Make a Dollhouse Scale Pastry Display Case

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    Make a 'Glass' Showcase For a Dollhouse Shop

    Glass topped pastry case in dollhouse scale.
    A dollhouse scale shop display case with a 'glass' top made from bent acrylic sheet. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    This "glass" topped showcase or pastry case can be constructed in a range of sizes for different shop displays for dollhouse and model scales. The case is made here in 1:12 scale from 1/16 inch acrylic sheet and can be set onto commercial shop counters or fitted to a custom counter top as is shown here. The case is easy to build, and can be adapted for a number of showcase type displays.

    To build the case as shown here, you will need 1/ 16 inch thick acrylic sheet (plexiglass). To make a roughly...MORE 3 inch tall, four inch wide, and 1 3/4 inch deep display, I used the technique for bending sheet acrylic to make a roughly right angle bend two inches down from the top edge of a five inch by 4 inch section of 1/16 inch thick acrylic sheet. You will need to take care to make an even, straight bend, which may require a bit of practise!. It is best to build the acrylic top, before you build your display base to house it, as the bends in the acrylic will determine how large a base you need.

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  • 02 of 06

    Mark and Cut Sides For the Dollhouse Scale "Glass" Display Case

    Measuring and cutting sides for a scale model display case in dollhouse scale.
    Using the bent acrylic for the case front as a template, two rectangular sides are cut from the matching acrylic sheet. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    With the front and top of the display case bent to shape, it is time to cut and fit sides into the bend of the case. To do this, lay your bent front section over sheet acrylic and mark a rectangle which will fit inside the curved front edge (see photo). Use a sharp craft knife and or a razor saw to cut the sides for your case from the acrylic sheet.

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    Mark the Curve of the Front Onto the Side Sections of the Acrylic Display Case

    Scribing the corner on the side of a miniature display cabinet to match the cabinet front.
    The side of the acrylic display case is laid in place against the bent front piece, and an awl is used to scribe the curve from the top onto the side piece. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    Lay the rectangle for the side section of the acrylic display case underneath the curved top section, matching the upper and inner edges so they fit inside the curved front section as shown in the photo. Use a sharp pointed awl or a nail or darning needle to mark the curve on the top of the front section of the case, onto the rectangular side section. Repeat to mark the other side section of the case.

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  • 04 of 06

    Shape the Curve on the Sides of the Acrylic Dollhouse Display Case

    Round the top corners of the dollhouse display case using a file and sandpaper.
    Shape the top front corner on the acrylic sides of a dollhouse scale shop or pastry case using a file and sandpaper. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    Once you have marked the curve on the top corner of each of the display case sides, trim the corner away roughly with a sharp craft knife, then use a file and a sanding block and sandpaper to shape the acrylic to the curve you marked in the previous step with an awl. If possible, leave the protective paper coating on your acrylic sheet while you carefully sand the corner to shape. Dust and sand from the sandpaper can cause scratches, and the protective sheet helps prevent accidental scratches...MORE from forming.

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    Test Fit the Sides Into the Display Case Front

    Test fitting the acrylic sides into the front of a dolls house display case.
    Test fit the sides into the front of the miniature "glass" pastry or display cabinet in dolls house scale. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    When you have carefully shaped the curve on the top front corner of each of your acrylic case side pieces, test fit them inside the curved front. If necessary, sand them so they fit as tightly as possible. Plastic Solvent Glues work best where the parts fit very snugly together with no gaps.

    Do not apply glue and assemble the case until you have fitted the shelf supports in the next step.

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    Cut and Fit the Shelf Supports Into the Acrylic Display Case

    Glue shelf supports to the sides of a miniature dolls house display case.
    Fit narrow strips of clear acrylic to the inside sides of the case to support shelves. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    The last step before final assembly is to cut small strips of the acrylic to serve as shelf supports. The shelf supports will need to be glued to the inside of the sides, in the same position on each side. Before you glue the supports in place, polish all the acrylic pieces with fine sandpaper (automotive detailing paper) to eliminate all scratches.

    Glue the supports to the sides as shown in the photo, wicking the plastic weld glue into the join by brushing it on using a small paint brush. You...MORE can also use a tube of plastic glue, but the seams will show more than if you use plastic weld glue (available at model and hobby shops, as well as sheet acrylic suppliers).

    When the shelf supports have set in place on the sides, apply a small amount of glue to the top and front edges of one side and set it in place so it lines up with the outer edges of the curved front. Repeat to glue the final side into place.

    With the sides glued to the front, measure and cut shelves to fit into the case. To make it easier to arrange your future displays, do not glue these shelves in place. Make a base to fit your display case if you wish, or set it directly on a shop counter or table.