A boy at the window


Working on the facade

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I’ve been working this week on the area directly below the corridor off the sitting room.

But what about that office I was building?

I’d love to be adding the rest of the office at this point but to do that I need to build the porch because the other half of the room is in it.  I would’ve done this now but decided to define the space it will be going in better before starting.  And to do that, the rest of the frontage needs to exist.

The boy at the window

First catch your window

I’ve always imagined a fairly continuous line of window going down the front, just offset from centre.  The newly built corridor and the area below it are it, so it’s window time again.  The downstairs window has always had, in my mind’s eye, a figure sitting and reading.

Owning up

I’m not planning to have this window (plus boy) as a removable section, though I’m hoping to make the upstairs corridor window slide out.

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So this is probably the last time we’ll ever see the back of the boy in the window

Push on with the wall


Ignoring the tidying

And some additions made

A pleasing discovery 

I’ve a stock of cheap, thin mounting board which is shiny white on one side and cardboard brown on the other.  It gets used for all sorts of jobs.  Today I needed a reasonable back for the removable wall and decided that it was a job for this card.  Anything that could be varnished and handled was all that was needed.

I scored the card as planking and used an ancient Dylon felt tip.  I’m talking a purchase from 30 or 40 years ago here! There’s an off-cut of the scored card leaning against the pen so you can see the original shade against the colour achieved with the old dye pen.  The result of using the felt tip was a total surprise to me – it made the surface appear less card and more wood like.

The second …

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some more ledgers for the extremely disorganised cupboard in the office





a few lines on …

I’ve got a whole roof-line thing still going on at the back of my mind whilst working on the other things.  The sparsely placed towns around here have wonderful juxtapositions of architecture, Georgian through to modern with the odd much, much, much older item occasionally thrown in.

I’ve been collecting photos for a while and faffing around with them to create silhouette type images – some work some don’t but I find them useful whilst trying to make choices on what to do with the model roof.  Thought I might share a bunch with you.

Sealing off the storeroom


More strongroom than storeroom

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Definitely a strongroom door

I’ve been working on the doorway and it’s become a bit ironclad, not to mention that some of the iron nail holes look as though they were made by an iron-worker the worse for drink.

Panelling and plastering

The  plaster style strips done in air-drying clay were not all usable.  The DAS came out the best for being the least warped and for sanding and cutting.  I don’t think I’ll do it again this way, though I might try the Art Mache built up on an open mesh backing or gauze to stop the warping.

Why do it in clay?

I’ve used the lovely cardboard dado plaster trim before but, because the way I work produces a rather shabby-ish, worn, not quite right look, the smooth looking impressed pattern card tends to jump out of the picture, as it were.  To see what I mean have a look at the dining room, where it jumps out at you because it doesn’t quite fit with the general frayed look of the rest of the ceiling and room decor (also partly because of the way I’ve used it too).

Hence having a go with home-grown plaster pieces.

Next move getting the removable section of office back wall containing that door finished and in place.  But that’s going to have to wait a day or two.  So much tidying up to do :(


Moving things on


Dotting from job to job
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Lighting, wall panels, fireplace, flooring, patterned plasterwork

All stop-start tasks as each layer of stain/glue/paint/clay/sealant sits drying.

Light in the back


Air drying clay as plasterwork

The drying process

  • DAS similar strips are almost dry with less warping
  • Creative Paperclay is mostly bendy and a little frilly at the edges though looks dry on the surface.

The last time I wrote about working with air-drying clays I’d used four different ones.  I didn’t use the Art Mache this time round.


 Dressing the spaces so far

On with building the rest of the office and family sitting room – see you next week ;)

Dividing one room box area into three


Well really 3.5

I hope to make that a little clearer further on, but for the moment (fanfare or cliff-hanger music which ever you prefer) I’ve got the Chapel cupboard sort of done and in place.  ‘Sort’ of because it’s a bit rough and ready in appearance, but it’s done.

Show and tell

The Chapel is hidden behind shelves in the Guild storeroom at the back of the Master’s office. I’ve been struggling with the hinging and fitting generally of the shelving/cupboard door that forms the false wall to the Chapel.  It seems to have taken me forever to work something out but I see that the first posting for the mini Chapel was only two weeks ago.

I do hope these photos help make more sense of what is going on.  The shelving back splits down the middle to form the two doors, but the two halves of the of the shelf storage area are not equal width – um a photo might help with this:

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One narrow long section and one fully shelved. The split running down the back of the shelving where the doors part. A small length of the right hand shelves have no back when the door opens. (Sorry the piece is so wet in the photo, it’s a bit distracting)

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LED light coming from side into Chapel space. If you look closely on the right you can just make out the shelf ends with no back to them

When I look at some of these photos full size I can see how badly bruised the balsa side pieces etc got when rough handling the whole piece into place.  There’s no point taking it out again, fixing it up and then damaging it again putting it back.  I’ll try to touch up here and there before it gets boxed in even more, but as it’s going to be a long way back I hope most of it won’t be too noticeable.

The 3.5

The Chapel cupboard is in one corner of a standard room box area, whilst the rest of the areas are fighting for space as shown in the rough plan below.

theinfill - Medieval to Jacobean dolls' house blog - making many out of one room box spaceI’ve been working on the various walls, painting them and adding any panelling etc, and working out the probable lighting.  Also I split up the floor and ceiling pieces into the separate areas – I just found it simpler to work with the visual of each ‘room’ size as seen in a floor-boarded area, and the ceiling was split because I found it easier to run the wiring for the lights upwards with a smaller piece of ceiling to fiddle with.  Plus I was thinking I might lower the office ceiling a bit – still thinking.


There’s wall drying on every surface in the Potting Shed and I’ve not straightened anything in out in a couple of days as the jobs have involved jumping from a bit of this to a bit of that.  Time to sort and clean for sure.


The bruising qualities of balsa



It has very little weight, cuts down its length very easily but can flake when you cut across it and bruises very easily indeed.  And I’ve been using this last characteristic to get me out of the problem of being unable to carve what I’d like.

Where is all this happening?

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Middle right room

The space which will contain the chapel, the office/family sitting room and a small corridor is, at the moment, one room approximately 12″ x 8″ (30 cms x 20 cms) with the headroom for the stairs below chopped out of one corner.

Breaking up the space is taking me some working out and I’m starting at the left with the wonky doorway which needs finishing off one way or another with a surround.  To do this I’ve gathered together bits of patterned metal and my steel ruler along with a hammer, should I need it and I’m going to impress some sort of design in a couple of different thicknesses of balsa and stain them, with the hope that it will help throw the patterns into relief.

The chapel needs placing next as it won’t fit over any flooring and then the floor and any lighting for the back half of the space.

Wish me luck ;)