Dollhouse, Tips & Helpful Hints


by Bob Porter. This book was reprinted from Nutshell News' series techniques on dollhouse finishing. It features all the needed steps and ideas to take you from roofing to wallpapering.

Step-by-step photos, diagrams and easy-to-follow instructions are guaranteed to make you a house-finishing expert in no time at all.

Bob Porter walks you through all the necessary steps  to make a miniature house a home. Siding, roofing, electrifications, trimming, paneling, finishing the interior, stairway treatments, wallpapering & trims, wiring and masonry, and wainscoting.

Instructions for applying a beautifly Toll Painting finish to the exterior of the Coventry Cottage to the design shown in this photo.

Exerpts from Nutshell News show how to get the effects you want using today's materials. Tips include assembly sequence, electrification, stair assembly and interior finishing, construction, wall surfacing, trimming, painting, roofing, landscaping, tools, plans.

In earlier times dolls' houses were amusements for wealthy adults, and only since the late nineteenth century did they become largely regarded as toys for little girls. In recent years the dollhouse hobby has gained recognition as wonderful recreation for people of all ages and both sexes. A large variety of products and economical kits have made the hobby available and affordable for almost anyone. Stores specializing in dollhouses and related miniatures can be found in cities throughout the United States and the world, and many of these stores service other localities with mail order catalogs. The degree to which this hobby has matured comes as a surprise to persons newly introduced to the enjoyment of dollhouses and other miniature places and spaces. The oportunity for producing authentic realism in these miniatures is a reflection of that maturity and a fundmental reason for producing this handbook. The sharing of information on these pages should help make the hobby more fully enjoyed by a fast growing number of enthusiasts, young and old.

This fourth edition adds new photographs and illustrations to draw attention to the variety of treatments that can give individuality to every miniature exterior or interior. The purpose of a handbook is to provide general information so that the user can apply universal principles to specific requirements. Enthusiastic reader comments have confirmed the usefulness of this approach and the unique value of this handbook for all types of dollhouses and similar miniatures.

The illustrations shown are from houses and structures designed and built by the author unless otherwise noted. Most of the interiors shown are by Carolyn Stephenson.

This inexpensive book answers lots of questions and is a great reference for the first time builder.

An instructional guide to finishing a dollhouse or miniature project. Includes a sequence of steps for finishing a dollhouse and section-by-section format of instructions for shingling, applying clapboard siding and wallpaper, painting, trims, electrical, etc. Plus recommendations on tools, glues and materials you will need to finish a dollhouse. Written for the novice as well as the more accomplished miniaturist. Includes many photographs.

Wallpaper instruction book by Mini Graphics. Let the experts take you step-by-step through tailoring your dollhouse or room box to perfection!  4 pages.

Sterling/Lark Book, New York, NY, 1991, Hardbound. The Custom Dollhouse written & published by Nola Theiss, Sterling/Lark Book, Hardbound  128 Pgs. The Complete Guide to Choosing, Decorating, Remodeling & Expanding Your Dollhouse. The author shows you how to shop for the one dollhouse that's perfect for you, and how to assemble it. She than leads you through the critical step, electrification. A chapter on interior decorating takes you step-by-step through everything from wallpapering to making miniature bedspreads. And a chapter on exterior remodeling shows you how to add chimneys and cupolas, how to landscape and shingle, how to build a fence and a front porch. Filled with useful tips and detailed photos, this book will make a welcome addition to the home library.  - Out of Print. Last One.

A creative how-to book showing the diversity of Magic Systems products. Fourteen brick, stone, stucco, block and slate projects are included.

ABRACADABRA! Watch tiny bricks appear before your very eyes. It's easy to transform a plain surface into one of brick, stone, slate, stucco or cement block in a matter of minutes with Magic Systems Kits.

Each kit contains a bag of dry powder mix, either white or red; a roll of adhesive-backed tape with the specific pattern cut into it like a stencil; and complete application instructions. The dry mix is essentially a fine grained concrete powder with coloring added. All you need to add is a little water! Magically, you can create any of the special effects shown in this book.

Workshop Wisdom: The Miniaturist's Workbench. The handy hints that were featured every month in Nutshell News' "Workshop Wisdom" page have been compiled into an easy-to-use booklet. Over 75 hints and text , featuring handy shortcuts and economic methods for the miniaturist are included.

by Bob Porter. This book was reprinted from Nutshell News' series techniques on dollhouse finishing. It features all the needed steps and ideas to take you from roofing to wallpapering.

Step-by-step photos, diagrams and easy-to-follow instructions are guaranteed to make you a house-finishing expert in no time at all.

Bob Porter walks you through all the necessary steps  to make a miniature house a home. Siding, roofing, electrifications, trimming, paneling, finishing the interior, stairway treatments, wallpapering & trims, wiring and masonry, and wainscoting.

     

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