Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Antique dolls for 1:12 scale dolls

I saw a miniature doll's doll that was well out of my price range so I altered it a bit and made some for myself. I will say after attempting this I see why it was so expensive. Mine are no where near the expertise that one was but I am happy with them. They make me smile. :)

First I sculpted the heads with polymer clay, a shaper tool, and a needle tool.
I watched a few online tutorials to aid in the sculpting. Very difficult so small!

I baked the heads and then attached the heads to the torsos and baked them with the arms and legs and hair buns.

Ignore the eggs. I did those for something else since I had my clay out. :)

I put a hole through the base of the torso and at the top of the legs.

Painted the socks, shoes, and knickers with acrylic paint!

I drew the faces on with fine point markers and used gloss varnish. The markers smeared even with a fixative spray first. I would recommend spraying the gloss varnish instead of painting it on.
Paint gloss on all the body parts except the hair buns.
Hair buns: Choose the clay in the color of the hair to make it easier. Roll a piece of clay like a tube. Slice a thin piece off in a rolling motion with a flat razor. Flatten very lightly. Press against the side of the head and put on tile to bake. Glue on head and paint with color and/or gloss.

Tie a knot and thread your string through legs.

 Use a toothpick to help get the second knot tight and close to leg.

Secure knots with a small spot of white glue.

Wrap material around chest. Sew and gather small skirt and glue onto chest fabric. Use a little white glue to stop fraying. Add belt.
Wrap material around arm until it reaches the material from the other side. Snip extra away, flush to the inside of the arm. Put glue down the inside of the excess at the top and fold over.
Glue arms to body.

Display your dolly and have fun taking photos!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Dollhouse bed comforter tutorial

Last winter I made a pair of unmade beds for my Santa cottage

I wanted the comforters to be folded open and the bed to have a “slept-in” look. I remembered years ago someone told me they put tinfoil in their mini pillows to give them shape so I thought I would try it in a comforter. I like this idea because I can choose to have the bed made or unmade without having to use glue or sewn sections.

So here is how I did it.
Measure your bed to determine the size you want for your comforter. Add about 1/4” around all sides for a sewing allowance. Be sure to remember which side is the foot of the comforter. 

Start sewing from the foot end of the comforter leaving about a 2” hole in the center. Turn it right side out.

Cut a strip of tinfoil the width of your comforter and fold in half. Then trim that piece to the length of your comforter.

Gently fold it in on both sides and slip it into the comforter. Open it up inside with your fingers.

Cut some wadding the exact same size. Don’t cut it any smaller because you want it to fill the edges nicely. Even a tiny bit bigger is good.

My wadding was peeled away so I have a flat side and a puffy side. I put the puffy side up and the smooth side on top of the foil. Slip it in the same way you did the foil. Keep the wadding side under the part of the quilt you want to be fluffy. If you are making a reversible you can use a thinner sheet of wadding on both sides.

Sew up the hole at the foot of the comforter. 

You can sew a pattern on your comforter using a sewing machine.

Place the comforter on your mini bed and shape it over the sides. 

A lot of things will determine the type of shape and fold you will get. 
1. The thickness of your fabric and wadding: The thinner the better. You may decide to use felt because it is thin but you may not get that fluffy comforter feel.
2. The pattern you sew on your quilt: The more areas you sew, the stiffer your comforter will be. Consider more layers of foil if you want this effect.
3. The size of your comforter: The larger the comforter the further it will hang over the sides of the bed.

You want the thinnest and most flexible fabric you can find. If you think it needs it then try using more foil layers. Also, I find washing new fabric first helps take some of the starch out.

This is in my Kinfeld dollhouse. (Before the window molding was installed. 
See more of the Kinfeld here.

Do some experimenting and see what happens.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Heidi Ott doll with removable clothes

I just finished a new male doll! Dressed and wigged,
This smooth dancin’ mini man is up on eBay.

Click here!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Dressing 1:12 scale Heidi Ott Dolls

I have been dressing/wigging 1:12-scale Heidi Ott dolls and selling a few to raise money for my own Kinfeld family.  (To see my Kinfeld, click here.)
I have to say it is so much fun! Lots of trail and error. Here are the ones I have sold so far.

I am also open to dressing/wigging Heidi Ott dolls that are sent to me and I can send them back to the owner with a new style!
Most clothes are removable and shoes are removable. (The children and Grandparents I have made permanent)

Dolls for the Kinfeld so far.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Dollhouse battery pack wires for a wall sconce

I was on the fence about sharing this one because it could be better, but then I thought the general ideas here could help someone and then they could make it better.

I strung a battery pack lighting system under the shingles of my cottage and stored the battery part in the chimney. The bulbs come through the roof and are hidden behind the beams upstairs but I saved two strings to go in the back corner of the first level.

First I drilled two holes in the wall for the bulls to slip through with my Dremel.

Then I cut an oval from mat board and drilled two holes. I made notches for the wire to slip into so the hole would stay large enough for the bulb. I bent my wires and Super Glued them to the back.

The holes needed more work to get the bulbs through so I used my knife to dig them out. Yeah, then I cut  myself. I quick rinse, dab of Neosporin, a band aid and I was good to go. Be careful with your knife!

Test to be sure your bulbs will go through.

This is where I could have done a better job. Pull both of your wires through the hole so they are at the same length. Start wrapping one from the base to the top. It took me a few times to get the length right for this. Before you do the final wrap pull the other wire to the same as the one you are ready to wrap for the last time. Hopefully you can wrap yours tighter and cleaner than mine. Then Super Glue the top of the electrical wire to the tip of the metal wire.

Mine moved when I discovered my finger was Super Glued to them.

You may better off just running them flat along your wire and gluing them down. I might do it that way if I were to do it again.

Add an embellishment to the oval for decoration and paint everything.

Cut some card stock (thicker paper) and glue it around the sconce edges. Note: Because there are two metal wire on the back that part pulls away from the wall. Wrap your paper to compensate for that. Have it hang over the back on the top part and stay flush on the bottom part. I wrapped once and a half. Paint and let dry.

I filled int he holes with Tacky Glue and put Tacky Glue on the back of the sconce and pulled the wires through. Have some blue tape handy and tape the wires down on the outside until it dries.

I made two little shades from scrapbook paper. I cheated to get them to stay on my wires. I crumpled up a small piece of paper and glued it into the shade on the seam side. I wanted the seams to both face the back wall. So I used a toothpick to put Tacky Glue on the far side of the wires just under the bulbs. Then I slipped on the shades and made sure the glue was adhered to the crumpled up pieces of paper inside.
Unless you have a dollhouse critic who is 5” tall reviewing your dollhouse know one will ever know!
I will be covering up the wire on the outside with a rose vine.

A little wonky, but the light will be nice. :)

I have one piece of trim to glue to the front of this cottage and then I will share it with all of you!