plated brads which will work without puncturing the walls, but they are brass plated.  What has worked for you? What advice can you share?  I built full size kitchen cabinets with less frustration, and you really can light  up a dill pickle.
  6. Hi, My name is Erica and I recently ordered the Greenleaf Willow kit (due to arrive tomorrow), as well as purchased a partially complete Greenleaf Garfield (which is HUGE!!!!).  The Garfield has quite a bit of damage and work that needs to be done so it is more of a restoration/build.  Super excited to join this group and build my dollhouses.  I'm 32 years old and have never had one for myself, and I have two boys so I figured I better make one for me since I probably won't have a daughter.  I live in San Diego, CA.  I have two boys age 10 and 7... and a small boston terrier named Roxy. 
  7. My First Dollhouse

    I just aquired a Dollhouse.  Although I have always wanted a dollhouse, I never got one.  This one fell into my lap and I am like a kid again.  Problem is, I dont know where to start.  It seems as though it is old. As a matter of fact, one of the pieces of furniture has a 1979 mark on it and there are other indicators that this dollhouse is old.  Some people tell me not to mess with it but then I see what wonderful things can be done with dollhouses and feel I have to run with it.  My first issue I guess would be the electrical.  This system is old and the wires are breaking, the lighting fixtures are barely hanging on.  Is it possible to replace the electrical with a more updated kit without destroying my dollhouse?  I also would like to add another floor with three rooms, a sunroom, an orangery, extend the porch and add a patio.  I have so much to learn and any information to help get started would be wonderful. I am attaching pictures in hope that someone will have some suggestions.
  8. I think one of the reasons I fell in love with dollhouses a year ago was the miniature chandeliers. I want to create my own. I have all the tools I need. I have the socket bulbs, the hollow brass tubing (all cut and shaped into arms), I have the solder gun and solder, I have all the little brass do dads and findings, the crystals, and I even bought a electroplating gold kit so all the parts would match (although I may like the brass looking vintage, will play and see, still a fun tool to have I think). Anyway. It's down to the wire It's time to do this. I need advice on connecting all those wires - I've got six candle sockets, so twelve wires. Now dollhouse wiring isn't like in real life where you have to figure out what's hot and what's neutral, right, I feel so silly asking. I'm thinking I'll take one of each of the wires from each socket, strip it, and solder them together. Then I'd do that for the remaining 6, right? Then one of those bundles gets soldered to one separated and stripped wire from the hardwire wire (that's running in the dollhouse to the fixture) and then the other soldered bundle gets wired to the other hardwire wire. Does that cover it? I know I'm probably making this too hard.  Have you ever made your own chandelier? How did it work out and do you have any extra tips?
  9. Hello again,  I am back with more questions.  So, here is the backstory information.  I'm working on my GL Harrison Tudor that I've had since 1980. It was built & the outside painted and then has been in storage, until a few months back.   A few things I've redone is pulled out the 2 staircases and plan on flipping them around to face the back of the dollhouse. This has resulted in my having to use wood filler where the cutouts for the railings were. Did I mention I hate sanding & the mess it makes inside the house and all around?  I'm also planning to put in a Stained Glass look-like window in between an interior wall bathroom & the little studio room at the front of the house.  I've reglued some loose pieces and will have to rebuild the platform for the bottom of the house. I painted the interior of the house white to seal, but I did leave the floor alone for now, as I was thinking of scribing them & then staining them-except for the bathroom & kitchen.      I've read & learned so many things since I found this forum.  It's a case of I wish I knew then, what I know now!  I guess I thought there was only one way to build a dollhouse, but now I see how many of you think completely out of the box with your own creations & imaginations & materials.   So here is my latest conundrum.  I thought I had my wiring figured out. There are at least 13 light fixtures I'm thinking I will need initially.  I ordered the Large lighting kit from Cir-Kit, read the booklet, read some tutorials, downloaded more tutorials,  saw a few videos on Y-Tube, I really liked-that I could stop & pause & rewatch--step by laboriously slow step. (Seriously, I thought there would be so many more video tutorials-as I do much better with visuals, than by just reading)  Anyway, after looking thru Cir-Kit's website-after I got my kit, when I started looking at Ceiling fixtures, I notice that there are "adapters & canopies".  Wait, WHAT?   That wasn't in the videos I watched!    The person I watched drilled a hole into the second floor to the ceiling below!   So, I guess my question now is does the tapewire go on the floor above or ceiling below & you then use these wonderful adapters that allow you to remove the fixture with just a turn of your hand to replace bulbs--or do I go with Lady in the Video???  Do I go across the floor, up the now empty stairwells, go under the hexagon shaped windows, make false ceilings for the attic?? Soldering is not necessary-Yes it is necessary-No you can use shrink tubes!!! GAH!!!  I'm paralyzed from not knowing what to do next.  I thought I got it, but now I'm not sure of anything.  I blame the lady in the video who made this look like a snap ! (or I could just blame myself for being so dense with the wiring instructions   Just for Reference these are the Vids I watched back when I thought I got it: 1) How to Electrify a Dollhouse (Lady, I'm cussing at--but has nice music   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgsi-EnszlA 2) Miniature Electrics Episode 2 --Guy who I liked until I found out that you can't get next Episode to keep watching--Also he turned his dollhouse upside down & on it's side--REALLY?!  Wish I knew that little trick before 3 sides with bay windows  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8Nq2RG8mjY   3) Miniature Building Construction Step 6 - Installing the Lights  -I like this one too, but sometimes hard to see because her hands block what she's doing  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eD8650I   4) I've also downloaded, printed out, read, studied about 7 tutorials online, but I just do better with step by step visuals.  5) There is a DVD on electrical put out by Cir-kit.  (It is about $20.00  )   IF anyone has seen this DVD & would reccommend it, I would seriously consider biting the bullet & buying it   6)  Maybe I am just making this so much harder than it is ???   Any suggestions, advice, methods, more helpful Videos, or slaps upside my head, would be welcomed-. I'm just stuck in this holding pattern. TIA  and Happy Thanksgiving Eve to those in the U.S.  Warm Regards ~~ kat