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 Post subject: A Lavender House
PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:21 am 
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I know I haven't posted lately but I have a new build to share.

But first, during this Thanksgiving season I want to share how thankful I am for this group. Everyone is always so kind and helpful, it has been a joy to be a member.

Well, the little lavender house is complete and I want to give little background before I get to the build.

The original pattern for this house was designed by Edmund V. Gillon Jr.

Mr. Gillon worked for many years for Dover Publications as a designer. His first cut and assemble model was published in 1977 and he continued to design architectural models until 1997. He designed at least 30 cut and assemble books while at Dover. The books all had a theme and usually there were multiple structures in each book. All were in HO scale which is the most popular model train scale in the world.

The book I took my inspiration from is Cut and Assemble Victorian Houses published in 1979. I purchased my book probably in 1980 thinking I would cut out the models and build them at some time.

The houses are three dimensional but all the details are printed directly on the card stock.

To make the little lavender house I first made multiple color copies of the pattern on regular copy paper and the detail sheets I printed on very heavy cardstock.

I used these copies to make my house. I taped the pattern to lightweight chipboard and started cutting out the model as I would with any Putz house. I did carefully cut out the windows and door from the cardboard.

Then using yellow file dividers from the office supply store I very carefully traced the window details with a white paint pen. After cutting these out a little larger than the windows I backed them with velum so they would be translucent.

I carefully cut out the porch and window details from the heavy card stock. These were quite small and some I had to recut as the x-acto knife and I don’t like each other and I had some mis-cuts.

I painted the house pieces lavender and then glued the window and door details to the structure.

Being very careful not to get glue on the details I glittered the house with a mixture of crystal glitter plus lavender glitter I got at Hobby lobby.

I attached the windows on the inside of the walls and then assembled the walls together. There wasn’t a base for this pattern but I did make one so the structure was more stable.

After installing the roof I glued HO scale shingles to the roof. As well as installing the chimneys.

Then I used the crystal glitter and carefully glittered all the window and porch details as well as the roof and the chimneys.

Attaching the house to a base I had made previously I added fencing, a street lamp, trees and a mailbox then added the snow and glittered everything.

When the lights are lit the whole house lights up as well as the street lamp.

Santa can be seen on the porch just leaving the house. He had to use the door as the chimneys just weren’t big enough.

I like the HO scale. It’s not too big and not too small. Finished, the house is about 5 ½ inches tall not counting the chimneys and 6 inches wide. Add another inch for the base.

Some may think this is not a true Putz house. But it is made from lightweight cardboard, the window are translucent, it’s lighted from the inside and the whole thing is covered in glitter. So to my eyes it is a Putz.

I hope you have enjoyed my lengthy description of the build and like the finished product. It was a lot of fun to build and I am ready to move on to my next project.


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 Post subject: Re: A Lavender House
PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:35 am 
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Lee...

I wondered what you were up...now we all know...you’ve done an absolutely masterful job on this house!...it has it all...style, color, texture...lots of vintage charm...there’s so much to take in...

the Santa is one I don’t think I’ve seen before...do you remember where you got him?...

Almost forgot to ask...is that a tabletop photo booth you’re using?...the lighting is just right...

My very best regards...Merry Christmas...and looking forward to seeing what you next project will be...

Howard...


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Amazing...

Gotta love the look of the fence and the gate.

But whole scene is super cool.

Thanks for sharing.

Steve


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What a delightful lavender dilly, Lee! I loved the Dover cut and fold books, although I only ever tried assembling one when I was a kid. The Robie House might not have been the best choice for a beginner. You have transformed flat paper to a fully dimensional work of art. Congratulations on a fine job and thanks for sharing the details.


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It's so beautiful, Lee. It is true work of art.

Lucy


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Lee, this is a spectacular piece! I've never seen anything like it!

I love the trim and the Santa is perfect! You have done an outstanding job!!


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Lee, it's stunning!


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Lee - What a wonderful build and equally wonderful description and background of the build. Thanks for sharing!

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