Friday, 17 April 2015

Back in black

Things are moving a little faster this week. Fenton lodge is getting to a point where the finished project is beginning to emerge.
From the extension, I've moved onto a sliding door. The kit door is too small now that I have altered the front of the building but I will use it somewhere else. The sliding door is simple, basically a sandwich of wood - wood - perspex - wood. I've laser cut the outside door frames but it would be just as easy to make up all three frames from wood strips.

The 'glass' sits inside the lighter wood and all are glued together like a sandwich

The runners for the sliding door are 'u' shaped channels that the door sits in. I did it by lowering the height of my table saw blade and cutting a groove into the wood but again, this can be done using strips glued together or buying some from any dollhouse shop that sells wood profile.




I glued the runners in place, (to the ceiling and floor), then measured the height in between to get the dimensions I needed to make the door. If you wanted two sliding door that pass each other, then you would need to put two 'u' shaped channels side by side. I opted for one sliding door and a piece of 'glass' that acts as a wall. I think this will keep the room looking airy but I will have to mark the glass wall with something. Can't have mini people walking into it now can I?

 

Next, the deck and cladding. I'm going for contemporary, (shocker, I know), and I've seen a few buildings recently that have a mix of black cladding and red wood. I think it looks really beautiful so I opted for Mahogany and stained plywood. The stain is satin ebony by Ronseal.


The decking is 10mm strips of 3mm thick Mahogany. I've used a metal rule to space the boards.


Man I was on a roll that day. I didn't realise that I had cut my fingers, twice, and was putting blood spots on the boards until I'd finished.

I don't think you can't call yourself a fully fledged miniaturist unless you've done at least one of the things below


A) Jarped yourself with a craft knife
B) Glued yourself to something miniature with superglue
C) Bought something full scale and promptly taken it to bits to use in a miniature project
D) Used black or silver spray paint

Anyway, the cladding. I've put a small gap between each board for some interest and to mimic the deck.



Still haven't made a mini squeegee. Damn, look at how mucky those windows are? O~O

Have a fab weekend

Pepper =0)

47 comments:

  1. That video is such a gem! haha! So considerate of you to think of residents.
    I too have healing battle wounds from last week when I was cutting miniature windows for my scene. It's so frustrating when you just want to keep working! And the superglue? All.The.Time. Lol
    Really nice colour combo on the exterior! Is that mahogany stained too? I'm going to have to look into buying some...the colour is just so awesome! I'm really looking forward to seeing how you finish the roof and tie it together with the original kit. Hope you have a great weekend :)

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    1. Haha, as soon as a miniaturist mentions superglue I bet the rest of us do the nod that says, 'yeah, I have the tshirt' =0P
      The Mahogany is just regular, off-the-shelf Mahogany. I do try to buy it from a model shop rather than online so I can pick a nice colour. Hmm, yes the roof *scratches head* =0D

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  2. I love your project, and I am sure there is a 5.5 inch cool lady ready to move in when it is finished. It is uber wonderful!

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    1. Aw thank you Neen. I'm happy to have your approval being the wonderfully cool and trendy Lady that you are =0)

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  3. En negro queda precioso, la puerta corredera está estupenda y el suelo me encanta.
    La mayoría hemos tenido heridas con los trabajos de miniaturas, pero nos compensa, es más la alegría que nos da hacerlo que esas heridas.
    Buen fin de semana.
    Un abrazo
    Maite

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    1. Gracias Maite . No sería tan especial si no nos ponemos un pequeño pedazo de nosotros en el proyecto - un poco de sangre , tal vez un dedo ;0P

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  4. Indeed. I chopped a hunk off the top of one of my fingers while building Hideout. I actually left some of the blood on the laneway cobbles to add extra interest ;-)

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    1. Hahaha, I wonder how many projects could be tested decades later and still have DNA on it from the maker =0D

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  5. The decking and that black cladding is gorgeous together! Loving the giant glass panes too.

    Nothing worse than trying to finish a miniature with plaster wrapped fingers, been there, done that, and the rest of the list too :D

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    1. Thank you Sarah. Yup, loss of sensation in your finger tips does not help at all hahah. I think we should design and sell t'shirts with 'miniaturists do it
      ....without fingers
      ...glued to a chair
      ...=0D

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  6. Me gusta como está quedando tu obra.
    ¡Lleva cuidado que ya solo te quedan 8 dedos...!

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    1. Haha Gracias Isabel . Voy a tratar de mantener a los otros ocho segura =0P

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  7. I love the contrast between the floor and the siding colours. I wish my real house looked that good!

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    1. Thank you Kat. Man, if only we could construct a RL house as easily =0)

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  8. I love the sliding doors. What fun! Everything looks great. The floor is beautiful.\

    Wounds... I have had my share too. I am sure there will be more shortly when I start using some new tools.

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    1. Thank you Catherine and erm, you take care. I don't want to hear about you in hospital again =0(

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  9. haha Oh yeah, my DNA is all over my work :)

    Everything is looking beautiful so far--

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    1. Haha, we really do put blood, sweat and tears into our work =0) Thank you Linda

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  10. Coucou Pepper,
    Il existe des U et des double U en métal et d'autres en plastique. Je les trouve mieux pour les baies vitrées. Cela coulisse vraiment bien!
    Bonne continuation...
    Dominique

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    1. Coucou Dominique . Je pense que le métal ou en plastique aurait été plus facile mais je ai essayé de garder tout en regardant la même chose avec bois semblables . Mais merci. Je adore pour obtenir votre précieux conseils . Vous me aidez toujours avec mes projets =0)

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  11. Hi Pepper, The deck is wonerful. I love black window frames. Everything looking marvellous!! It does make work particullarly difficult when you have injuries. A badge of honour.
    Look foward to more.
    regards Janine

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    1. Thank you Janine. It seems the trend over here recently. I've seen a lot of black window frames paired with natural wood. I like it =0) Yup, a badge of honour (along with my blood group in case the hospital needs to know) haha

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  12. The deck is beautiful and I love the black and mahogany combination. The sliding rails are fabulous. Thanks for showing how you made them.

    I've cut my fingers many times and I wish the reason was making beautiful decks like yours.

    Hugs, Drora

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    1. Aww thank you Drora. That's very kind of you =0)

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  13. Hi Pepper! I love the decking! It looks so very real. And I also like the sliding doors. But PC or not, I have to say the video topped the post! That was funny! More so because I have been that guy! (not glass windows, but wood doors! Explain that, will you?)

    I also see that after only a year I have attained the status of "miniaturist"! I have done all those things now, so I can proudly wear the title. :0)

    Love the progress, looking forward to seeing where this takes you. So far, I love your choices!

    Doug

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    1. Hi Doug. Wood doors? haha, sorry but how on earth? I can only imagine that you walk everywhere backwards ;0P
      Yes, you are now a bonefide miniaturist =0)

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  14. I'm full of admiration for your progress... the deck is wonderful and the sliding door and how you did it stunning. The colours look great... and I think after some time of healing I can overcome that shocker about you going for contempary with this project *grin* But speaking of healing... I must go now to fetch a handkerchief... *sob* I never use superglue or spray paint... *gulp*

    Hugs
    Birgit - who is glad she can still claim to be a bearmaker... *teehee*

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    1. Aw Birgit, a bearmaker is a special title all on it's own =0) But I can't believe you have never glued yourself with superglue?? I have seen the chairs you re upholstered. How did you keep glue free? You must tell me your secret ;0P

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    2. Really - no superglue. Just my trusty good ol' white craft glue... and of course many curses especially in Old Babylonic... ;O)

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    3. Haha, I think we are all pretty good at cursing ;0P

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    1. Did you think I would do anything else? ;0P That curved roof was just begging for a modern spin =0D

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  16. Loving that deck!
    How in the world to you always manage to make things look so simple. I wanted to put a sliding glass door in my chalet. But I found a door with walls attached so I will use that. But, one day I will be brave enough. Right now I am keyboarding with a gash on my knuckle courtesy of the bulb digger I used this morning trying to hurry and get bulbs in the ground before it rains the next few days.
    Now it hurts when I while I am trying to work on minis! lol

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    1. Awww Grandmommy, please be careful! You know blood splatters is not a good look for the chalet...well unless you're doing an early Haloween scene. I need to send you some chainmail gloves =0/

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  17. The decking and that black cladding are a gorgeous combination, in material and colors, the whole looks already marvellous!
    I recognise all of your mini accidents, years ago I was also someone who has done quite some things in a wrong way, but I've learned my lessons for not doing these mistakes again ;O!
    But I guess it's the risk of this job :D!!
    Have a nice weekend, hope your fingers will heal soon, sometimes kisses of a 'Mom' (a part of my blog name is Mum) will help, so here they are xxx ;O!
    Ilona

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    1. Thank you for the kisses IIona, I feel better already XX
      You know I never learn no matter how many times I do something daft. Have a fabulous weekend sweet Lady =0)

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  18. The sliding door is so cool! I tried making sliding doors for my wardrobe, but I thought it was hard =) Yours look very good, and I bet they slide really good too =)
    I'm actually afraid of super-glue, so I never glued myself to anything, and spray paint, a bit scary too, not to talk about knifes.. but hey, I'm scared of anything I think =) Maybe I can call myself a "scared-very-careful-miniaturist"....
    Hannah

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    1. Ha, you are super careful Hannah *nods* Okay, I should revise the list. How about pinging something tiny on the floor and spending time on your hands and knees looking for it? Every miniaturist has done that =0)

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  19. Hee hee, almost a fully fledged miniaturist going by your list - as for the full size component being broken down into miniature there is a lamp here that I keep resisting pulling apart - see so many possibilities for miniature components but so far have resisted. I do pull apart op shop finds though! I am loving your kit build so far and love the colours. Look forward to watching progress.

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  20. Oh yes, i agree as I type with the middle finger because I've sliced the pointer and the ring finger..

    Almost the hoarding level now as I must check things before i throw them away incse the might be used in mini..

    The deck looks fantastic, love the whole modern look you have going! I am sure you can whip up a fantastic looking window cleaner! Don't loose any more fingertips doing so ;)

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    1. =0D Oh Jane, you are fully fledged! Please don't lose any more of your fingers, I rather like your work and would hate to see it smothered in blood =0P

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  21. Очень красиво!

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    1. Большое спасибо Galchi =0)

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  22. Wow! Looks incredible! Love the bit about the mini squeegee! LOL xo Jennifer

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  23. Great new project Pepper, think this will be a great one too, enjoy it so far and very much look forward to seeing the progress! Haha, check, check, check!

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