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16 hours ago, havanaholly said:

I find my moldings like those at Hobby Lobby.

Holly, I looked on their website, but couldn't find any, ditto Michaels. I found one kind on Home Depot that might work for miniatures, I'll have to go check it out at the store.

9 hours ago, KathieB said:

I like that each of the rope-molding columns is different. I immediately sensed the pride of artistry and craftsmanship that the cottager-builder must have felt as he built his house.  - Thank's Kathie, that's what I was aiming for! :cheezy:

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8 hours ago, Shy Spirit said:

Beautiful work, Grazhina.  Yes, the cottager/builder should take great pride in her work!!  Thank you Rosalind!

16 hours ago, havanaholly said:

I find my moldings like those at Hobby Lobby.

Thank you, Holly, I looked on their website, but couldn't find any, ditto Michaels. I found one kind on Home Depot that might work for miniatures, I'll have to go check it out at the store.

9 hours ago, KathieB said:

I like that each of the rope-molding columns is different. I immediately sensed the pride of artistry and craftsmanship that the cottager-builder must have felt as he built his house.  - Thank's Kathie, that's what I was aiming for! :cheezy:

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1 hour ago, jonhandy said:

Fixing a shed door that the hinges bent and caused the whole door to warp from just hanging on them open. With Abello Handyman we cover a lot of different projects. 

This forum is about dollhouses.  1:12 and smaller doors don't warp from  hanging on bent hinges.

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That's going to be quite a challenge!  I would be very interested in seeing pics of your work in progress, and the finished items also, of course!  How small those tools must be ... 

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Hammered out a rough shape now to start refining it

coin on left modified one on right

the coins are all pre 1964 so 90% silver - pricey little things

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5 hours ago, havanaholly said:

Ah, but they're Roosevelt head dimes.  (There's a cute but very dated story about the reverse of a Mercury head dime).

Do tell you know I collect coins

but I don’t mind smashing a Roosevelt coin. It isn’t a partisan thing I’m just one of those that thinks putting a president on a coin is too monarchical for a republic.

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Look on the back of your Mercury head dime.  Do you see the picket fence?  Do you see the pig standing on the fence?  See the bushes behind the fence?  Do you see the naked girl in the bushes?

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So did a little more work. You can still see the "one dime" inside the rim faintly

not sure if i will polish it down and then try to add the "hammer" marks or leave it rough like this I like the trexture

anyway learned a lot from the first one

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Wow! Very cool, Joel!

As for me....I am plodding along working on the tower of my English manor house. The day I was set to work on the wood floor - well, I sat there pondering this possibly complicated floor design for a LONG time and in the end simply did a paper clay stone floor!  LOL  The tower won't really be visible or accessible once it's finished and attached, so I figured I wasn't going to waste the time on a finely detailed floor that will be mostly covered with a rug and not really seen. 

The weather is quite warm here this week, so I am going to take advantage of that and do some staining of the trim outdoors. 

The tower chandelier has arrived and I am getting anxious to get the little room finished off soon!  My next adventure will be painting the interior of the tower room and installing the stained glass windows.  I am figuring on using molded paper clay as interior window trim.  Should be interesting!

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Joel, I like the look of the bowl.  If you were going to sell it, though, I think either polish, hammer, or a combination to obliterate the "one dime" might make for a more sellable product.  JMHO

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Joel, you might consider leaving the "one dime" visible on your first bowl.  If it was mine, I would keep it as it is now.  It's cool to see the origin of the material used!  I do agree with a hammered/polished finish for items you wish to sell.  You have done a great job, and I look forward to seeing your unique style develop as you progress with this.  

Jackie, the tower sounds interesting - I love tower rooms!  Have you seen the television show, "Escape to the Chateau"?  I find the woman, Angel, just amazing.  She and her husband own a French chateau, and are renovating it while also making it available for weddings, family holidays, etc.   Angel took vintage wallpaper and did a wall treatment in a turret room and staircase that looks absolutely beautiful.  I have so many ideas from watching their show - if you haven't seen it, try YouTube or a search online for it.  I think they are marvellous, creative people.  Very inspiring.

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I am polishing the outside smooth then will add the "hammer" marks. I am learning a lot from this one; one good thing about silver is you can just reshape it over and over

The first thing I learned is I need more tools and some larger daps. I also want to play with adding a patina which I know eggs are good for. I have also used egg whites as a wood filler for walnut knife handles under a oil finish

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Yes the sulfer tarnishes the silver. Artificial patina. Takes some of the newness away but I didn't try it yet

 

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Still some lettering inside the bowl I might leave it on this one just so for me

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I'm working on building a little Dura Craft Ashley dollhouse for a 6yr old for Christmas. This is the first time I'm doing a house that's actually going to be played with by a child. So it's a little different for me, I usually spend so much time on the interior details and I've kept all but 1 of my houses. She's getting the house unfurnished from me, her Mom is getting her plastic furniture and dolls to start out with.

I'm taking extra steps to reinforce it as I build, since I anticipate it being with played with a lot. I'm hoping she takes care of it and keeps it forever, but even if she doesn't and it ends up trashed I know she'll still have enjoyed it and it'll serve it's purpose - happiness, imagination and joy.

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