MY DOLLS HOUSE

Here are some pictures of my own dolls house - a work in slow progress.

The house was built by Anglesey Dolls Houses (now sadly no longer trading) and is being given a Gothic theme. The plan is that eventually it will hold just about every cliche in the Horror / Fantasy genre you can think of, but so far has only a few dolls in it who tend to come and go as needed for other people's dolls houses.

turret.jpg (34251 bytes)Turret - Owl by Annie Willis, weathervane by The Ironworks
Bedchamber - Bed and chest by Michael Mortimer (9), Sofa with mice by Four Seasons Miniatures. The Salon -  Chaise by Perri's Miniatures;  Round table with dragon painted on top from De Minilaars. stairs.jpg (61480 bytes)

Stairs - Dragon's tail by me

Salon showing curtains - fabric from The Silk Route; Chandelier by Rosel's Chandeliers USA; Monster plant by 'Out of Africa'; Magical Cabinet by Four Seasons; Dragons in niches by TeePee; Console table by John Hodgson; Wing chair and footstool by Diane James; Plasterwork by Sue Cooke. The Great Hall - Fireplace by Farthingale; Furniture by Tudor Time Miniatures, 9, and Masters Miniatures; Flooring by Richard Stacey; Chandelier by Grandad's Playroom; Dragon's head by Four Seasons Miniatures; Toys by St. Leger; Suit of armour from Jennifers of Walsall; Wall panelling from Anglesey Dollshouses; 'Dobby' by Miss Sally World.
Music room - Parlour organ by Chrysnbon; Opera seat by Masters Miniatures. Note the Ghost on the landing outside and Granny dozing upstairs. The cream chest is a music box that plays the theme from 'Phantom of the Opera'.  wolf.jpg (22694 bytes)Wolf by Annie Willis
attic.jpg (18625 bytes) Attic - Furniture by Tudor Time Miniatures; Creatures by Four Seasons Miniatures; Candelabra by Grandad's Playroom Library - Skeleton and Librarian by Four Seasons Miniatures (if you read Terry Pratchett you'll know why the librarian is an orangutan; Screen by Brooke Tucker. The current version of my Wizard has popped in for a visit.

I have been asked a number of times how I did the stonework on the outside of the house, so here I am happy to share:

The exterior walls were first painted with a solution of PVA glue and water, then coated with Polyfilla, spread on in patches about 1/8th inch thick, then marked into stone shapes with an artist's palette knife before it set. When all was covered, I added many coats of paint before I was happy with the colours. Base coat was light grey emulsion, with further coats of dark grey, beige, brown, green, yellow, white and more light grey acrylic paint sponged on. This all took many weeks. Finally it was given two coats of matt varnish.
 
The walls of the stairs and attic were painted in a similar way - base coat of cream, then sponged with browns, greys and white.
 
The sloped part of the roof is covered in tiles cut from cereal card, painted and sponged. The flat roofs and turret are covered with real lead strip from the builders merchant, stuck on with double sided tape.

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