1:24 half timbered cottage continued

I haven't posted progress photos for quite a while. Work has been progressing slowly. The exterior is pretty much finished. The pavers are all formed from Paperclay. I used an assortment of moss sheets, reindeer moss, painted sponges, and bits of dried or plastic plants for the landscaping. I had a little 1" scale daffodil style potted clay plant that I placed next to the porch, just removed the pot and "planted" it. I'll be taking some pictures of the whole exterior later.
As always, just click on the pictures to make them bigger.

On the left you can see the pony wall around the well of the cellar steps.  On the right is the cooking hearth. I won't be gluing that into place until later. I'll be needing to soot it up a little and it'll be easier to do if I can take it out.
I think the table came out nicely. No, I didn't do the carving. I found some laser cut wooden medallions in a craft store and stocked up on them, figuring I would find great uses for them. The carving on the table and the bed and shelf are all trimmed with medallion cuttings.

Have you seen those TV ads for Lazer Bond, the resin glue that hardens with UV light? I've discovered a handy use for it in miniatures. When I glued the little table together, there just wasn't enough area for a strong glue contact, and although the tabletop was glued to the carved supports, it tended to wobble a little. I dropped a tiny, tiny drop of the glue in the 4 spots where the curved top of the support met the tabletop, then cured the glue with the UV light. It worked like a charm. The tiny table is now securely put together, no wobble, and the tiny bit of clear glue is almost invisible.
I ran into a wobble problem with one of my little shelves and dabbed a tiny bit of glue there too. Remember, if you use the Lazer Bond glue on a miniature, you need to use the tiniest drop you can or it'll show up like any other glue. And don't forget, you need to be able to shine the light on it to harden it. 
In case you're not used to half inch scale miniatures, the table is 1 & 3/8" high.

I wanted a box bed with shelves on one end. It took me forever to come up with a bed design that I thought would work satisfactorily in half inch scale. I'd get an idea and would have to discard it because I couldn't find the right sized bit of embellishment I needed. I've found working in 1" scale so much easier than 1/2" scale. All too often I'd fiddle with this and that and wind up saying, "Nah, that's no good, try something else."
I did come up with some good ideas for a 1" scale box bed if I ever decide to make a room that needs one.


Well, that's it for now. I've got the idea for a simple little work table that'll go under the window by the door. I think I can make that next without too much fuss. I also want to make the old lady a chair to relax in after a long day where she can do some sewing or tatting or whatever. That will require quite a bit of fuss, I'm sure.


1/2" scale cottage gets a fireplace and stove

The 3 walls still aren't all glued together, nor are they glued to any kind of floor, but the cellar walls have been stoned, and the cellar workshop has a smoky fireplace, with an ancient style masonry kitchen stove above it for the living space. The stove hood came out nicely, the actual stove needs a little work. I cut out the semicircle underneath where the stockpile of firewood will go, but it needs to be sanded and finished off.

click on photos to enlarge them
Oh yeah, the floor between the cellar and room above hasn't been installed either.
Here's a view of the kitchen stove.



I chose to do the cellar wall stonework in egg carton, then stained the stones in various shades of gray.

The next thing I have to do is cut some posts that will go along the steps in the cellar. They'll help support the low wall that will go around the staircase. Once I'm sure I've got everything figured out correctly I'll glue the final wall to the other 2 and then glue the walls to the cellar floor. I'm leaning towards a dirt floor. Originally I planned on stones, but then I thought a dirt floor would be more correct. I still might change my mind, though. I saw a great beat up old stone floor in an old painting and wanted to try it, but I can always save it for another project.




Half inch scale cottage

I've been working on my first half inch scale dollhouse. It's a small cottage, with a cellar. I imagine a witch living there, preparing her potions in her cellar.
The 3 walls haven't been glued together yet. They're set up in a jig with magnets holding them in place. I've been working on each wall in turn.

I placed a wooden panel into place where part of the floor goes, just to make the cellar portion a bit more "cellary" looking for the photo.
The front door does not open. After drilling two tiny pinholes in not quite the correct spots, I decided that since nobody was going to need to walk through the door, who cares if the door is glued shut? It was better than starting a whole new door. Obviously I still have to timber the other walls.

The little block of white painted wood on the right is going to become the European style hearth that the little old lady cooks her meals on. I decided to make a fireplace in the cellar, in case she needed to brew a big pot of potion, and I thought it made the space more interesting looking.
Here's a picture showing the wall with the fireplace. I painted the walls gray to get an idea of what the place would look like with stone walls. As you can see, I opted for the egg carton stones. When I'm all finished making the stonework I'll be painting them.

Here's a view of the side with the cellar steps - and below are the steps. I wanted the steps to take up as little room as possible, and miscalculated with my first set, They looked nice, but wrong, if you know what I mean. When I measured the treads I realized I had made them too small, so I made a whole new staircase.



Miniature & Dollhouse Tutorials

------------Moved from New England Miniatures


Some of these tutorials were written in languages other than English. You can use  Google to translate them. 

All links were checked on 9/10/15

Building Dollhouses 


How to etch bricks 


From a miniature railroading site: How to make a scale river, etc. 


A tiny pumpkin house, another tute about making stairs, and some fun with Paperclay


How to make paper mache out of dryer lint


How to make things look old, from Wanna's Blog 


Artisans in Miniature online magazine 


More spiral stairs from a Castle project, and more! 


Dr. Bob's Spiral Staircase Tutorial, from Small Stuff 


Pooh Beer's huge list of worldwide links


Let's Build a Dollhouse...& more 


How to build a dollhouse


Construction of a miniature Swiss farmhouse 


Framing a miniature Tudor house 


How to make a faux stone floor using drywall compound or stucco 


The Blue Willow kitchen .... Handy instructions for building fireplaces


Dollhouse wiring made easy 


Hirst Arts, for smaller scale castles & fantasy projects


Modeling realistic water


Creating Munchkinland in miniature 


Free dollhouse and furniture plans ...from The Woodworker's Workshop, many are old fretwork plans for scrollsaws 


How to create miniature dollhouse gardens, part 1 of 4 


A parquet floor 


How to make clay roof tiles 



Tutorials for Miniature Furnishings

How to pin hinge cupboard doors -- this blog is geared towards modern miniatures 

A twig Adirondack table

Wanna's tutorial index includes how to make a cardoard box full of 1950's tiles, working with Michael's hutches, making skirted tables & more. 

Make a miniature 3 drawer chest 

Making a miniature planter 

Turn a plastic "pizza table" into an office chair 

An imitation wicker shelf 

Make a miniature couch out of polymer clay

A folding screen 

How to make a simple bench 

How to make a miniature stove 

Tips for making twig furniture 

Tutorials for Miniature Accessories 

How to tie a nautical braided rug 

Another how to tie a nautical braided rug, in French, but the illustrations show how to do it using pins to keep the string in place. 

How to make house plants 

How to make a crystal chandelier based on plastic tubing - in Spanish * since this is an image of a page, translate or cut and paste to translator will not work, but the pictures are fairly self explanatory

An easy round dollhouse rug

How to bake polymer clay in a toaster oven

Make a mini book - part 1

Make a mini book - part 2

How to make a gizmo to help make miniature bows

How to make a desk set with blotter, pen & ink

Printable kitchen casseroles & serving dishes

Baking polymer clay 

Polyclay tutorials from NoraJean. 

Mary Eccher's miniature food projects 

How to tie a miniature bow 

Making plates....This technique uses soda cap liners and Mod Podge 

Making a miniature book 

Make a non-working miniature Venetian blind 

Make a baby bouncer 

A tip for a simple doormat 

Make a shopping bag 

Make a hanging rack for nursery or kitchen

How to make a miniature Christmas tree 

An easy rag rug 

How to make a boudoir bottle 

Make a colorful Tiffany style lamp, perfume bottles, sconces, and more 

A faux wicker basket 

A paper lobster trap 

A wooden tray 

How to crochet a quarter scale sofa 

Buttercup Miniatures offers some free mini crochet and knitting patterns 

How to make a polymer clay troll 

Mary Williams makes lovely dolls, and offers 3 nice doll dressing tutorials 

Cynthia Howe's tutorials ..dollmaking, dressing dolls, making hats,hairstyling, ribbon roses, bows, and more. 


Completed 19th century wash house

After sitting unfinished in various places in my studio and dining room for the past few years, my Victorian wash house is finally complete. Well, sort of complete. I have to track down where I put the acrylic panel that slides down over the front to keep out the dust.

My inspiration for this project was a British book of cottage interiors. Bake houses also served as wash houses. On the left you'll see an old fashioned oven with an iron door. The big piece of masonry below it holds a boiler, or as it was also known, a copper. A large copper or iron kettle would be set in the masonry for boiling water. They were also used in America and were sometimes called set kettles. Fires would be set under the big copper or iron kettle and water would be heated for washing clothes.  In some places they were used for making large amounts of soup for organizations that had to feed a lot of people.
Next to the stove and boiler is a stone sink. The sink and boiler would have to be filled by the bucketful. The sink usually had a drain to let the waste water outside. Sometimes the boiler had a drain, sometimes it had to be emptied by the bucket.

OK, enough historical fact. If you want to know more check out my Victorian site, Victorian Interiors and More.

Here's a picture that shows more of the left hand side with the oven. By the way, all my pictures will open larger if you click on them.

And here's one that shows more of the right side.

The floor is made of drywall compound, I just spread it out and drew out stones. I admit, I could have done a neater job, but I hadn't worked on this in so long I was just wanted to get going and get something accomplished. I was afraid I'd get sidetracked again and wind up putting the wash house back in its corner.
I tried several different color washes for the stones. I was unhappy with my colors, one color would look good, then in another light it would look a little off. In the end, after deciding I had a pretty good color floor, I felt it still needed something, so I wiped some wood stain over it. Ta-ta! Much better.

I used a few things from my New England Miniatures stock, like the AN399 baskets, for example. Maybe I should move them to the Laundry & Sewing room section. I hadn't realized what a great looking laundry basket the bigger one was. Right now they're still just listed under Baskets & More.

Of course, I still needed a few things I couldn't get for New England Miniatures, so I had to make them. I wanted an all wood washboard like the one in my inspiration photo, so I made myself this one.
I also wanted a wooden peel for taking bread out of the bake oven, and a washing bat or paddle for the laundry. Sanding the edge of the peel was tricky, but if I had a working mini oven  I could slide this peel right in there and pull out my loaf.

A nice old antique dust pan would be nice too, I thought. I sell a tan one and a blue one on New England Miniatures, but they looked too clean and new. I wondered if I could antique them up.
Yes, I could. I sprayed a tan dust pan with primer, and dipped the brushy part of the brush in primer spray. Then I painted the dustpan with black acrylic paint that was mixed with just a little water. I also dabbed some of the black paint on the brush to make it look sooty.

That's when I remembered I could use some brushes. The long handled one would be for cleaning the ashes out of the oven, the small one for just regular scrubbing chores.

The brushy parts are made from black stick on Velcro. I just cut snips of Velcro, stuck them onto the brushes, then I snipped a bit of the loops off so they'd look more like brushes instead of little bits of Velcro.

If you'd like to see the previous posts that describe how I went about this project from the beginning, click HERE. It'll take you to the first post.










Marvelous Matchstick Models

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Iowan Patrick Acton started building matchstick models as a hobby.

You have to see these - Hogwarts and more!
Pictures HERE and more pictures HERE.


The Blog Index

New  England Miniatures has some of the lowest prices you'll find on  Reutter miniature furniture and accessories, and they're in stock - no waiting.  We ship by US Priority mail 2-3 day delivery.
Miss Frobisher's Cottage - my first scratch dollhouse

Through a doll's eyes - Introducing Doll Frobisher, owner of the Bungalow

The Bungalow - complete photo set of the dollhouse 

Dollhouse Books  -  a list of some of my favorite books about dollhouses.

A little information about Victorian houses  - and a link to my Victorian blog

Photos of the kitchen - from the movie Coraline

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I have a need to add landscaping to each of my dollhouses.
…intro -- shaping & painting sponges -----reindeer moss---using sand to simulate mowed grass----balsa wood blocks to make stone steps

using foam,plywood or paper mache to make rises in the land to cover your dollhouse foundation and to create visual interest in your minigarden.-----bushes from sponges---plywood for paving stones----a small tree from a twig & reindeer moss.----using Great Stuff insulating foam to make ground cover

Mulch, soil, flowers and plants

 More ideas for miniature plants
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A Faux stone floor - How I used drywall compound to make a stone floor.

New England Miniatures' Links to Tutorials
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The Beach House from start to finish --A 1:12 beach house from scratch -- trying for lumpy sand -- building the furniture -- fold down shutters

The Kitschy Kitchen roombox -- Kitsch....(noun)..tawdry or sentimental art (from German).
 A very sentimental frame of mind led me to create a cottage kitchen, inspired by the kitchen roombox I had made years before My Mother's Little Kitchen.----Building the room box from scratch --plastere over egg carton stones -- hearth stones made from plaster -- making the furniture -- a faux window
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My mother's little kitchen ---A miniature Lithuanian cottage kitchen I made for my mother


Finished pictures of Lithuanian Cottage kitchen -- and a recording of Lithuanian folk tunes – 1929 
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Tall Chimneys -- A British mid Victorian farmhouse

The Gnome's Cottage - a northern European log house, all built in gnomish scale

Another Gnome's Cottage - another version of the log cottage -- building it from start to finish --- windows, the door

The Pumpkin House -- what to do with a styrofoam pumpkin

The Baron's Study - a roombox

The Nuthouse ---This was a step by step building blog I wrote for a British retailer.

Ashley's Heritage Dollhouse --a long, long time ago I built a Duracraft Heritage and an addition for it
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Amos Gooch’s cottage, part 1 – A Maine fisherman’s cottage--- starting with a Greenleaf Buttercup --- nicely worn & scuffed floorboards

Amos Gooch part 2 ---weathering the shingles

Amos Gooch part 3 - --Using Michael’s hutches to make some cabinets

Amos Gooch part 4 ----fooling around with furniture

Amos Gooch part 5 ---faux finishing a table 


Amos Gooch part  6 ---Starting work on Amos Gooch’s front yard ----crushed shell walk, soil & sand

Amos Gooch part  7 ----Amos’s lumber pile – painting a barrel, and some more plants

 Amos Gooch part 8 ----Amos’s garden, continued – painting the walk to look like crushed shells – making seats for the garden -- adding more beachy plants

 Amos Gooch part 9 ---finished exterior

Amos Gooch part  10 ---Little Star Gooch finally has some hair

The finished cottage ---& making simple curtains for a working man’s house

More pictures of Amos's Cottage
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333 Franklin St - The Franklin St project kept running into problems. I lost interest in it, and it still sits unfinished. The parlor was finished, with a nice mural. I've included photos of the parlor with several different furniture arrangements, but some of the furniture shown is no longer in stock.-------pages are linked in sequence.  Also included is a bit of information about faux marbling the fireplace.
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19th century cottage wash house --- scratch built room box ---still not quite finished as of 1/1/13



Didn’t have time to work on the wash house – a link to working with plaster cloth

Cottage wash house part 4 --- Old “plaster” over “bricks”

Cottage wash house part 5 – Timber!  Making aged timbers

Cottage wash house part 6 – more about old timbers

Cottage wash house part 7 – making a lattice window

Cottage wash house part 8 – how to make a faux stone sink
  
Don’t cry it’ll be alright – sometimes things just don’t come out right, but in the end it'll be great.
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