I've been a lazy mare recently. I've spent the best part of last week watching films from my 'must-see' list, eating far to much chocolate chip Brioche than is good for anyone and reading. I purchased Joe Fig's book - 'Inside the Painter's studio'. His miniature sculptures are fabulous.
On the miniature front, I've done very little.
Since the shop I'm building is pretty small, I wanted to make the interior appear as spacious as possible. I decided to alter the MDF stair case that I got with the shop.
The riser is a 15mm 'slice' from the 70mm wide MDF stair from the kit. I wanted the treads to mimic the colour of the floor so I used mahogany stained with dark oak.
Although the stairs take up the same physical area as the original, I'm hoping the gaps between will give the impression of space.
Once I got the bottom and top tread measured and in place, I used a steel rule clamped against them to act as a guide. Every other tread was glued up to the rule to keep them flush.
I have some vague ideas about a stair railing to stop miniature people falling to their death =0) Maybe a partition in glass. It will come to me in the end.
Oh, someone asked about the lighting in this joint. Since the flooring is self adhesive contact paper, I had to keep the surface as flat as possible. Usually with hard wiring, you would run the lighting wires along grooves in the floor of a room, (drilling holes to allow the light fitting to hang down into the room below) and cover the wires with 'floor boards' (or similar). These lights are mounted to the 'ceiling' side. The LED's that I've used are tiny and can be easily hidden. Before gluing the building together, I made a plan of where I wanted the lights and cut channels into the ceiling with a chisel.
After they were set in place, I covered the ceiling with heavy (1:1) scale lining paper. Once the paper had dried, it pulled taught over the channels so the ceiling was smooth. One thing I will mention with these types of LED --- they give off a huge amount of light and can run on a 12v battery. However, any bare wires at the back of the LED emit a lot of heat. It's advisable to cover any bare wires with heat shrink, which insulate the LED against your building. The last thing you want is to call the mini fire brigade out and have them douse your pride and joy with water =0(.
Okay, I better get off my backside and do something. This Brioche isn't going to eat itself Ha!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend