Reworking on my video

Even though I showed my work as my final piece, I wasn’t really happy with how my work has come out, the quality, the voice and the images. So I’m going to improve them and then I’ll show the finished video. 😀

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Sneak preview

A preview of my work so far. This image looks better then I thought, I might use this for the final image. The tiles in the background have been printed from the internet, can you tell?

What do you think?

Working on the dolls house toilet

I worked on the room box some more yesterday, but the thing that had my attention the most was the toilet. I at first tried to paint the tank and the toilet seat black however when I applied the paint it would not stay on. I think the coat underneath was gloss or something so for the paint to stay on it has to be sanded down. I did not have no sandpaper so, I added some PVA glue to the paint to see if it would stick, this worked however I had to keep giving it coats. The paint-glue still is not permanent on the toilet and tank because if I pick at it, it will peal off. So I have to be careful. Apart from that I think it turned out looking very good.

My mini bathroom objects

Some of the objects that I ordered of Ebay came today. I love opening packages that I get, even though I know what’s inside it’s still exciting. Anyway only 3 of the 5 items came today so I’m hoping they all will arrive by tomorrow. Does the sink look a little bit big? I think I might’ve ordered the wrong size.

Working on dolls house bathroom

Right now I’m working on creating a bathroom set. This is much easier then making the living room as it doesn’t need as much detail.

I brought some items off Ebay and I’m hoping that they all come this week because everything needs to be ready for next week Tuesday when I have my presentation. I’m making my own bath because all the baths on Ebay are not the correct shape. The toilet is perfect and resembles my nans completely.

This blog continues to inspire me

I’ve posted images of this site before, but her work continues to amaze me. It all just looks so real. Her website is www.lotjesdollshouse.blogspot.com

I really recommend that you visit her site, you will be amazed.

Here are some photos from her blog.

Doll’s house/room box

Nearly finished now. I’m just working on the arm and chair covers. In a previous post I mentioned that I was making some sort of arm cover for my chair, but I did not know the name of it. I have recently discovered that the name is antimacassar and arm caps. 😀 (the material over the chairs).

Enjoy 😀

Doll house/Room box curtains and netting

I made the doll house netting and curtains. I brought the fabric from a local shop that specialises in material, and brought the closest design of what the curtains looked like to me.

I didn’t have to worry about a curtain poll because my nan never had one, she resorted instead to tying up the curtains with string instead. (She made her curtains herself)

So for the doll curtain’s I made little pegs to tie the curtain string around to hold it up. This same peg is to hold the netting up with also.

I was so proud of myself when I was making it, however once it was all completed my feelings quickly change because to my horror I realised I had made the curtains TOO SMALL!

What do you think? Does it really look that bad?

Dolls house skirting board

I was a bit worried about how I was going to cut out the angle to join the pieces for the skirting board together. But luckily they had a mitre cut in the woodworks room. Well I think it’s called that, here’s a picture of it.

It was easy to use and a fabulous tool to have. I got the wood strips from the scrap bin, there was so much off cuts. So this was a bonus, something free for a change.

The  skirting board fitted wonderfully, and I think completes the room (I still need to glue them in place).

Technique to create a miniature photograph

I noticed when I was taking photographs of the room box, I was able to take a photo of all the furniture together.(Refer here to see what I mean) This got me thinking…it would not have be possible to do, it is not possible for me to do in my own home. It really has too much information in the image so the scale of the photograph needs to match the scale of the room.

An idea that came to me was to make the the viewer smaller (if you know what I mean), and to do this I got some black card and cut out a square to the circumference  of the lens. I started with drawing out a smaller square on the card of the 35mm film measurements of a single frame.

I decreased the size by 1/2 a millimetre all around and cut it out.

I cut out 4 smaller rectangles so that it will sit comfortable on the lens without me holding it. This was then glued together.

Where I cut the hole, it revealed on the rim the white underneath the black card. I wasn’t sure if it would show so I painted it with black paint. (If any of that makes any sense).

I then sealed the cracked with gaffer tape to finish the lens box.

This it the final result of what the lens box looks like on. The scale is better and for some reason I really like the black frame around it. It sort of reminds me of a projector video. I defiantly might continue this idea further. If I change my mind I can easily crop it.

I really need to work on the lighting because as you can see it looks very bright.

Room box…nearly finished

I did a quick print out of the wallpaper that I am more than likely going to use. I applied it to some card which was then placed inside the room box. I think the living room looks good, however in the photograph the wallpaper is coming off bluer then in real life. This is a big thing for me because some of the rooms were originally brown.

The white piece of paper at the back is representing the door, and there will be a window above the two single sofas.

Dolls house furniture

All my furniture for my room book came today, I was so excited when I saw all the packages in the postman’s hand that I stopped what I was doing to focus half an hour to opening and looking at the items.

This is literally the layout of the original room (I must see if there is a photograph around to properly refer to). The paper is where the door and window will be.

Things I need to do now is cut out the window and door and apply the wallpaper and flooring. I will be printing out the wallpaper tomorrow, which is very exciting.

I’m a little disappointed in the sofa because it looks very worn and badly made, I’m not sure if I should contact the seller to return them.

Am I over reacting and being fussy? Is this what miniature sofa chairs look like? Someone help!

An amazing blog!

This woman’s blog called lotjesdollshouse is absolutely jaw dropping, she makes dolls houses but she makes them so real and authentic Her work is what I hope to achieve…but just in a later period. I really recommend you look at her blog,  you will be inspired.

Yes…I won the bid!

I brought this 3 Piece suite, which has familiarities to my nan’s set. I had to wait for about 5 days but at last it’s over. I always wait until that last 30 seconds to bid just incase someone else is bidding, its so they don’ get a chance to bid again. Luckily this time there was only one other person, so it was an easy bid. I can never understand why people bid 2 days before, I just “watch” that particular item that I am interested in. Does anyone else do this?

I’m expecting the set to be delivered on Tuesday so I have to make sure I’m at home. I couldn’t get the exact photo of the settees that I bided for, however I found one on google images that I think is the same sofas.  However the colour doesn’t look exactly the same, my one is has a hint of green in it.

[Image Digital photo key rings]

A couple of days ago I ordered a 12 socket lighting kit with a 32 bulb transformer, which arrived so quick. The only problem was I wasn’t in. I never realised how big the package would be, the sellers really padded up the items, so the postman left a “pick up” note through my door. I had to go down to the post office to collect it, I’m really glad that I live very close to one.

Some more items purchased off Ebay

I brought some more items off Ebay just now. I brought a miniature floor lamp and a mahogany coffee table. They both look amazing, especially the coffee table which resembles my nan’s so much.

Here are the images;

I’ve realised that I don’t think I’ll be able to meet the deadline of ordering everything off Ebay by tomorrow because some of the bidding times end in 5 days or so, however I’ll order as much as I can.

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