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.
- 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
- I over handle and model items like someone who plays with their food
- Results are therefore, always chunky and slightly grubby
- Although an inability to be precise can be lowering, I’m pretty much up beat about the whole thing.
- 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
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.
The second part of the Great Hall with the meeting room above is the only part entirely built from raw materials so far.
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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- New covers for old chairs (knolenationaltrust.wordpress.com)