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Saturday, 21 September 2013

Build a doll room PART THREE

This week we are looking at what we can do with those Fashion Royalty Stands
But first off I was getting bored building on my own so I thought I need some help... Please meet my helpers. I've employed a company called Ken & Co
It's owned by Emma Ken (I bet you thought it was owned by a guy called Ken?)

Her workers, Foreman Paul 


and laborers Kenith, Thomas and William.

Finally Emma's daughter Pinky she will be helping Emma and I with the designing and the fancy bits.


I guess I had better fess up and admit I can't just build stuff without adding a story... I like stories and I always have some story or other running through my head! LOL
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Now back to work!
 Lamps
 A lot easier than you think


Find a shade, I've used a napkin ring but you could use a bottle cap or card even a toilet roll! Draw a line for the inside of your shade I used 10mm foam core but you could stick two pieces of 5mm together this would work just as well.
Cut out the circle on the OUTSIDE of the line so it is bigger then what's marked. See if it fits and trim if necessary. 
 Push into you lamp shade making sure it's a tight fit. Perice the center of the foam core board with the end of your light stand (FR pole) and fix the other end into the FR base... That's it! For a different look you could bead the pole and or cover the base.  Don't forget that you will need beads with big a enough hole for the pole to go through. 

 Another idea is flocking but I will be going into that another time.



 Tables
I've seen a lot of these staggered perspex tables and the FR stand are just perfect for this.
(full sized tables)


Use as many as you need to get the right height.Place them at right angles stacking them on top of each other (as above). You could make bedside table, coffee table, side table or dinning table. For the top you could use a coaster or place mat or what about mirrored? If you use card you could make a hole in the card and add a lamp. Use glue or if your only looking for something temporary use glue dots or double sided tape.
Another simple three piece table. Can be covered or left as is.
This is a perspex display table the perfect height for a coffee table but if you wanted to make it taller add a  couple of stands fixed with either glue, glue dots or double sided tape. Use stands under the table to get the height and keep it level while you glue.
 Chairs
You can either make them 'block' chairs or 
 glue the 'seat' to one side
 then glue the back edge. Place the back in position

 then glue the other side and straiten all the pieces out. When dry remove the lower bases. 

Add cushions for a different look.
You could make a sofa using the same principle maybe add coloured bases














Next week we will be looking at the larger sized room and working on some more ideas.....







Friday, 13 September 2013

Build a Room PART TWO

 So last week we looked at building a small room this week we look at some simple ideas for your room....

You have the room and for this we are keeping it basic. Only one wall decorated and a rug on the floor.
 You can pin the ceiling to the walls or just leave it balanced on top.
What about two rooms?
 Maybe a on suite? The striped floor is a wallpaper scrap.
 Going for the open plan look. Remember those two side walls that you cut shorter. You can use them as side panels. 
What if you wanted a studio apartment?

I did not have a piece of board the right size so I joined two pieces together. If your covering the wall any coloured tape will do. I'm leaving mine white but thought the funky black line worked?
 It's easy to separate the rooms by just using different coloured flooring.
 And scraps of board any size you like, the area between the two walls in the 'hallway' is crying out to be something?
Remove the two wall sections and lay one on top of the other. Use a doll stand rod...
and make a hole
 Measure the space between the two walls cut some more scrap foam core board to size and fix in place with pins/nails/tacks.

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Do you find some of the Barbie furniture is a little short? 
 For this I used 10mm foam core board cut to size and you have an instant plinth.Stack them up until the size is right then glue together. You can buy wide silver tape use this around the edge and you have a chrome base.  Use black, white or whatever colour you want to match your base in with your units or room decor.
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Now just for fun a little studio apartment for Wren.... 






 Did you know you can buy mobile (cell) phone dummy's on E  Bay for a couple of pounds/dollars
Perfect cheap TV's. This one has just arrived and I need to change the picture then it will be perfect!
 I blue tacked it to the wall and it stayed on fine. Glue would work if the wall was laying flat until the glue dried and a piece of dark grey/ black gloss paper cut to size and stuck on the front of the screen would work for a turned off TV.
Wren has a futon bed that can be folded out at night for sleep
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Next week Amy is having an operation so I will be back on the 17th September. Then we will be looking at the bigger room plus, what to do with all those Fashion Royalty stands.