Small break needed here
Even before we start, I’ve got side tracked. I’ve been playing with the possibilities of a 1:12 dog and tea tray of food, (I should be painting tray darker etc).
Cute pet hazard warning
(As usual, click on first photo in each section to get the full story with side comments ;))
Magnifier with alligator clip hands to deliver the tea and add to the ‘look’ of the piece.
The faithful friend
Who? Me? No…
Looks too tempting?
And whilst we’re taking a break
Having taken the side track I then wandered down a side branch and disappeared into the distance of memory.
Messy crochet warning
There came a day when I fancied doing something mini but ‘other’ and thought ‘what about a tray cloth’. Note to self: next time you fancy having a go crocheting with sewing cotton just because you used to 30+ years ago, don’t. Besides which once the mugs and plate are on top you’ll never see it. Which, when the finished item is viewed, is probably just as well. Should this, perhaps, be all old china and fairy cakes?
Standard sewing cotton and size larger hook than I started the first one with
Three tries later with bugle beads. There’s a radio program of Dylan Thomas in Germany running that got crocheted into this.
Something definitely not right there – should be tea cups and saucers?
Hmmm. Is this even going to be a cuppa (ie tea) for the break? Thinking hat going on. How’s about chocolate/cocoa? A radio news item stated that we oldies would benefit memory wise if we drank a mug of it each eve. (Is that instead of rubbing it in?) Well you have to start somewhere, (the drinking of) why not try it in 1/12th scale and see if it works? Hmm?
Remove chip butty and buy in cake on eBay. Two tiers of cake on a swirled cog
See through cake stand supports – from shirt collar packing material
Cogs for cocoa and cake and still view the cloth
Oh dear, cakes!
and chocolate – what’s a dog to do?
(Cheated and bought in cake rather than go through the fight of making the lovely but extremely fiddly things – really not my thing at any scale.)
And for the plumbing?
There were bits and pieces of this and that in need of completion to bring the ‘system’ up to scratch for ‘working order’, the output and the waste disposal as it were of this here fantasy mechanism.
That which goes down and around in the within the book comes out here
its waste products are processed along here
and proceed internally
and they drain out here, (hopefully the white will dry transparent)
Still working on and figures to add :)
All this for a cup of tea?
What you miss with the eye and pick up in a photo – I’ve now mended the hand on the left – hopefully.
Been trying even harder than usual to do everything in the right order. (You know, as your supposed to.) Lots of steady breathing and walking away, giving things time to dry. (Meanwhile, weeks later …?)
Most of it, as you can see, is straightforward, faffing with a slosh of glue, a touch of paint and the shadow of an idea. Enough said.
Here is an up-date of some of the odder bits of construction – those I’ll own up to – as well as some of the problems I caused myself in the making. (Ah, ‘twas ever thus.)
Odds of detail
(do have a click on the first image to get the full story line)
A redesign of the decking – enlarging the hole
Adding the surface. Pages disturbed and curling up – took best part of a week to harden
Many, many, coatings alternately of white glue and matt varnish to harden the paper
A rose by any other name …
Getting the ladder walkway to stay put
and the event horizon expanding and full of glue
More pulleys plus over-sewn book binding effect in red and white
Clearer view of binding effect
Solving the yellower cover problem by adding spine labelling to carry the colouring over
Ready for the library
Garden wire hand armature – wanted something bulkier
Dipped alternately in Vallejo water texture and pewter enamel with electrical sheathing on ‘arms’
Anyone for cheese? A helping hand
Every clock should have hands – clock hands should be hands don’t you think?
Shaped corks to make pipe joints
Gilt metal railings try-out (with gargoyles)
Suitably tarnished and supported – gold pen on 1/24th wood trim
Moon over gargoyle
Resin swags – virtually dry paint, left to dry completely; and still it (bad language) bled. Quite like the colouring in the folds.
Gargoyles startled in the flash. And what looks like cake decoration around the page edges?
The big problem of transforming concept into tangible item is made more ‘picky-picky’ as this one has so many elements. It’s become a project of lists. And trying to remember where I’ve put the lists. The bits and bobs are more disparate than a room in a house, unrelated but, hopefully coming together more or less amicably. Lots of over egging the (fantasy) pudding‘.
The print is made up from info on Babbage’s Difference Engine and diagrams along with the odd Victorian and Edwardian image. As they are mostly overlaid or all scrunched up it’s hard to tell.
Apologies if half the photos look as though they’ve been shot at dead of night – they probably have, can’t remember. But the lighting in the room I’ve been using is subtle rather than useful so augmented with LED lamp – lots of blue light. Although the ‘book’ is portable it’s usually still drying and unstable at photo time, hence all a bit ghostly/ghoulish/bluish and murky – big sorry – though the odd nice shadow?
Armature for hands and feet: there are lots of pages on this – a matter of making your choice. I’d run out of florists’ wire and wanted bulky hands for the clock and use coated garden wire. Not subtle but strong.
Oversewing in book binding (I think that’s the book binding style I’m trying to represent)
Addition of Meccano etc
another glue-filled day
Chain needs tightening and it’s all a bit blue
Looks better from this profile?
Wheels, cogs, chains and pulley bands along with clock chime ring. Lots and lots more holes in that poor book cover so as to house all the added hardware. (As a kid I dreamed of owning a set of Meccano ‘cos I wanted to build a crane. Really liked that 1950s stuff.)
And doing the cover
Looks a little too yellow?
Over the fence
The padded book cover is earning its keep covering up all the holes and bringing inside and outside together – (as long as the glue holds).
Well, I just like the photo ;)