Saturday, 8 March 2014

Nailed it!

I'm getting there, slowly but surely.

Monotonously repetitive jobs are a killer but sometimes you just have to suck it up and get on with it. I've spent the last three weeks finishing the slats (or, as I've been informed by one of the joiners at work, ship-lap) I've cut down about 150 model railway track pins to use as nails and I have the windows and window beading in.
Dominique from Les Mains Calmes made an excellent suggestion of emery paper rather than sandpaper for the roof, which I think worked much better. I cut the 60 grit emery paper into 3.1/2" strips to mimic metre rolls of roofing asphalt.

The sun has just broken through the clouds so I've run outside to take a few 'work-in-progress' shots.




The doors are in place after a few experiments with hinges. They're basic brass strap hinges from Romney Miniatures that I bought a while back. In keeping with the state of the shed, I needed to make them look weathered. There are a lot of different techniques to do this. The technique I used is a simple one.

I scuffed the surface of the brass with emery paper and then sprayed it with Tamiya white surface primer (for metal and plastic)


I scraped some real rust off some old tools that I have in my life-size shed (did I mention that I hoard anything that I think I may use in miniatures?) =0P


I applied white wood glue here and there on the hinges and covered the glue with the rust dust. Once the glue had dried, I shook the excess dust from the hinges and then gave the whole thing a few coats of Dullcoat Varnish

While I was outside taking snap shots, I had a visitor....


Yes, one of Catherine's gorgeous geese, which I've named Gideon =0) Catherine generously gifted Gideon to me. THANK YOU Catherine!


I think he likes his new home ha-ha. Man, I'll be scraping goose poo off that floor for the next week ;0D

Until next time, have a great weekend

Pepper




49 comments:

  1. Your shed looks fantastic. A perfect scale model that appears to have been weathering for many years. I love the fact you framed it out before adding all the siding. The hinges came out great. WOW! What a lot of nails you had to put in the siding. I look forward to seeing what your door handles will look like. I am sure there is still a lot to do on the inside. I can't wait to see it with all the things you have to put inside.

    What a lucky boy Gideon is. He has found the perfect new home. I hope he doesn't make too much of a mess, or he might end up on a plate. ;-)

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    1. Thank you again Catherine. I love Gideon.
      I'm itching to make everything for inside. Hm, yes the door lock will be interesting to make =0)

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  2. Belle avancée des travaux. Gédéon est superbe!
    Amicalement, Dominique

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    1. Merci Dominique, pour le compliment et l'aide avec le toit.

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  3. My gosh......your shed is amazing, it looks so real, so aged and perfectly weathered. I adore your hinges, I am going to remember some of those 'tips' you gave us.....perfect!!!!!
    Your goose has found a wonderful home......isn't Catherine's work 'perfection'!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you Linda. Yes, Catherine's work is fantastic. It's true to say that photographs just don't do it justice. =0)

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  4. Your shed has made nicely progress, this is fantastic work :D! I really like the weathering of the hinges, they look really old this way.
    Gideon's poo.......where? I don't see any goose poo ;)! But he is beautifully made, I have seen the geese on Catherine's blog.
    Regarding my canal house: no, it is certainly not a kit. I have found a booklet in the library for about 20 years ago and in that book were some drawings and sizes, but I didn't copy them all and I also changed the canal house into a kind of cabinet for storing my miniatures. The outside is almost ready, but the interior still has to be build, it is a lot of work. In August of last year I have written this blog post: http://minimumloon.blogspot.nl/2013_08_01_archive.html
    Since last week I am busy with that tile floor and I still have to figure out how I'll do the grouting......less people/bloggers do not know how to do this job, just like me.
    Have a nice weekend!
    Ilona

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    1. Hi IIona, I've just been looking at your Canal House post. I love that they're narrow but hide so many rooms. I do hope you can get back to working on it =0)

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    1. Thank you Eliana, that's very kind of you =0)

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  6. Your shed is awesome! Mega realistic. Why can't I have people like you living near me so we could play miniatures? LOL

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    1. Thank you =0) You know if ever you visit England, I'll be happy to give you a tour of my work table =0P

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  7. Gideon is just gorgeous. I adore Catherine's geese. He looks very happy with the wonderful shed you have built. I like the way you have aged the hinges.

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    1. Thank you =0) Catherine's geese are adorable...in fact, all of her animals are.

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  8. WOWWW Great! The shed is so real, aged to perfection, and Gideon the goose is the icing on the cake as he is perfect too! I used to work on a farm and we had geese like these and this beautiful scene is just like my Raymond poking his head in the barn. I love this---

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    1. Thank you so much. I'm surrounded by farm land where I live so there's a lot of inspiration to look at =0)

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  9. Oh, I love what you did with your hinges! I can see myself busy scraping rust for all sorts of things... Lucky you, miniature goose poo, not to mention the wonderful producer of the poo! Gideon is wonderful!! I'm glad he has a good home in your fantastic shed.

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    1. Thank you Susan. I knew my old rusty tools would come in useful eventually ha-ha ;0P

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  10. Carol, It looks AMAZING!!!!
    Neomi

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  11. =stands and applauds= All these details are fabu!!! Gideon is awesome...good name. :D

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    1. Aww, thank you Brae. Hope you're feeling better =0)

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  12. It looks excellent, sooooo authentic xx I too will be scraping real rust from old things, you can't get a better 'effect' than using the real thing.

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    1. Thank Elbey. Sometimes the humblest of things help us with our miniatures =0)

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  13. Wow the whole scene is wonderful! The shed is so real, ageing makes it perfect, and Gideon the goose is very adorable! =)
    Hugs
    Kikka

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  14. Oh come on! That's a real shed you've photoshopped, surely?? Wow, It looks so realistic in an outside environment, all that time and effort are SO worth it!
    You're rusty old hinges are perfect! (That's a sentence I thought I would never say!) Gideon looks right at home, especially if he's pooed in there!!
    Brilliant work! Everything about your shed is spot on! The roof looks marvelous and the weathered look is perfect. I can't see how you could improve on it!!
    Kind regards, Brian.

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    1. Aww, thank you Brian. That's really kind of you to say =0)

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  15. Wow Pepper, you must be really pleased! It looks like you just took a photo of a real shed in your garden :D The hinges are excellent, and definitely look the part with rust. Lucky duck (er....goose?) getting a goose from Catherine, he's lovely. P,s Love the new wallpaper too! :D Are you going to make Gideon a nesting area?

    Sarah :)

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    1. Thanks Sarah. I'm especially pleased I'm near the end of the nails...=0/

      If Gideon is good, he may get a nesting area...or an axe ha-ha

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  16. Your shed looks so real. I like the roof.

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  17. You are correct, you nailed it! It looks fantastic and your photos are great too! Very realistic. The goose is cute too. Keep up the great work.

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  18. Nailed it is right! The shed is fantastic and I love that you used real rust on the hinges. Gideon is a cutie pie!

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    1. Thank you sweets, really appreciate the comment =0)

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  19. Es una maravilla he estado pensando que era un granero real hasta que he visto el pato y me he dado cuenta que era una miniatura el realismo es impresionante, magnifico trabajo.
    Un abrazo.
    Yolanda

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    1. Muchas gracias a Yolanda. Eso es una cosa muy amable que decir
      XX

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  20. HAHA..you wont only be scraping it off the floor you'll be running for your life..geese are mean (at least mine were they were always chasing me back to the house)

    Hugs
    Marisa

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    1. Ha-ha. I've never been chased by a goose but I've heard they're bad tempered little blighters =0) I may have to make Gideon a pen and keep him locked in.

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  21. Brilliant as usual!! GEESE! ACK! We have a goose problem in our city. Every grassy park area is covered in goose poop. The city has tried to keep them on the shore and off the grass, but they don't care, they just like to poop everywhere. We always have to clean our shoes before coming in the house. Yuck, keep that goose out! :P

    I LOVE the second photo with the house in the background. The scale looks perfectly life-size. Nailed it for sure!

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    1. Thank you =0). Not a goose lover then ha-ha?

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  22. You've blown my shed-building efforts out of the water. I give up ;-)

    (And I'd come to England just for a tour of your work bench...)

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    1. =0)
      Kettle's on any time you want to visit

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  23. Te ha quedado genial, fantástico, y el ganso es una verdadera maravilla.
    Besos

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  24. Wow! That's amazing work, Pepper. When I first saw it I thought it was your new work shed - it looks so real!

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    1. Thank you Art, that's very kind of you =0)

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  25. Looks great. And I love the camera angle. The shed looks real!

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