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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Kitchen Cabinets Part 2

I was really hoping to get further in the project this week than I did but life got in the way. I did get the faux wood-grain onto the bottom cabinets and I do love how they look. Since I used card-stock for the wood-grain paper this is a project anyone can do. The cost is pretty minimal and the painting is just a simple dry brush streaking effect. I think it turns out nice especially considering how easy and inexpensive it was.

I did spray my pages of “wood” with a clear gloss sealer but that step is totally optional. We are going to also give the cabinets a coat of satin Mod Podge at the end anyway. I just wanted to seal the paint a little better so just in case I got a bit rough with the paper it would hold up better while I am working on it.

The front cover for the cabinet run is cut the same height was we cut the cabinets fronts, in my case 3” by wide enough to cover the front and fold over at the end(s) by another ½”. The side/end covers are cut 3 ¼” by 1 ¾” (assuming you cut your cabinets the same height and depth as I did)

The cutting sizes for the panels I cut to fit my drawers were:
1” by 1 ½” (this gives a finished drawer front that measures ½” by 1”.

Here is a better look at the drawer fronts as they were trimmed for placement. Remember that the doors are done the same way.

The cutting sizes for the panels for the door fronts were:
2 ” by 1 ½” (this gives a finished door that measures 2 ⅛” by 1”)

Here is the cabinet front with the placement lines drawn for the drawer fronts.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tools for Making Dollhouse Miniatures- Magnetic Gluing Jig

This week I am going to introduce you to yet another tool in my workshop, the Magnetic-Gluing-Jig. While I might not use this tool as often as some of the other tools I have when I do it is very helpful.

I looked Magnetic-Gluing-Jig up on the Micromark site and at the time I am writing this blog post it is one sale for $19.95 down from the normal price of $25.95. I am not sure how long this sale will be going on though.

The Gluing Jig is made of heavy steel (21 gauge) and comes with the magnets I showed (or ones very similar)

I used this a lot when I was assembling the kitchen cabinet kits for my Harrison and also when I was assembling some windows for another project. It really helps with holding the pieces of the project at the position you need them to be in.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Kitchen Cabinets

This week we are starting on a new adventure. We are going to create some kitchen cabinets. You might remember back when I made the corner roombox one of the reasons I wanted to make it was to use as a backdrop for photographing my miniature creations. Since so many of the minis I make are food/food related I want a kitchen “set” to use in photos. I think of this kind of like a set used for TV or movie filming. I do have nice kitchens in my dollhouses but they really don't work for photos because it would be practically impossible to get any good angles. By using the corner roombox I can get good angles to take photos from and I can light it better too.

Since my corner roombox might need to be a kitchen one week and a bedroom the next I can't glue in top cabinets or glue a tile back splash to the walls. I decided the easiest way to handle this was to make a freestanding kitchen “wall unit” that has the cabinets all glued to it along with that tile back splash that I can simply slide into place for photos. If you follow my 18” doll blog I have a similar kitchen wall that I use for photos over there.

This week we are creating the wall itself along with the basic structure of the bottom cabinets. Next week I hope we can finish the bottom cabinets and the tile back splash. Then it will be onto the top cabinets.

This is a project I am really looking forward to. I think it will be a lot of fun to create and it should make a wonderful backdrop for photos.

If you are making the cabinets for a dollhouse you might still want to construct them on a wall that you can slip in and out. Or you can make the cabinets and glue them right into the dollhouse. I am making a separate cabinet along with the ones attached to the wall unit so you can see how to do that too.

If you are adding this as a wall unit that can be removed from your dollhouse you might want to substitute mat board for the foamcore for the walls themselves. This would save you a bit of floorspace if your dollhouse kitchen is small.

The first step in making your cabinets is to decide how you are going to set up your kitchen. That will be determined by the room you are putting it into. Next you need to take very accurate measurements of you the space. Then you should draw out a scale drawing of the floor plan. Even if you decide not to completely follow the initial floor plan it will give you a good idea of what you are doing. For instance I was going to have a narrow cabinet next to the refrigerator (at the end of the wall) but when I put the fridge in the roombox I decided there wasn't going to be room. I was still able to use my floor plan I just made notes of my changes.

The first actual construction step is to make the wall unit (only if you are not gluing your cabinets to the actual walls in your dollhouse/roombox kitchen)

All of the construction this week is done with standard foamcore. I love how easy it is to work with and it is lightweight too.

My walls are 8” tall (that is how tall my upper cabinets will be) and they will allow some space for the actual roombox walls to show at the top.

Now for the cutting measurements that you need to know.

The backer piece for the lower cabinets is 3 ¼” tall by the length of your cabinet section. You will need this backer piece behind each cabinet.

The base piece is 1 ½” by the same length as the backer pieces.

Sides are 1 ½' by 3” (also use this measurement for any spacers you need for inside the cabinets see my photo for where I put these)
top view of the cabinet construction

Fronts of the cabinets are 3” tall by the width of the cabinet units.

Next week we will be putting the outside finish on our cabinets and adding doors and a back splash. We may get to the counter-top too I'm not sure it depends on how long the other steps take.

side view showing the profile of the cabinets

If you really want to have cabinets that have working doors and drawers here are the ones I used in my Harrison. They do take a while to put together but in the end they are gorgeous. I didn't use all of the kits, I drew out my kitchen plan and ordered just what I needed. On this page (providing the link works correctly) you can follow links to all the separate pieces available. It looks like at the time I am writing this the kits are out of stock but hopefully will be back if you do decide you want to get them

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Trash to Treasure Sponge Cake

This week's Trash to Treasure project is one of those that I have been meaning to do but kept forgetting to film.

For this project you can use any fine textured sponge. I really like the makeup sponges the best for 1/12th scale because they have such a fine texture. You can also use a very fine textured cleaning sponge. If you are going to cut your cake be sure to pick a sponge that is a color that a cake might be. I feel that white and yellow are the best but it is up to you, maybe your dolls want a pink cake....

For the cake today I cut the sponge piece 1” by ¾” but you could cut yours any size you like. A ¾” by ¾' would be a nice square cake and a ¾” circle would also work really well.

I found that cutting with my scissors worked the best for me.

For the frosting I used my standard tube of caulking which you can find in any store that has paint/home improvement section. It is fairly cheap and if you store it with the lid on tightly or wrapped up it does keep for a while before it goes hard.

I hope you liked this Trash to Treasure project, thanks for watching. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Refrigerator Part 3

This week we are finishing up the refrigerator!

I promised the Facebook group that the door handles would be the first thing we did this wee and they are. I chose a super simple door handle design, you can of course put a different style on yours.

Here are some photos showing the details of the handles.

I also had asked on the Facebook group if I should add shelves to the doors and the consensus was pretty much split. I did do those this week but of course as with pretty much any step you can add them or leave them off. I decided to only put the shelves on the refrigerator door and not on the freezer door. That way you could see the doors completed both ways.

I did find that the door with the shelves on it shut to the proper place the one without shelves would push in too far. So to remedy this I added a stop to the bottom of the fridge. I think it is a good way to stop the door and looks okay at the same time.

I also added a handle to the produce drawer and covered the back of the fridge with some black cardstock.

The cutting dimensions for the door shelves (for the refrigerator side) was as follows:

craft stick: 1 ¼”
skinny stick 1 ¼”
¼” x 3/8” 2 cut to 3/8”

The door stop was cut from craft stick the same width as the space between the inside walls.

I think that was all the cutting sizes this week. If I missed something let me know and I will add it. It has been a very long week around here.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Tips for Dollhouse Miniature Crafting- Handy Holder

This week for my tips video I am sharing something I found in an old magazine I was looking at.

I know I almost always have bottles of glue (or paint or whatever) that I need to keep upside down so that I can get the product out of the container to use it. What to use to hold those bottles can be an issue, especially if you are worried about the product leaking out and ruining a container.

For this tip all you need is a lid from a spray can and something to hold it temporarily to your table. I used the putty that is sold for hanging posters, I always have it on hand and it usually doesn't harm the surface you put it on.

Since most of these lids, at least the ones I have include a second spot in the middle that fits over the spray nozzle they hold the bottles upside down at a fairly sharp angle. Because of this little area there are so many other things that this little holder could hold.

Another use I thought of after I turned off the camera is this would also be a fantastic place to hold those little glass bottles of model paint that are so easy to tip over on your craft table. Especially the bottles that contain paint that needs a solvent to clean up since spilling those is a huge mess.

Also you could use the center section of the lid to hold toothpicks and such.

So many uses but I have lots of lids so I’ve got it covered.  

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Joanne's Minis is on Patreon

So I thought for a long time before I took this step. I really want to make better and more videos for all of you to watch. I really want to see my channel grow and I want to be able to give back to my viewers with some giveaways. I also would love to be able to test products for you all on a regular basis and to visit some of those wonderful mini shows across the country that I keep reading about. The problem with that is all of those things take both time and money. That is why I have decided to join Patreon. It is a way for all of you to help me reach those goals. I know you already love the content I am providing. I just want to give you more and better content.

If you aren't familiar with what Patreon is I will try to explain that in a bit more detail here than I did on the video. It is a crowd funding platform built specifically for those of us that create in some way. There are YouTube creators over there, artists, writers, poets, musicians, and people that do so much more. A Patreon Page can be set up to either collect pledges on a once per month basis or on a once per creation basis. I went with the once per month option.

Patreon has been around since about 2013 and has somewhere around a million active patrons and 50,000 active creators.

In preparation for this step I watched a bunch of Patreon Launch videos from some of my favorite YouTube creators. One of them compared the Patreon Pledge to tipping the server after a meal out. I think that is a really cool way to look at it.

So for just a dollar or so you can really help me to grow the channel. And I have already set up a series of rewards for those that do pledge to help. Here is a run down of what I have set up right now. If you have any ideas for more rewards let me know and I will consider them too.

For that single dollar a month you will get access to Patreon only emails, a quarterly Q&A video (only accessible to patrons) and your name at the end of my videos.

For just a little more, $5 a month you get all of that plus access to an additional tutorial video every month.

For $10 per month you will get all of those things plus I will invite you to a group video chat every month where we can talk about our projects, techniques to do things or whatever the group wants to talk about.

And for $20 per month you get all of the above plus you will get 30 minutes of my time monthly in a private video chat where you can pick my brain about your project, you can have me help you with a technique that you are struggling with (kind of like a private class) or just to chat, it's up to you how you use your half hour.

And I have also set up a goal, as soon as the page is generating $500 per month I will do triple giveaway. By triple giveaway I mean there will be 3 separate giveaways at one time. There will be one on Patreon for my supporters over there, there will be one on YouTube that will be open to my subscribers on there, and finally there will be another one on Facebook for the people that follow me there. So that means if you follow me all three places you will get 3 chances to win the prizes! And I am hoping to have really nice prizes to give too. I will be repeating the giveaways as different goals are met on Patreon so keep you eyes open for them.

So as far as what this means for the YouTube channel it is all good. I hope to upgrade my equipment so that will mean better quality videos. I also hope to have more money to spend on the videos so I can show you lots of new stuff and new techniques. All of this is good so I really can't see any downsides for any of you. I will still be making as many videos on YouTube and they will remain completely free just like always. (as long as YouTube remains constant), I will still be just as available on my Facebook page so you will still be able to talk to me there.

If you can help I will be so grateful and if you can't that is fine too. I know that times are hard for all of us and I totally understand.

I love my fans, they have been here for me during some pretty hard stuff in my “real” life and you guys have kept me sane. So I thank you all for that. I also thank you for all the support I will get in the future both the emotional support and the support through Patreon.

Here is the link to my Patreon Page, remember if you have any questions I am here for you.

Thank you so much.