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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Supply list for wiring part 6

This week we have a really short supply list again.

To follow along your will need:

your roombox or dollhouse that you are working on

lead in wire
source of electricity
wiring kit (or the items that come in one)
lamp that you want to install
the photos you took of your wiring before you covered it with paper

Tips for Dollhouse Miniature Crafting- Cleaning Your Ceramic Tile Work-surface

Since a couple of weeks ago I told all of you that you needed to go out and get a ceramic tile to work on I figured a quick lesson in cleaning it would be in order.

First I always let any glue or paint dry if possible before I clean it up. It is just easier that way. Then I first use a paint scraper to just scrape off anything on the tile. Then a quick wipe with a wet wipe and you should be ready for your next project.

Occasionally I wash the tiles just like I would a plate in hot soapy water. Then let it dry completely standing on its side so that both sides will dry.

I have even run them through the dishwasher a few times and they did just fine.

The only thing you have to worry about when washing them is make sure the back side (the un-glazed side) is completely dry before you put it back on your table. That back side holds a lot of moisture and will stay wet for a long time.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Trash to Treasure Covered Accent Table

This week for our Trash to Treasure project we are going to make a cute little accent table for the dollhouse. This can be varied to work with any holiday or occasion since the paper cupcake liners come out decorated for just about every occasion you can think of. Just be sure to pick ones that don't have definite top to the design since we will be using them upside down.

This would be a fantastic project to teach to a group (especially a group of beginners) since it is so inexpensive to make and really simple to do.

In addition to the cupcake liner you will need:

an empty thread spool that is about 2” tall (or use your imagination and see what else would work)
two circles cut from a cardboard box that are 1 ¾” in diameter
paint (optional- I do recommend spray paint for this)

an optional spacer if you want to make your table taller (like one you might sit at) I would use a ½” block of wood. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Easy Corner Roombox pt 6

This week we are adding the baseboard molding to the bottom floor of our roombox. Please ignore the messy spot on the wall where I tried to cover up the paint smear. It has been a long week and I just didn't have time to fix it. Hopefully I will get it looking better by the next time we see the bottom floor of the roombox.

I used a strip of 3/8” by 1/16” basswood, you can pick whatever you want to use. You can also choose to either stain or paint yours. It all depends on the look you are after in your room.

This project is really easy and really fast so I hope you all enjoy it.

Be sure to post photos of your project, I want to see what you are working on!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Supply List for Dollhouse Miniature Easy Corner Roombox pt 6

This week we have a really short supply list:

Your roombox or dollhouse you are working on
Some wood strips to use for baseboard trim. (I am using some Bass wood that is 3/8” wide by 1/16” thick.
Paint or wood stain as desired
Clear top coat (if needed)
Easy cutter or saw to cut your trim
Glue to attach it.

That is about all we need this week.

Tools for Making Dollhouse Miniatures- The Ceramic Tile Work-surface

If you have watched any of my videos you have seen at least some of the ceramic tiles I like to work on. I first got them just to work with clay but soon found out they are really practical for lots of crafts, especially messy ones. They are durable, easy to clean, easy to get and inexpensive. All things I love.

Seriously you haven't picked up at least one of these you are missing out. I prefer the 12” by 12” size most of the time although if I had room for it I would probably get a couple of the 18” by 18” size by since I film most of what I do and they wouldn't fit under my tripod they wouldn't work for me. Maybe if I get a different tripod????

Anyway, I just wanted to share my favorite work-surface with all of you. Come back in a couple of weeks and I will give you some hints on cleaning your tiles.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Easy Corner Roombox pt 5

This week we are going to be finishing the lower floor in our corner roombox. I love this technique and it is so easy and inexpensive to do you might just become hooked on it.... LOL

For the base that we will be working on I am using a piece of poster board. I discovered my local Dollar Tree had 11” by 14” pieces of poster board in packs of 5 a while back. So much easier to use than the large sheets I usually buy when I just need a small piece. Whatever size your room is try your best to use one piece of poster board to cover the floor area. It is really hard (not impossible) to hide a seam in this.

I just use the same paste for adhering this to the floor that I used for the wallpaper. It will need to get all the way dry before you start with the paint. Also you might want to weight it down for a while to make sure it doesn't warp your floor depending on what your floor is made of.

Once the paste is dry the fun part starts. For this you will want a variety of craft paint that compliments/ matches your project as well as a variety of sponges, cotton balls and anything else that looks like it would give a neat texture when used to apply the paint. In past projects I have also used terry cloth scraps, paper towels, rags made of various fabrics. Really if it is soft and you think it will work give it a try.

I do recommend having a minimum of at least 3 to 5 colors. I got out 10 and I think I used between 6 and 9 of them. (I didn't keep track) Try to have some dark colors, some light colors and some medium ones. The variety will give your floor more depth and make it more interesting.

Work with about 3 colors at a time and just have fun. Remember it is going to look really bad in the beginning so just go with it.

Once you are done and happy with the pattern you have come up with give the floor a clear coat of whatever your favorite clear finish is. I used a Satin Mod Podge and it looks great. The clear makes the floor look more realistic and gives the colors more depth.