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Here there but not quite everywhere

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Doors and no doors – odd views

Strange juxtaposition

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Moving the parts around produced some very odd views of the rooms 😉

Bits

Once the ceilings and walls are in the landing and most of the pictures can be seen through the back bedroom doorway when the two parts of the house are separated.

Back in the downstairs hallway

There’s also a bought hat which I’ve squashed into a trilby shape, the slightly improved girl’s school hat is on a peg and the horrid school cap is on the bottom level with the cat.

I’m thinking of using real plates at the end facing but paper ones on the long side run.  Not so much expense (though that’s a definite consideration) but sideways on the real plates are too deep to really catch a view of the front designs.  This photo is a try-out and I’m still thinking about it, as usual.

Dotting about

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Lots going on here so playing with peripherals in the Deco dining room when I can.

Clock

General colour scheme check and trying out candlesticks

A second Triang bookcase

Carpet being worked on as is the dining room/hallway door.  Thinking about the easy chairs at the moment …

Fun things and more than a bit of “I told you so”

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Fun

Fire in the hole

(old meaning)

 

Owning up, well, to all sorts of things really

A riot of edges ignored

Meant to do these as went along and now the whole lot of them have come home to roost as it were.  What am I talking about?  Hmmm how to explain – I’ll try to photograph and show you, but first a bit more explanation perhaps …

It’s all to do with the slice of cake mechanism that reveals the house innards.

Every time a piece of work is done that abuts onto the slice of cake, either the sitting room piece or the main body, I have to check that the fit still works.  Each layer of wood or paper can make a big difference to whether the fit is snug or not.

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Mundane in as it may seem, this is a photo check today as to how the fit of the house parts is going.  Possibly fractionally off but it will bed in.

The edges of the reveal

When, in a more traditional shaped dolls house you open it up, often by swinging open a hinge-hung frontage or two, the only edges you might be aware of are the thickness of the wood of the front walls, whether they are painted or finished on the front edge and at the hinges.

Not just a cake but now it’s a sandwich

Here the house is a set of layers of foam board, re-enforced with wood strip and with wallpapers on mount board.  The wallpapered board is then is then glued onto the wood-strip, leaving a space for wiring if required, and making what seems a strong sandwich.  So, when viewed side on (in the same way as you might look at the side edge of a wooden opening frontage) you will see not just the one thickness of wood but a ‘sandwich’ of materials, the joint layers, or individual edges and they all need a bit of dressing/covering up; detailing I suppose we could call it, to make them look a little less raw.

I have, previously in Hogepotche etc, papered and glue painted the paper until it’s as firm as papier-mache to box-in layered edges, but, as some of these sandwiches have layers that might need to stay removable – flooring hiding wiring etc – I reckon it’s best for me to treat each separate layer with an ‘outer’ visible edge as an individual element when neatening off their appearance.

Sitting Room

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A box scene?

We know what that looks like but take a look at the outer edges.  If it were a separate room box it might have a frame of wood or similar, giving it a picture-like appearance, and believe me I thought of dressing the whole of the removable area in a similar way to a room box.  I decided against it as was not sure I could get anywhere near working out the space to be left and how any framing would work with intervening floors etc.  The moveable part of the house needs to ‘enjoy’ a good fit so that the house looks like a whole construction.

In the meantime, until I can work out a better looking deal, I’ve gone with basic cover-up with edging pens and wallpaper wraps.

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Sitting room sandwich – I’ve used the flooring paper for the bedroom above to dress the outer edge of the sitting room ceiling and the sitting room coving runs along the edge of the upstairs paper so the marbled pale green does not appear in the sitting room – I hope.

Dining Room

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Another area that’s like a separate box with edges needing dressing

Am working on the ground floor edges now and this is as far as I’ve got.

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It’s all about the corner
As well as the visible profile of the edges of the construction, there’s a hidden corner where the sitting room slice snuggles in

You can see I’ve added some of the dining room paper border to the two outer edges.  I didn’t like the way the wallpaper sat and looked edge on.   Nearly there with this set of edging though the ceiling and the floor above will need treatment when they arrive.

I bet that leaves you with the big question of – why?  Sorry about that but, if it’s any comfort, I feel a lot better for getting that off my chest.

Off to find some fun things to do, oh, and hang the washing.

 

 

 

A touch of ye olde trompe l’oeil

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(trompe l’oeil)

A work-around for the cake slice proximity fitting

Remember this photo?

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View through sitting room bay window of fixed walls of two parts of house sliding and fitting into each other.

A diagram might help about need for work-around

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The red and yellow arrows indicate the corners and the walls where the slice of movable house meets the fixed majority of house.

And it’s a tight-ish fit.  I say tight-ish as it will take some thickness of wood but not much.  This has meant that I can put a thin strip to represent the cornice at the top of the ‘party wall’ but can’t put in the thicker skirting board because of the corner near the dining room.

Not always visible

I had thought of mixing thick and thin according to where it would fit but suddenly decided to go for a bit of digital messing.  We have a colour printer and a laser black but both have chosen this moment to play up; nevertheless I’ve gone for scanning in a length of the skirting, printing it out and bringing it up to some sort of compromise standard with paint.

In older news – hat

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Had another go at that hat and added edgings so it might be usable somewhere.
The other object is a dressing gown for someone’s door peg

Meanwhile brooding on bathrooms

I’ve got this ‘thing’ going about the bathroom, in much the same way as I had about the kitchen decor.  This time it’s about fixtures for the room.  Why am I fussing about it now?  I’d like to do the top landing, doorways and room floors, but in the bathroom that means I would like to know what is going where and what shape it is.  All because I have this fancy to try to do a particular floor patterning in there.  (More of that much, much later when the fittings are finally decided on.)

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I love these items, their taps, shapes and general look, but, being 1:16 they’re much too small for this house and, sadly, look totally lost in the room space.

I’ve tried them in place at least half a dozen times, planned how to build up the black panelled bath without damaging it and so it will still be removable as is, but it still looks like a pimple in the wrong place.  Learning as I go along doing mini-ing and having got away with using 1:16 and even 1:24 in a 1:12 space, it’s sad that it won’t work here particularly as there are so many lovely vintage items to be had.  Not so far found a nice vintage one that comes up big or is 1:12.

I do like a particular set I’ve seen, but am uncomfortable about paying the big bucks it costs.  I know I’ll end up buying it, and, at the rate I keep buying ‘possibles’ and finding out they don’t do the job either, I could have bought the more costly set by now!  Going to have to take a deep breath and …