Friday, 30 January 2015

New Project

     Early last year, I made a conscious decision to make permanent homes for all of the beautiful miniatures I have. It pains me to have them stuffed in drawers when they deserve to be displayed for anyone to see. The shed housing my collection of Danny Shotton tools is complete so I have decided to make a simple roombox to display some of my favourite modern furniture and accesories. I considered buying a complete building to house them in but since space is limited, I'm going to construct one large-ish, single room. I'm aiming for a loft apartment with large windows - something airy and awash with natural light. (disclaimer - the end product may look nothing at all like I planned since I change my mind...a lot)

This is the start - my good friend Kevin, explaining how to router the windows (and cleaning up after me - bless him). I needed the shape to be consistent and I'm pretty useless with a jigsaw.


 I cut the window template on the laser cutter, (which could be done by hand too), and then used a router to follows the inside line of the template. 


The template is then moved along and clamped for the next cut. You can just about see my pencil line that acts as a guide so the windows are evenly spaced.



 Since the wall is suposed to be that of an old, industrial building, I cut two sets of windows and glued wood in between to make the wall appear thicker. This was preferable and much lighter than using one piece at 18mm thick.

The frame of the windows are finished off with a strip of 1.5mm thick plywood. The plywood is extremely flexible so it is perfect for curved surfaces. 

 
After the plywood is glued in place, I used a finger plane to shave the plywood flush with the rest of the wall.

Next will be an awful lot of bricks and I'm dreading it....


So while I glue about four hundred bricks in place, I thought I would throw in a quick giveaway. I bought a collection of Angie Scarr books at Kensington last November with a view to giving them away as a prize.


 Angie kindly autographed each one. If you want a chance to win the collection of these fabulous books, please leave a comment on this post and I'll draw out one winner next Friday. (please note, the text is in English)

Have a great weekend
Pepper =0)

46 comments:


  1. Wow this going to be a magnificent piece and what a great idea! I love it! ;o)))

    I'm green all over with the laser cutter and those perfectly cut arches! WOW! The router cutter looks like the Dremel Trio, if so, well I have that rather humble tool!

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  2. can't wait to see your latest building, please count me in for your give a way,will link you on myblog

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  3. Whoa, COOL windows. If you hadn't mentioned this being a converted industrial space I'd have thought it might be part of a converted church (which also make great loft-style homes).

    I hear you on having miniatures put away out of sight...I've got quite a few I'm holding onto for future projects. Alas, there are only so many hours in a day and there is only enough space on my work table for one build at a time. (That said, it's an easy way to have the right things ready to go when I'm finally able to start a long-planned project.)

    Count me in for the giveaway too!

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  4. I suppose it's something that all of us modellers tend to forget about.....storage. To busy focused on finishing each project. Great idea :)

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  5. Hi! Absolutely effective way to make the windows for a converted industrial space! Can't wait to see the following steps!
    Gorgeus Giveaway! Please count me in. I*ll put the link into my blog!
    Hugs
    Kikka

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  6. Hello Pepper,
    I love the windows! It will be a terrific space. I can't wait to see more, but I understand about the bricks...Jo believes the main reason I keep renovating the manor is to put off having to brick the exterior.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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  7. Hi Pepper,
    I really like your windows. Now, I'm waiting for news from your building.

    Magda

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  8. If your new project is anything like shed, it will be wonderful. And thanks for the nice giveaway.

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  9. Love the way you cut your windows, a great technique to file away for future use, looking forward to see your build unfold. Good luck with all those bricks...

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  10. pepper, looks big! I only made small wall boxes and set a scene in each one. probably more space-saving than my solution ;-) eager to see it completed!

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  11. WOW! This is going to be a great apartment. I love those big windows. I hope you are not making all those bricks from scratch. Best of luck getting them all in place. I look forward to seeing your progress. XXX

    I am not entering your wonderful give away. The reason being, I have been the very lucky winner here before. Good luck to everyone who enters.

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  12. Oh this new build is going to be so amazing! I love that you plan on placing your pieces in scenes, that is one of my big goals but I am just trying to keep up with things at this point!

    I never really enter givaways but books like these are my weak point, I love anything to furthur my education on the subject of clay miniatures so please think on me when you do your draw ;)

    Hugs~J

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  13. Hi Pepper,spaceis always at apremiumforallthe little things miniaturists acquire. The warehouse loft has great potential.
    Are you making all the bricks? In a build this size weight would be a consideration I'm sure
    Please include me I your Angie Scarr book draw - perhaps it would kick start me back into making friuits and veggies instead of growing them in RL.
    Clear sky and beautiful sunrise in Vancouver this morning. the days are beginning to lengthen at last.
    Regards and thanks.
    Janine

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  14. Gorgeous start to the room box! I can already imagine the view! :D

    What a wonderful giveaway! I'm already dreaming of a stocked kitchen!

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  15. Oh I'm so jealous of your tools and skills! This looks like a wonderful start to a room box. I can't wait to see more progress.

    Please enter me into your giveaway, I'd love to learn more about creating miniatures.

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  16. please enter me in this giveaway too!
    building my own dollhouse is on my list foe 2016....
    Best
    Neomi

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  17. Love the idea you have for the loft in an old industrial building, and especially the brick wall with the great windows. Can't wait to see it complete.

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  18. Fun watching your process on making the windows, and I'm really looking forward to seeing your modern loft when it's finished. I'd LOVE an opportunity to own these three books! I love working with polymer clay and would sincerely use and appreciate these great books. Fingers crossed, and thanks for the chance! xo Jennifer

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  19. Wow looks amazing so far. Totally in awe - I'm just about managing to put together a shop bought room box at the moment! Looking forward to seeing your project progress!

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  20. Your work is amazing. Thanks for this generous give away!! Keep up your good work.....
    Revathi.

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  21. What a fab idea to make a scene to display your favourite treasures. I agree it's a shame to have them hidden away. I look forward to seeing how this project progresses. Natalie x

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  22. Thank you for taking the time to blog and inspire me!! Angie Scarr's work is also amazing!

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  23. Love the start of the room. Please include me in the drawing. I love miniature food so does Barbie.

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  24. I am verrrry excited to see what you do with a contemporary rumba! Not to mention all the great things you must have stashed away to put in it. ;-) I have had the Master Class book by Ms Scarr on my Amazon wishlist forever, so I would LOVE to be your winner!!

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  25. What an excellent idea to make a loft for your stored miniatures. I loved watching how you're making the windows (I wish I had a friend like Kevin ;O), I'm looking forward to seeing your roombox when it's finished.
    Two weeks ago I've got the book Masterclass, of Angie (the one on the left) for my birthday and I must say that it is an interesting, great book :D!
    Have a nice weekend. Hugs, Ilona

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  26. Hello I'm not good at claywork, so could use these books, I'm sure! Please count me in!
    Your new project seems amazing, waiting for more pictures.
    Greetings from Hungary! Hugs, Melli

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  27. Muchas gracias por la explicación para hacer ese habitáculo para tus minis, tiene muy buena pinta, estoy deseando ver como queda. Los ladrillos quedarán preciosos.
    Me encataria participar en ese generoso sorteo de los libros de Angie Scarr, es una artesana maravillosa y gran persona.
    Pongo enlace en mi blog
    Un abrazo
    Maite

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  28. Wow I wish I had the skills to scratch build like this! Really looking forward to seeing this loft you're working on - Loving it so far. :)

    And please count me in for the giveaway, I love miniatures books and don't have any for polymer clay projects yet. I would definitely use them.

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  29. Your work is always so flawless and original! That's what makes your creations so exciting. I can't wait to watch your loft come to life.

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  30. Oh I cannot wait to see this project progress. I adore that style and I know that it's going to look terrific. I agree with you about miniatures hidden away - they shouldn't be:) Would love to enter your give-away too so count me in.

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  31. I love this storage room idea. When my minis get tucked away I sometimes forget what I have and I can't enjoy them. Good luck on the bricking! Also a Angie Scarr giveaway -- so kind of you. Best of luck everyone.

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  32. Looking forward to seeing your progress, I love vintage style warehouse spaces. With all the light they allow and the old brick crumbling,etc.

    Jenn

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  33. It is always awesome to see your works in development. Changing your mind, overcoming unexpected challenges and seeing your creativity in progress is as inspiring as the results. Thank you!

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  34. It is so nice to see this project from the very start!! I absolutely love modern dolls houses and knowing how great you are with minis, I can only imagine how wonderful your loft will be.....whatever changes you might make! I love the idea of just one space, airy and with lots of light.
    Please consider me for the giveaway.... I love books.
    hugs!

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  35. It is so nice to see this project from the very start!! I absolutely love modern dolls houses and knowing how great you are with minis, I can only imagine how wonderful your loft will be.....whatever changes you might make! I love the idea of just one space, airy and with lots of light.
    Please consider me for the giveaway.... I love books.
    hugs!

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  36. Looking forward to seeing this project! Your work is always inspiring.

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  37. Love your blog so much! Always excited for a new post :)
    I just started experimenting with making polymer clay food so I would be delighted to be included in the draw!!

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  38. Hi Pepper,

    I am excited to see where this goes! I think it is so perfect that you will be placing your modern miniatures in an aged building. That is just the kind of juxtaposition that creates truly interesting spaces. So many possibilities!

    I have to say, I envy your laser capabilities! I really must look into that!

    Doug

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  39. Looking forward to seeing the loft take shape!

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  40. Brilliant. Can't wait to see the loft come to life. :)

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  41. Ooooh, that's going to look amazing! I really didn't like using the router at college - I could use other sharp and whirring power tools no problem, but there was just something about that one that always freaked me out, haha!

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  42. I can already tell it's going to be fantastic. I can't wait to see the progress.

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  43. Hi Pepper! I would love to be included in your Giveaway. I am lousy with polymer clay but I LOVE MINIATURE BOOKS! :D
    Meanwhile, back at the Warehouse.... You're projects are always of a unique and uncharted nature and so watching this new project take shape is going to be of singular interest to me. Waiting now for the next installment.

    elizabeth

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  44. Looks great, love the windows. Great giveaway too.

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  45. Love your shed; can't wait to see the next project as it develops!

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  46. Can I come and live in your fab loft apartment PLEASE? It is going to be so cool with all your wonderful miniatures in it! :0) Can't wait to see it!

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