The windows are cut and painted, but still need glass. I've watched a dozen You Tube videos on how to hand cut glass but I'm not convinced it's as easy as it looks. Anyone ever had any experience cutting curves in glass? Any tips?
To secure the windows into the wall, (because they're literally floating), I put a 3mm thick piece of scrap material under the window, (the 3mm is the space I need for the glass and back frame)
and then used a bead of builders caulk at the edge of the frame.
It looks like glaziers putty so it works well. I squeezed some caulk into a smaller bottle so that I could control the flow coming out.
to finish I used a modelling stylus thingy to smooth it.
When the caulk was dry, I carefully tipped the whole wall upside down and used a bead of white wood glue to secure the window from the back.
What else have I done this week? Oh yes, I bought all of the sheet wood I need to finish the room box. I don't own a large table saw so I rely on the local DIY shop and the Joiners where I work to cut everything to size. If you're in the UK, B&Q will cut sheet wood free for the first three cuts and 50pence for anything after that.
I've come to the conclusion that having a mezzanine floor cutting through two of the windows (on the right hand side of the wall), rather negates the effort I've made with them. So I have decided to have the second floor at the back. The idea is that the mini people living there can appreciate the full length windows and light pouring into the room (imagination running a bit wild here). I'm going to make my own staircase because I can't find anything remotely modern and industrial for sale. I've had a couple of ideas and did a mock-up while waiting for paint to dry.
The stairs on the right are simple but I'm not sure if they will be strong enough over 8 inches. The stairs to the left are common in industrial interiors.
It's just plastistruct 'H' beam that I've planed flat on one side. I've glued supports every 20mm and the wood steps fit on top of those. I think it will look rather nice painted so that it looks like steel with contrasting wood. Any other ideas?
That's about it except to give a shout about a very cool competition running on Shapeways (please click on the link for details). I'm pretty chuffed to be on the judges panel and hope to see some of your amazing creations. Good luck to anyone entering =0)
Have a fabulous weekend all