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Look at this beautiful small-scale cat furniture created by an owner of an Evethecat BJC. It's accurately constructed and appropriately scaled, and the BJC appears to be having fun with it. Clearly Muggins needs at least a scratching post....
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These beautiful photos by Jen Spectacular provide a look outside and into a highly detailed marionette shop that she made. The table with paints, limbs, tools and plans reminds me of my own desk! ^_^ I'll have to scroll through these at my leisure and maybe get some ideas for Isabel's mess. 

EDIT: Oh look -- she's into BJDs too...Doll Chateau [makers of Jareth's body] even!
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I have decided that Rumpy Pumpy needs a mannequin. A wooden artist's mannequin should serve adequately.

I'd also like to paint Bering Lusk's head like that of the dead version of Isabel.
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I've tried very hard not to want a 1:6 scale fireplace, but my irrational lust has not abated. When I have the money, then, I will get one from Mini Chair and then repaint it a flat white. Fake "distressed" paint jobs distress me. :p
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Hey, about three months after I decided to make a claw machine of my own, MyFroggyStuff posted her own tutorial!! Someday I'm gonna get around to making mine... 
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Basically the Room With A View series of products, made by Clea Bella, is a tabletop trifold display board with magnetic walls, just the right size for 1:4 or 1:6 scale sets. Of course, you can blow extra money on wallpaper and floor coverings, sold separately, or you can just stick up your own backdrops with magnets, which is what I plan on doing. I am therefore planning on acquiring the Basic Wall Unit, which is $86.65 with shipping included. This is actually cheaper than trying to find similar magnetic trifold boards in the wild and repurposing them.

I am so incredibly sick of foamcore with fabric stapled to it. It's loathsome.

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Kerri Pajutee's 1:12 and 1:6 scale miniature animal sculptures [largely of dogs and cats] are amazing. She sculpts base forms with polymer clay and then flocks them with artificial fiber attached with Aileen's Tacky Glue. I can tell that she has such affection for the subjects she sculpts.

I bet her custom miniatures cost thousands of dollars. :'(

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Based on my discussion with batchix in comments on this entry, a claw machine wrote its way into Zombieville, where it now features prominently in an entire subplot. Sheesh!!

Fortunately, the machine itself [which does not need to be playable] will be exceptionally easy to make. The hard part will be making the custom toys that piss Isabel off. Stay tuned for the construction of the Catch a Zombie! game.

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I'm in awe of the quantity and diversity of 1:6 scale set pieces this woman has. As for me, though, I'm glad that I have really scaled back on my 1:6 scale set pieces and accessories. As cool as some of that stuff was, I do not use it regularly.

...Hmmm...I can probably get rid of even more of my set pieces, now that I think about it...

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MyFroggyStuff does some of the best doll-related craft tutorials around, repurposing common household items in easy and innovative ways to make inexpensive, convincing accessories and sets. For example, her tutorial on making a 1:6 scale vending machine out of a tissue box, plastic sheeting and newspaper pictures of snacks is brilliant.
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  • Fireplace.
  • Folding screen [shojo screen?].
  • Sturdily made bed. I'm currently using a cardboard box. It sags, which means that people can't sit up straight on it. :(
  • Refrigerator. At least 9-10" high, no mini fridges.
  • Dolls for my dolls. Vending machine toys, 1-2" high, are perfect -- Homies, for example. Nothing bigger than 2.5".
  • Books. Dummy ones, with paper covers glued around page blocks, are great, as are books molded shut. No blocks of same-size volumes, though. Individual dummy books are so tedious to make, and the ones I have been using for the past few years are wearing out.
  • Potted plants. I have enough Flower Soft for the leaves and flowers; I just need some stems and pots. Yet another project...
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Sometimes I conceive of a desire a certain thing, but I can't see an immediate [or even future] use for it. I then postpone the acquisition to see if I really, really want it later. If I'm not interested in a few weeks/months/years, I won't get the thing. If I'm still hankering after the thing several weeks/months/years later, I usually get it.

Such was the case with my 1:6 scale door and electric wheelchairs, which I recently procured because my interest in them remained strong over a few years.

I was going to ignore my equally strong interests in a 1:6 scale fireplace and toilet, but then I discovered Mini Chair's fireplace. And then my mind would not stop telling me that my dolls needed somewhere to shit.

Okay! Fine! I'll get a toilet! Sheesh! Stop bothering me!

Problem is, as I have mentioned before, 1:6 scale toilets tend to be undersized. Barbie toilets are probably more like 1:7 or 1:8 scale even. Here's a Barbie Glam Bathroom set looking rather minuscule. The toilet also has a huge flower in relief on the seat cover, something I have never seen in real life.

Even stuff for action figures [which tends to be a bit larger than playscale playline stuff] still comes up short. [Har har. See what I did there?] For example, a few years back, Loading Toys made a dirty toilet with wads of hundred dollar bills, which I presume was attempting to duplicate some famous movie scene involving a money toilet. Not only was it ridiculously priced for mediocre quality, it was also rather small. Here's a review on OSW.

This miniature prank squirting toilet has been tested by others and shown to be about the right size, however. This Sour Flush candy package might also work. This toilet-shaped bank has also been suggested as an option, but it has that unrealistic blue base. [Interesting how they're all for sale at stupid.com...]

In other options, there's a toilet-shaped tabletop vacuum that a Flickr user has confirmed as in-scale. Unfortunately, there's a large brown thing [looks like a pile of caramel] in the bowl, and I'm not sure if it's removable.

Further bulletins as shit happens.

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blended turf earth blend shaker $10.99
coarse turf light green bag $3.99
coarse turf medium green bag $3.99
underbrush forest blend bag $5.49
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Beautiful stuff constructed with 1:1 techniques scaled down. I especially like the Sterling credenza, though I would be much more likely to make one out of a jewelry gift box and some colored paper myself. The combination sculpture/bookcase/cabinet wall unit also impresses me: yet another piece that I would have to write an entire series around just to make it earn its keep. :p [Incidentally, Mod-o-rama's prices on lamps are much more reasonable than Shrunken Treasures'.]
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Shrunken Heads Treasures specializes in 1:6 scale dollhouses, furniture and accessories. Once you get past the atrocious spelling and photo quality, you can see that the pieces demonstrate superb design and construction. I get the feeling that Shrunken Treasures applies 1:1 techniques to 1:6 scale stuff without shortcuts or compromises.

Despite the attention to detail, the pieces for sale are surprisingly affordable...except for their lamps, which are all non-functional and $63.00. Maybe when I can afford $63.00 human-scale lamps, I'll think about spending that much for a doll lamp.
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I swear that there's a variation of this famous cemetery statue in a graveyard somewhere in Vermont. I swear that I found a black and white, full-page photo of it in some book of grave iconography somewhere in the state and photocopied it and put it on my wall -- it was that beautiful.

I really don't have an emotional reaction to much modern cemetery iconography, but I love the Angel of Grief. She looks like she has just tumbled from the sky to the edge of the grave in question. Her limp, dejected hand, from which has dropped the branch she was carrying, expresses most eloquently her devastation. She is no prim, restrained angel, with meek eyes turned skyward in diffident supplication; she is a human and earthy creature, drawn down hard by the gravity of grief. She is grieving with her whole body. She embodies grief. William Wetmore Story, the sculptor, captures with great tenderness and sensitivity the human perception of grief: a heaviness in one's heart so dire that it can pull winged beings from the sky and turn them to stone.

Awesomely enough, miniature versions of the Angel of Grief exist [here's one], a sign to me that clearly I should create a Victorian 1:6 scale cemetery set and make a little Angel of Grief the centerpiece. The zombies of Vermont would say, "Let's meet at the grieving angel." She'd need some weathering, though... Here's a technique for faux concrete that may help...

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Preserved grass mats, 12" x 12". At least two, maybe even three. These need to be mounted on some stiff backing so that they don't flop the way that my current grass does. >:(

ZCWO office chairs as electric wheelchair bases. At least three: one for me, one for my sister, one for making mistakes. Still need wheels....

A front door. Here is a simple exterior door with a small nine-panel window in the top half. Here is a fancier exterior door with side window panels. I think they actually open and close!

Alternatively, there are photo albums that look like doors. Here's one [not originally sold with nauseating embellishments], but I don't know the manufacturer or anything about it. There's also ones like that below, which I found on Ebay by searching for "christmas door photo album." These are just 12" high, so they may be too short.
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Ginger's Needleworks and Quilting sells many printed cotton fabrics that work very well for lazy people like me who want to make easy 1:6 scale sets. I previously used a stone wall print for Lucian's castle to great effect. I'm now making notes for future purchases:

For skies, I have several options:
For trees, I am considering the following:
All of these backdrops should be combined with a few three-dimensional foreground trees, whenever I get around to making them.

I might be able to make a Lake Champlain out of this fabric of long blue breakers, but I'm not convinced.





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...I should note that I need the following for my current ones: larger squares of fake grass, more blue sky fabric, bed pillows without monkeys on them.

In the future, I'd also like to make a bus stop set and a bus interior set. Bus stop set is easy: just photo a bus stop sign, print out, mount on cardboard, and affix to dowel painted silver. Mount on square of fake grass. The bus interior set requires more prep. I wonder if the CCTA would let me take reference photos of the inside of a local bus. They're extremely friendly, so they actually might!
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Some things are pretty easy to find in 1:6 scale: upholstered furniture, beds, tables, desks, etc. Other items are either more challenging or nonexistent. I have a "covet list" of those things that I either have never found ever or have been too cheap to invest in:

An electric wheelchair. These do not exist in 1:6 scale, so I'd have to make my own. I'm already plotting the use of an office chair as a base.

A fireplace. Playscale ones exist, but they are undersized. Truly 1:6 scale fireplaces are expensive fuckers.

A toilet. Playscale toilets that are pink and/or undersized can be procured, but appropriately large toilets in typical toilet colors are very very very rare.

A folding screen. Expensive fuckers.

A front door. Photo albums that look like front doors can be had with some digging, and playscale dollhouse exterior doors do exist. They are, of course, expensive fuckers.

An armoire. A jewelry box could easily double as one, but they're [say it with me] expensive fuckers.

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Carrie Becker did a series of 1:6 dioramas entitled "Barbie Trashes Her Dream House," in which 1:6 scenes were made to look as if taken over by messy hoarders. While some miniatures she used were Rement, others she made by hand. Check out the whole detailed set on Flickr!
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I'm on a quest to find 1:6 tombstones. I need to make a 1:6 cemetery set for Ellery to hang out in and write in her diary in.

I could design some in PhotoShop Elements and print them out on a color printer, but I don't want to make them because I am lazy. I typed in "miniature cemetery" and "miniature tombstones" and "miniature headstones," etc., into search engines, but all I came up with were 1:12 miniatures. Too small! I eventually had the genius idea of trying Halloween decorations ["halloween miniature cemetery"]. But, at 9.75" tall, the tombstones were more like 1:3 scale than 1:6 scale.

Rats! Thinking about what objects might be the appropriate size, I came up with magnets and salt and pepper shakers. A search of "tombstone" on Etsy revealed many salt and pepper shakers of the appropriate size. I decided against these because they all had silly poems about "Here lies Pepper/Salt" on them that would not have contributed to the realism.

Finally I discovered these tombstone magnets by Dellamorte Co., "curators of the reliquary macabre." Each of the 3 magnets are around 3" high, their silhouettes and symbols drawn directly from those I have seen on 17th and 18th century graves in places around Massachusetts. While they don't have epitaphs, the magnets do have Latin admonitions common to tombstones of that era, all about the shortness of life and inevitability of death. While there are fewer of these ornate graves in Vermont [where Me and My Muses is set] than in, say, Massachusetts, these magnets look suitably sepulchral and about the right size [maybe a little small?], so I got them.

Further bulletins as events warrant!

EDIT: Well, shit. "Tabletop tombstone" in the search engine gets me all kinds of appropriately sized resin or plastic tombstones. I was just using imprecise keywords!!
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Mary Ann Roy of Welcome Home creates brightly colored and detailed "neo-retro" furniture and sets for dolls. Impressively, she makes all her pieces by hand. I enjoy browsing the pictures on her blog.
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Plaza Mildendo, a Mexican company, makes all sorts of furniture for many scales of dolls. I'm particularly enamored of their 1:6 coffin, just because I've never seen one before, and this one is done so well. Another piece that I don't have any use or room for...
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The House at 1:6 shows off a "latest diorama find," a red door perfect for 1:6. It's actually the cover to a photo album, but who cares about that? I would have paid very good money to have one of these back when I was doing Love Has Fangs, but, now that I'm on a different story, I can't think of a reason to have such a piece hanging around.
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Here is a rolltop desk jewelry box with a working rolltop, perfect for 1:6 scale, yours for only $210.00. Ouch!Read more... )
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AP Collectibles is selling a desk and chair, billed as "for Joseph Goebbels," as well as desk accessories, including a working green-shaded lamp! There's also a 1:6 furniture set of a chair and a swastikaed side table, with an awesome 1940s vintage telephone, "for Hermann Goering." Both furniture sets and the accessories come from Dragon in Dream [DID], and they each cost $60.00 on AP's Web site. They are mostly sold out already.

The "for Goebbels" desk and chair set is very tempting, especially because of the working lamp, but I just can't justify spending that type of money on only 2 pieces of furniture [and a Hilter bust :/ ] unless they appear in every single episode of a multi-arc photostory, which they wouldn't.

Because you can't see the awesome detail in AP's dinky little pictures, I've nabbed some pics from Crossroads Diecast to show you.Read more... )

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So Creazione blog has a tutorial for how to make a stone wall backdrop for 1:6ers without spray painting anything. This will be perfect for Lucian's castle! I just have to find a sheet of appropriately thick Styrofoam!

EDIT: Or I could just be really lazy and find some fabric with a print of a stone wall on it, which I did. I think I'll be lazy. It's cheaper than buying Styrofoam and paint, actually.
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Thinking ahead to future dolls and sets for Me and My Muses, Mazzy needs some high femme accoutrements for his set. One definite item is a vanity. I looked around on Ebay for one, seeking, in particularly, a vanity with lily-shaped lights. I found one.

As you can see, this 2004 piece from the Barbie Silkstone collection is exactly what I was looking for, although, actually, I would have liked a nice violent pink color on this particular set. However...Read more... )
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I think these Drip Clips would make a really nice 1:6 sink. See? )
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Vat19 sells 1:7 shopping carts that have fold-out child seats and the ability to be shoved together, just like 1:1 shopping carts. Though they are a little bit small for 1:6, this video with a Barbie demonstrates that they can passably act as 1:6 carts.
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Kinjou recommends using soap flakes for snow in a 1:6 context, but Ivory has not made soap flakes for over 15 years [since 1993]. This recipe provides an alternative.
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Andrea's lighting set up.

Best repaint of a Monsieur Z doll ever: Wella, who reminds me of a 1950s piece of clip art in the best way. Simple, effective lines.

Tonight I am going to make 1:6 grass out of a doormat, as previously discussed here. Need to get me a lot of green and yellow paint and a big brush at the art supply store.

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Super Cool Doll House showcases splendiferous 1:6 interiors peopled with lots of Fashion Royalty folks. Materials lists at the end of each entry tell what common household items are used in each set. Jaw-dropping crispness of detail and precision are at work here.

Copying SCDH's idea in Easter Parade here, I should get a green welcome mat for grass. This is the doormat used for grass in SCDH's pictures. Shit, why is there no Ikea within public transit's range?

Also a possibility for some grass are samples for fake lawns and fake wheatgrass on Ebay under "artificial grass" or "artificial turf."

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I went to Downtown Crossing today and, yet again, coveted the selection of meretricious jewelry holders at the cheap jewelry stores there. For some reason, there's been a fad for the past few years in which 1:6 accessories serve as places to store jewelry. There are 1:6 dress forms to drape necklaces across, 1:6 vanities to hold rings in between folds on their little counters and, best of all, 1:6 overstuffed chairs, fainting couches and love seats. Unfortunately the small vanities are $20.00, while the overstuffed chairs are $45.00, and there's no way in poop that I'm going to pay that much for a doll chair unless it also converts into a bed, a toilet, an armoire and a Cadillac convertible.

I'm trying to find links to example pictures, but I'm not having much luck.

EDIT: This site has a whole selection of miniature furniture as jewelry displays, including a great work desk! The chairs are similar to those I saw downtown.

Also this site has another selection with tackier designs, including a leopard print mini armoire.

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Despite my earlier exhortations, it has come to my attention that everything is not copacetic.  If it helps, you may think of the following:
  • Rement Pink Market
  • Rement Pets
  • 1:6 fireplace
  • small shojo screens
  • bamboo placemats
  • foamcore in white and black
  • velvet drapery tied back with sequins
  • small netsuke shelves
  • Kwanzaa Barbie
  • Mixis
In any case, continue to hang in there. It is the best way to get stuff done.

Now back to work. Remember: short and sweet, but not dense. Also remember: polite and persistent.
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This Family Fun project could be adapted for use in 1:6.
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After viewing these lusciously detailed 1:6 [and other small-scale] sets by Mick Balte, I realize that I need a better camera with super-zoom capabilities to truly do justice to all the dramatic shots I wish to put in my comics. 

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