Fire in the hole
Using that very, very small LED on the fine wire, a little red paint on the light end, this wiring/switch kit and a battery …
I played around trying to retro fit some life into the electric fire made the other day.
I enjoyed messing about tremendously, but was putting off the real task at hand.
Owning up, well, to all sorts of things really
A riot of edges ignored
Meant to do these as went along and now the whole lot of them have come home to roost as it were. What am I talking about? Hmmm how to explain – I’ll try to photograph and show you, but first a bit more explanation perhaps …
It’s all to do with the slice of cake mechanism that reveals the house innards.
Every time a piece of work is done that abuts onto the slice of cake, either the sitting room piece or the main body, I have to check that the fit still works. Each layer of wood or paper can make a big difference to whether the fit is snug or not.
Mundane in as it may seem, this is a photo check today as to how the fit of the house parts is going. Possibly fractionally off but it will bed in.
The edges of the reveal
When, in a more traditional shaped dolls house you open it up, often by swinging open a hinge-hung frontage or two, the only edges you might be aware of are the thickness of the wood of the front walls, whether they are painted or finished on the front edge and at the hinges.
Not just a cake but now it’s a sandwich
Here the house is a set of layers of foam board, re-enforced with wood strip and with wallpapers on mount board. The wallpapered board is then is then glued onto the wood-strip, leaving a space for wiring if required, and making what seems a strong sandwich. So, when viewed side on (in the same way as you might look at the side edge of a wooden opening frontage) you will see not just the one thickness of wood but a ‘sandwich’ of materials, the joint layers, or individual edges and they all need a bit of dressing/covering up; detailing I suppose we could call it, to make them look a little less raw.
I have, previously in Hogepotche etc, papered and glue painted the paper until it’s as firm as papier-mache to box-in layered edges, but, as some of these sandwiches have layers that might need to stay removable – flooring hiding wiring etc – I reckon it’s best for me to treat each separate layer with an ‘outer’ visible edge as an individual element when neatening off their appearance.
A box scene?
We know what that looks like but take a look at the outer edges. If it were a separate room box it might have a frame of wood or similar, giving it a picture-like appearance, and believe me I thought of dressing the whole of the removable area in a similar way to a room box. I decided against it as was not sure I could get anywhere near working out the space to be left and how any framing would work with intervening floors etc. The moveable part of the house needs to ‘enjoy’ a good fit so that the house looks like a whole construction.
In the meantime, until I can work out a better looking deal, I’ve gone with basic cover-up with edging pens and wallpaper wraps.
Sitting room sandwich – I’ve used the flooring paper for the bedroom above to dress the outer edge of the sitting room ceiling and the sitting room coving runs along the edge of the upstairs paper so the marbled pale green does not appear in the sitting room – I hope.
Another area that’s like a separate box with edges needing dressing
Am working on the ground floor edges now and this is as far as I’ve got.
It’s all about the corner
As well as the visible profile of the edges of the construction, there’s a hidden corner where the sitting room slice snuggles in
Here the cake slice is parked in place, but not yet slid firmly into that hidden corner. You can see that the edge of the foam board walling that’s about to be tucked into the corner has had paper applied directly on it as no further thickness at that point will fit into the hidden corner when the slice slides in place.
Once the slice is parked this is what you can see. We’re looking at the non-matching papered wall in the dining room when the covered mount board is in place, stuck to the strapping visible in the previous photo. It fits straight up against the dining room door edge there while the previous strip of paper is now sitting in the hidden corner.
On the other side of the room the other, outer wall edge has now got a strip of paper hiding its foam board edge too and the papered mount board for this side has had its edge painted pale yellow.
You can see I’ve added some of the dining room paper border to the two outer edges. I didn’t like the way the wallpaper sat and looked edge on. Nearly there with this set of edging though the ceiling and the floor above will need treatment when they arrive.
I bet that leaves you with the big question of – why? Sorry about that but, if it’s any comfort, I feel a lot better for getting that off my chest.
Off to find some fun things to do, oh, and hang the washing.