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Overview – interim

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Seem to be adding to the jobs this office worker is covering.  He’s becoming a wool and cloth fabric standards inspector by the look of it!

Meal time?

Just on the left edge of the last photo you can catch sight of a table structure …

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A blurry photo (sorry) from above as it would appear if I followed the Market Cross Kit suggested design when the roof would have been taken off.

Cardboard, cardboard and cardboard

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Dolls House Emporium Market Cross

I set myself the task, after finishing Nostalgia Close, to use up as much of the materials and items I’ve already got to hand rather than going out of my way to buy more.

Personalising the Market

Having chickened out of using the proper pieces for the walls and roof because I couldn’t manage the weight, and instead tried out a mix of foamboard walls and card roof, I’ve now gone totally cardboard and started the walls.  I couldn’t cut the foamboard cleanly enough and its thickness reduced the amount of decoration I might like to add to the edge of the platform that supports the room.

Instead I’m making sandwiches of 2-3 mm card with thin decorated card on each face for the inner and outer look and lots of wood strip here and there in my usual hope of keeping the sandwich from warping.  It’s a technique I used on the top two storeys of Hogepotche Hall and so far, touch what ever talisman you fancy, nothing seems to have shifted.

Inside

I see this as the office of the market supervisor/beadle or general bossy-boots, with a low roof and lots of corners to store the necessaries of his job so the idea is to have some variation in what is added to the inner face of each wall.

Opening and closing

In the kit the reveal is through removing the roof of the building but I’m working towards making the tall wall above arch and stairs (and the dormer roof that will be there) removable and have built in a slot on the platform for the wall.  This pov down the length of the room is going to govern what I put where on each wall to give what seems at the time to be the best view.  A desk and chair will be under the window at the other end where the second, fixed flat dormer will be placed.

I’m imagining tiling the upper section of the vertical wall of these two tall walls so that the line of tile more or less ends level with the sloping tiled roof sections.

Other decision made is re lighting.  Will probably go for a battery light or two but not the decorative string I first had in mind.

Pixie hats and very short walls

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I’ve found a number of variations online of the Dolls House Emporium Market Cross;  doors cut into one of the walls with steps up, a double-decker one (that must weigh a lot), a number of gothic and faery ones and a mention in one of DHE’s chat pages of a fallen Market Cross that broke apart and had to be rebuilt.

Theinfill attempt

In the market area there’s been further work done towards the fixing of a central pillar using an old balsa wood chimney base I made when doing Hogepotche Hall and a piece of dowel.

Looking for more wall and roof avoidance action I’ve built the steps which turned in to a combo of half a ladder and a few ‘stone’ steps.

Working out the upper storey

I made the decision to go for light-weight materials up above.  The construction looks quite delicate at ground level and I’m not surprised that it can fall apart with all that weight up above.  Besides which, the ring of walls is more or less put on as a ‘oner’ which would mean more weight and a longer stretch than I could manage and it would be a good idea if a repeat of the sandwich incident could be avoided.

The roof

There’s something about the steep angle to the pinnacle like a castle turret roof that doesn’t sit well with me.  I’d like to go less with aspiring to the skies and more with a drum shape that sits firmly on the earth I think.

To that end I’ve been doing work on the walls and roof of the office space.

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I’ve done two or three runs through with different materials for walls and some roof sections. These remains look rather like collapsed and abandoned beach huts, don’t you think?

Some of the pieces are the same size as the kit, some have added gable bits and some have a combo of lower walling alternating with a gable or two or four, or on one build, a gable for each of the eight walls – which made it look like a fairground ride.

Am now leaning towards foam board walls for thickness so that they give a wall head for the roof slices, and grey 2 mm card for the roof.  Both walls and ceiling/roof pieces will be sandwiched with wood and card to limit warping.

Fitting the pieces

Well, this is proving more or less guess-work and not just because I’m usually so inaccurate.  There is an inconsistent variation between the sides of the octagon of between 2.5 and 3 mm, as I found to my cost when fitting the high level spacers at the top of the pillars and then the roof of the sandwich together.  These mini variations are in where the outer ledges for the walls have been routed out and also where the dowel holes have been drilled.  It’s such a small amount that doesn’t matter with the beautifully cut kit walls and roof, but it matters a lot if you’re as silly as me and cutting fresh pieces from less chunky materials. It’ll be what it will be and fudging seems to be my ‘thing’.

Two or four?

Today is the day to have a more serious play with four gables (like a cross), shorter walls all round, shorter pixie hat roof pieces too, with the addition of a half-inch overhang beyond the wall head.

Viewing the office space

I’d like to try to work towards an attempt at an opening method using two side walls and a section of a couple of roof slices as I’m interested in opening up the view of the upper room in some other way than lifting off the hat as is intended for the kit.

I’ve got nothing against house reveals from above, but in this particular case the kit has you take off the lid (the whole roof) and you miss out on a view of a room with a lovely ceiling shaping.  That I think would be a shame and I’d like to avoid it if possible.

Also I’ve added a continuation of the pillar theme to hold up the centre of the roof and provide a place for the market super to hang his satchel or fix a torch perhaps.  I’m always looking for places to knock in a few nails.

Hmm, not keen on the four pointy bits as looks to me even more pixie-fied than before; will probably go back to two gables one at each end.

It’s a good time to consider any lighting for this convoluted room.  For this I’m going to experiment with a home decoration string of battery-powered LEDs, you know, the ones you see wound round inside a glass bowl, in the hope of achieving a general lighting downwards over the white walls of the office space.

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Don’t know if I can get it to work but they were good fun to play with 🙂
If I shape the beam pieces at the base of the ceiling pieces to be flush and leave the gap that will cause at the wall it might leave enough space to slide some of the string of lights behind, perhaps.

How ever messy the room shape and roof may look it would be sad lose a view of the beams that will be added, don’t you think?

Fun and games

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Diary of a morning

08:30:

Batch cooking of chicken broth with vegetables, a job that has many stages so do housework around the workings of the pressure cooker.

09:40:

Soup mostly done and now cooling so had a good read of the blogs and chat sessions that I could find covering aspects of building the Market Cross in an attempt to pick up some tips here and there.  Lovely examples of the piece with great variations of treatment but I didn’t find any mention of problems with making the sandwich.  I don’t know what to say other than I must think around it.

10:15:

On the fourth attempt, (two the right way up as shown in diagrams) this being the second time of having a go at it upside down, it all stayed where it was put.

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At least this way I can see all the holes and the alignment of the four flat-topped
posts that want to scoot off the edge if you let them.

I wanted to brace the whole thing a little more so used wood strip between the pillars and the arch is place to give head room for the steps yet to be built.

Yes, upside down was the only way I could both reach and still move it around.  Thankfully wrong way up also meant that I was handling the base with pillars semi-glued in place, half the weight of the ceiling/floor section which is v chunky and makes the structure top-heavy to handle.

I must say I found you can’t be tentative about doing the fixing together at all, though by the time that it worked out for me I think we could safely say that I was in a determined frame of mind 🙂

12:30:

Had some of the freshly made soup.