Saturday, November 21, 2015

Nice and clear

When I visited James at Victorian Dollhouses last weekend to buy some tile sheet to complete the build for the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery exhibition, I mentioned that my next step was to get the front windows cut at my favourite perspex place. His wife, Ann, said that if I popped down this weekend she could do it for me.

Who was I to resist such an invitation?
Half-built dolls' house miniature kit, on a bench with tools.
As I put the pieces of the kit together so she could see what I was working on, I had a bit of a whoopsie:
Beam from a dolls' house miniature kit, snapped in half.
 At which point Ann introduced me to a miracle glue, Hafixs professional glue (see a video demonstration), which had my beam back together in seconds.
Person holding two pieces of broken dolls' house beam together.
Bottle of Hafixs professional glue held up in front of a mended beam in a dolls' house kit.
We then got down to the nitty gritty of working out exactly what I wanted, and as Ann realised I had no idea what I was doing, she drew me a diagram of how to design a window to support the perspex.
Person drawing a diagram of how windows are built.
And suggested I should build the front first and then she could cut the perspex to fit my windows, rather than my original plan which was to cut the perspex then build the front around it.
A diagram of how windows are built.
After some more discussion we decided that the safest approach would be to cut a piece of perspex to cover the entire front, then build the walls and window frames onto it.

She introduced me to her Olfa p-cutter, which cuts perspex quickly and cleanly.
Olfa P-cutter on top of a piece of perspex.
 And, before too long, she had measured.
A piece of perspex held up in front of a dry-fitted dolls' house kit.
Person measuring and marking a piece of perspex against a beam.
Person measuring a piece of perspex.
Cutting a piece of perspex with a p-cutter.
and split
Bending a piece of perspex along the cut line.
A piece of perspex broken in two along a cut line.
 a piece of perspex that fitted the front perfectly.
Holding a piece of cut perspex up against the front of a doll's house kit.
For me, it was another moment of 'Gosh, things are easy when you know what you're doing'.



otterine said...

Well, that's a nifty tool! :D

Sheila said...

Wow! Can I borrow her whenever I need to do windows? or cut plexiglass? How does she feel about a flying trip to Texas?

Seriously looks awesome! Can't wait to see the windows all cut out and painted!

kittyandkatminiatures said...

Cool cutter! I've never seen that one. I have their carpet cutter and a few other of their knives.

kittyandkatminiatures said...

Side note: for North Americans - Home Depot sells the knife

Jessica Powell said...

Ooh, definitely going to look for one of those cutters! (Maybe the glue too!)

Pepper said...

Hilarious. I broke the exact same piece except I did it by hitting my work colleague with it =0D
Looking good TSS, looking good!

Kristine PaperDollMiniatures said...

I'm really interested in seeing how you build the front now! It sounds like a good way to go and build the walls and window frames onto it. I know what you mean about that little tool, I got one and suddenly plexi didn't seem like this huge undertaking anymore! :D

Jodi Hippler said...

I purchased one of those cutters from Amazon when I ordered the Lexan for the windows. I have not tried it out yet, but I keep watching YouTube videos on it. Eventually, I'll get confident and actually try it. I'll let you know how it goes!

AMCSviatko said...

Pepper: I'm not going to ask (or mention OHS)... :-D

Jodi: try it on a scrap piece? From what I saw of Ann using it , it as just like cutting a sheet of wood with a normal knife, except at the end you snapped the sheet. She pointed out that the sound changes as the piece is ready for snapping, and also that if you try snapping it and it doesn't work, you just score a couple more times and test it again. You'll be fine!