Well, the dratted thing came in thro the door


I’ve skinned the back of my hands removing some of the external finishes on the side I’m working and have spent three days making egg box stone (and, of course brick).

And the title?

Ah, that takes a little explaining.  Stay with me.

This whole model 1:12 scale thing started a short while after retirement hit.  After many years of slowly failing digestive health, I found not working troublesome and needed a little something to bring mind and body back together.  A concentrated effort of energy directed outward.  Three-four years later, I find it’s a good measure of how well my bodily systems are functioning – you know, concentration, dexterity, memory, ability to plan and carry them out, learn new skills and tricks, think around problems etc not to mention space to be creative.

If you can find your way back to the beginning of this odd and embarrassing saga, you’ll see I started cheaply by buying recycled room boxes (a shop’s ex-display items) which I hacked about as the foundation for the model shape gluing it to an old table on castors.  It was then located in what we called ‘the back room’ which had been my work area when I made/sold soft sculpture puppets many years ago. But this space became something else over the years and did not allow a learner the room to swing a blunt saw and eight foot length of timber, nor store the goodies being bought in.  And so we moved the whole shebang to the small bedroom – now known as the Potting Shed.  As this is nine foot by twelve I still have to be careful with the timber, but fortunately it has a very high coombed ceiling.

And as it says in the main title, we did get it through the various doors, up the step and around the tricky corners to get it in to the room.  However, if I continue following my whim and clad the outside in the same manner as has been done so far, it’s doubtful whether it would ever get out again. Yes, the measurements are that tight we’re talking shoe-horn. I must watch the inches/centimetres and keep a strict eye on anything permanently attached that increases the girth.

Length I can play with to my heart’s content, as long as it is removable! (And I will play with it and it will be removable. Yes I have plans, lot of plans.  Pause for moment of maniacal laughter.)

All to save a quarter to half an inch depth/width I gained the skinned knuckles torn on the dry glue when chiseling off the cladding on the kitchen outer wall. Bye, that was glued on well!

I figure that as we got it in here with the doors on (I’m talking real room doors here), there may be a little leeway for getting it out if we take them off, as and when the time comes, but all the same I must try to keep it strictly controlled and halve the depth of all side timbers too.

Also I figured matching stonework might be better than trying to pair up the few bits I have left so, as egg box on cardboard was going to be as thin as I could get, short of buying in ready mades, I’ve been egg boxing – again.

I’ll let you know how it goes ;)


Kept dead salad – added wonky wreaths


Ceiling off so can get short arms in – it’s a long way off I can tell you

The other open doorway


Bedroom 2

Working towards the missing walls to this floor of the model, it was necessary to dig in and work on the other bedroom, on the left side of the long gallery T shape. Because it balances off the Arnolfini bedroom, its outer wall has to be vaguely similar. There are still one or two questions I have in mind re the lighting on this level as well, how it does, or doesn’t spill from room to room, so hence the bedroom workings. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)

I’ve been hopping around from the inside to the outside, looking at the T leg outer wall and circling around and back to the lighting and what there is to see and what I’d like to see.

So far:

 theinfill doll's house blog - Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean – insides and outsides

 Whilst fiddling with the new window I carried out what I think is an improvement on the landing window, that is I replaced the wonky wooden astragals with a one-piece cardboard item. I feel better about it anyway.

Dealing with the outside of the model

A bit of an overview

The rough and flexible plan for the outside look of the long sides of the building:

  • ground floor (first floor for those who count that way) a sort of stonework with beams shoved in here and there
  • next floor brick mix with an admix of the ‘pink’ plastering around more beams
  • next again floor pink plaster work and beams with the odd brick possibly here and there
  • top floor pink plaster and beams

All this matching in to the rest of the externals has involved the ‘much loved’ activity of making bricks out of egg boxes. It’s not the doing that gets me it’s the number that need doing that does it. I mean what’s not to like about playing with glue and bits of card and then splodging colours all over them to disguise their origins? That’s very enjoyable. Two thirty to two fifty tiddly bits of flaking egg box card to cut out in order to cover 8″ x 10″ area allowing for a few beams – there-in sneaks the problem. Rationing their use with crafty positioning between extra beams I think is the way to go again.

Just basic brick layout of one offset brick over another, but, once grouted with white wood filler and matt varnished, I’ll cut them diagonally to make rather bad chevrons and patterns between beams and eek them out the best I can.

And whilst the bricks are drying I’ve shoved some flowers in the crater to see whether I can go with it or not. My flower arranging is lousy so they are definitely stuffed in there.

 theinfill doll's house blog - Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean – insides and outsides

Was trying for a tight, wreath-like rose ‘thing’ but it looks a little like a dead salad from here. More dignified without, you think?