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Jo Med

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  1. Perfect quote. I', building for the first time in ages and yes it is so much fun. I love making dolls but building again is stretching my imagination and creativity

    I was thinking this afternoon when I was painting some bits and bobs that if you consider what an artist can create with a flat canvas and paints, we ought to be able to make 3D items look pretty impressive with simple acrylics.


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  2. 15 hours ago, Anna said:

    Acrylics from Tubes, rich and creamy I have no worries with it is the ones where one starts out with the dry little had one, add water and swirls around (over those go by the namn akvarell colours) the latter can give nasty bublbes and an occassional explosion of the cup/glass used... :doh: I suspekt it is the ration water to pigment that does it. 

    I collected several jars of pickles and fruits etc form a seller I saw at shows. I wrapped all of these up carefully and put them away for "the right project" I am now doing that project so I got my hoard of lovely jams pickles etc out to admire them and almost every one has exploded - so sad

  3. The Garfield is quite difficult to decorate after it has been built as there are inaccessible little places that even tiny hands can't get to with a paint brush or wallpaper but I understand why you  might not want to spend time doing it. I would say paint the interior walls all white for the time being using ordinary household emulsion paint. Then if in the future you want to decorate it you can leave the bits you can't get to white and match the rest of your decor to it. 


    PS nice to meet you by the way.

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  4. Have you thought about putting strips of LED lights in each room instead of conventional lights. If you run a strip of triangular cross section wood along the ceiling edge of a room and stick a small strip of LEDs on the inside edge so that its diagonally facing downwards into the room but hidden from the outside view. You could have non working light fittings in each room too. These would be easier to fix or replace than conventional lights should anything go wrong (and lighting can be temperamental especially if you move the house)

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  5. I bought some of those things to keep tubes from crimping but didn't have much success with them. It hard to bend the tubes and to get identical bends for a chandelier is tricky. I have adapted plain chandeliers though like someone else suggested and I once used an electrified candelabra as the basis for a chandelier. Then I added dangling beads. You can make pretty lights using brass jewellery fixings and paper, I did this in the shop of The House of Perfumes. Here's a picture of the upside down candelabra,( sotrry its not great quality but imagine a candelabra upside down with beads dangling from it)

     if you browse through that album you will find the paper lights too. Large plastic landern beads make good lights too if you can get them with a large enough hole for the bulb, Good luck and have fun


  6. Glad to hook up again Cath, I have been a member here for a long time but as I haven't been building recently I have not been around much lately.

    I'm impressed by your washer, excellent job. I'm making an old lady to sit by the fire in the cottage today, She's not far off finished but somewhere along the way she fell asleep and I think she will sleep forever now - lol.

  7. Must have a look at their kits. Your rocking horse looks great. I love making up kits. I do make lots of my own stuff but there are some great kits out there that knock spots off my creations. I put together a clock kit today by Cynthia Howe miniatures. I've had it for years and just got round to it today. In fact I have an old washing up bowl that is full of kits for "one day"

  8. The lantern potting shed is fabulous. A great lantern to work with too, perfect for a potting shed.


    I made one as a Christmas gift for my friend who is not a miniaturist but is into every other craft conceivable ( er, maybe not the witchy kind).  She was very happy with it. I enjoyed doing it so much I might just make another one in a different shaped lantern. You have given me inspiration.




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  9. 7 hours ago, squirrelnutmofia said:

    Seeing how your dollhouse is displayed in a solarium with a seemingly beautiful garden in the back, it makes sense you are from the UK.   With all the 1000's of posts on this site it is easy to get lost in the multitude of opinions and experiences.   For instance, are you saying you have used hot glue on the whole dollhouse and never any wood glue?  Doing construction myself i rely a lot on epoxy, and have read many articles on how not to prime the exterior before you  wood glue and clamp the details on, such as siding and shingles.   As long as it holds up to being well loved by 5 small children I am up for attempting any of your suggestions!

    I would have never guessed you used any sort of stone effect on the shingles, maybe that is why they seem satin or dull finished from the pictures. Your choice of color offset is remarkably accurate, i live in Ohio so slate shingles are common on turn of the century homes and what you have done on your Garfield is wonderful. I'll still make sure to practice!!! From some other posts i've heard that a satin finished exterior paint is best for being wiped down and keeping the 'grimy fingers' look at bay from handling. 

    I see what you meant about the roof peak being simple shingles, in fact i like it better than the gingerbread it makes it feel more real.  The 'cap pieces' i was referring to are what hide the roof seams over the turret.  another ingenious invention of yours?  I can find balsa wood at a local hobby store to experiment with on my own. Its difficult not having a woodshop at the moment!

    If you have a link to this  Russian Lodge of yours i would love to see more of your work!  I've found building small homes, etc is rather therapeutic while i save up for the real life projects i'm striving to afford. 

    Hi Jonathan,

    I used white carpenter's wood glue for the construction of the house for strength. Hot glue is great for shingles and siding but not for the structural elements. I primed all the pieces before I started to assemble the house but I was careful not to get any thickness of paint in the areas where there would be joins because even a coat of paint on an edge can make the difference between a snug and a badly fitting joint. I used a small paint roller to prime with and that helps to control the amount of paint. After assembly you can touch up the joins if there are bits of bare wood showing. One thing I did when building the Garfield and I'm not sure about the approach others take but I assembled the ground floor and before adding the ceilings, I decorated the rooms and added things like window seats and curtains in areas that are very hard to get to when the ceilings are added. The Garfield has areas like this on each floor - the corners where the staircase and landings are and the little area by the kitchen/back door. This was the same for the bedroom floor before adding the attic floor.  If you are adding electricity you need to have a wiring plan before you begin to decorate so that you can install tape wire or which ever method you prefer. Others build the whole thing and do all this later so there is no right or wrong way its just whatever suits you. The Garfield is a complicated shape so I would suggest you do quite a bit of sitting, staring, thinking and planning before you start. I found that doing a dry fit with it was not really feasible because the floors and staircases do take a bit of forcing into place and when they are in place, the same amount of forcing back out again.

    I used matt household paint because my house wasn't for a child but I can see why people would recommend a wipe down finish such as satin. I wouldn't use a gloss paint personally as it detracts from the realism but satin would be fine. In my eyes there is nothing wrong with a bit of grime and grubbiness, it can add to the realism sometimes but kids always seem to want to write and draw on walls with felt tips so that may be your biggest problem.


    I used Versi  tiles on the turret and on the veranda and balcony roofs,  here is the link http://www.richardstacey.com/versirf.html#sridge

    If you click on my name at the top of this post and go to my profile you will see a tab marked "albums" where you can see my other builds.


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