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The 1:6 scale dollhouse blog...

I have loved dolls and dollhouses and miniatures, all my life. 1:6 scale is an exciting scale and challenge since there is so little out there in the way of this 'playscale' to make our dioramas and scenes look 'real'. Since I love a challenge, my 1:6 scale world has become one of my most favorite to work in, though from time to time I do showcase my 1:12 scale miniature collection here as well.

I hope you enjoy my endeavors into 1:6 scale and will follow my blog and the projects I work on with my fashion dolls in my collection. Please follow us & enjoy the pictures- tell your friends as well!


Monday, September 22, 2014

Nightlife perspective....

Yesterday I did alot of cleaning up of the dollhouse and clearing out of the clothing and stuff piled on top of it. Made room for my lights and stands. I waited until evening to take these photos, with all the little trees and lights lit up, as if the dolls are shopping at night. Enjoy!

Still experimenting with the camera settings and getting used to taking photos at night. No lights were on in the room except for the lights around, really gave a nice effect I thought. I want to do alot of creep night horror goth photos for Halloween and am experimenting about with lighting to get that effect of darkness, spooky, etc. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Morning Set building...

Ok, quiet on the set! (muffle, shuffle shuffle shuffle..)


You may noticed I started this post as if a movie was being filmed. I have this corner of the diorama table set up with the lights clamped to the edge of the dollhouse ledge shining down. Great part of this is that light and others can be moved about so I don't have to hold them while I take the photos...More and more as I experiment with this scale, I realize the scope of how you can take 1:6 scale to the level of miniature set buildings for movies, film, and videos. 

I have a new board on Pinterest called Miniature Set Building and I encourage you to go to the link pages of the pics on this board-- very fascinating and extremely interesting how they do this. Another link is to Ray Harry Hausen
the creator of special effects in the original sci-fi Godzilla movies of the 40s and 50's. He has passed away but his work is amazing. This type of miniature artistry is generally thought of as Concept Art. We never think of all of the animation needed for those movies such as Trolls, Frozen, and more, but they take miniature creation to a whole new art form. (Personally myself, I would rather work and create with the artists who make it happen than watch the actual movie!!) 
Another artist who inspired me on this journey was Caroline McFarlane-Watts, mainly a 1:12 scale artist. She owns Pixie Dust Miniatures, HummingBird Miniatures and has been featured in American Miniaturist, Dollhouse Miniature Magazine, Dolls House World, and Miniature Collector, too I believe. Her work on her own stop motion movie has been exciting and I encourage you to browse her blog Tall Tales  Scroll back all the way to the beginning, the artistry of her work in building a set for her movie is amazing and useful, because building sets is not about 'one' scale, it is the use of several scales to create depth, life and realism.  

Onto the dollhouse. I did some cleaning and tidying in the bedroom and the salon of Maison de la Royale (the Manor) and I switched out fireplaces in the bedroom. I placed the Jim Coates fireplace and screen and it created more room than the Bespaq one. That is going on the drawing board table to be altered for another diorama. One thing I like about the dollhouse is the ability where I can switch the furniture in the salon and dining room and have a library, kitchen, or ballroom if needed. I want to give the illusion of a huge mansion in the French provinces without having permanent dioramas. 

Here is the bedroom-

I used a long light and it really made the difference in the photos over natural light, which has way too much shading for my liking. But these photos of the cats and the dog, create the lighting when people wake up, the cat stretches on the bed or carpet and also life. Both Natalias are getting up or still sleeping. Both are IT direct lottery dolls. I made the loungerie they are both wearing as well as the bedding and pillows on the bed. 

The Salon-

First, I have a shot of the entire dollhouse. The dining room on the ground floor is not done yet, as that means I have to get on the floor and then get up. That doesn't happen easily and I am going to be working on that room without distractions but the Salon did come off nicely after all the junk and excess dolls were out of it. I want to create the illusion of a large mansion so I will definitely need more dolls in maid and cook and houseman uniforms. I have even thought of having footmen in old fashioned breeches and wigged. That may come later. Right now I have one maid and one butler. The great Oz makes a great butler and That Girl Barbie is the maid. I have long wanted to do a scene with Agnes getting out of the car and the household staff is lined up to greet her like Downtown Abbey's opening scenes. So I will need housemen, or footmen, maids, cook, and housekeeper....
Note- Please check the blogs to the side that I follow, I have added some new ones that I think everyone will enjoy, as well as the links resource box has been revamped as well. More to come, and happy Sunday!~Lisa

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saturday morning.....

It's the early afternoon, but all morning I have been sorting and going thru my doll items. Earlier in this blog I had written a post the difference between hoarding and collecting....I'm beginning to think I am a sometimes hoarder, judging from all of the dolly stuff my dolls have. 

Here are some pics of LaBelle's and the patissiere coming along.

I thought since fall was coming, I would do an all weather raincoat, travel luggage, umbrellas, and in honor of Scotland voting for its independence, throw a bit of plaid in there. The small red white and black plaid purse with scottish terriers on it is handmade by me from My Scottish Lassies collection last year. The interior of the bakery is ok, but not quite there yet. I have more tables and chairs to spray paint on this, and that might have to wait until I get everything sorted.
Speaking of sorted, here is some eye candy-

Icleaned out a plastic set of drawers and have moved them in.One is for stands, that is deeper,the other is for dishes and foods, beneath the stand drawer,and the top one is shoes and purses. By no means is this all of it! Havingto sort some of it like this because the Rement is in tiny bags out of its boxes. 

have more, to post, but am still sorting dolls into bins so I can begin to organize the dollhouse. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Back to LaBelle's-- the jewelry cabinet

I made much more progress on the doll room today. I got my other table in the corner near the window, purchased three or more plastic tubs to put dolls in, and also got the fake cafe storefront and fake boutique window set up on the large table display. My shelves are deep enough, but this morning I had planned to have two shelves for props and two for dolls. After prop placement, I figured out that I would need more shelves for props, hence the buying of bins for dolls. I don't want to put all of my dolls away- and I won't, but I have no choice. The town on the table is not as large, so I will have to have some dolls in bins when they are not in a scene or not in use.

Now to the jewelry cabinet. I did a great job on this- tidying up. I have had this Louis XV cabinet/curio in 1:6 scale for some time now. One of the most hardest items to keep track of is the tiny jewelry and purses of the FR dolls. I had previously kept these earrings, bracelets and necklaces in the bedroom of the dollhouse, but they were all over the place. So I decided to take some blue satin and line the glass shelves and do purse, shoe and jewelry and accessory displays. Here are some photos of the finished display.

Here Joan is shopping, probably hoping Roger will buy her something special and shiny.  I did a quick placement of the dress form to make the scene look complete. Hopefully will have more photos as I make very slow progress on setting the town street up.