Half Scale Furniture: Scale Designs (Frank Moroz) has a large selection of finished and kit 1/2 scale furniture. http://www.scaledesigns.com
There are wonderful kits by Cassidy Creations, and there are also 1/2" furniture pieces already built by Shenodoah. I call these my 'Naked Furniture' pieces when I sell them. There is a rocker, bed, corner cabinet, dough box, cupboard, dry sink, small chest, etc. The Cassidy kits provide a really wide variety of furniture pieces and are very easy to assemble and decorate. Let me know if you would like more information and I can correspond with you personally
Once I saw a picture of a lady in a magazine, who was making a mini vase out of clay. She had a large bump of clay on the rotation wheel and on top of it she had this little vase 'growing'. Couldn't you do something just like that: take a large bump of fimo and let your little doll grow out of it? It's worth a try, I think.
Marjon de Haas
I took a workshop in sculpting a fimo doll with Cat Wingler. The most important thing she emphasized was that the oven fire clays would get too soft to sculpt the face. The way we got around this was to pre-fire some of the head. First you buy or make the eyeballs and bake them. Next you roll an egg shape to the proper size for the head and halfway down the egg push the eyeballs in until they are buried halfway. Then you bake it. Now you can add more clay for the forehead, cheeks, chin, neck etc. and sculpt the features on the hard base.
50s Moderne Open House: I finished my quarter scale 50s Moderne House and would like to invite you all too see it.
1/144 Amusement park: the model railroaders have lots of stuff in N scale, which is a little bit smaller (1/160), but which might do, since these machines come in different sizes. I have a 1999 N-gauge Walthers catalgo, and there's a merry-go-round kit, a chairoplane, game booths and concession booths (made by Faller), a Ferris wheel and carousel by IHC, swing boats and a ghost train by Vollmer. These are I think all kits, and some can be motorized and lit.If you want to do it all yourself, I'd still suggest searching through model shops for wood or styrene products that will enable you to build unusual structures. Walthers has a big site at http://www.walthers.com 1/144 Amusement park: I once found what I later learned was a display wheel for Easter eggs at a garage sale. It screamed "Ferris wheel" at me - I will guess that the wheel diameter was about 8"-9". It worked just like a Ferris wheel does; as the wheel went around, the egg holders rotated so the eggs were always upright. But check places that sell holiday things - maybe they have off-season things in a corner somewhere. (OK, it's late and I just did the math - this would probably be way too big for 1/144 scale. Maybe 1/4 scale would be closer!)
Chris in Minnesota
1/144 Amusement park: How about making food stands that look like giant food (only they are tiny to scale) A Hamburger or hot dog with an opening where the counter is, an ice cream cone for the frozen treats., balloon man, a fun house made from a tiny castle.... Wish I worked in that scale. Check out the dollar store for toys for rides. And please keep us posted
Gail in Orlando
1/144th Bricks: Have you considered wood bricks? Use the narrowest "scribed" siding that you can find (I use 1/32 or 3/64"). Sharpen an old jewelers' screw driver into an appropriately wide ",chisel to poke in the staggered vertical grout lines. If you paint your micro-scales, spray overall with a light gray for grout then dry daub brick color onto surfaces. Easy and quick (for 1/144) and very convincing.
The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe - I have a pair of old high top ladies' boots or shoes. I think it will need to be in 1/2" scale, to get a lot of children in it. But I do fully intend to do that scene one of these days. I'm going to mount the shoe on a piece of plywood, which will become the yard - and cut windows and door in the shoe and put frames around - and I'll have to have a roof with a chimney pipe. Wish I could work on it today, but I'm working on dolls for a July show coming up. Business first, fun later.
Paulette in IN
Daisy House kits and smaller houses: I've added Daisy House kits to the Tiny Heirlooms site, http://www.tinyheirlooms.com They are under Furniture, then Kitchen, Living Room, and Other. For their full line and an in-depth description and review of each kit, you can go to http://www.thedaisyhouse.com and click on Our Kits.
I have also added the Lilliput dollhouses for your dollhouse under Dollhouses & Displays, Smaller Scales.
Tammy in Virginia
Bending Tubing: You did not say if your bent tube had to be or stay hollow. Here are a couple of hints.
14 gauge solid copper wire is about 1/16 inch in diameter. Smaller number gauges are larger diameter. You can buy "Romex" by the foot at builders supply shops such as Home Depot, Lowes, etc. Suppose you wanted to make an old faciendo pipe frame headboard. For such in half scale, I would use 14 gauge (Scale 1.5" diameter) Strip off the insulation with a sharp exacto. Clamp one end of the bare wire into a small bench vise or have a friend hold it firmly with a pair of Vise Grip pliers. Fasten the other end into the chuck of an electric drill. Pull moderately tight and spin the electric drill. The wire will magically become perfectly straight as it twists. Cut pieces to size and bend over radiused corners in a block of wood.
A technique with hollow stock would be to use KS hobby brass tubing. Anneal the brass by heating it to cherry red in a gas flame and then allow to cool slowly on a pot holder. For very easy curves, you maybe able to slowly bend freehand or over a form after it is cooled. For tighter turns, kinks can be controlled by stuffing the annealed brass with fine salt. Cap the ends with solder and then form your corners. After bending, unsolder the capped ends, dump out most of the salt and dissolve any that may be "packed in" by soaking in a pan of water. Rinse away any residual salt, polish, cut, and enjoy.
The Glass People: They do have a catalogue (costs £2); they are not on the net yet. They sell 1/24th too. In 1/12th glass they make decanters, vases, glasses, epergnes, carafes, cranberry, Art Deco ware. Their address:
Helen from a cold and snowy York, England
Landscaping: Today in the mail I received a Scenic Express catalog. It's full of all sorts of landscaping materials for those whose hobby is model railroads. One thing that caught my eye were the pages of ready made trees which would be perfect for 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch scale projects. The trees range in height from 2 inches to 12 inches or thereabouts. The trees look very realistic, and most of the prices are very reasonable. Their website is: http://www.scenicexpress.com
Mary in MS
McDonald Barbies: I collect those McDonald Barbies, they are a smaller scale, probably half scale. There are some that could be dressed. There is the birdwatcher with binoculars, the scatter, etc. The black Barbie has a cape that can be removed. I haven't done anything with them yet but was planning on using them for people in a half scale church that I never got finished. Ask your daughter about some without hoop skirts. The hair can be tamed some with conditioner or fabric softener.
Rhoda, Whidbey Island Washington USA
1/2 doll house items: Have you tried Model Builders Supply, they have a very unique and large range of outdoor landscaping, scenic supplies, windows and doors and much, much more. Their website is: http://www.modelbuilderssupply.com Hope this helps. They are in Canada, so if you are in the U.S. your dollar will go a lonnngggg way.
24th scale: I recently started in 24th scale, and found one house in the States which has rooms two deep. I think it is called the Thornhill by Houseworks. You can see them on the HBS site: http://www.miniatures.com . I think they also sell them in the UK at Hobby's. But as you have someone who can build a house for you, you are all set!
Lighting: I got mine from Wood 'n' Wool lighting in the UK. No website that I know of but you can email them for a catalogue for £3.00. Try mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call them on 01394 460836, they are in Suffolk. As for the other accessories, you will find that many 12th scale sellers will also carry some 24th scale stuff. I find most of mine at shows. Also, suppliers in the US are great. One that I buy from often is http://www.halfscaleminis.com .
There are only 2 books that I have found so far (but am sure more must exist out there!). One is by Derek Rowbottom called Miniature Doll Houses in 1:24th scale, and the other is by Jean Nesbitt which is just an intro to the scale. You can find these books at http://www.miniaturebookshop.com/
Marja, Notting Hill, UK
Saw: I love my Microlux saw. (Have 3 Dremel saws also but have a problem with belt slipping on them and are no longer readily available as they are not made anymore) I cut down a lot of strip wood working in 144 scale. It tilts which is nice, and the special attachment "The exactacizer"..or accuciser(?) from Micro Mart... is a must. About $50 but makes cuts extremely accurate. A fence can move and cause irregular cuts where this locks well and can by adjusted in thousandth of an inch with a locking slide bar. I use mine so much it has had to have the motor replaced once.
Anita McNary IGMA Artisan
Studs in Houses: I have built several structures in the way you mentioned, with studs, 1/16" plywood for the walls, wiring run inside the walls etc. Makes for an extremely lightweight house. I learned this method from Keith Long, who sometimes teaches classes at the Gulf South show in New Orleans. Most of the houses are in 1/2" scale, though the first one we did was 1" and I have built an oversize roombox in 1" this way.
Beth, In A Miniature Manor
Angel Project: I thought that we all needed some angels, whether for Christmas or just for happiness, so here are the directions for a project. These would be full size angels in 144th scale, 12 inch angels in 1/2 scale and 6 inch angles in 1/12 scale, measuring 1/2 inch from feet to halo. Here are the directions:
There are paper doilies available that have angels around the edge! I found them originally in a very expensive and finely cut version, but they are now available with Wilton cake making things. (Some stores carry different sizes - I like the smaller ones.) One doily makes 24 angels.
You can see the halo, wings and skirt in the design.
(I made kits once for a roundtable workshop that included doily with heads & faces done, 3 colors of Bunka, 2 glitters and exact instructions and diagrams for cutting and assembling, including angel choir project directions.)
2 new pictures in my album on Webshots show the final product. http://community.webshots.com/album/21521623PTeAVPpiBs
Quarter Scale: Information on Debbie Young's Town Square projects.....I haven't done them myself, but I know there are several members of the Quarter Connection who have written about them. You can subscribe at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/QuarterConnection
And here's another group that you might want to check out. It's not a new group, but has recently sprung to life with the addition of a new co-moderator, Bonnie Lavish. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MSATQuarterScale
Jude in ND
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