Saturday, November 12, 2011

Colonial Dollhouse - new system


I cut out a few pieces of the slate for the top of the porch & here we are a week later?!  I haven't done much since.

I did notice on the new container of Water Putty that you can add a small amount of vinegar or milk when mixing it with the water to slow down the hardening time.

Another thing - I buffed the faux slate with a piece of brown paper bag (it has wax in it), & this created a shine on the higher surfaces, leaving the recessed areas matte.  This helped to define the texture of the slate.

Close up (about an inch across) of faux slate after buffing.  (I held a lamp to the side of the faux slate when I photographed it.)  Notice what looks like brush stokes or wood grain - nope - thats because I used 80 grit sandpaper when I sanded the dried water putty  - creating flat tops.  Next time I will go over it with 220 grit. The 80 grit sandpaper would work well for an old wood surface - painted shades of brown.


  1. Looks good, think im going to have a go at this using plaster of paris mixed with pva.

  2. Hi Browny - try experimenting with different methods to see what works for you & your roof:
    Torn pieces of posterboard or smeared glue or plaster of paris & pva.

    For roof shingles I would try posterboard as the base because its thinner - I think it would lay flatter & be easier to glue down. And maybe cut into 1-1/2" (or whatever) strips then texture only the exposed lower half. One more tip - if you can find dark papers/cards instead of stark white - a scratch in the future would be less noticable.

    Good luck, can't wait to see what you do!

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  4. where you 've been all my life????
    I'm doing my own house (I have a lot of issues jaja!) and just today I found your is so cleaver. thanks for share your experience and tips.
    greetings from mexico :-)

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