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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Little Things That Mean So Much

The finishing touches for every diorama. Now I've been collecting bits and bobs for years and you can find things EVERYWHERE. Always think dolls when looking through magazines and catalogues. Even the leaflets that are posted through the letter box. 

 For small cutting I use scissors but on larger items my trusty knife.
 A metal ruler is best for this.
 I will post at the end some links for finding some of these paper cut-outs

This sponge stuff makes a great backing for pictures etc and comes in a variety of colours.

  This will help make your pictures more 'life like'

Almost all of the items below I got from Paper Minis

Printable Mini (free)

Paper miniatures for 12 inch fashion dolls this is a Facebook group (free)

Paper Minis

 I've posted a few links above but please if you have a link to any other groups/boards/sites post link.

Amy received a set of Paddington books at Christmas and they came with this leaflet.

 I cut them up leaving as much as I could of the background on the left hand side so I could fold and they would look like real books. 

The W.W.W. is full of pictures that can be used in your dioramas. Be careful though that these are not copyrighted. I'm no expert on the law I know some you can't copy and other stuff can be copied for your own use. I google printable pictures of ---- (whatever you are looking for)

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Simple Wardrobes And Storage

I have a TON of doll clothing and after years of rummaging through bags and never finding what I'm looking for or even remembering what I have so I thought it was time I made some quick, simple and cheap storage. 
The cheapest is to use a doll box and just fit a bar for hanging but I wanted something just a little more so this is what I came up with....

You will need
  1. Foamcore board I used 5mm thick board 60cm x 84cm
  2. Foam 2 Foam glue You can use any glue but this works best I think
  3. Ruler
  4. Tape measure
  5. Pencil
  6. Something sharp to cut with (craft knife
  7. Cutting board I have a big board but a smaller one would work
  8. Metal ruler if possible (Helps with cutting a straight line) 
  9. The rods are the metal rods from the Integrity Doll stands. They are great as they are adjustable.
 All of the above can be found on E.Bay or craft stores

I'm giving you the sizes I use but you can make your units any size you wish.
Measure 40cm longways mark and cut put other piece of board to one side you will need it in a minute.

(Kitten got my tape)

Then mark and cut 7cm x 2 from one side. 

The large piece will be the back and the two smaller pieces you cut off will be the sides put this three pieces to one side and get the other piece of board. Cut two stripes long ways at 7cm wide. Place your back board on top and mark the length then cut.

Your board is 5mm thick so you will need to shorten your side pieces by 10mm (1cm)
Glue longer strip on first then the two sides. I use the wall to help with keeping the pieces straight. 
NOTE: Don't leave against wall as it might stick to the wall! LOL

Then it's time to divide up the box any way you wish
 The box bellow I shelved out with some old board I had laying around (some had a bit of a curve) Oops

For menswear I would make the sides a bit wider 9cm or 10cm and for shoes 4cm or 5cm. It's up to you. Also if you made the sides deeper to could make a lid from another piece of board or perspex.

If your fussy you can measure the space and and mark for fixing the rods but I'm afraid I can never be bothered so mine are all a little wonky! LOL

A final tip is I add a small strip of foam board to the bottom front so the unit slopes back a little, just helps a little with balance. 
Display box with wallpaper backdrop

The storage area still has some furniture in it but when I move this the units will fit underneath and I will add a sticker on the end with what's in the unit.
 A shelving unit for shorts and small tops with 'bins' at the bottom for swimsuits. The fronts are just held in place with small tacks.

 Underwear box

Now as to hangers well I buy mine in bulk from E.Bay but you could make your own using florist wire, pliers and sore fingers!

I found these last week they were only £3 each and so much cheaper than the £10 Osram lights 

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Barbie Bus Re-Vamped..... Part Two

 I FINISHED my bus at last after two and a half years... I blame the weather you need good weather for outdoor spraying.It has nothing to do with me procrastinating!!!!

The pictures are photos stuck onto a sponge type backing (check out next weeks post)

 The lamp is a drawer knob

 Check out the 'bling' lights

(glue was still a little wet on the right hand light but dries clear)

 For the flooring I used wallpaper in the living area and doll house floor for the sleep area
 I used a stick up light (IKEA) to light the sleep area
 I need to make a slim-line table but this one will work for now.

The tiled area that yo can see top right is a shower room or it could be a toilet? At the moment I can't find the shower head? (I put it some place safe I just can't remember where?)
 The bed folds in half as an extra seating area and gives more room to move around
 Oops! A little chip I need the white paint AGAIN!
 And just because he was my little helper today.... GODFREY!