Category Archives: Small projects

What have we got so far

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One mini box project

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In the full view we have an interior scene

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At the moment the box is taking a rest, sitting with a much smaller box made about four years ago, showing an exterior scene (larger image below).

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Still to come

I need to make a small table to go next to the bench, if I can make one to fit.  I’d like it to hold a candlestick and possibly a little something else.

No specific scale

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Smaller than 1:24 bigger than 1:48

Still working with the trinket box on and off today and have finally seen sense.  If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck then it is probably a duck.  In this case the box looks Tudor to Jacobean in style so, on the duck principle (though the box does not make any particular noise, you’ll be pleased to know) it should be declared to be a scene set somewhere in the early 1600s – probably.

In the main body of the box

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Gone for panelling and plastered ceiling

The pieces are tightly fitted so, up to now, they do not need fixing in place.  Having a bit of an argument with the floorboard sheet which will not sit flat so a blob of Museum Wax might come in handy there.

As you can see from the not yet cleaned up ruler, this would be a very low room if it is 1:24. Not sure what it would work out at.

 

A little bit of something else and a big hurrah!

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Hip hip …

Starting with the cheery bit; the PayPal link to Dolls Houses Past & Present fund-raising page appears to be now fully restored – am keeping my fingers crossed.

Under the other heading, I’ve been experimenting with possibilities for the scene down the length of this very long gable end/next door.

Definitely a ‘high up’ theme going there.  I’ve continued to make the ex-room spaces speak a little of what was there, although first thoughts were to only do a very little of that.  The gable end feels so big that it’s crying out for something less bland than large and unadorned areas of brick work or more rough cast.

Then

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I’ve bought fibreglass cladding tiles but feel the roof may need something a bit more solid. Had a go at trying out colouring for these strips of grey card roof tile and when they are dry I’ll compare the two materials

And finally

While everything was sitting around drying I turned to something completely different and nothing to do with the 1930s house or the 1950s.

but I now find myself preparing a 20th century sitting room.  I really don’t know what happened there but it was the bench/chair’s fault.  It ‘told’ me that it could become more of an easy chair if I just added some padding which I’ll try out when the piece is dry – must be the influence of the 30s house sitting there. It will be a bit of an unusual easy chair as it has two large box drawers under the seat, and what a fiddle they were to put together may I say.

I’ll let you know how that all goes and if we stay in the 20th century or revert, more suitably to earlier times.

What once was clear now is not

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Was going to call this piece “Bandstand and bodies” but it made me think of the film The Gazebo and thought I’d better not.  No bodies hidden under this one.

It was clear, really

A tale of biggish pictures and little work

Am thinking on the lines of painting the bandstand a pale sky blue with green here and there.  Not fixed on it but will try out a patch or two.

Not ‘cooked’ till at least Sunday

The clay heads won’t be sand-able till after the weekend so have prepped five neck/shoulder shapes and they’ll be ready for sanding by Wednesday.

Then I can use pipe-cleaners, wadding and fabric to build up the arms, legs and bodies.  I’m talking here as though I firmly know what I’m doing which is not so.  But am hopeful that I might get one or two figures out of this first collection.  Starting out on a new project I’d forgotten just how long it takes to get to the interesting bits 😉

Meanwhile there are hands to make

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Fish fingers anyone? First run at a pair of hands that have to hold a triangle and stick. Must try harder eh?

Ms Lear’s refreshed surrounding pool

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It had become dusty and scratty and I’ve topped it up with a bit of this and that