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« Reply #1320 on: June 05, 2012 07:39:34 AM »

I have always loved Doll Houses. My grandfather made my first one when I was about 5 yrs old. It was built big (my neighbors dog house was smaller..lol) and meant to be played with, which it was.  Myself, my 3 sisters, & 3 brothers all had many hours of fun with the dollhouse my grandfather built. Years later when we moved my grandfather gave the house to the neighbor girls. I'll be 49 this week & I recently spoke to an old neighbor who let me know that that dollhouse is still being played with at a local school. My grandfather would be pleased to know that something he built many years ago is still giving others the joy of creative playing.
This Craft thread has inspired me to dig out some of the old dollhouses I have made over the years & give them new life, who knows, maybe one will give some others years of enjoyment...can't wait to get started! Thanks.
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« Reply #1321 on: June 06, 2012 10:40:22 PM »

I love this project!  I was looking through the posts, but I didn't see any that mentioned using paperclay as a covering to make brick, stone or plaster.  It is a cool looking technique and I love to see some photos of things made with it.
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« Reply #1322 on: June 06, 2012 11:47:33 PM »

I love this project!  I was looking through the posts, but I didn't see any that mentioned using paperclay as a covering to make brick, stone or plaster.  It is a cool looking technique and I love to see some photos of things made with it.

One of the houses I'm working on right now has paperclay stonework, but I don't have pics.  However, Tracy Topps (minis on the edge) has an amazing gallery of her paperclay covered dollhouses: http://gallery.mac.com/toppdollar#gallery
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« Reply #1323 on: June 07, 2012 02:45:15 PM »

Wow, lots of eyecandy there! The dolls are interesting too. I love making dolls, so I'm trying to pluck up the nerve to do some scale ones. I've looked at tutorials for it, and it's not so hard I don't think.
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« Reply #1324 on: June 07, 2012 03:42:49 PM »

Wow, lots of eyecandy there! The dolls are interesting too. I love making dolls, so I'm trying to pluck up the nerve to do some scale ones. I've looked at tutorials for it, and it's not so hard I don't think.

Scale is not hard, it just requires CONSTANT VIGILANCE!*   Cheesy

The buyers who care about scale care a lot. Obsessively, compulsively so (I can say that because I'm one of them, lol).

Keep a measuring rule close by and measure constantly. "Scale creep" kills.   Shocked

And for some awesome eye candy, here's a link to the 1/12 scale gallery of my favorite doll artists Jodi and Richard Creager

*not so random HP reference
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« Reply #1325 on: June 07, 2012 04:35:33 PM »

Oh wow, that was really impressive! Not sure I can quite live up to that yet, but...

I'm thinking of doing clay heads, hands, and maybe feet, then a soft, wired body for pose-ability. I'll have to play around with it. One thing I noticed that I loved about their dolls is that the clothing fits them properly. I noticed with some that the clothes look too big and ill-fitted and it really breaks the illusion for me even if the doll itself was good.
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« Reply #1326 on: June 07, 2012 09:43:05 PM »

I love this project!  I was looking through the posts, but I didn't see any that mentioned using paperclay as a covering to make brick, stone or plaster.  It is a cool looking technique and I love to see some photos of things made with it.
 

I did here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=389492.msg4688854#msg4688854
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=389492.msg4691119#msg4691119
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=389492.msg4693610#msg4693610
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« Reply #1327 on: June 08, 2012 11:45:43 AM »

I'm working on a Queen Anne style home and I want to have the house be "inspired by" traditional Queen Anne decor. 

And I just found the most amazing site for reference pics (for multiple styles, not just Queen Anne): Old House Dreams.  I have about 20 browser windows opened right now with amazing pics and I can't close any of them because I NEED THEM ALL. LOL

One thing I noticed that I loved about their dolls is that the clothing fits them properly. I noticed with some that the clothes look too big and ill-fitted and it really breaks the illusion for me even if the doll itself was good.

I totally absolutely completely agree -- there are some really good sculptors who just can't make proper clothing and yes, it ruins the entire illusion. I know that with Jodi and Richard, Jodi does the sculpting and Richard does the armatures -- not sure who does the clothing, but it is so amazingly well done.
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« Reply #1328 on: June 08, 2012 01:52:34 PM »

Here's my current wee house in progress. It's a 1:144 scale Queen Anne from North Eastern Scale Models.

This is just a "dry build", so no, the walls aren't going to be that crooked.

But yes, I am going for "dilapidated."  Cheesy

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« Reply #1329 on: June 08, 2012 02:05:15 PM »

microjivvy I can't wait to see more! Your wee creations blow my mind. I could never have the patience for things that small... or proper scale... or dry runs... or absolute precision. I'm much more of a 'just do it till it's done' gal.
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