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Curved window cill and straightened newel

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Was moving on with the landing and, despite my wonder system of storing all my prepared sets of things, in this case a couple of newel posts to go with the rest of the bannisters, I just can’t find them.  In a bit of a moody I decided to straighten out the newel at the top of the stairs as it’s was a long way off from upright.  Feel better now for doing that and have fiddled on with the landing window cill, adding a home-made air drying clay pot.  The flowers need replacing with something a little jollier perhaps, but for the moment they do the job as it were.

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Now I need to cut out more posts – I’ve pre-painted the wood and may have a go in the next few days perhaps.

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Quite like the curved look for the window cill; gives it a little more interest.

Pottering in all directions

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The Trombone Clip

(if you’ve clicked the trombone link above, tell me that doesn’t look just like a giant paperclip)

Been having some glorious sunshine (though horribly windy) and spent loads of time ‘autumnising’ the garden and thinking big thoughts around mini-ing.

Just got back to working with the players in the band and roughing up a trombone for the other part of the brass section.  Then I realised the second figure (for whom it was intended) couldn’t possibly play it as his cheeks stick out too far and he’d never get it over his shoulder.  He’s Mr Oval and he’ll have to go with the hose pipe horn instead which is all in front as it were, whilst Mr P has the trombone.  Such as it is.

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I do love paperclips.   This ones pretty big.  The miniature funnel for the bell of the trombone needs building up a little towards the back and is generally not fully attached  yet so if you blink it may well fall off, but his hands are not too bad for holding the paperclip in place.

And the big thoughts?

I’ve said I’d not build another house but there’s this ‘thing’ that’s a-growing-of and won’t go away, so I might, just might end up doing it anyway.  Sort of UK 1930s styling, but as it’s still festering away in my head I’ll let it grow a little more before I blab too much 😉

 

A gently does it day

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Don’t know what I ate yesterday but yuk last night ensued, hence today am wobbly, so wobbly jobs it is then.

Sneaking up on it from behind

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I like using bits of a sponge sanding block

I do mean bits – here I’ve cut a chunk from the corner of a fine faced block.

 

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Top row: One block, one set of ‘teeth’ marks from different sized scissors – you can gauge how frilly an edge you will get by how much you can cram into the jaws of the scissors and still cut.
Row two: Frilly bit between fingers on this face but sponge bit on side I can’t see so less damage done there whilst not looking.
Row three: The cut piece also gives one small and one large triangle with a right-angle between.
I find this a very useful implement when working with the dry clay.

 

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Not brilliant but rubbed down and painted up glove and cuff with a little blue shading here and there

Footfall

The bandstand

Pushing up hill

It doesn’t seem to matter how long you’ve had an idea or how much planning you’ve done, it’s the getting it up and running that’s really the hard bit.  And, having gained some forward momentum there are always the bumpy bits that follow on.  The time comes, as you turn round and catch a glimpse of the piece in the corner of your eye and you just know there’s something not right enough to pass in a dark alleyway unnoticed.

My mother-in-law used to tell a tale of her childhood.  She was much given to pranks and one day, when she was about six or seven years of age and staying with her grandparents her grandmother could be heard mumbling over and over “There’s summat up with that cat” as she watched it crossing the threshold.  Quite some time later the cry of “Letty!” went up, echoing all over the house, when the mystery was solved and young Letitia had to come out of hiding and face the music.  She’d cut off the cat’s whiskers.

I find “summat up with that (fill in blank as needed)” a very useful phrase when mini-ing.  I’m definitely adrift with the bandstand.  It lacks a little gravitas perhaps, you know, the wrought iron municipal look, and the décor is definitely of the crowded and very messy variety.

Whether I’ve started to solve some of the summat that’s up with the bandstand by an addition of woodwork bits I don’t know, but I do feel a little less ‘itchy’ about it, that’s for sure.

 

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