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This upcoming project is a little different from my usual ones. This is a rehab. This custom dollhouse belongs to a neighbor and she was ...

Monday, November 5

The Greenleaf Village Day 4

The School House

I needed extra clamps for this building. For some reason it was a bit difficult to keep together but it is assembled in the same fashion as the others. I assembled the roof and cupola, so they will be ready for me when I’m ready to use them. I painted the school house, spackled and sanded it. Then I painted it again.

I also painted the cupola. I painted the front doors red. I’m going to put in the steps first and doors. It will be easier that way. Once the doors were in, I began putting in all of the window trims.

As they dry, I began work on the cupola roof. This is where you will encounter some trouble. Remember the little paper fortune tellers you would slip into your fingers to tell the future when you were child? Well the cupola roof is somewhat like that. I first folded the cupola along the creases to form the roof and then painted it inside and out. I then glued one of the roof sides to the cupola and let it dry thoroughly. Afterwards, I glued on the other side. There could be a large gap right in the middle of the copula roof where the two sides are supposed to join at the top. Let the second side of your cupola roof dry and leave the gap for now.

Once the copula roof is dry, squeeze two corners together of the roof and you will notice the gap at the top becomes sealed because your pressing the two roof halves together. Now to keep it that way, you will have apply a small piece of clear tape to the underside of the roof while holding it together with your fingers so it stays together. Don’t use glue it will only moisten the tape and loosen it. Use tape only. Now that the gap is hidden with the tape, you might still have some tiny gaps between these two roof halves. Fill them with spackle. The spackle will harden and help hold the two halves together but don’t ever remove the tape from the underside. There’s no need to, you won't ever be able to see it. Let your roof dry thoroughly before painting the spackle. The spackle is what will truly keep the roof together and prevent it from opening it up so don’t loosen it by wetting it with paint just yet.

I painted the underside of the main roof. I hot glued on the shingle strips to the roof and then glued on the cupola. I then gave everything a good paint touch up and put the roof on.

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