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Spackle And Wood Filler Are Your Friend

Posted by amylynn920 in Haunting The Orchid, 27 April 2015 · 1 views

I've managed to remove and prep the windows for The Orchid. I am finding a lot of lamination chipping off while I'm sanding these little pieces. I'm using Elmers wood filler and spackle to fill gaps, let the pieces dry over night and then sand them. It seems to be working well. I have one rectangular window and the octagon windows to do. I'm thinking I may try painting the supplied acetate window panes for a stained glass look. I don't want to invest in Gallery Glass, until I see how painting the sheets comes out as.

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Lattices and porch posts and bricks, oh my!

Posted by rbytsdy in rbytsdy's Blog, 25 April 2015 · 10 views

I am having such fun working on this house! It's a bit organic, the process so far, in that I think of things I want to build and then I build them. And then I revise/undo them when it turns out that it doesn't fit. :prop:

So I was googling for guidance on porch lattices, and came across this fellow: http://www.oldhouseg...porch-skirting/. I don't know how much is orthodoxy and how much is his opinion, but his views on aesthetics made sense to me, so I decided to go with it. He wrote about how porch posts need to have at least a visual support underneath them or else the porch structure looks weak, and how the holes in lattice shouldn't be too big or small. I used his dimensions as a guide to make lattices out of matboard strips:
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But before that, I had measured out the porch and decided what should be brick and what should be lattice, as well as putting the extension on the porch; since the extension was foamboard, I shimmed the original porch with matboard to make up the thickness.
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Dryfitting the lattice, I installed the rest of the porch support that will be bricked over:
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You can also see my floor supports (1/2" square dowel)-- that floor gets pretty saggy without it!
Anybody who has done eggcarton brick or stone knows what this is:
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Here are my porch posts, made of matboard (with foamboard reinforcements inside them):
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And here are some items that I got from http://www.miniaturesmarketplace.com/ with their free shipping coupon and a gift card (so it was free to me! :prop: ):
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Reinforcing my porch posts with wooden dowel:
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Oldhouseguy referenced above said that one should never rest one's lattice on the ground due to rot, so I put a layer of foamboard under the entire house perimeter so that I can lay a layer of brick.
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I also worked on the porch steps. The steps and the top slabs of their sides will be finished in concrete, and the sides themselves will be bricked:
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Getting started on the bricking; I will have to make more bricks to finish off the chimney and the porch posts. I will have to think about the porch posts; I don't like where that brick pattern is going... :nonono:
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The lattice is still dry-fit into place, since I need to grout the bricks and paint underneath the porch before I glue em in.
The house isn't glued to the base yet because I have to figure out what I am doing with the wiring and drill holes accordingly.

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A little bit of this....a tiny bit of that

Posted by Shareb in The Kiwi Pierce Build, 24 April 2015 · 14 views

Hi all! I have sort of reached a stale mate on my Pierce. I have made lights but I don't feel that I can fix them in until I have the second floor and the walls actually glued in. So, I want to do at least a couple of my downstairs windows before gluing the walls and floors. However I have been struggling to get the window pieces as nice as I would like them to be. Hubby has just bought me a collapsible paint booth with a fan in the back and I have sprayed the two bathroom cabinets I've been making today which worked quite well. So then I decided that I want to put a different paper in the study and now I'm re-doing the bathroom as the cabinets I'd made previously out of balsa were clumsy and completely the wrong scale.
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Step 5 - Inventory the results thus far..... - time for another coffee break

Posted by Soapz in Soapz's Blog, 27 February 2015 · 108 views

So, this is how it looks right now:

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This one a bit closer:


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I think this will work. I'm going to dig through my stuff to find some chains and figure out how to attach the whole thing at the ceiling so that it looks good.

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Miniature art glass how-to

Posted by Treedydi in Treedydi's Blog, 03 February 2015 · 151 views

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Verdigris the whole roof?

Posted by Debra from Olde Cape Cod in Dollhouselady's Blog, 19 August 2014 · 271 views

Yep, the house is talking again.  I haven't even got the tower roof built yet and the house whispers "How about doing the whole roof.....". so now I am up in the middle of the night looking at pictures of copper roofs and how they're constructed.  Actually I think it will look awesome! LOL!

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Foam board mockup

Posted by Ken in Ken's Blog, 13 June 2014 · 227 views

  Using foam board to see if this is the direction I want to be going.. Easier to change direction faster this way.
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Sugar Plum on the way!

Posted by Roxxie2 in Roxxie2's Mini Things, 11 March 2014 · 288 views

I started painting and staining the floor today.   I gave up on the idea of stucco since Fairies probably don't want to be bothered with it either.   I painted the outside and the ceiling of the first floor.  Starting to get ideas already.   :)

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a little more

Posted by pats in pats' Blog, 10 February 2014 · 263 views

My progress is so slow I'm wondering if I should even bother to post an entry.  But it's keeping me working on the build, so I'll just add a picture when I get a little more done.

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Beginning the Primer and a near catastrophe...

Posted by ~morningstar~ in ~morningstar~'s Blog, 06 January 2014 · 351 views

Last night while working on the windows, my son refilled my tea sippy (a cup with a screw on lid and a straw) but didn't secure the lid.. I didn't notice, and went to pick up the cup to take a sip. The cup slipped out of my hands and spilled tea all over my doll house wall. :( He grabbed a towel to help mop up the mess. The majority of it wound up in this silver tray that was sitting on top of the doll house part, that held tools (tweezers of all sorts, a mirror on a telescopic stick, swabs, and face masks) needless to say it took me a bit to clean up the mess and dry off the part of the doll house. This morning I began applying primer to the doll house walls and noticed one wall developed a crack. The crack doesn't go all the way through the board, fortunately. I don't know if I need to try to repair it, or if it will be ok, my concern is that this will weaken the construction of that wall.  I suppose I could try to staple it back together on that side of the wall to strengthen it. Any other ideas?
 
 
 
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The Columbian rehab

Posted by kellee in kellee's Blog, 05 January 2014 · 298 views

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I finished the Columbian a few days ago. This is a picture of the front of the house... egg carton stone front.  I really like how the egg cartons turned out, and it was a fun project. !
 

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The Hobbit House Blog

Posted by Ravenswing in The Hobbit House Blog, 28 November 2013 · 360 views

The Hobbit House Blog:
 
This will be the start of my blog for the Hobbit House build.  This house is a last minute request for a Christmas present, and I’ve had to put both my Bronte build and the rehab on my Fairfield on the back burner to get this done in time for the holidays.  I’m starting out with these supplies, I’m sure there will be more as I go along but here’s what I  had to buy to get started:
  •  6 - pieces of 3MM Birch Plywood x12x24
  • 1 - quart of Dap Dry Dex Spackling
  • 1 - quart of Minwax English Chestnut 233 wood stain
  • 1 - 18 pc.  Carbon hole saw set
  • 2- 1 inch round windows and 2 ½ inch round windows
  • 1 – Piece of x12x24 inch Plexiglas
At this point everything else that I need for the moment is in my stash.  I started out by taking two of the boards and cutting them in half to make my two outside walls and two inside partition walls.  I measured and cut a third piece for my front wall cutting out a 4½ inch round front door and the four round windows (Two 3½ inch large windows and two 1 inch round windows.).  I then cut two 1 inch round holes in the outside wall pieces for my side windows and two 4½ inch openings in my partition walls for the doorways.
 

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Fairy Houses

Posted by shamrockgirl18 in shamrockgirl18's Blog, 24 September 2013 · 349 views

I haven't been on here in a while- not because I haven't been doing any mini work, but mostly b/c I haven't even had time to breathe, let alone type a nice leisurely blog entry.
 
I've been incredibly busy because I now have 3 jobs: a day job (school librarian), a night job (writing instructor at local community college) and also a weekend job (local history museum).
 
I was working this past Sunday at the museum (which is really a small historical village) when they had the Fairy House tour. Here's the link from the event, direct from author Tracy Kane's website: http://www.fairyhous...smouth-nh-2013/
 
Towards the end of the day, I happened to meet the lady who arranged these Fairy House events. She told me that every year, there are a few houses that never get claimed, and they end up in the dumpster. I thought that was apalling! Not just the idea of the wasted materials, but also the idea that these beautiful little houses don't get a chance to be seen again!
 
I told her that I am a dollhouse/fairy house builder myself, and that I also work in a school library. Our school has a little courtyard that the library windows look down into, and I told her I'd be happy to take any unclaimed fairy houses to display in the school's courtyard. She told me to come back on Monday (yesterday) and just take any houses that were left b/c Sunday night was the deadline to pick them up. So I went yesterday, and ended up taking 3 fairy houses back with me! Posted Image
 
Not to mention- they also inspired me to make some more of my own! I made 2 little ones last night from these little wooden, decorative birdcages that I picked up at a thrift store last year. And now I am working on a 3rd one in a larger, metal decorative birdcage that was also bought at Goodwill.
 
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Sanding, sanding, and more sanding

Posted by Ravenswing in Fairfield Rehab Blog, 10 September 2013 · 412 views

September 10, 2013
 
Spent 4 hours today removing more paint, paper, varnish, and glue.  After the last few days of disassembly and cleanup I have to say I have a renewed respect for sanding the product before assembly.  As I said before, this was my first house and I knew next to nothing about finishes.  Although I gave the pieces a light sanding to remove splinters and jagged edges before I put it together, I see now the benefits of doing a complete and thorough sanding. 
 
As I took the house apart I saw close up how rough some of the glued edges were and in future I will be sure to take this step more seriously.  Close examination has shown me how much better the finished product can be with careful attention to this preliminary step.  I’m still deciding whether I will change the color of the house, so there may be a few more hours of sanding in my future, but at least now it has been made easy with the Multi Max.


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Moving Right Along

Posted by Ravenswing in Ravenswing's Blog, 12 August 2013 · 241 views

August 12, 2013
I’ve been trying to get my hands to cooperate with me so I can cut the hay bales on the mini saw and finish off the coop.  Unfortunately carpel tunnel is relentless and my hands are just too weak and shaky to confidently power up that saw.  The CP is bad enough, cutting off a finger – not in the game plan, so I’ve set that aside for now and moved on to something more manageable – building a needlepoint stand and creating a mini needlepoint piece for the Bronte House.  I was so excited when I got the little kit in the mail that I couldn’t wait to put it together and in my haste I forgot to take pictures of the unassembled kit.  So, Yankee ingenuity in tow I scanned photos from the instruction sheet to give you an idea of what it looked like before.  So here are pictures of the notched bottom, the decorative stand, and the frame.  Simple pieces that were quickly done.

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This is the pattern for the needlepoint piece.

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Electrician at Work

Posted by CheckMouse in CheckMouse's Blog, 24 June 2013 · 471 views
micro-miniatures, miniatures and 3 more...

Sunday, June 23, 2013
I do wish RL would stay out of my way!  I had a little time yesterday to work on minis, but spent much of it packing up the little room box I had made for my sister. I've learned a few things from the big companies that mail miniatures to me - pack them with LOTS of padding! I now have a cigar box cushioned in the center of a 17" square box. And my own copy of the same room box isn't quite finished, so I worked on that for awhile, too. Then, when that was clamped and the glue was drying, I got out my micro house. The paint was all dry, of course, so I did another dry-fit, putting more of it together this time. Sorry I forgot to put a penny or a Hershey's kiss in the picture, but it's setting on a cutting mat with one-inch grids.
 
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I think this will work just fine to take out the one wall so I can have a larger Parlor, or Entertainment Room, as they were called.
Then I took the micro LED lights out of their packages, dismantled the house again, and did some experimenting with light placement. I think maybe the hallways will be left without lights - the maid forgot to turn them on! That will reduce the lights from nine to only six. So if I can fasten the lights to the ceilings first, then cover the ceiling with paper, then try to hide the wires down the sides of the chimneys …
    I worked for hours on Sunday afternoon and evening, but don't feel like I made much progress!  The wires are on two of the floor/ceilings, but not on the top floor yet.
 
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 I think I should paint the top side of it first but not sure if it will be seen or not. I made a paper pattern of the second floor, which is the first-level ceiling, carefully tracing around the stairwell and the slots for the lower walls to fit into. Since I am leaving out a wall on the second floor, I didn't cut slots for it, just covered them over. Not needed, right? WRONG! Half of each slot is for the notches on top of the lower wall. Two walls fit into one notch. I used a pale yellow scrapbooking paper for the ceiling, which I cut out using my scratch-paper pattern. Carefully measured and cut holes for the light bulbs to poke through, and glued it all down. Then I did another dry-fit, placing the first-level walls and the second flooring together. That's when I realized my mistake in covering the slots!
   Why does glue grab quickly when you don't want it to???   I was barely able to get the paper off again! I fleetingly considered trying to cut the paper through the slots, since it was already glued, but the slots are so tiny I wasn't sure I could do it without cutting the wood also. So now I'm back to Square One with the ceiling papers. Well, maybe Square Two, since I still have the pattern.
     I also painted the red "carpet" on the stairways, and painted the banisters and top landing in gold.
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Belated Update

Posted by pdlnpeabody in Scratch-built Tudor Progress, 13 February 2013 · 479 views

I guess I have neglected this blog for too long.
 
For the past eight months I have been working frantically to get the house ready for Tom Bishop's Chicago International show coming up this April.  It won't be finished in time, but it will be close.
 
The more pressing deadline now is the Orlando dollhouse miniature show coming up this weekend.  I will be a vendor there, but I will only have the unfinished Tudor on display.  The Bed & Breakfast will not be there as it is currently undergoing repairs from the accident that occurred two years ago.  With the Chicago show coming up, I finally started the unpleasant task of working on it again.  I have dismantled the damaged parts and will spend the next two months rebuilding her.
 
I plan to focus on the Tudor's roof during the next two evenings.  My almost 4 year-old son got into my workshop last year and nearly destroyed the roof framing.  Besides the needed repairs, I have to extend the roof trusses and flooring to cover the 2 inch extension I added several months ago to accommodate the bathroom.
 
The first floor is only missing a few light fixtures.  All of the staircase banisters were completed several months ago and add to the view from the main entrance.
 
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The 2nd floor is about 75% complete.  The landing is completely finished, the 2nd floor bed room still needs mortar for the hearth brick work, crown molding and a light fixture, which it will get on Saturday right before the preview show.  The bath room needs a ceiling panel and crown molding, the columns and arches installed over the tub surround, and the far exterior wall installed.  The Library's walls, floor and windows are installed, but it still needs wall paneling, books and bookcases.  It also needs a coffer ceiling, fireplace mantle (the last to go into this house) and chandeliers.  The other mantle, in the bedroom worked out rather well, I think:
 
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The current view gives you the idea of what it will look like when its completed.
 
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I doubt I will get the attic interior sheathed at the show, but I can always hope. 
 
 
  

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The chantilly by greenleaf

Posted by ilovecats in ilovecats' Blog, 10 February 2013 · 758 views
one of my favorites!

This house is getting closer to complete! sorry for the bad photos...the exterior stonework actually looks alot better in person...the flash really washes out the color.
 
i need to paint a few more of the stones, i missed them when i did the painting. at some point i'll add landscaping and fill in the cracks with moss. I still need to shingle, touch up stain here and there on the inside, polyurethane all wood on the inside, low gloss finish to the painted trim on the outside, fix the dormer window, and do something about the red paint on the wall in the bedroom. i was using the utility knife to file down something and got scuffs on the wall. haven't decided if i will try to color match it to repaint or just use a wall hanging of some sort to cover it.
 
i pretty much made this house the exact way that i did with my first chantilly. i like the wood ceilings that i included this time and my stonework is better. this is one of my favorite dollhouses, i love the staircase!

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Another Trip and More Eye Candy

Posted by pdlnpeabody in Trips, Shows and Other Stuff, 01 May 2012 · 970 views

My wife and I used the final 2 days on our 3 day Disney tickets last week. I'm trying to save for the Philadelphia show in November, but we had been planning this trip for months and fun trips like these are a good way to keep the marriage exciting.

We only live about 90 minutes from Orlando, and we know of a great resort at a very low price, so we were able to take a 5 day mini vacation.

Of course we started by making a stop at Ron's Miniature Shop. I now have enough supplies to finish the Tudor's internal wiring and the ceiling light for the dining room. We spent the 2nd day at EPCOT. We had lunch at the Mexican showcase, which is very good and very romantic. If anyone reading this hasn't been there, the resturant is themed like an outdoor terrace looking out at a Mayan Pyramid and an active volcano in the distance. The rest of the dining area has Spanish styled buildings and paper "lanterns" everywhere. I wasn't able to take a photo of the room, but it was nice.

We went to some of the areas we missed on our last trip in 2010, but the kids were too young for most of the rides are scare easily.

I was able to get lots of photos of the German showcase, which is a Tudor lover's dream. Even the resturant was themed to look like a courtyard surrounded by Tudor houses! I was able to get photos of the exteriors.

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The French area is also full of inspirational architecture for anyone interested in building minis.

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The other areas were also something to see.



We spent the next day at Hollywood Studios. That place is loaded with amazing art deco styled buildings. Unfortunately, I'm a little old for running around theme parks day after day and the 3 kids were more than a handful, so we left before dark, but I could only imagine how amazing it must look when the lights are turned on.

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On the fourth day, we went to Leu Botanical Gardens near downtown Orlando. I used to be very familiar with the garden since my dad was the Director from 1985 - 1990. The Leu house was built in the late 1880's and added onto by the many families who lived in the house. Its full of antiques, so I didn't dare bring the kids inside, but I did get a photo of the exterior.

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A Prodigal's Return..I"m baaack!

Posted by MerriMagic in Merri's Moggie Manor, 20 June 2011 · 720 views

I'm baaaack!

Shame on me for not pursuing this blog. But as it so happens, GL revamped their site, and I had trouble settling in, so I got frustrated and gave up. Now I'm back, and determined to learn our new format.

I've gotten a lot done since I last posted here. Most of the rooms in Moggie Manor (RGT's EastSide Townhouse ) are wallpapered, and I've managed to come up with some very nice furnishings, although many of them are not permanent. Still it does my heart good to see the rooms with furniture in them.

My latest furniture purchase is a Bespaq Chambre de la Luna vanity. I love Bespaq, and although I can't afford to buy many pieces, I'm going to try to eventually have one piece in each room.

I've also gotten ahead of myself in another way..I've made a Christmas tree! Yup, I bought one of the simple, 'bottlebrush' trees, and using Lycopodium, fleshed the skeleton form out with lovely green branches. It now sits, waiting for ornamentation.

Getting the tree actually made was an obsession of mine. I had great fears that I'd leave it to the last minute, be unhappy with the results, and give up on decorating Moggie Manor for this Christmas.

Yep, in J.K.Rowling's world, Harry and his friends do celebrate Christmas. Those who love HP know that the witches and wizards in this world, aren't in league with the devil. Rather, they have been given extra gifts by the Divine..in the same manner that many other natural talents are given. And of course, it's how those talents are used, that makes them good or evil traits.

I like to believe that wizarding skills and talent are just one more example of a Divine Plan concerning human evolution..an adaptation to the world at large, due to mutations within our DNA. Wouldn't it be fun if such mutations really came to pass, and magic was really real?

OH well, I can dream, can't I? In any event, HP's Wizarding world is fun to play in.

More later. Have a great day!



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