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Imagebeckygardener
May 29, 2011 9:30 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Carol - Your 4' Tudor Manor is beautiful! Did it come in kit form or did you design and build it yourself? How easy were those stairs and railings to make? I've been looking at my kit and trying to figure out the best way to approach it next. Mine is only the shell. I want to add the electrical tape for working lights, so I think that may be my next step before adding the roof. I love all that handmade brick work on the exterior of yours! WOW!!! Impressive! A lot of work is going into your newest project!

I am surprised that you are using cereal boxes to make the tiles for the roof. I am very curious as to how you are doing that. Would love to see a photo and explanation of how you make those tiles! I am impressed with all the dolls you have! Wonderful!!!!

The Town Clerk's office is adorable! Love it! Lovey dubby
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Image1AnjL
May 30, 2011 2:50 AM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby all of your houses Okus! beautiful! and the detail... you must be very patient! lol

Becky, are you doing the decor as you build (putting in wall paper etc then glueing)? or after?

I was going to do my second house that way, but didnt like the idea of gaps in the corners...so all the interior decor will be done after I complete the house. With the exception of the floors and ceilings. I stained the floors oak and ceilings are painted white for now. I may do something else with the ceilings later though.
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Imageokus
May 30, 2011 3:40 AM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
The roof is meant to imitate slate rather than tile. Tiles are much harder to make yourself as they are 'corrugated' but slate is flat.
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I did the roof first, which is where I learned that it is best to paint the base before you start. If you do it that way any edges, or gaps in the slates are not left uncoloured. I used grey card so when I painted it again any missed bits looked more like natural shading.
Cut the card into even strips and then divide each strip into individual slates. Mine were 1" wide strips and the finished slates 1" by 1/2" thats about 1/12th scale from the real thing but you could use some bigger ones on an old house - they weren't necessarily precise in size in Tudor times not being machine cut.
Start with the row nearest the eaves and let it overlap the edge of the roof slightly the next row is laid so the slate covers the join in the row below and overlaps about half of the tile on that row. On a real roof that means that all the joins either have an underlay or overlay of slates from the rows above and below so water can't get through. At the ridge there is an extra row of half length tiles and the ridge tiles are half round and plastic - (I bought those and painted them.)

Then after all the pieces of card are stuck on I colour washed the roof with several shades of grey to emulate natural slates.

A small point my Manor - which was a kit didn't come with chimneys so I built the stacks before I started the roof from cardboard and balsa wood. If they went on after tiling they wouldn't 'sit' right.

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I plan on attaching the actually chimneys I made once its done and doesn't keep moving about as the clay is a touch fragile and I'm clumsy . ( the roof doesn't open)
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I think I said 8 rooms earlier actually its designed as 9 rooms and 3 hallways/ stair wells but I have not used the partition in the grand salon to make it one huge room.

There is an article in this cubit on how I built the kitchen. http://cubits.org/AllThingsHobby/articles/view/68/

Anjl no I'm not patient - which is why I have to be in the right mood to do anything at all!!
Carol

Imagebeckygardener
May 30, 2011 7:38 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Carol - Oh yes! I remember that thread about your kitchen! You did an amazing job on all of it! I love the way the roof looks! Thanks for sharing the details of how you did it along with some great photos! I am like you, I have to be in the mood to work on any project. I don't know when I will start working on the house again. Hopefully soon! As it gets too hot outside for gardening, I will probably spend more time inside working on my dollhouse project! Especially once I finish working Summer School in the middle of July!

Anjl - I have to run the electrical wiring and will have to finish the floors and walls in one room that is a secret room before the roof goes on. The floor throughout the house will be removable. I am mounting the flooring to something (not figured out what yet) instead of directly to the floor base of the dollhouse. That way I can easily change it out if I don't like it or want to change the decor. Also if I have problems with the electrical, it will be easier to remove the flooring rather than ripping it all up. I read about that trick in one of the miniature magazines a few years ago.
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Image1AnjL
Jun 4, 2011 12:51 AM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
Thumbs up I read about it too. You can attach your flooring (and/or wall coverings) to cardstock cut to fit snugly. Then you slip the cardstock into the room over your wiring. If you ever decide to change your decor you just take the cardstock back out. I imagine the cardstock is about the same grade of stiffness as the roof shingles Okus shows above.

I am considering decorating the second house this way. I already traced patterns before the walls went together so that I can easily cut out cardstock for the wallpaper. Floor will stay stained oak...or maybe I'll carpet some rooms with cloth will have to wait and see what fits my mood at the time Hilarious!
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Imageokus
Jun 4, 2011 3:55 AM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
Thats the way I did the kitchen, dining room and hall floors in the manor. As they have tiles or wood 'planks' stuck to them they are much easier to work on outside the rooms
I also did that with the ceiling in the dining hall and will with the others as I get there The ceiling in the dining room is papered with an of-cut anaglypta(?) wallpaper sample. I have to leave a decent time between visits to the store to collect those Rolling my eyes. Much easier to get it straight and smooth outside the house. Bluetack makes a great removable adhesive for attaching it too.
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Carol

Image1AnjL
Jun 14, 2011 3:12 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
i used a regular ole elmers glue stick for the wall paper in the first house. Still crossing my fingers and hoping it stays 'stuck' lol
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Imagebeckygardener
Jun 15, 2011 6:30 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Anjl - You said, "You can attach your flooring (and/or wall coverings) to cardstock cut to fit snugly. Then you slip the cardstock into the room over your wiring. If you ever decide to change your decor you just take the cardstock back out. I imagine the cardstock is about the same grade of stiffness as the roof shingles Okus shows above."

I would love to do this. Had already planned to do it for the floors. My question is will card stock be strong enough and not warp or curl? I have been thinking of getting the wallpaper flooring and then using something to coat it with to make it look like polished wood floors. I think that will be a LOT cheaper than going with real wood. My biggest issue is what to use to mount it to. Will card stock be strong enough and durable enough and remain flat?

Did you ever find out about the Zap-a-gap glue?

I also need a good book that shows examples of Period Style furniture, walls, flooring, and interior and exterior designs of houses. I found that my local library had quite a few books on Doll's houses. One book I found was, "Creating Dolls' House Period Style" by Lionel & Ann Barnard. It's a neat book and had lots of information, photos of examples of dolls' houses and the details. But I was wondering if there are other books that might be better. I want to actually buy a book to keep since I can only borrow the book from the library.

I started a thread here for my work on my dollhouse: http://cubits.org/AllThingsHobby/thread/view/58928/
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Image1AnjL
Jul 10, 2011 12:34 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
Hi Becky, sorryit took me so long to respond!

yes cardstock cut snug to fit should hold up well inside the house. I havent used this option yet, but have watched other dollhouse forums and many of those builders use this option. I plan to do my current house this way.

You can use cardstock... or also use cereal boxes cut to size. I'll be using the ceral boxes because cardstock is hard to find in my area.

looking forward to your progress!!
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Imagebeckygardener
Jul 10, 2011 12:59 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
So the cardstock wouldn't warp if the room gets damp or humid? That's why I questioned what to use.
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Image1AnjL
Jul 10, 2011 1:03 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
I havent heard anyone say anything bad about the cardstock. I watch the threads on the greenleaf site for tips etc and seems that most of the experienced builders use that method. The threads are kind hard to follow there, but lots of interesting tips etc.
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Imagebeckygardener
Jul 10, 2011 1:18 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Maybe by wallpapering the sheets of cardstock, it hardens them to make them even sturdier! That's my hope anyway! LOL

I'll be doing my floors the same way. I think the floors will work well that way. The walls I am not so sure about. That seems trickier because it is standing up instead of laying flat. I wonder how they get the cardstock lay flat against the walls of the house?
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Image1AnjL
Jul 10, 2011 1:20 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
you use a dab of glue in the corners of the walls, just to keep them stuck in there. then when you want to change the decor...just pry off the corners and remove.
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Imagebeckygardener
Jul 10, 2011 1:52 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
So that is what the experts do?!!! Sounds like a plan! I will definitely try that. The only other thing I am wondering about is the electrical tape. I am adding electricity to mine. I know the card stock isn't that thick, so I am hoping there won't be a problem with the prongs going into the walls, so that the sockets make good contact with the electrical tape. Trial and error, I suppose! Hilarious!
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Image1AnjL
Jul 10, 2011 2:25 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
Please let us know what you learn in the process! I havent done electrical yet ...so still need to learn that one! Rolling on the floor laughing

You can check the forums at greenleaf and see what tips they have on there too...
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Imagebeckygardener
Jul 10, 2011 2:43 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
I will! Thanks! I have some other links I've been looking at too.

Dollhouse Forum in the U.K.:
http://www.dollshouseforum.com/
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Imagebeckygardener
Jul 10, 2011 2:44 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
I get lost on that forum though. So many forums and threads! I like your cozy little spot here on cubits! Thumbs up
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Image1AnjL
Jul 10, 2011 2:45 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
LOL I felt the same way when I went there... I dont like the way the forums are set up...guess I'm just too used to daves forums here LOL
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Imagebeckygardener
Jul 10, 2011 2:47 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Hilarious! Me, too! I am spoiled! Big Grin
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Image1AnjL
Jul 10, 2011 11:59 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
I agree
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