“Traditional’ wood stains aren’t the only option. There’s gel wood stain. And, like everything, gel wood stain pros and cons are something to think about.
Thanks to my miniature misadventures, I’ve learned that I should always prime wood before I paint it. That said, I’m kind of stuck with it for now. So, that means I’ve got to find a good way to clean it up without killing my brushes.
I am beginning to understand why people use wood floor sheets in their dollhouse. When it comes to balsa wood vs. basswood, well, I’m still learning. A lot.
I never thought about the fact that glue has an expiration date. I know if I don’t close the cap it will dry out. But can glue mold? How? And why?
I decided to tackle the dollhouse floor. And, by that I mean, figuring out how to place the balsa wood strips. Because I’m going to have to cut a bunch of them to size, I figured it made more sense to plan the floorboards (I use that term loosely) out before I dye them.
As I’ve been building my miniature dollhouse, I’ve wondered what does primer do for paint? I mean, is it really necessary? Does it “do” anything — other than give you a white surface to paint on?
If you’ve been following my misadventures, you know that I spent one day trying to ID the dollhouse pieces. I had questions. What is a stair stringer, and what does it look like?
When I started pursuing this hobby, I kept coming across the words “dollhouse scale. They were usually written as ratios like 1:24, 1:12, and so on. I had no idea what they were (except that they were ratios) or why they mattered. Everything miniature is small. That’s all I need to know.
Today, I learned how to use a miter box. Then, I learned how to hack using a miter box.
I used balsa wood for a lot of elementary school projects. But, as it turns out, I have a lot to learn about how to cut balsa wood.