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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Easy Corner Roombox pt 4

This week's video is fairly short because for the most part I have covered this information in past videos. Check the channel for my more in-depth wallpaper videos if you need more information on the basics. This week I mainly wanted to focus on the aspects of wallpapering that were specific to this project. Mainly taking that warp out of the front wall, preventing more warping on other areas and cutting around the tapewire on the edge of the wall where the wire comes into the house.

I was a little nervous about the paste I was going to use since I forgot to check it until I opened it on camera. That had sat in the container since we worked on the last building project. It kept just fine and the consistency was fine. I would still rather use Yes! Paste but I can't find it locally and I really don't want to pay shipping on it. Since this works almost as well I will just continue to use it.

The main “secret” to wallpapering a dollhouse is to have a lip of paper folding over onto the adjacent wall on the ceiling and back wall. This prevents the wall from showing if the paper shrinks from the seams.

On this project I used some plain colored card-stock because I wanted to keep this project very neural, it is going to be used for photos of future projects so I didn't really want to use any colors that would not go with just about everything. I think the white ceiling and beige walls will work out nicely.

I did have a piece of blue paper with really realistic clouds that I was so tempted to use for the ceiling but it just wasn't right for the neutral look I was going for. It would have been really cool for a kid's room roombox though.....

So next week we will be putting in the ceiling fixture.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Supply list for Corner Roombox part 4

This week the list of supplies is pretty short.

You will need:

The roombox (or other structure you are working on for the wiring series)
Ceiling paper
Straight edge, knife and cutting mat
scoring tools
Wallpaper border adhesive or Yes! Paste.

In the demo I also use my 12” by 12” ceramic tiles to support and weigh down the ceiling to prevent warping. I highly recommend this if you are papering the foamcore ceiling. That single layer of foamcore will warp pretty badly if you don't do this. Just find something that will support the ceiling (with the roombox sitting upside down and something to hold it flat) In my case I ended up using 6 of my tiles. Large books would also work nicely. 

Tips for Dollhouse Miniature Crafting- Cleaning the Clay Extruder

This week I show a little about how to clean your clay extruder. This is a really helpful tool and it needs to be cleaned after every use. It's not really difficult and will make the tool last a lot longer.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Dollhouse Wiring 101 pt 4 The Front Porch Light and Wallpaper Prep

This week we are starting out by installing the porch light. This is the only light fixture we will be putting in before the wallpaper. Thus it is also really not accessible after we are done. That is the down side of this. The rest of the lights we will be able to access the area where they are installed.

After the front porch light is in place we need to cover our tape wire to prep it for wallpaper. In a normal wood dollhouse I just put a coat of white primer over the tape wire and call it good. I sometimes add a piece of tape over anyplace I have used brads or grommets, depending on how secure I feel about their placement.

Since our roombox is made of foamcore and I am not feeling all that confident about the long-term life of these connections I decided I wanted a little more. So I cut strips of sticker paper 1” wide and used those to cover my tape runs. This does two things it covers tape wire and blends it into the wall and it also (hopefully) will add some reinforcement to those connections we made last week. Only time will tell if my idea is correct. I do feel 98% confident about it.

I had initially intended to add the wallpaper this week too but I also want to keep the videos in this series no more than 30 minutes long. I know there is a lot of information for you all to digest each week. Any longer than that and I fear it would just be too much at a time. So next week we will wallpaper our room.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Supplies for Wiring part 4 video

This week we are going to be wiring in the front porch light and prepping the walls for the wallpaper to come next week.

I had thought we would get to the wallpaper this week but that would have made for a much longer video. As it is we are right about 30 minutes this week. I am trying my best to keep this series of videos shorter so I don't overwhelm you guys.

So for this week we need the following:

The structure you are wiring
Your basic wiring kit (the one we have been using)
Something to punch a hole in the front wall of your structure. (if you are using foamcore the pilot punch from the wiring kit works just fine. If you are working on a wooden structure you will need a drill with a really small bit)
Front porch light
Craft knife
Glue (I used Beacons 3-in-1 but anything that will dry clear)
Brass brads and/or grommets
Paper tape (from the first aid aisle of the grocery store)
White primer paint (if you are working on a wooden structure)

Matte sticker paper sheet cut into 1” wide strips- I am using this to help hold the tape wire and the splice I made with the grommets more secure)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Dollhouse Wiring 101 pt 3 Tape-wire Placement

This week on our wiring series we are going to install the tape-wire in our roombox but, first we are going to make a tool for marking some of our placement lines.

In a dollhouse build you would have already painted the interior with a white primer before starting this step.

The tool we are making is really simple and is made from scraps of either foam core or wood (or both) You simply need to build up a small block that is about ¾” tall. The exact measurement will vary depending on your pencil.

When it is complete just tape your pencil on the top and you can now draw a straight line 1” off the floor. Much easier than trying to juggle a ruler and a pencil in tight places.

And speaking of tight places this is the perfect place to use one of those short pencils that has been sharpened almost to nothing. It is much easier in a dollhouse room to use a short pencil on a block than to try to work with a nice new long pencil. Trust me on this one....

Once you have your pencil ready to go I recommend placing either a page flag or a dot sticker on the spots you want to place your lights. This will help you visualize where your tape-wire needs to run. For ceiling lights mark on the floor above.

Once you have figured out where you are going to place specific lights it is time to run the general tape-wire runs. By having this basic run of wiring in your house you can add more lights in the future, things like floor lamps and table lamps. You can even wire a fireplace to it if you want to (although if you use a flickering unit it could make all your lights flicker)

If you are working in a dollhouse with a stair well that is the best place to take the wire up to the next floor. If not then you can do as I did here and make a spot where the ceiling/floor meets the wall.

The most important part of wiring, in my opinion, is to test after every connection. That way you can trace problems much easier.

When you have your wiring in place take a lot of pictures. Then immediately print them. If you have a notebook for your building (something I highly recommend) put one copy of the photos in there. Then take another set, put them in an envelope and tape that to the bottom of the building. Someday when you need to find the wires you will be very glad you did this. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Supplies for the wiring part 3 tutorial

For part 3 of the wiring series we will be making a little tool to help get our placement line for the wire at the bottom of the wall marked correctly as well as wiring our roombox.

You will need the following items to follow along with me.

the wiring kit we talked about in part 1 (or the items that are in the kit if you purchased them separately)
source of electricity (outlet or extension cord that is plugged into your house electricity)
a small amount of scrap wood an/or scrap foamcore
masking tape (or painter's tape)
short pencil
ruler- a short one is much easier to use
some small post-it page flags or those bright colored dot stickers from the office store
small screwdriver (that will fit the screw in the junction splice) like the ones for eye-glases

camera/ phone with camera app