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Wednesday, January 2

Custom Order 05 The Buttercup Cottage Dollhouse Week 1

The Buttercup Cottage And Sugarplum Cottage Custom Orders

I have assembled these dollhouses before so I will not go over every single assembly step again but I will point out a few key things about these models.

First, the size proportion. These dollhouses are one inch scale though they appear to be smaller. They are basically one room dollhouses with a semi-useable second floor, attic room. For those that do not have the space to have a large dollhouse or just have a few signature miniature pieces they would like to display, these smaller dollhouse models are ideal.

Instead of buying a plain room box, you can opt for one of these dollhouses and get a lot more detail for your money. They have windows, bays, gables, doors, flower boxes, window seats and fireplaces to add more realism to your miniature display.

Of course, just because they are small, does not mean that they are an easy assembly for a newbie. These dollhouses take as much work as other, larger tab and slot dollhouse models. Careful planning and knowlegde is the key for a successful outcome. They can not be finished in a weekend and are not fast craft projects. It takes a lot of time to finish a tab and slot dollhouse properly. If your an experienced builder though, they can be relatively easy.

Trim
You must plan carefully before you finish the interior of this dollhouse. It does not come with complete interior trim. All interior trim must be custom made using dowels and wood strips. These materials are available in the wood section of your craft supply store. The complete trimming of the dollhouses interior brings out it's details and gives the product a more finished look.

I used dowels (you can also use wooden skewers) to trim the entire attic of this dollhouse. I used it all along the floor edge and up the angled gable wall joints.

I used strip wood to trim the first floor of the dollhouse and dowels for the ceiling trim. I used the same strip to creat the "chair rail".

Round wooden finials will help cover where the trim finishes.

Since this dollhouse does not come with complete interior trim and is missing most of the "arched" top window trim, I recommend to use strip wood on the sides and use window treatments to cover the window tops. That way it doesn't look unfinished.

I do not recommend real miniature moulding for this dollhouse model. This is mainly due to it's unique measurements. The windows, doors and bays do not give enough leeway for the thickness of real miniature crown moulding. Also the twists and turns of the walls within the dollhouse will require a lot of angled cuts that will break the trim continiuty and make it appear awkward and out of scale. I suggest that if "real look" moulding is desired, you would be better off going with half scale rather than one inch scale. It will give you a better finish.

Tab and slot dollhouses are true to scale, which in many cases causes moulding and pre-assembled components sold for dollhouses, to appear out of proportion. This is why I often opt for custom trim rather than real moulding. The bigger the tab and slot dollhouse, the less this proportion difference is noticeable.







Window Seat and Cupboards
The window seat in the bay of the dollhouse has storage cupboards underneath. In this assembly I chose to hinge them so they would be operable. The best way to do this is by assembling the entire bay away from the dollhouse. That way you can finish the interior of the cupboards and hinge the doors properly.

As with other instances of hinging tab and slot dollhouse doors, prepare for working doors that are not perfect. The goal is to make them operable but they will never move like a pre-assembled, pre-hung miniature door would. The hinges are small. The wood expands and contracts. In many instances the wood is brittle, hard and difficult to work with. If after you hinge your doors, you find that they swing open and remain open, use a tiny bit of museum wax, rubbed along the edge of the door opening. Close the door and you will find that it will remain shut.

I went ahead and installed the entire bay onto the dollhouse before wallpapering it. In hindsight, I suggest you go ahead and wallpaper the bay before attaching it to the dollhouse. It will make it much easier to do so.

























Window Boxes
The best way to put flowers in your window boxes is to line the boxes with cotton first. Then add a little bit of hot glue to your flower stems and push them into the cotton. They will stay put until your ready to remove them. If you use the glue sparingly, you will find that you can just pull them out with the cotton and change them in the future.







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