When you first open your dollhouse kit, the assembly process can seem daunting. The first thing you need to do is gather all the supplies you’ll need, and one of the most important supplies for building dollhouse kits is glue. Most dollhouse kits are meant to be assembled with glue. You’ll also need glue for many other miniature projects, from installing rugs and wallpaper to creating miniature furniture. But you won’t need a huge collection of different glues for your miniature projects. Just a few guys will go a long way.
When building dollhouse kits, expect to use a lot of wood glue. Opt for one that dries clear, not yellow. You will also need craft glue, such as Aleene’s Tacky Glue or Elmer’s Glue. Both can be used for most purposes, whether you’re assembling the dollhouse or finishing up smaller miniature projects. When you can’t tape or hold the pieces together while they dry, use an adhesive like Liquid Nails or Super Glue, which will dry much faster.
Although most types of glue can be used safely to build dollhouse kits and other miniature projects, you should never use hot glue. Hot glue guns are difficult to use on small dots without dirtying or burning your fingers. Also, hot or cold temperatures affect this glue a lot, which can cause pieces to fall apart. Although it may be tempting to hot glue the entire dollhouse together, you will end up doing more harm than good.
In addition to glue, you’ll also want to gather a few different supplies to use when gluing dollhouse miniatures together. With large-scale construction projects, you’d use clamps to hold different pieces together while the glue dries. With miniature projects, you’ll still need to put the pieces together, but you’ll have to get a little more creative. Clothespins, paper clips, and rubber bands are great “clamps” to hold pieces in place while they dry. Duct tape can also be used to hold things together, though you’ll want to be careful about the types of surfaces you’re gluing.
Several other household tools will come in handy when you’re spreading glue in tight spaces. Keep a box of tissues and a roll of paper towels handy to wipe up excess glue. The toothpicks will help you place a small tab of glue in a corner or small joint. Bottle caps and lids make great containers when you’re working with a small amount of glue or paint. These additional tools will come in handy for building dollhouse miniatures.
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