Thursday, 7 May 2015

Three projects, one pair of hands

I've been flitting between projects this week, which I love. It keeps me inspired and I can always move from one to the other when I'm waiting for glue to set or can't quite work out how to do something.
The first, a small but new project to make a Barbie sofa and chair, based on one I've made before in 12th scale. It's for a young Lady in Oklahoma (♫♬♪ OOOOk-lahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain) Sorry, but sometimes you just have to sing the song in your head.


I know a few of you like to make furniture for larger scale dolls so if anyone wants the information on how I built it, sizes and such, let me know in the comments and I'll pull a tutorial together.

Project two is the ongoing floor colour dilemma. I decided to make it darker and applied two more coats. It looks quite an even brown in the picture above which is deceiving. In reality, the stain didn't disguise the different shades of Ash underneath.
This is how it looked-

 This is how it looks now-

It seems to change depending on the light in the room which is a happy discovery. I like it =0D

Project three is the HBS Creatin Contest kit, aka Fenton Lodge. I'm trying to work methodically, floor to ceiling, working out the design aspect as I go. I've started the ceiling/roof above the extension, which will be worked into the horizontal cladding. Instead of a single layer flat roof I'm making the roof thicker so that I can hide some electrics inside. I've used a cheap piece of hardboard for most of it and added pieces of the mahogany I used on the deck to finish the underside. When it's finished, the mahogany will be visible underneath the eaves, but the rest will be covered in the black cladding.


There's an overhang deck side, slightly less overhang to the front and the roof is flush to the right. You see I've drilled three holes so that I can install some spot lights.


I've added some height to the roof so I have space for the LED's and wiring


and this is a test of the soldering to make sure the lights work before I go any further. All of this will be hidden seamlessly behind the cladding boards (crosses fingers)
Oh yeah, and I changed the window to the left of the door by putting cross bars into the frame. It was more about making the window frame structurally sound rather than a design idea. As much as I love the curved roof on the main part of the building, I already know it is going to be a challenge. I want to make it a block roof, the same as the extension. This may take an infusion of chocolate, for energy and a shed load of alcohol. I always work better when I'm drunk relaxed






Have a fab weekend
Pepper =0)


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  1. I am impressed! The floor looks absolutely great now :-)
    And as to all your other projects: mind boggling! I guess practice makes perfect and fast...

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    1. Thank you Marion. Yes, a lot of practice ;0)

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  2. I think that floor looks fantastic, like a real factory floor that's been loving restored for a loft apartment. And I'd LOVE a 1/6 tutorial for furniture, especially that gray flannel set. I'd like one in people size too but I guess I'd best just buy those, no?

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    1. Thank you, that's exactly what I was aiming for. Tutorial coming up =0)

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  3. Yes, that floor is divine!!! :D I like the overhang with the lights...very sleek and modern. :]

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  4. O my, the floor is having a gorgeous color now! Love it!
    The furniture is beautiful and cool!
    And the third project: perfect..I'd love to have that in 1/1 size ;D
    Hugs
    Kikka

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    1. Oh wouldn't that be great if you could make a model and someone would build a full scale version of it for you? =0D

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  5. la madera del suelo ha quedado muy elegante, y esas ultimas obras y las luces fantásticas, cuanto disfruto viendo los trabajos maravillosos que haces.
    Un abrazo
    Maite

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    1. Muchas gracias Maite . Eso es muy amable de tu parte =0)

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  6. Tanto el suelo como las luces están fenomenal.

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  7. Lots and lots to look at on the blog today! Beautiful sofa! The blanket in particular drapes so nicely over the side. I love the colour of the floors! It's so so hard to get a modern hardwood brown floor, keep it warm and yet contemporary. You've got great variation of colour in there too! And I'm really digging the added cross bars in the window, I know it's or support but I like that it breaks up the big pane of glass. Hope the rest of the roofing goes well ;D

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    1. Yup, I pulled my finger out this past week ;0P Thank you so much Kristine =0)

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    1. Hahahah, yeah, until you use power tools ;0P

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  9. WOW! The sofas are gorgeous! That will be one very happy customer/recipient.

    I love the color in the floor. I think is looks perfect just the way it is. The light coming in the window is so great.

    The Lodge is really coming along. I can't wait to see the next post about your progress. The lights look fantastic.

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    1. Aw thank you Catherine, that's very kind =0)

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  10. Ahhh The floor is just Gorgeous now! I Love the rich deep brown with still visible variations... it looks so real and mellow! Bravo!!!
    The Barbie furniture looks very elegant... and hard to tell it is a larger scale! I hope that Barbie has a Big and Elegant house for such perfect furnishing!
    As for the contest house, I LOVE the lighting in the overhang!!! It makes me think of evenings on the deck... with moths flying around Lol! (My brother used to collect them when we were little and kept the outside lights on to lure them in!) Seriously, the roof on the extension looks so Modern and Elegant and streamlined! I look forward to seeing how it goes with the main roof! And I think the horizontal window bars are the Perfect "Modern" accent for the front of the House!

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    1. Thank you so much Betsy. That's very kind and I hope I can do the roof justice =0/

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  11. The Barbie sofa and chair are divine. I'd love to see a tutorial here. The floor looks amazing! xo Jennifer

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. I promise to make a tutorial soon =0)

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  12. Great job on the furniture! I would love a tutorial as well. I think the floor looks amazing..it looks like a real floor and I love how the staining brought out so much of the detail in the planks. Chocolate and alcohol cheers to you!

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    1. Cheers! to you Farrah. I will post a tutorial soon =0)

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  13. Project 1---great job! They look perfectly real.
    Project 2---the floor is beautiful, I love different shades in a floor.
    Project 3---the lodge is coming along wonderfully! I really like what you're doing with it. .
    Project 4---chocolate an alcohol! I'll drink to that )

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    1. Hahaha, project 4 was definately the best one =0P

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  14. Totally agree - concurrent multiple projects is the only way to go for the exact same reasons. Love the sharp, clean edges of your sofa and chair. And oh, the floor, just gorgeous; darker stain was a good decision and sorry to disagree :^)), but the varying shades of the ash is evident in your photo...gorgeous! Can't wait to see more on the lodge. In the meantime, I'm raising my glass of Cabernet to you...beautiful work!

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    1. Thank you Alison, Iooks like I started a party here =0) I should get some nibbles for us all =0P Yeah, I prefer to have a few things to work on. It definately keeps me going =0)

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  15. That sofa and chair are so stylish looking and I love the colour of the flooring. Your lodge looks great so far. Can't wait to see the rest of it.

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  16. Hi Pepper! I love the floor! I loved it before, but the deeper color is so rich and beautiful, I'll forgive you for changing it!

    Your Fenton Lodgge is shaping up into an incredible design statement! The crossbars in the window left of the door may have been about structural integrity, but they add so much from a design perspective too! This is becoming one of those beautifully proportioned modern buildings. It is exciting to see what you are doing with it all. Keep up the beautiful work!

    Doug

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    1. Haha thank you for the forgiveness =0P and thank you so much for your kind words. I really appreciate the support and thumbs up =0)X

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  17. I Loved the floor before but you were right, it looks even better now. The lights are superb. Great idea of hiding
    the fixtures in the double roof. I have only words of praise for the sofa and chair set. They are simply perfect.
    A tutorial will be welcome, especially if it can be adapted into a 1/12" scale.
    Hugs, Drora

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    1. Hi Drora. Thank you and I will be making a tutorial. I already have one for 12th scale but I will post them together so they are easier to find =0)

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  18. looking fantastic. i have your 1/12th scale couch tutorial bookmarked, but i'd love a tut for the bigger couch as all my dolls are bigger and i have to size everything up.

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    1. Thank you and yes, I will make one for larger scales =0)

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  19. I really think working on more than one project keeps things fresh. the floor looks fabulous, I like the darker color you're right the lighter one was too yellow. Furniture: Awesome! Extension: love the lights and the black and the bits you added to the sliding door. Rendition of Oklahoma: Lovely! Chocolate and booze: Perfect!

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    1. Totally agree Cyd. Ha, another party animal =0P We should meet up for a pint one day =0)

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  20. Que bien te esta quedando todo . El suelo de madera parece autentico .
    Hugs

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  21. I love the effect of the lights in the overhang. It's all looking good.

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  22. Yet again, I look at your blog and I'm amazed at what you've produced. The sofa and chair are brilliant. They look like proper full size furniture. Very crisp lines.

    I can see the difference now in the floor and it does look really good now.

    Love the spotlights in the overhang. Lovely idea.

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    1. Thank you so much Jennifer, that's very kind =0)

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  23. Come on, tell the truth... you're an emigrated Indian goddess with 8 arms! ;O) Wonderful work with the first three projects (I can't judge the fourth one - but I bet you can handle this. Don't forget to buy Maltesers...). The sofa is incredible, the floor looks even better now and I am in awe with your building progress. What a clever way to handle the wiring with this overhang.

    Greetings
    Birgit

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    1. Hahaha, that would be cool wouldn't it. Just think what you could do with eight arms =0D Thank you Birgit =0)

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  24. What impresses me the most is that no matter what...everything you do is precise and realistic. You are so talented!

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    1. Aw thank you Grandmommy. That a very kind thing to say =0)X

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  25. Wow, wow and wow! Such an impressive array of pictures.

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  26. Love the floor and the lights look excellent. As always sheer perfection. I must remember ' drunk relaxed' :)

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    1. Haha. You know I've had some of my best ideas when I've been tipsy. =0)

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  27. The floor looks amazing! And the sofa too =)
    Hannah

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    1. I think the flooring is very rich now, the coats added a fantastic dimension to it! Of course the shots are stunning, the furniture looks better than my old dusty boxes of junk I have in my real life living room...so thanks for that ;)

      The lodge looks great, those windows would be perfect to have it sitting amongst a wooden oasis!

      Great work lady, J

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    2. I think the flooring is very rich now, the coats added a fantastic dimension to it! Of course the shots are stunning, the furniture looks better than my old dusty boxes of junk I have in my real life living room...so thanks for that ;)

      The lodge looks great, those windows would be perfect to have it sitting amongst a wooden oasis!

      Great work lady, J

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    3. My thoughts exactly Jane. I had this idea of viewing dense woods through the big windows...great minds think alike huh? ;0D

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  28. Very very nice:) The sofas are gorgeous!

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  29. Eu amei os sofás! O piso de madeiro é fantástico! Realmente é um trabalho maravilhoso!
    A montagem do kit é um ótimo trabalho. A iluminação está muito bem executada.
    Um grande abraço.

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    1. Muito obrigado Eliana . Isso é muito gentil da sua parte =0)X

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  30. ANOTHER great post! I love your work, Pepper :) I recently joined a group that rehabs thrift store dolls, and those (forgive the description) "slutty-looking" Bratz dolls into little-girl-looking dolls, as inspired by Sonia Singh's Tree Change Dolls, and would LOVE to know how you did the Barbie furniture. The Bratz (9 1/2" tall) are the most common dolls done in the group, but several do Barbie's, too.

    On a side note: I still have that same song stuck in my head after having done Oklahoma! in high school. 30 years ago. /facepalm

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    1. Haha, you will never get that song out of your head now =0P
      I promise to post a tutorial on the sofa and also how to scale it to any size doll =0)

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    2. Yay! Your sofa is so cleanly made compared to some others I have seen! Looking forward to it!

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  31. Pepper, how do you manage three projects? I can barely stay focused on one. I love the sofas, the flooring is fab, and the Lodge is really shaping nicely too. I am in awe...

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    1. Thank you =0) You know I think it is much better to have a few things on the go. I tend to get bored/frustrated/overwhelmed by doing one thing and trying to get it finished. More projects let me take a break and take my time =0)

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  32. Hi!
    I admire your work! You are a professional! Your work looks very real! Oh, what a wonderful parquet !!!!
    Sincerely,
    Tatiana

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    1. Thank you so much Tatiana, you are very kind =0)

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  33. I love what you are doing with Fenton Lodge! It's so modern, but not overstated. Perfect! And I love the bricks in... is that the Mill? I will have to go catch up on what else you've been up to! :D

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  34. I love the darker wooden floor. The darker color gives it a more modern look I think, great for contrast colored furniture. If to make the roof you like is going to take a shed load of alcohol and an infusion of chocolate, then I would go for that!! :)

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