Spent half a day working out the best order to carry out jobs so as not to cause havoc in finished areas. With diagrams and everything.
- Lamp lighter on the stairs: OK, another figure to be made before the central hanging light could go in, decorations could go up, figures could be added and furniture placed and dressed, etc, etc, etc.
She started as another eBay kit purchase, with modern middle-aged face and rather heavy limbs. I’ve made her about 4 ft 11 inch.
And here she is, arm raised, and almost fully dressed – short of aforementioned shoes and personal belongings.
Things changed a bit
She is wearing, after the addition of much padding, a standard undershift (skirt part only), kirtle and over-kirtle with laced bodice. The top half of the shift is added in bits at the places it peeks out – at her neck, between the bodice laces and above the over-sleeves. They are all added as glued strips either directly upon the torso and tucked in at the edges or affixed to arm holes of the bodice. I keep promising myself I won’t use the glove leather so often as I’m finding it hard to replace, but it is so useful for bodices, shoes/boots/bags etc as it flows and stretches to the shape of the figures and is so easily moulded.
I tried her out half way up the main staircase and just below the lamp she should be working on and didn’t like it. She was too hidden and added nothing to the overall scene.
You can see what I mean from these two shots – (the most interesting of the two is from below which says a lot).
As I’ve trapped her in a stepping up pose, I shimmied her up to the top of the stairs where she will do sterling work rearranging something or other yet to be put in place.