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Straightening out warpage on a Marcus house
Hello helpful fellow miniaturists, I need your advice. Has anyone ever straightened out a warped wall (or floor or roof or whatever) on a dollhouse? Or any piece of wood for that matter.
I have a house that has hinged walls on either side. One side is severely bowed outward. I can remove it from its hinges so I can work on it freely. Has anyone ever tried steaming a piece of wood, or wetting in some fashion, and then weighting it down? I don't care if the interior decoration comes off, I can replace wallpapers and re-glue trims. I may have to just cut a brand new piece and start anew. I hate to do that because it is beautifully finished on the exterior.
Additionally, user Felthen just posted a message that she once had an unpainted house but couldn't bring herself to paint it. That brought this one back to mind, hence this post. I didn't want to hijack her thread and start talking about mine, but I do have another question.
What are your thoughts on unpainted houses? I'll post a pic of mine, in which you can clearly see the bowed side on the right. It's a Jim Marcus house from 1980. Got it for a song, woot! It's a replica of the Vollmer House at 1737 Webster Street in San Francisco. I'll post pics of the real house too. I am astounded at how well Jim Marcus captured the architectural details. The original house is a typical San Franciscan Painted Lady. I just can't bring myself to take a paint brush to a Jim Marcus house, but it bugs me every dang time I look at it. Any thoughts?