Pogo stick-style working


Lots of jumping around

Interim Report

theinfill dolls house blog - Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean 1:12 dolls house – Porch working on the other side - building up the outside 'street'

Overview across frontage of porch of mud and run-off now in place

(as usual with gallery below, you can click on the first image to open up to  read the labels in full and also click to enlarge at below right of gallery window)

Under the boy in the window

I’ve never been clear what this area under the window represents.  Some fantasy or other but still can’t pin a name to it.  So what’s to do when dressing it up so that it melds in?  I don’t think I want to fill it in so all I could come up with that left it free to be still removable and not filled was to add more of the same as down the side of the porch.  There was some logic to a little flowing water (but coming from where exactly????) dropping into the only formal drainage there is and flowing onwards.

Could also have done with some other shapes and heights for the greenery to make it look more random and less formal.  Am playing with the idea of making/acquiring a water supply/pump with trough at or near that point which would at least explain away the draining water other than what is being thrown into the street.

Bits done but not a lot to show?

A short week of waiting whilst ‘things’ dry before being able to move on. Whether it’s newspaper glued in ridges, thick gloss glaze in channels, layerings of paint or your basic glue, they all take their own sweet time. Multiple tasks all needing the time and space to settle and dry.

Eventually I ran out of work surface or a clear area of floor where the bits could quietly do their thing in peace. It makes for a hazardous journey across from the door to the work-bench, avoiding the resting items, keeping elbows well in. Photos should be taken of anyone attempting this feat and then filed under Ministry of Silly Walks.

They’ve also been days of more steep learning curves for me, the only exception is playing with bits of newspaper and glue.  Ah, sweet memories of doing this at school, and so I slide, somewhat stickily, right back into it, plodging away to make lovely mucky mountains and lumps and ridges, trying for the shapes I want.  Yummy, there’s so much more or this to do, though this time I might use some air-drying clay paste as well.

Air drying clay paste recipe


Are we there yet?


And the answer is?


At least on this section – probably

What’s next?

Last photo (showing bought-in cart) is the area that needs dealing with.

  • Directly in front of the porch section there are plans for a piece of muddy street that will be attached and come away with the porch.
  • Behind the porch and in front of the boy in the window is a very small area which needs adding to the boy’s section so that it will come away when that is opened.  The plan is for something a little higher than the cobbled area already in place on the porch.
  • The larger area falls under the heading of fixed in place.  Some, nearest the boy and window piece, needs to be very flat so that it doesn’t impede the free opening of that section, but the rest can be pile and ridged and rutted, always assuming that is something that I can achieve.

Where did I put that plaster of paris roll, I wonder.  Might use that to augment the Art Maché and play with them both on a cardboard base and just see what comes out of it.  Mud pie time!


A greenery morning


Short drainage channel and surrounds


Cobbles and weeds and inspecting the drains


plus other things

theinfill dolls house blog - Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean 1:12 dolls house – Porch working on the other side - cobbles

Going for a flowing movement of the air-drying clay shapes from front to side

theinfill dolls house blog - Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean 1:12 dolls house – Porch working on the other side - trying some drainage

Bit up market round here, there’s actually a kennel provided for some of the water and unmentionables to drain away. Trying out the under colouring and drain contents before adding the water and connecting to the cobbles, if it still looks usable then

Other things

theinfill dolls house blog - Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean 1:12 dolls house – Porch working on the other side - tiling

Other side now has tiles and still fits to building where it should – hurrah!

But as you can see there is a triangle agape on this side …

theinfill dolls house blog - Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean 1:12 dolls house – Porch working on the other side - walling to be added

Gaping triangle next to the corridor. Both sections might be a sliding piece all in one (?)

and on the other side too.

theinfill dolls house blog - Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean 1:12 dolls house – Porch working on the other side - removable walling needed

A pop in and out section needed here in upper office corner with wiring connections

Ridge tiles and any plant growth on the roof are what is needed next, though.

The roof tiles are Richard Stacey/weathered

Catch up


with more sticky fingers

Been dressing the other side upper wall of the porch – had forgotten that I’d not done it yet. Obviously go around with eyes closed most of the time!

theinfill dolls house blog - Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean 1:12 dolls house – Porch working on the other side

Also added an extension to the ‘cobbled’ area forward of the three fellas outside, so that the porch and the cobbled area should all be removable as one unit – when the gluing has finished.  I got so sticky at one point because I kept putting the very varied air-drying clay shapes face down and had to retrieve and reverse.  It wouldn’t be a day mini-ing if it didn’t happen.

theinfill dolls house blog - Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean 1:12 dolls house – Porch working on the other side

Drying out and waiting for cobble painting and roof tiling

theinfill dolls house blog - Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean 1:12 dolls house – Porch working on the other side

This side in relation to the facade


Owning up – a review of story so far


(title from post first appearing 18 July 2012)

Late spring clean

I usually do a rough sweep through the blog entries once a year but haven’t made time so far in 2015.  Whilst up to my shirt cuffs in tiles and glue I’ve been wondering how I got into this mess in the first place, other than being so cackhanded in the way I go about everything.

The first blog entry still extant is dated 26/7/2011, though I may have deleted earlier items in one of my previous spring cleans. I remember how I got into that particular bit of the build, but why did I continue?

Well, it was one way of filling in time, it was one way of doing the old Zen and the art of centring in on a subject other than letting the mind wander (in my case an inability to get on top of debilitating digestive probs) and I’ve always liked the idea of handicrafts.

I do remember writing an entry about working under the burden of clutz-dom – I’m left handed for writing but can’t make up my brain which hand to use for other jobs.  I’m also very heavy-handed and will stand in the paint tray if it’s available for the standing in. Being short, I can knock over the nearest glue jar on the work surface, catching it with the ever flying elbow. At least once a week.

So whilst twirling the duster through the blog entries this year, I looked up that blog entry to see if the points I tried to make then are still valid now. I’m afraid they are. I’m still a clutz, I still overwork the materials making them dingy and bruised and I’m still sticky up to my shirt cuffs.

That blog entry

It’ll never be svelte and clean of line

first appearing 18 July 2012

Owning up – a review of story so fartheinfill - Great Hall Medieval to Jacobean - addition of a window

I’ve been thinking about what I do with the miniature items when they are entrusted to me after the exchange of a suitable amount of dosh.

  1. Many things purchased possibly don’t get used in the manner imagined by the seller, or look quite as they were intended, and yes, this does include finished items dismantled
  2. I over handle and model items like someone who plays with their food
  3. Results are therefore, always chunky and slightly grubby
  4. Although an inability to be precise can be lowering, I’m pretty much up beat about the whole thing.
  5. Balancing mind’s eye design with hand ability and skill is great fun

Am probably better at looking at something and turning it into something else than making from scratch, though am not sure what an item entirely disassembled and reassembled into something a little different should be called.  (Let’s keep it polite.)

The growth of a Medieval to Jacobean dolls house

– sad examples of wilful vandalism

theinfill - Jacobean dining room 1/12th scale

Lovely inlaid small box lid with carved animal scene cruelly detached and used as back to sideboard with piece of newel post to help hold in place and leave gap for wiring.

theinfill - beginnings of a Tudor to Jacobean kitchen space

Kitchen table – more Georgian pine than anything – carved, hacked about and dirtied. Dresser with hen section removed and new bottom half built from scraps and lolly sticks, with hen part separate under stairs.

It started with 8 second hand, ex-display, standard sized room boxes from eBay, a bad sketch by me, a load of photos from the web and a great deal of reading.

The room boxes were mostly the same dimensions so some hacking and extending in both length and height as well as wall and/or ceiling removal was necessary.  The 8 have become on the ground floor

  • entrance hall and stairs rising (single storey) thro to the back of the 1st part of the Great Hall (16” long and double storey height)
  • a dining room
  • the first part of the kitchen quarters and the sleeping room directly above

On the next level there’s:

  • the sitting room/solar
  • the corridor outside it with stairs rising to a floor above (yet to be added)
  • a section closed off for a lighting panel, cable storage and other paraphernalia
  • a mini chapel and the beginnings of a bedroom which may yet be extended a little
  • and there are still 2.5 pieces of the boxes left to use.

theinfill - Medieval to Jacobean dolls house - hall stairs

Stairs heavily sanded to look worn with use

theinfill - Medieval to Jacobean dolls house - height of Great Hall

First part of Great Hall

theinfill - Medieval to Jacobean dolls house - family dining room

Private dining space

theinfill - Medieval to Jacobean dolls house - kitchen womens qrtrs

More work needed above kitchen

The second part of the Great Hall with the meeting room above is the only part entirely built from raw materials so far.

theinfill - Medieval to Jacobean dolls house - 2nd part of Great Hall

New build, left side view

theinfill - Medieval to Jacobean dolls house - 2nd part of Great Hall
and right

theinfill - Medieval to Jacobean dolls house - Great Hall ceiling

Ceiling built out of individual frets – amdcrafts who at present does Party Post Boxes

theinfill - Medieval to Jacobean dolls house - Grt Hall door

More amd frets used here

theinfill - Medeival to Jacobean dolls house - spiral stair cover

More frets, floor boarding, kebab sticks tiles and a pigeon wrapped around what were grey, now sandstone spiral stairs

Most sessions work well with a general feeling of heading off in roughly the right direction for me with very few things ending in the scrap waiting to be recycled. Finished items such as glassware, food items and pewter ware etc (as seen on kitchen and dining room table) tend to be mostly left in peace, with possibly here and there a little bit of dirt added, but on the whole they are given their due respect.

However, destruction as a form of creation is extremely enjoyable and stimulating, so I can’t promise to give it up all at once, and it has been very useful to bring together some of the aspects of the house so far in order to gain a better perspective on how things are a-building.  Meanwhile, on with the search for a Holbein rug!

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Since these photos were taken and the notes made the dining room has been stripped down and redecorated and the solar/sitting room is totally remodelled and opened up and a further sitting room for the Guild Master’s wife has been added.  The chapel is now a secret one at the back of the Master’s office and, although I’ve more or less run out of second hand room boxes to destroy, there’s a new floor level above completed with the ‘T’ shaped Long Gallery 1 and Long gallery second half, the Arnolfini bedroom, the girls’ bedroom and now the removable front porch set of rooms along with dividing an original second hand room box into three.  I’ve yet to return to the kitchen end of things but there’s a whole set of storerooms to be sorted out there and somewhere for the male live-in help to doss down too.  And then of course there’s the cursed attic and large roof to attend to.  More tiles!

2015 spring clean conclusions

I guess it must be a case of I’ve started so I’ll finish.  Though I must admit that now, going on five years in, I’m addicted to miniaturing almost as a way of life.

Besides what else is a person to do with all the ideas that continually fly around their head other than try to construct them into something – or other?


Sticking tiles sticky fingers


But first …

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a new resident in the loft (there’s a second one hidden mid picture)

Working on the edgings and roof

I’ve more or less dressed the bare edges of the three rooms, that is the edges that match up to the main building, and have tiled one half of the roof, so here are the pics.

(As usual, if you click on the first one it will open up a gallery and you can enlarge slightly by clicking down below on the right of the gallery photo.)

Lots still to do but not too much.  Another side of tiles to glue, ridge and further gable trim to add along with other bits and bobs, finishing off with further coat of sealant all round  :)