Doll Houses forum: Hello - here is one of mine!

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Imageokus
Mar 5, 2010 4:43 PM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
Still working on this one. Its fairly large at 4ft long, I call it Barnsdale Manor. Its still very much a work in progress the outside is just about there but its a rather different story inside!!

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Carol

Imageokus
Mar 5, 2010 4:46 PM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
The ground floor entrance hall is done though!

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Carol

Imageokus
Mar 5, 2010 4:50 PM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
and the kitchen. I had great fun with this building the Tudor cooking ranges and fire places

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Carol

Imageokus
Mar 5, 2010 5:04 PM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
This is Lady Elizabeth who owns the manor. You can just see her peeping out of a bedroom window in the first picture of the outside.

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Carol

Imagebrucedean
Mar 5, 2010 6:35 PM CST
Name: Bruce Dean
Jackson Ga
that is just amazing!
Bruce
Image1AnjL
Mar 6, 2010 1:46 AM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
I agree I am awestruck! Looks like a fun project but wow! how many hours (estimate) work have you got into it so far? I would love to do one of those...someday! I need to practice on the littler model more first! You have done an amazing job on that one!

Carol, what model and manufacturer is that one from?

I'd love it if you and Bruce will upload photos of your doll houses for our database I'm creating Big Grin
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Imageokus
Mar 6, 2010 4:36 AM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
Thank-you one and all - so far I've spent around 8 continuous weeks working 9-5 and 7 days a week on that if you add the time up!! The brick work was very slow as they are all individual pieces and I got incredibly sticky!!

I was really pleased with the way the kitchen in particular turned out. I hadn't got a clue what I was up to when I started those fire places and the range. Actually it was a lot easier than I feared. As you can see from this picture I made them as separate stand up units including a complete false wall.

I'm working on the Dining Hall now. Then probably the library/gun room and the 'grand salon'.
I have some ideas for the bedrooms one will be a 'Chinese Bedroom' - very fashionable in the UK in the 1600s in posh homes. Most of our stately homes have one so its a must for the manor

Once your database is open I'll add a pic or two for you Anjl

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Carol

Imageokus
Mar 6, 2010 4:41 AM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
The next stage on the kitchen was the floor and the "titivation" of the ranges.

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Carol

Imageokus
Mar 6, 2010 4:44 AM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
Then I put the beams on the ceiling which also locked the false walls in place at the top.

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Carol

Imageokus
Mar 6, 2010 4:48 AM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
After that it was just beams and shelf for the walls and stain the door and furniture. Which meant stain my hands too of course!! Then add the bits and pieces. I think some of the food may migrate to the dining room when there is one.

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Carol

Imageokus
Mar 6, 2010 4:55 AM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
Someone asked what the model was, it is by a firm called Barbara's Mouldings and they actually call it Barnsdale Manor. I rather liked the name so kept it. It should show up if you Google it.

I've done the fireplace in the dining hall and am working on the floor now. I make the floors outside the house on a cardboard base as it is easier to work that way and when in place stops the false wall with the fireplace moving forward. Similarly the ceiling done on thin card then glued in place.

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Carol

Image1AnjL
Mar 6, 2010 2:39 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
wow! i do hope you continue to take us on 'tour' of your manor as you complete the rooms. What a beautiful job you have done so far!
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Imagebrucedean
Mar 6, 2010 6:48 PM CST
Name: Bruce Dean
Jackson Ga
There was a place in London I remember called Jackies Doll House is it still there .She had some of the finest doll houses I have ever seen.
Bruce
Imagebeckygardener
Mar 6, 2010 11:43 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
This happens rarely ... but I am speechless!!!! Drooling

Carol - That is incredible! Your workmanship is superb! WOW!!! 4 foot long! Where will you be displaying this one?

I love all the moulding everywhere. I, too, had heard it was easier to make the flooring and ceilings separate and then add them in. Are you wiring this house for electricity? That's what I plan to do with mine... If I ever finish it. Rolling my eyes.
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Imageokus
Mar 7, 2010 4:53 AM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
Bruce I know there is a super shop in London but I'm not sure if its the same one. Its a very small frontage I believe and absolutely crammed on 2 floors above as well. I live at the opposite end of the country so rarely get to London and have never been myself.

Thank-you Becky, It is currently living in the conservatory and will probably stay there its a bit large for anywhere else!!
Yes I am wiring it as I go, but it has to be subtle as they didn't have electricity in this period it was all candles and rush lights. The kitchen has one candle lamp on the rear wall and then the fires in the grate and under the hotplates and behind the bread oven. The hall way has a triple candle stand at the rear and I have a circular candle holder for the ceiling in the dining hall and salon.

It isn't the worlds cheapest hobby though . I tend to buy cheap and tart it up myself if I can't make it myself altogether, but electrics need to be right or I might burn down the real house so I do buy decent quality fittings - rather like eating the elephant!!
Carol

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Imagebeckygardener
Mar 7, 2010 7:54 AM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Carol - Oh yes ... you definitely want to be very careful with the electricity. I bought an electrical kit that is supposed to be large enough to run wires on all 3 floors of my dollhouse. I remember the kit was rather costly even 25 years ago. I opened it and checked it out and then got overwhelmed with how to do it properly. I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist. Which you kinda have to be to do minute details on miniatures. But I really love how the "lighted" houses look.

Do you do research as you are building these houses to ensure close accuracy for that time period? If so, where do you get most of your information from? My house is a "Tudor" dollhouse. I know nothing about that time period.
Another Day in Paradise!
Imageokus
Mar 7, 2010 12:03 PM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
Yes I do a lot of historical research - it sort of ties in with my other hobby - genealogy.

A great book on Tudor Dolls house construction is The Authentic Tudor and Stuart Dolls' House (Paperback) by Brian Long. Its available on Amazon. I got a lot of ideas for the Manor kitchen from there.

My Lady Elizabeth is dressed in late Tudor fashion. I modelled her on Bess of Hardwick who owned one of our great stately homes Hardwick Hall. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-hardwickhall
More traditional and smaller tudor buildings would be black timber frames with white wattle & daub infill panels- a bit like my Market Cross. Only the very rich used brick.
Carol

Imagebeckygardener
Mar 7, 2010 12:15 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Carol - I just came in from doing some yard work and found your reply. Thank you for the heads up on "The Authentic Tudor and Stuart Doll's House" by Mr. Long! I will see if perhaps that book is at the library and if not then I will check amazon.com. :-)

Bess of Hardwick being recreated with your dollhouse is pretty neat! I like having an actual theme and period person to model after. Your research and work is rather exciting! I ised to subscribe to two Minature magazines. One had some amazingly detailed and period homes showcased every month. It was like looking at the real mansion, not a dollhouse. The detail was so precise! :-)

I hope you will continue to show us photos as your work progresses on the current dollhouse. I'm enjoying it very much! Thumbs up
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Image1AnjL
Mar 8, 2010 11:48 AM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
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