Doll Stuff by Jana patterns and kits use white Schedule 40 1/2” PVC pipe and fittings. This is a standard pipe weight and can be found at most home improvement stores.
PVC Pipe Brands
For our patterns and kits, we use Lasco brand PVC pipe (sold at Lowe’s). If you like to work with your hands and build your own, the patterns contain cutting dimensions on pipe lengths.
If you use a different brand of pipe, you may take some trial and error to get an exact fit. Not all brands have the fittings needed for every item. (Example: Dura brand does not have a 3-way slip fitting which is required for many of our items.
Removing Ink from Pipe
Most PVC pipe comes with specifications printed along it in black ink. Unprinted pipe is difficult to find and costs more. Removing the ink from the pipe is a personal preference. In many cases, the pipes will be covered by fabric, or can be turned so the ink faces down.
To remove ink from pipes, take a sharp utility knife (like X-Acto) and lightly run it down the pipe over the ink, in one quick motion. You just want to skim the ink off.
To remove ink from fittings, use lacquer thinner. Wear disposable gloves to protect your hands. Dip a rag in the thinner and rub on fitting. Ink comes off easily.
Tip: If you buy fittings in contractor packaging, you can get a better price per fitting, plus pre-packaged fittings often do not have ink on them.
- A pipe cutting tool is a must! We recommend a basic pipe cutter for under $10. (A bigger pipe cutter requires bigger hands to use.)
- Measure and mark all cut lengths on the pipe with a pencil. Mark and cut the longer pieces first.
- Use a work table or flat, hard board and wear slip-resistant work gloves to hold pipe still while cutting. Do not use your kitchen table or counter-top, as they
could be damaged.
Tip: Cutting pipe generally does not create a straight, flat edge. Pipe lengths are measured from long edge to long edge.
Tighter Fit: If you need glue to achieve a more secure fit between pieces, we suggest Loctite Go2® Glue. Use tip of bottle to apply glue. Wipe the excess with a damp rag. The glue dries slowly giving you time to adjust the fit.
Stress Points: We recommend you use Oatey Clear PVC Cement on stress points of beds and chairs. It’s the least expensive we’ve found and it works great! (You can get it at Lowe’s.) Don’t use the brush that comes with it. Just dip a q-tip into the glue and swirl it around a few times inside the larger pipe or fitting. Then connect pipe and fittings as usual.
Tip: Do not use the blue or the fast-acting PVC Cement. Never use the heavy-duty plumber’s PVC pipe glue! It’s messy, it stains, and it’s overkill.
- Do NOT mix and match pipe and fitting brands. All pipe, fittings and connectors for an item must be the same brand.
- Do NOT use threaded or fitted connectors. Use the slip or split connectors, couplings, and fittings.