DIY Doll Lamps: Playscale 1:6

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One thing in the doll 1:6 scale world that is lacking is definitely lighting. If you do find a lamp--it's tiny and looks like a little lump. Lighting for 1:12 doll houses is plentiful, once in awhile you can make one work, but not really. I roam everywhere looking for parts to make things...and I found some goodies in  the party department at the Dollar Store.

I'm not totally nuts, but I think my dolls should have light to read and work by. I've rewired the GrandView main floor. But I think some lamps are needed in all my buildings. 

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See the little snack bowl on the lower left..six to a package. They are too big for doll bowls, but what about lampshades.? 6/$1...lol.
And of all things---Six party favor whistles in metallic gold, blue and Barbie Pink. what about lamp bases?  6/$1
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Here's most of the tools and supplies I used...gel glue, a hacksaw and mitre box, icky brush for Modge-podge, and good brush for acrylic paint, sandpaper, the bowls, the whistles, scrap fabric, or 2-1/2"wide  wired ribbon, a length of dowel, width that will fit inside the whistles and a hot/low glue gun. Dollar store sells shiny modge-podge for $1, I had matte which I like using.

TIP: Make sure you leave the straightest end on your dowels for the top and flat to attach to the bowl (lampshade).


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The whistle wasn't tall enough, I looked in the hole and there was just enough clearance to twist a dowel inside with some super glue (gel). I cut six pieces to length for the six whistles. I then painted the wood white to match the mouth piece, it took two coats, (my dowels were old).

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TIP:Before you paint on plastic or use decoupage, you need to clean the surfaces with alcohol, heavily clean. And wipe your hands too...think of it as sanitizing. Plastics often have an oily finish..and this removes and makes the surface ready to work on. So I cleaned the bowls thoroughly before starting.

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I knew the round shape of the bowl, might be tricky so I tried using the gold lame (success), some printed cotton (success), and one ply of a napkin( fell apart).

 Other decoupage materials: scraps of tissue, stamps, thinner bits of scrapbook papers, twine, colored yarn, just about anything. You know the drill. 

Drape your material around the bowl and measure at least 1" past the edges of the bowl. Then cut fabric into a square. 
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I apply glue very thickly to the item I'm gluing to. Starting at the top center, place the fabric on center. The bowls have a little indentation which is perfect to really saturate. You could leave this center part glued down, until a bit dry and then move on to the sides.  

When you are ready to start the sides,  pull a corner down first with lots of modge-podge underneath. The bias of the fabric will stretch to smooth out on the circular form. Smooth out as big an area as you can. When the fabric begins to buckle at the top make a cut from the bottom edge all the way up to the top-bottom of the bowl. The straight grain side will not stretch as much.  

Apply more modge-podge and overlap, or in the case of a print cut around the pattern parts you wish to see. Do the next corner  piece cutting up as you go, rinse and, then repeat all the way around. You should have to make 5-6 long cuts. Every piece of fabric stretches a little different, and patterns may necessitate less or more cuts.
Add one more coat of decoupage to finish the outside off.

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Here is the still wet bowl, I've trimmed excess across the bottom leaving not quite a half inch to turn under. Make cuts to the edge of the bowl...as shown  every 3/8-1/2", brush on more goop and turn under moving from left to right.  If your fabric pops up secure with a couple of plastic clothes pins, or  bits of plastic bag under teeth of wood ones. These won't leave a visible mark on thin fabrics and will easily remove.

Now, remove all the gunk from your fingers...it should just peel off. Scrape with an old wash cloth or rag, avoid clogging your drains with dried paint products.

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When the modge-podge dries, you can always do another coat to even out the finish. I liked matte finish for this project...because the fabric looks like it's original finish. 

I attached the base to the shade with a big gob of hot glue, while holding the base straight. Count to 40 and it should be stable enough. 

The gold fabric was a bit tricky.
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And, I confess gave me some grief. But, once I realized the shreds could be trimmed off or would fade away into the decoupage surface, it worked great.

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Here you can see the finish around the bottom. I added some $1 store 'sequin' trim I cut from wider. I hot glued a single bead width on the top, double on shade and double wrapped around the base. Who doesn't love a little BLING!

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Surprisingly, you can't even see the seams on the gold fabric. Here I show the trim as it comes off the roll. 

Since the paper dotted napkin didn't work (turned to moosh), I looked around for something different. I had just bought a couple of spools of Spring ribbon on sale 70% off, and I thought cool,...a poofy shade.

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This is the least messy, but you really need 3 hands...Hubby rescued me...

First make sure your ribbon is a bit wider than the outside measurement of your bowl. You need at least a 1/4" to turn underneath your bottom lampshade edge. Cut your ribbon 1-2" wider than the bottom length of your bowl. Carefully pull the wires on each end (top and bottom-4 ends), and bend them over so they don't disappear again into the ribbon.

Starting with the top edge...pull the wire to ruffle the fabric from both ends, you will want to pull it until the fabric ruffled ribbon measures a bit more than the circle bottom of the bowl (top of the lampshade). Twist the two wire ends together. Hot glue the wire's edge to the bottom edge of the bowl(the top edge of your lampshade)
Turn bowl over turn over. Fold the cut edge of ribbon over 1/4" and hot glue to the other end raw edge. Press this seam down with your finger and hot glue. Hanging on to both wires of the bottom of the  ribbon, gently shirr the fabric until it is almost tight on the bowl edge. Pull fabric into the inside of the bowl, tighten the wires and twist the wires together inside the bowl. Trim wires and fold under fabric, then secure fabric inside the bowl with hot glue. Hot glue anywhere it is needed. 

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Isn't it adorable...Here it works on a desk, but I moved it downstairs into the dining room, because of the blue. (PS--Mulan lost her kabuki makeup-it took a lot of alcohol and scrubbing, and is still in need of some new lips and eye touch-ups, soon.)

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This lamp is scaled better than the doll lamps available...and very sturdy. I thought of gluing a washer or two for weight  in the base, but so far the girls haven't needed to. 

Hope you enjoyed this DIY,  I really want to try some other shapes for lampshades...stay tuned.

What NEW thing from OLD or Cheap have you made for your Doll World?












































Vickie's has a new Shipment of Shoes!

It's Sunday at Vickie's and the girls are working on a huge shipment of shoes...

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Carly: That looks pretty good---make sure you don't get the Covid warnings in the photo, Zoe.
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Zoe: Shhh, Canadian genie at work. 

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Vicky: It looks great, try a straight on shot and don't use the flash.  We have so many to do, yet!

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Zoe: That looks better and no Covid signs. Sending it to you now, Vickie.

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Vicky: Carly just keep bringing me the boxes so I can enter the information for the website, as we take the photos. We won't post these until after the swimsuit sale.

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Carly: How about these for Fall...I love all of these. 
Zoe: The colors are making me hungry, oranges, caramel, peaches, latte, French vanilla ice cream and love those gray boots. You never see gray boots.

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Carly: Wait until you see these. I hope we have a few more in my size.

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Zoe: Those are really cute, now knees apart a bit more, so the shelf shows.

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Carly: I adore these and they are even comfortable.

Zoe: Got the shot...next! 

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Carly: If you are done with boxes, I'll stack them.

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Vickie: Sure and I can keep going on this stack.

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Carly: How many of these jewelry displays did you order, Vickie?
Vickie: A dozen, in different color assortments. Pretty Cool, I hope they sell.
Carly: The bracelets are in great colors. They will!

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Carly: Let's face it, you have the best prices on the northside...oh, love these cute boxes.

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Carly: Decorator boxes...
Zoe: I'm not taking photos of boxes, Carly. Can you please pick shoes out for the next set-up!

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Carly: How about this for a hot shot,...LOVE the purple ones, but they are too big for me.
Zoe: What size are they?
Carly: A nine wide. 
Zoe: I think Ella, Colette's mom would love them. I'll send her an email tomorrow.

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Carly: Have to love classic black and these fit really well.

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Zoe: Tilt your right foot up straighter.

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Carly: We can display the boxes like this with the shoe in front at least the shorter shoes.

Zoe: Great shot Carly---hold that pose and stop talking.

Vickie: Pizza's here, I'm starving!

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Thanks Ladies, here's to a great team.  Once we get the sandals and swimsuit sale done, we can work on Fall....

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Boots are coming next week.
(Collective Groan.....)
Zoe: It's 90 degrees today! 

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Vicky: We don't have to put them out, but we'll photo for the website...in case we shut-down again. 
Zoe: That's a really a lot of shoes and boxes to put away.

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Zoe: Love the boxes and the new shelf, but where are we going to put purses now.

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Vicky: Eat some more pizza...I have another plan for you both this week! 

(there will always be MORE to do and see at Vickie's.)


Props and Details
Used clear shoe shelf, re-moveable shelves found at a thrift store. I have no idea what it was supposed to be used for, but a steal at $1.99.

Boxes: made by me, I adjusted the sizes from printables free on the internet.
    Tip:Thinner printed card stock makes really nice boxes, with double-stick tape. Embossed or thick card stock--doesn't.
    I cut tissue paper squares for the insides. Have fun with this. I didn't have any small scale prints, but I will look for some.

Shoes: Many from the last thrift finds, a few dollar store shoes-some were really cute.

Zoe just got a new articulated body, Carly is a Nikki vintage doll, and Vickie-from the same time. Clothes are all mismatched vintage, old, and new Mattel, except for Carly's DollarStore top.

I had a great time making boxes this week and going through 4 seaons of Game of Thrones...yikes. That's what I do when it is too hot outside, watch TV and make stuff! 

How are your dolls fixed for Shoes...?
And what's your favorite doll activity when it is 
TOO HOT?

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Doll Story: Ella, Callie, and Company.

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We last left the GrandView residents' party with Emilie and Ella having some terse words. 

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Emilie: I am going to 'move my butte', as you so often command, Meez Ella, to 3A with Henri. And, zen you may vait on Meez Colette.

Ella: (Hmmmph!) It's about time,....you go for it girl! Callie will just have to learn to manage her own affairs. 'Bout time too, she's going to be thirty-somethun'.

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Henri: Emilie and I didn't want to cause trouble.

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Callie(Colette) 2A: That's enough, Mama.  

Gerard (on the left):(whispers) Callie, I can move in with you now.

(So, dear friends, how do you think this will
go? It's a week later at the StoneWall gardens, and let's see what Ella is up to now.)

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Ella: The sun is divine here. I signed the contracts this morning, and won't Callie be surprised to find out I bought Emilie's share of the Condo, dear sweet niece.

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Opal: I hope you didn't buy it, just so I could stay with you?

Ella: Don't be silly, it's a good investment and a fair price. I'd do anything to keep Gerry from moving in with Callie again. 

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Opal: I didn't realize they were still together.

Ella: He thinks they are...just making sure Callie doesn't agree with him.

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Opal: Well, as soon as I find a job, I'll find somewhere else to stay, Auntie El.

Ella: Nonsense Sweetie. You are welcome to stay with us for as long as you like.

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Callie: Mama, you phoned me to meet you here...it's so hot here!

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Ella: Nonsense, girl it's a lovely day. Remember my sister's youngest, Opal.

Opal:(mumbles) Hi, cuz.

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Callie: I sure do, she wrecked my first car! And, drew magic markers on my prom dress. 

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Opal: Oh, cousin Callie, I was just a little kid. I'm sorry, I'd never do that now. I thought I was making a rainbow Princess dress for you.

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Callie: And, the CAR?

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Callie: And, you are not staying in my home. Not ever!

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Ella: But, she is staying in my home. I signed the papers this morning. Emilie sold me her part of the condo.

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Callie: Mama, where did you get the money for that? You've been living off me for seven months? Never mind! I bet I don't want to know.

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Opal: Please don't fight because of me. I'll only stay for a little while, I have two interviews set up for this week. Good jobs, Callie. I promise I will pay you back.

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Callie: This isn't all your fault, Opal.  I just have to get used to the idea.

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Opal: Oh, thank you cuz! I knew you would be so kind, you were always my favorite cousin and you have lived in Paris, you have to tell me all about it!

Callie: (pulling away) Oh, pillow talk will be sooo much fun. (grimace)

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Opal:(That was easy...and Paris isn't such a big deal!) I need to unpack and iron my suit for my interview. I'll see you later at home in 2A.

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Ella: I thought Emilie would have told you. I hadn't realized she owned more than half of YOUR condo. I made a great deal, I only paid what she paid. So, I think I'll take the big bedroom and you girls can share the smaller one! 

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Callie:You have to be joking, Mother?

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Ella: I never joke about closet space or square footage.

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Callie: But, Gerard was going to move in as soon as our album is finished. Mama, how could you!

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Ella: Never, he'll never be in my house. He's no better for you now than when you were fifteen. Tell him to pay you back all that money he owes you for Paris. 

Callie: He's reinvesting it in my career, Mama. It takes a bankroll to do an album, just getting it made. Let alone, promoting it. (soft sobbing)

Ella: Lord's sakes, don't cry, he just isn't worth it. I still have money left from Grammy's house....

Callie: Mama, promise me you won't let Opal know that.

Ella: You think I was born yesterday...?

And there is Always more later....

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