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Found 21 results

  1. I bought my Thornhill house about 18 years ago! Began it then and only found time to get back to it now I'm retired. I had attached some of the shingles and they have darkened and the ones I'm applying now are a completely different colour. Will the new ones age darker to match the others? Or must I paint them all? Any ideas grateful received!
  2. I know many of you have used Creative Paperclay and the like to create various finishes on projects ( Tracy @Minis On The Edge and Karin @WyckedWood off the top of my head). I am going to attempt to use it as roofing for my Christmas cottage. The idea is to roll it out to about 1/8" thick and use a scalloped oval cookie cutter for the "tiles". The roof surface with dormers is about 514 sq in. The cookie cutter I have is about 1-1/2" w x 2" l. I estimate with overlap that I will need about 350 "cookies". I have 4 lbs of Creative Paperclay so far. How much more would you estimate that I will need? Any pointers you can give will be appreciated very much!
  3. From the album: Dura Craft FH505 Conversion

    Cutting and painting strips of vinyl (I think it is vinyl) for DIY shingles. Gluing on with Fast Grab Tacky Glue. Will see how successful this experiment turns out.
  4. I am nearing completion of my Beacon Hill and have run out of shingles since I decided to shingle the bays. My Beacon is a vintage kit from 1991 with the thicker shingles. I purchased some spare Greenleaf shingles from a Beacon kit off of Ebay recently, but they were from a more modern kit and were much thinner than mine. I only have the back tower roof left to do and estimate it will take about 100 shingles (including for cuts). Would anyone have spare any shingle strip sheets from an early 1990's GL kit that they would part with?
  5. Hello, Mini Folks I'm nearing completion on my Beacon Hill build and I am interested in learning more about distressing the wood shingles. If anyone has ideas, methods or links it would be great to hear from you... I'm planning on using the shingles that came with the kit. I've tested a vinegar and water solution soak - which produces a grayish color - but i would like to test other options before making a decision. Thanks in advance Danny
  6. Shingling the mansard roof is on the horizon for me. It seems like an intimidating step. So far, I have cut outs for each of the roof pieces. Right now the cut outs are on wrapping paper (only because it was big enough to hold the full cut out). Is there a better type of paper to glue them to which I can then glue to the house? Since shingles are not included in the directions, I'm not sure when I should do them. Should it be before I put the window frames on or after? I know you all are pros, so I was hoping to get some tips on what the best approach is for shingling the house. I also saw some reference in another forum post to these pre-made shingles (http://www.wnxt.net/product/38-1). Thoughts on using these?
  7. Hello all! Working on the Beacon Hill and am about to put up siding. Instructions suggest hot glue but I've read many postings on this forum suggesting never to use hot glue. Instructions say to avoid using white glue due to moisture in the glue warping the siding. Then I've read in Gina's blog, she uses Aileen's Tacky glue. Any other suggestions?
  8. I was able to get my Orchid unpacked yesterday at I started priming to the wood sheets. I was excited that the kit came with shingles, but that was until I saw them. These shingles are literally paper thin and when I took them out of the box they started splitting and crumbling. I'm beginning to think I will need to buy "aftermarket" shingles to get higher quality ones. Has anyone else experienced these paper thin shingles? Am I right in thinking that I will have to buy other shingles?
  9. Recently we visited the Whitney Plantation in Wallace, Louisiana. There is a shingle-sided church on the property that caught my eye, plus extensive faux finish (marble) and decorative painting in the main house. I've posted a few photos in a new album in my Gallery.
  10. From the album: Whitney Plantation, Wallace, Louisiana

    This church on the site of the Whitney Plantation grew from a benevolent society formed by enslaved persons. It was, in the beginning, called the Anti-Yoke Society, referring to the wooden yoke that slaves were sometimes forced to wear across their shoulders. After Emancipation, the name morphed to the Antioch Baptist Church. When the current congregation build a new church, this one was donated to the plantation museum. I was taken by the intricate shingling on the front.

    © Katherine Bennett 2014

  11. From the album: Whitney Plantation, Wallace, Louisiana

    This church on the site of the Whitney Plantation grew from a benevolent society formed by enslaved persons. It was, in the beginning, called the Anti-Yoke Society, referring to the wooden yoke that slaves were sometimes forced to wear across their shoulders. After Emancipation, the name morphed to the Antioch Baptist Church. When the current congregation build a new church, this one was donated to the plantation museum. I was taken by the intricate shingling on the front. (That's Lloyd on the steps.)

    © Katherine Bennett 2014

  12. From the album: Whitney Plantation, Wallace, Louisiana

    This church on the site of the Whitney Plantation grew from a benevolent society formed by enslaved persons. It was, in the beginning, called the Anti-Yoke Society, referring to the wooden yoke that slaves were sometimes forced to wear across their shoulders. After Emancipation, the name morphed to the Antioch Baptist Church. When the current congregation build a new church, this one was donated to the plantation museum. I was taken by the intricate shingling on the front.

    © Katherine Bennett 2014

  13. From the album: Whitney Plantation, Wallace, Louisiana

    This church on the site of the Whitney Plantation grew from a benevolent society formed by enslaved persons. It was, in the beginning, called the Anti-Yoke Society, referring to the wooden yoke that slaves were sometimes forced to wear across their shoulders. After Emancipation, the name morphed to the Antioch Baptist Church. When the current congregation build a new church, this one was donated to the plantation museum. I was taken by the intricate shingling on the front.

    © Katherine Bennett 2014

  14. Hi, my name is Laura. I will try to make this quick. My parents had a doll house built for me in 1984. It was is really great condition until accidentally swiped it with my car because we had just moved and it was in my garage. Yes, I cried! Anyway, I have decided to fix it up. I am just not sure what to do first. I bought new carpet, wall paper, new shingles and paint. I have no idea if or how i should remove the old shingles or just replace the ones that are broken. I don't know if I should paint the house and shutters first. ( i hope i bought the right paint) And I don't know when i should put the wall paper up (i hope i bought the right wall paper glue) Basically, if anyone could please give me any advice i would really appreciate it. I also knocked down the beautiful pillars. I will attach some pics. Thank you in advance. (it wouldn't let me upload the pics so I had to try this way) Thanks, Laura http:// http://
  15. From the album: My Tennyson

    Ripped off the old yucky shingles and replacing with black ones.
  16. Hello All! I am just looking for some opinions and examples for sandpaper shingles. Has anyone done this, or seen this? I am thinking because some sandpapers are so thin, they may look more true to scale than shingles that come in the kits? I like the kit wood shingles but I want to try something very thin (and inexpensive) for a half scale Michael's puzzle house kit. Thanks
  17. Are the shingles in the Greenleaf store the same shingles that come with the kits? I'm using up some old shingles on a project and need to get some more. Thanks so much!
  18. From the album: Half Scale Colonial

    After two failed attempts at a wash on the shingles, I opted to paint them. Unfortunately, since my original plan did not call for black shingles, I did not paint the underlying roof black. You can't really see with the naked eye, but taking a flash photo helps you see where to do the touch ups. I am going to put the cap on and then do a little contrasting texturing to the roof. It felt good to get something done today.

    © 2013 All About Miniatures, LLC

  19. Hello everyone. Can someone tell me if the personal messages are working? I messaged Ann of New York asking the best way to paint shingles. I am on my second house and learning everything I can. Any advice is much appreciated. I have done the orchid and am finishing the Newberg. Thank you. June
  20. mesp2k

    Front roof shingles

    From the album: Pack away dollhouse

    Whew! Finally finished shingling the front roof, now all I need to do is the back - that will go quicker as it is cut out.

    © MP 2012

  21. From the album: Pack away dollhouse

    I painted the roof black then using computer printed guidelines & taped them to both side edges of the front roof section. I cut the shingles from 1/16" veneer at different widths - exposure 1/2" or 6" @ 1/12 scale. I let the shingles overhang the sides & bottom (eaves) 1/8" or 1-1/2" @ 1/12 scale. I placed a piece of strip wood (with freezer paper glued to it to prevent the glue from sticking) at each increment of the guidelines & just placed some paint cans on the strip wood guide to hold it in position while I glued each shingle in place. The roof was much easier to work with - as it was not attached to the dollhouse, but flat on my work surface. This is one of advantages of the modular design.

    © MP 2012

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