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Working on a dollhouse

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Alisamer
29 minutes ago, FecundFundieFundus said:

@PumaLover I'm not sure what the scale is, butnif it's for both your enjoyment and for kids to play with I've seen people turn Ikea Kallax-like shelves (storage shelves with the 12" square shelves) or similar into dollhouse rooms. With overhead lights your set ups are decorative but still accessible (and sturdy enough) to be played with. 

Those are great - and if you just want light to light up the place, Ikea has lots of under cabinet lighting that can be added to those. They also make (or at least made at one point) Kallax cabinet inserts with glass doors, which is nice for keeping dust out. I have a couple of those inserts with Transformers in them.

My dolls are (mostly) bigger, so I went with Ikea Pax units. I've not done much new with their habitat recently, I'm working on writing their stories. But I am working on a big house organization for me, so I'm sure at some point I'll get to doing more with their rooms, too.

And way back in the back of my head, I hope to eventually, someday, do a nicer display for my Transformers. I've seen someone use part of a computer tower as an interior for that purpose, and it looked very cool.

@PumaLover i think Puki Puki dolls, or at least Realpukis from Fairyland are similar in scale, so seeing what people have done with those might inspire some ideas? Also I think at one point American Girl made room boxes that are close to that scale - I think they're hard to come by, but might be worth keeping an eye out for. Ikea has their own doll furniture that is pretty nice - might be a smidgen big but some of it would work I'm sure, for a more modern look. I agree to pick a scale that works and try to go with that. I love scouring thrift stores for accessories and stuff. My pirates actually have working, in-scale brass telescopes and a sextant, and working compasses from the jewelry making section at michaels.

And speaking of Ikea doll furniture - anyone working in a 1/4 scale or so who wants a nice bed cheap, the Ikea one is great! You really have to cut a couple inches off the legs, and I also cut the footboard so it wasn't identical to the headboard, and put the wooden base in upside down, and it turned out pretty nice. 

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Drawer dividers make good shelving units, turned on their sides.

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Palimpsest

Yay!  Action on the dollhouse thread.  :)

14 hours ago, PumaLover said:

Lastly I am not sure what scale the Critters are. The adults are roughly 3 1/4" tall. The van is 9" long. 

I'm going to guess 1:16 scale is the closest.   More info here.  https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/dolls-house-and-miniatures-scale-2365457

I work in 1:24 and I think it will definitely be too small for the calico critters.  I was given a 3" doll and she overwhelms the furniture and looks wrong next to the doorways.  I'd go for 1:12 for pre-made houses and furniture.  They are critters after all so it doesn't have to be exact - and it is easier to adapt things down than make them bigger.  As @Spanger said, calculating the dimensions down from real life houses and furniture isn't that hard either. 

Also be aware that the scales aren't necessarily consistent across manufacturers especially for furniture.

IME, the most common scales used in the US now at miniature shows are 1:12 and 1:48, although Micro is getting more popular.   I find 1:24 harder and harder to get hold of - but that is good.  It forces me to make my own things from scratch.    And I do have sources in the UK where 1:24 is much more popular.

I use house shell kits (and modify them) because I can't saw in straight line for more than a few inches, and when you price the materials and cost of plans for building from scratch the expense escalates alarmingly.  I decided that the kits were worth it.

So you might want to a look at a few house kits - the Greenleaf ones are the most affordable.  I had a bad experience with the Greenleaf village and can't recommend them.   It came warped, off-line, and was made of substandard splintering plywood.  I had to sand my brains out, use copious amounts of wood putty, and even replace a couple of floors.  It was a brand new kit (unopened box) but bought at a consignment store for pennies,  so I couldn't return to Greenleaf.  A lot of people really like Greenleaf though.

I like Real Good Toys and Earth and Tree dollhouse kits.  They are basically heirloom quality and go together easily.  I think Earth and Tree has a modern house that might fit your needs. 

Or as @FecundFundieFundus says you could modify a piece of furniture.  The original dollhouses were cabinets, after all.

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FecundFundieFundus

@Alisamer It's been a while since I've held a Transformer, but Ikea just came out with some new hanging display boxes that are really cute! 

These would actually be ridiculously great for dollhouse room displays- you can see it from all sides. 

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@Palimpsest Where do you get your half scale/1:24 dolls? I don't have a 3D printer so I was thinking about maybe trying to make some with polymer clay, but I'd like to have a "real" set to compare scale to (with all of my copious spare time 😂). 

If I buy a kit, I think I'd like to do half scale so that we can put die cast cars and G scale trains in if we want. 

 

 

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8 minutes ago, FecundFundieFundus said:

@Palimpsest Where do you get your half scale/1:24 dolls? I don't have a 3D printer so I was thinking about maybe trying to make some with polymer clay, but I'd like to have a "real" set to compare scale to (with all of my copious spare time 😂). 

If I buy a kit, I think I'd like to do half scale so that we can put die cast cars and G scale trains in if we want. 

Yes to the G scale!

Dolls - I don't have any at the moment!  My dollhouse has imaginary inhabitants  The imaginary occupants do have cats and dogs because I scored 12 half scale animals off Ebay for $8 for the lot.  That lot included a 1:12 scale monster (and rather mean looking) chihuahua who is looking for a new home if anyone is interested.  Free to a good home, but I will check your references.  (Joke!)

I've never found any supposed half scale dolls that look small enough to me for my house.  The 3" one was horribly out of proportion but she was quite crudely made (I hope the giver doesn't read this.)

I think the adults should be 2.5" to 3" max.  I fool about with polymer clay too.  I haven't attempted a doll yet but it would absolutely be possible.

BUT! I just remembered.  I  have a bare-ass-nekkid half scale doll that I haven't dressed yet because I thought she was a bit too big too.  Let me look through my stash and get back to you on the maker.  It was Ellen something ...

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FecundFundieFundus

Diorama companies produce figures in that scale for diecast car collectors, but the figures are, um, something all right... 

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Edit: found a link with an okay overview for figure sculpting! It's not a step-by-step, but he gives some good hints for newbies like me (and possibly other newbs who are lurking on the thread!) for how to sculpt clay on top of armatures. https://davidneat.wordpress.com/tag/modelling-small-scale-figures/

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Precisely.  Porno dollies.

Also I look for dolls (in my price range and I am cheap frugal) that can be dressed in 1716 or 1865 clothes.

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LilMissMetaphor

So it's not a dollhouse, and I am ridiculously bad at scale, but I love gnome homes and fairy houses and fisherman's villages.  This is one I put together in the summer.  The base is a split piece of wood that I painted blue to imitate ocean where the bark had peeled away.  

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35 minutes ago, LilMissMetaphor said:

So it's not a dollhouse, and I am ridiculously bad at scale, but I love gnome homes and fairy houses and fisherman's villages. 

Oh, fairy houses and gardens are just magical.  Who cares about scale.

OK, I defy you all not to reach for tissues on this one.  I cried like a baby,

(Trigger warning, child death, but really inspirational for all crafters, miniaturists, loving people, and survivors)

 

 

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@FecundFundieFundus, before I forget, my naked half scale doll came from here:   http://ellensworld.net/home.  Look at page 12 of the catalog.  Ellen's classes are for dressing the dolls, not making them, IIRC, but if you meet her at a show she is a fount of information.  I doubt she sells her molds though.  She is a very nice person, BTW.

There are also various elaborate dressed porcelain dolls that you can find on Etsy and Ebay that retail from around  $100 to - the sky's the limit - from doll-makers. 

And Scale Design is a good resource for 1:24 and smaller items.  They sometimes have a few nice looking dolls:    https://half-scale-miniatures.com/shop/

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Oh my god why are there so many horrifying miniatures out there though?? Something tells me Ellen's niceness is contingent on if she perceives you as white

Racism warning- 

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Kind faced, portly Mammy doll for sale in 2018. And a doll titled "black man" despite all the other dolls either having names or descriptions based on their dress. 

I kinda always thought this was a wholesome nerdy hobby :( Stripping prostitute dolls, exaggerated porn star dolls and gross racial stereotypes from my grandparents era are not what I was expecting. Thanks for looking up who made your figure but I will not be giving her my business. 

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Melissa1977

I knew I shouldn't have visited this thread!!! 

Now I need so badly to take a 6 months vacation to spend my days building these houses! And creating families. And neighbourhoods. A whole city.

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Alisamer

@FecundFundieFundus Those boxes are definitely on my list of things to watch! One of my doll-collecting friends has all sorts of vintage boxes and drawers on the walls as shelves, and they're gorgeous. I think these Ikea ones will look just as cool. but be a bit lower profile.

@LilMissMetaphor that is so pretty! I love fairy gardens, and finally put my own together at work. There's a running creek (but it's losing water again, so I may have to re-do it for a third time...) and the house lights up. It's made of coke bottles, scrap cardboard, paperclay, popsicle sticks, and dowels. I just put some grow lights over it for the winter, clipped to that shelf above it.

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Just wanted to drop off this link that Mr. Spanger showed me today.  I’ll have to learn more about this lady, I really like the way she makes everything cluttered and used-loooking.  I’m definitely stealing some ideas for my Jana dollhouse.

Possibly NSFW- it’s all just miniatures, but it’s minatures of things that are NSFW, so... do what’s best for you.

https://nypost.com/2018/11/08/artist-makes-tiny-dildos-maxi-pads-condoms-and-bongs/

Also, tiny update on my house- I’ve got the final round of pre-fab structure clamping done, and I’ve been working on painting walls in sections that are ready for it.  I could potentially be ready to glue the shell together this weekend!

BUT- I think I might want to build the stairs and the under-stair wall/shelf section before I glue the main corner they are going into together though, and I’m a little discouraged by how long that is probably going to take me.  (It will be fine, I’m just excited to put the house together!)  Realistically I should think about doing the windows before I assemble, too.  It would be fine to do them later, but I’m sure it would be easier clamp everything in while my walls are still flat... but...

Did I mention how bad I want to just put the house together already?!  Lol.

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I am about to start a fairy garden, which will have one or two fairies and a lot of animals.  It's sort of a terrarium type container, I can't really describe it but it's like a box with clear plexiglass sides in a house shape.  My daughter has a doll house that she bought when she was really little and she decorated with her colors, etc., as per her elementary age tastes.  She wants to re-do it, it's currently in the closet in my craft room and she says she will eventually get it to take home.  But seeing these houses here make me want to keep it and redecorate it myself!  Not that I will, but I really want to. :)

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Okay, that link @Spangerposted is 100% my miniature goals. 😂 I really want to do a little scene with parents sneakily smoking out of their old bong while their teens were upstairs vaping out the window. Definitely have to make some condoms for the bedside table!! Safer sex, guiz. Dollhouses are expensive to buy, time consuming to decorate and take up a lot of space. We can't have the dolls going full Duggar 

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Progress update from this weekend: Mr. Spanger had agreed to help me cut out the frames I wanted for the stairs, so we got a template all measured, calculated, and drawn out and made sure it would fit.  Then, when he saw what I wanted to do for stairs, he volunteered a more intricate project idea because he thought it would be fun to make, and I like his idea so we’re gonna do that.  Basically, instead of cutting 2 frames for stairs and covering with risers/treads, he wants to cut about a dozen frames and glue them together, so it’s one thick piece... Sorry, I’m not sure how to explain it any better, but I’ll show pics whenever he gets to it.  (The next morning after saying he’d make my stairs, he started a big garage door project, so mine might be on the back burner for a week or two, lol.)

Also, I found some 1/8 x 1/4 inch balsa wood at Menards, which sounds really basic, but made me super happy- I live out in the country and menards is like 20-25 minutes less driving each way than the craft store.  (In other words I can just drop in at Menards, where as the craft store is a specially planned ahead journey that I only go to if I’m doing something else in the area.). So i bought some of the balsa wood and cut out all the pieces I need to build my window frames.  Now I’m sanding them and next up is staining and gluing.

Random Advice Question: anyone have tips for clamping my balsa wood window frames while the glue dries?  Im pretty sure all my ‘real’ clamps are too strong and might gauge the balsa wood, so I’m trying to think of something a little lighter- maybe clothes pins?  They might be less stable than I’d like though... does anyone have any hints, please?

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