I found the resin coffer ceilings by Lawbre and ordered a small army of them. Disappointed when they arrived to discover that they are not perfect squares. So much for my plan to just lay them down side by side across the ceiling...
|The square on the left is slightly smaller and lower than the one on the right.|
After a few moments (and a few sips of coffee) I thought of a solution that would obliterate the headache of imperfect sizes and busy square pattern! Spread the squares out and insert filler strips of wood! Without being right up next to each other, the difference of sizes wouldn't be as noticeable and it would help reduce the busy pattern to just be an intricate design!
|Added wood strips to space squares apart.|
|Spreading the plaster over the wood and between the squares.|
|Waiting for plaster to dry so that I may sand.|
|Plaster all dry and it fits in the house! Crown molding will cover the gaps at the edges.|
|The imperfections in the plaster seemed to be everywhere.|
|All smooth and no more hairline cracks everywhere!|
So now I was pleased with that aspect of the ceiling. But it is supposed to be elegant. It needs gold and color. But not too much because the wallpaper in the library is gold with red/burgundy and teal accents. So the ceiling only needs a touch of gold:
|Lower right square is getting gold trim strip wood cut.|
|All white and gold!|
|Ready to be glued into the house!|
Created by Creative Reproductions 2 Scale micro-jacks are small eyelet type pieces you install into the ceiling that, along with an adapter, allows you to plug any chandelier in to the ceiling. They are similar to the spring loaded eyelets, but are easier to install and have little teeth around the edges to allow them to better grip and hold where you are installing them. They make the chandelier easily removable allowing for quicker bulb replacement, smoother transport of the dollhouse as delicate chandeliers can be removed, and/or the ability to swap chandeliers around in the house (so when I decide this chandelier would look better in a bedroom and want to trade it with a ballroom chandelier instead - I just move it!).
There are 2 versions of the micro-jacks: one with tails and one without. The micro-jack without tails just inserts into tapewire (I will be using those in the music room). For the library I am doing round wire so I am soldering the wires to the micro-jack with tails.
I am not an expert solder wizard yet so in a low self confidence moment I emailed photos of my micro-jacks to the maker and begged him to review my photos to make sure I did it right. I'm not installing these into my precious ceiling to then discover I did it wrong and have to remove them without marring my ceiling! Luckily Creative Reproductions 2 Scale emailed me back within 12 hours to tell me it looked fine, but that to remember it only takes a touch of solder to make the connection so keep the solder and wire wrapped around the tail to the same diameter as the head of the micro-jack or it won't fit thru my 1/16" hole in my ceiling. So I had to go back and remove some of the solder around the tail of my red wire:
|Solder at bottom of tail seems to be slightly larger than head of micro-jack.|
|These things are small!|
|Putting the micro-jacks into the pre-made hole I drilled.|
|Hammering them in....|
|Ready to go!|
|Can't wait to really wallpaper!|