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Wednesday, January 26

The Half Scale Buttercup Cottage Dollhouse Day 1

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The Half Scale Buttercup Cottage By Corona Concepts

I am making the half scale Buttercup Cottage dollhouse into a gingerbread dollhouse. It will make a great decor for the holidays. It's small size will help me be able to present it on a dish as if it was a real baked gingerbread dollhouse similar to the one pictured below.

As usual tacky glue will be used to assemble the dollhouse first and then I will go over all of the joints with wood glue. This is a much smaller dollhouse and it will not be under the same amount of pressure as a larger one would but it is still a good idea to use both glues for durability.

I am building the shell of the dollhouse in its entirety, without any finishing, because I am going to be covering the whole thing with stucco. This dollhouse is assembled the same way as the one inch scale Buttercup dollhouse model and the instructions and schematics are identical to it.

As you can see, this little dollhouses shell is complete. Clamp tightly everywhere to make sure that everything is fitting straight and its all in place. Let it dry.

It will be a little more challenging to clamp this dollhouse so it can dry properly because of its size but this very thing can be beneficial. Small dollhouses are easier to manage and control. You can turn them any way needed to get parts to fit right.

Once the tacky glue has dried, I will unclamp the dollhouse and go over every seam with wood glue. This process can take a day and a half because you want to make sure all of the glue is completely dry before you begin working on anything else. Never paint or wallpaper a dollhouse whose shell is not completely dry. The moisture from these materials will pull your dollhouse apart and if you unclamp before glue is dry, you can have tabs popping out of slots or gaps around your assembly. Be patient and always wait for glue to completely dry.


Kathi said...

I have the Fairfield half scale kit. I haven't started building it yet. I will be watching your progress with this one. I would have done the interior wallpaper and flooring first. Guess I shouldn't do that?

Gina said...

Kathi, whenever possible, you should do your flooring and wallpaper after your shell is done.

The reason is that if your walls and floors are done before assembly, they can pose multiple problems when you glue the dollhouse together. Not only do you risk damaging your interior finishes with dripping glue but you also will have visible seams around your corners where the walls meet. Of course, you can always leave extra wallpaper on the corner edges so you can wrap them around the seams when the house is complete but you will not get as clean and finished a look as if you did after. Flooring, depending on the kind your using, can become a problem with tabs and slots fitting properly.

So, you technically can finish your interior before assembly but it can become a more tedious and difficult process that requires extra planning for your corners, shell fitting, not to mention wallpaper pattern matching, etc.

There are times when you do not have a choice, like with attics. The angle of the walls on these ceilings are best wallpapered before they go up or you will have a horrible time wrapping paper around angled curves.

Also inaccessible areas on a dollhouse will require wallpapering and flooring first. You will experience a few of these with the Fairfield. Good luck with your project and don't forget to browse my Fairfield blog for more tips on that particular kit.


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