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Deconstruction: What about the windows?
My current project is repairing a very used, maybe not finished Laurel that I got for $10 on Craigslist. One of the things I know I want to do is remove the doors, which are currently glued in place, and add hinges so they can open. They are currently hot-glued in place, and I know that I can use a heat gun or hair dryer to soften the glue for removal, but I'm concerned about what the heat will do to the windows in the doors themselves. The plastic looks very thin and I don't want it melted or warped if I can help it. Has anyone else dealt with this before? What did you do? Should I just plan on replacing the plastic while I have the doors out?
When the windows don't quite fit...
Progress on my Glencroft has come to a halt! The windows and doors need an exceptional amount of trimming to fit properly. I'm wondering if there's a faster/more effective way than sanding them by hand? I also tried a Dremel but it can't get the corners properly. Any suggestions appreciated before it becomes a pile of toothpicks!
Removing glued on lace from windows
I bought a San Franciscan 550 this past weekend from Craig's List. The house is fairly sound, and is only missing interior stair railings (as far missing/broken components) The tower roof is not original (or so I've been told) but the low roof doesn't bother me. Here's my question. Someone, at some point in the past, glued lace to the windows of the house (as you can see from the picture, the person took care to use the same pattern in each window) While I don't hate the look, I'd rather have something else. Whoever glued this lace in must have used some spectacular glue, because this lace is all stuck tight. Any suggestions to remove the lace (without having to take apart the house) would be greatly appreciated.
PS If anyone has any ideas for the roof (aside from building a "witch hat" tower roof) I'd like to hear those too!
Brand new to dollhouses - Erica
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.
Need Help - Yellow Windows
I'm fixing up my old dollhouse from when I was a kid. I am NOT an expert at dollhouses ;) My problem is many of the windows are yellow now. About half of the windows are in the house and half have not been put in yet. Is there anything I can do other than taking out the windows and redoing it all? What material do you suggest using that won't yellow? I would put glass in them but don't want to risk it breaking if a kid is using the house.. and I don't see how it would work anyways since it is way thicker. Many of these windows slide open. Thanks for any help.