1/1,728 scale dollhouses

It comes up occasionally that you need a dollhouse for the dollhouse inside your dollhouse.  I like to make–and occasionally teach a class where students make–workshops for a 1/144 miniaturist, who of course is making dollhouses (what a shocker). But you might have a 1/144 scale miniature shop, or just a Making Dollhouse houses from Fiddler's Greennursery or child’s room in 1/144.

There are lots of different ways you can make a tiny house.  Some folks cut them out of wood and paint them.  Others make a small printie and wrap it around a block of wood. There are also some etched brass versions from Severn Models, and tiny wooden models by Arnold Volker that you can assemble.

But I like to miniaturize card models and then cut them out and assemble them using tweezers, glue, and a bit of profanity. Fiddler’s Green is a wonderful site with card models for everything from buildings to airplanes to ships to airstreams.  Over the years, they have been very generous about letting me use their models for my classes, and suggested I put together a tutorial for the home schooler.  You can find that tutorial here: Making Dollhouse houses from Fiddler’s Green. And it comes with thanks not only to Scott Fyn of Fiddler’s Green, but Roger Pattenden, the Illinois State government, and many others for sharing their knowledge and card models over the years.

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Making 1/144 scale fireplaces

Here are some of the first fireplace mantels that I built.   They illustrate how different fireplace “Matrices” can be built from a variety of materials, and how they look once molded and cast.

The next post includes a “how to” for how to build the matrix for a fireplace, and what it looks like once molded, cast, and painted.

Later in 2014, my website will feature a series of 1/144 scale vignettes featuring these and other fireplaces.

Examples of the matrix for two fireplace mantels are below–along with the completed (but unpainted) fireplaces.

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