Saturday, April 12, 2008

What a Beacon Hill Looks Like Upside Down

Ever wonder what a Beacon Hill dollhouse looks like upside down? Like this.

It's the easiest way I've found to paint the ceilings. Wish it was this easy on a real house.

For now I am just painting them white. I would like to do some sort of ceiling treatment in the library and the Egyptian gallery, but I haven't found the right stuff for it yet.

Time: 1 hour

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Roof Supports

I'm working on the roof supports for the mansard roof now.

First the base supports went on either side. The roof panels will rest against these I guess. They went on easily and are pretty much held in place by the corner roof supports even before they were glued.

Next came the back roof supports. Neither of mine are flush at the bottom so they will need filled in with a little wood filler once they dry in place.

And then all the curved roof supports slid into place. There are eleven of these and they went into place just fine. I put lots of glue on these pieces because they will not show once the roof is on.

Found a few spots where my house was not quite "square" as I was gluing all these bits in, but managed to get everything into place.

The mansard roof top should be next, but I'm not going to put that on until I get the house all wired and wallpapered. I think it will make that job much easier without that part of the roof on.

I have also been working on more spooky little birdhouses (to sell this time) and a Corona Concepts Buttercup dollhouse that I will also put up for sale. I don't think the Buttercup will be spooky...I think it will be a cute little cottage...but you never know what it will tell me to do once I start working on it.

Time (on roof): 2 hours

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Third floor Walls

The interior walls in the third floor attic area of my Beacon Hill are in. The directions for these was a little confusing to me, so I took pictures.

Here is the first set (left hand) according to the instructions. Have to remember these instructions are like stage instructions and are left and right as looking at the FRONT of the house. These three walls slid together on long slits, then were tabbed and glued into place.

The second set (right hand) two walls went together in a similar fashion. Once I figured out what the instructions were trying to tell me to do, it was easy. These will support the mansard roof, which is one of the next steps, and then it will really start looking like a house. I think I need to get wallpaper in soon though, before I close it up any more in there.

My extra junction splices arrived today, so I can get on with the wiring, which will have to precede the wallpaper. They came from Earth and Tree Miniatures in lightning fashion, and the shipping was cheaper than anywhere else. Have a look.

Time: 2 hours

Saturday, March 8, 2008

More walls!

With the wiring on hold, I've been building instead. First I added the tower front wall to the Beacon Hill. I'm really starting to get an idea of how big this house is going to be.

Then on to some interior walls. In go the middle & back partitions for the library. These will have built in bookcases eventually, and the one closest to the back will be a swinging false door that will hide the stairway down into the dungeon.

Also added the left third floor partition wall. This wall has a closet in it. I might also make that a false bookcase to cover the closet as a secret niche. Don't know yet what I'll put in there. I guess the professor will let me know.

Time: 2 hours

A Wiring Debacle...

Okay, so much for my wiring going any easier than the stairs!

First I laid out the lines for the tapewire runs. So far all my fixtures are candle sconces, since I'm going for the Victorian look. I laid out lines six inches off the floor for all the sconces. I also laid out lines one inch off the floor for the fireplaces and additional lamps in the future.

I planned to work on the actual wiring in my Beacon Hill today. I studied my tape wiring book and I was ready to go. I laid the first run of tapewire nice and flat, no wrinkles! and got out my junction splice so I could hook up my transformer and test the first run.

Note: Those little brads are delicate! I bent the ones on my junction splice trying to hammer it in. Did I have more than one junction splice for this possiblity? Noooo, of course not!

So much for wiring today.

I ordered more junction splices. Three. Just in case.

Time: 2 hours

Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Demise Of A Stairway

Okay, I admit it. I gave up.

When I started gluing the treads on my Beacon Hill stairway, I found a lot more little errors. Or miscalculations. Whatever. They would have taken more time to fix than I was willing to put in.

So, the staircase is out. All three levels.

Now I am back to building and I am much happier. Worked on some more floors today. Wiring will be next...another first for me. Let's hope this goes better!

Time wasted:????

Another Spooky Little House

I have added a fourth birdhouse to my collection of Spooky Little Houses. This one is the Lilac Cottage, and it looks more house-like than the others do. I hope I can find more similar to this one, or I suppose I will have to start building them myself.

Right now the Spooky Little Houses live on top of my kitchen cabinets, waiting for October when they can come down and take center stage. I can't bear to pack them away in a box. I enjoy looking at them every day. A little spook in every day keeps the boredom away.