Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

dollhouse corner stairs

I have finally finished my stairs for the farmhouse and thought I would share the photos. I didn’t write directions but it is pretty clear by the photos. I started this months ago and was finally able to get them in the house.

 hot glue gun to gold in the cardboard.

I made the square size I wanted and drew in the angles for each top of the steps.

 Made a pattern with cardboard.

 propped up the backs with scrap wood.

Add caption

Friday, September 1, 2017

Dollhouse curtain on a curtain rod

I’ve made curtains in lots of different ways. But this time I wanted to add a wire at the base. I have used wire in bed ruffling (shown below in my vintage house). So why not in curtains? The top of a pushed open curtain is usually more scrunched and the bottom has loser pleats when pushed on a curtain rod. This is what I tried to emulate.

First, I cut some cotton fabric to a smaller width then the window. I imagined the width the curtain would be when open then made it less then that so when I made it permanently open it it wouldn’t take up too much space. Fabric in miniature can be bulky unless you can shrink down some fine cotton fabric with a shrinking machine. Still hoping for one of those someday.

Fold and glue the side hems with Tacky Glue.

Put glue at the top of the fabric and fold the top hem over your curtain rod. Be sure not to glue it to the curtain rod. Move it slightly to be sure it doesn’t stick.

Cut the wire and try and get it straight, glue your bottom hem over it. Immediately use your thumbnail to be sure the wire stays at the base.

Let it all dry.

Squish the top as tight as you can on the curtain rod.

Pin it to foam board at the top.
Then pull and pin at the base. Work your pleats until you are happy.

You can buy a Pretty Pleater if you want perfect pleats. But I personally wanted these curtains have a different look. If you were making curtains that you imagined would have hooks on the back a Pretty Pleater would be an ideal method.

I ran a shish kabob stick up inside to shape my wire folds at the base and to help guide where I would pin. Don’t force your pleats too much, let the fabric guide you. If it isn’t feeling right work the scrunched up pleats at the top a little. That can change the rest of the pleats.

Once you are happy, spray with your choice of fabric stiffer. I had some old Stiffen Stuff. The nozzle was clogged so I poured out an expired Benadryl spray bottle and used that.
You can also use aerosol hairspray but I have not tried that one yet because I always use this old stuff. :)

Once the fabric stiffener was dry I removed the pins. Use the tip of one of the pins to scrap out the holes left behind in the fabric.

I drilled a hole in my window frame (made from mat board) and put wires hooks through to hold the curtain rods for this treatment. Then I glued the window frames on the house. I am just starting this build so I was able turn the house on its side to weigh down the frames while they dried. 

At first I was bothered that there were creases here and there that wouldn't be there if it was in real life, but then I remembered two things. Some of my favorite dollhouses are ones that aren't perfect. It's a fantasy not reality. 
The other thing to always remember when working on something is that it will only be a small moment in a completed project. Yes, there maybe a few creases that bother me but once all the furniture, accessories, and lighting are in place they will disappear and a beautiful little world will emerge. 
It's up to the individual artist to chose which imperfections need to be reworked and which will only add to the fantasy. Always listen to your gut so you will be happy with the end result, but don't be too hard on yourself either. This is suppose to be FUN!

Looks like dad is leaning on his shovel talking with Pop-pop. Little do they know the kids are spying while the cat is taking in some sunshine. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Pier One Imports dresser in miniature!

I just added a tutorial to my other blog! Click here to see.

mini hugs!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Dollhouse barn wood weathered effect

My first plan was to have my Cracker style 1930s house with white siding but then I decided to switch things up a bit and have it more weathered. I was online a few months ago looking at weathering wood videos for a different reason and thought this technique was so cool I decided to incorporate it into this project.

If you wan to learn more, then just research weathered wood with vinegar online. Lots of videos will pop up. Basically you soak steel wool in vinegar for 24 hours, steep a bunch of tea bags and then brush the tea onto your wood. After it is fairly dry you brush the vinegar on and wait.
I emphasize "wait". Some wood was quick to change and others took hours. I added another layer to the stubborn ones too soon and it was too dark in the end.

The house is on it's back. There will be a long porch roof attached to the seam of siding. Door and windows have not been trimmed out here just yet.

You can sand and score the "weathered" wood with the side of a knife blade  to add more wear too.
I used a jigsaw blade on its side and at an angle to have close-together scratches.
Below is a close up. I will be adding trim to cover each vertical seam.

Here are some more photos showing the start of my build.

Making the stair hole. The same way I made window holes.

Here is a photo so far. Note that this was taken with the house on it's side while the top side was drying with books on it. Just incase you get vertigo.

Aging the windows
I think I have figured out why this effect never worked for me before now. Paint choice!
I used The FolkArt after I used the Ceramcoat paint to have a lighter area and it barely did anything.
Ceramcoat worked beautifully. So if you have trouble with the crackle medium try a different brand of paint.

 I have noticed the thiner the coats of crackling medium the finer the cracks.

I will be posting more about this build as I go on this blog site.