Sunday, 7 May 2017

Gothic Manor pt 4

This building may seem to be evolving from the ground extremely fast but in reality, it took many months since I'm posting about its construction retrospectively. It was probably around mid November 2016 that I got ahead of myself and started thinking about the style of the windows. It was purely a diversionary tactic so that I didn't have to think about the roof. The roof was something I dreaded because I knew I had to make three dormers, one of which had to be split into two parts. So onto windows.
I found a ton of inspiration pics of gothic windows and stone tracery to work from. I was enthusiastic about this element of the build because if there's one thing a laser cutter does well, it's cutting intricate designs.


I picked out the parts that I liked and incorporated them into three designs in Inkscape:

A decorative panel -

A window -
and a porthole window -
They were all cut from 1.5mm boxwood and each layer glued together. I actually tried to cast each design so that I could make multiples of them and save the cost of the wood, (which is expensive), but the detail is so fine that the resin failed to fill all of the mould.


These sorts of layered designs are, more than ever, easier to achieve for miniaturists. I'm happy to see many of my mini friends have purchased a Cricut machine, which is capable of cutting card stock into intricate designs such as these. Ah the possibilities 😊

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend

Pepper :0)


39 comments:

  1. Marvelous! You've got me a-thinkin'! :D

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  2. I just realized that i was never notified about your new blog entries! grrr..
    but now I found them. and I am astonished: you and a manor house?? ok, it is something different and certainly interesting to build with doors fitting vertically and all ;-)
    and these windows are perfect to use your laser cutter!! have fun!

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    1. Blogger just does what it fancies Marion. Sometimes blogs that I follow just drop off my list and I have to go searching for them :0(

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  3. So pretty! I especially love the circle window. I keep thinking that one of these days I need to do a steampunk build and your windows remind me of that.

    Can't wait to see how you finish them out.

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    1. Aha Sheila, that is exactly the interior I have in mind :0D

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    2. Oh now I'm even more excited! Can't wait to see!

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  4. How WONDERFUL! The round windows are fantastic.

    Surely that Cricut machine isn't what you are using to cut these windows.??? Really? That is what cut those?

    I hope you are able to get 1mm real glass.

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    1. Hi Catherine. No, I don't have a Cricut but...anyone with a Cricut could make these sorts of layered designs with card and get the same effect :0)

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  5. ¡Qué maravilla! No conozco esa máquína de cortar pero es perfecta realizando cortes.

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    1. Gracias Isabel. Sí, tanto un cortador láser como Cricut son perfectos para diseñar intrincados detalles como este :0)

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  6. These are going to add the wow factor Pepper! You always go that extra step! I think adding so many layers to the designs is really going to make a difference. I understand about the wood though. Every time I go to laser cut I question whether I really need to cut so much, it's so easy to waste the material with windows. Looks gorgeous though!

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    1. Hi Kristine. I hope adding all of this detail will give it the unique look I'm after :0)

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  7. Really beautiful! I don't know anything about laser cutters, but seems like a lot of fun, that window and your other designs are perfect. I like seeing how you arrived at them---

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    1. Thank you Linda. In years gone by I would have done a poor representation of the windows with a jewellers fret saw. The laser just saves so much time :0)

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  8. That is a beautiful window!

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    1. Thank you, I'm so glad you like it :0)

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  9. Wow, this belongs to another league. Impressive!

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    1. Thank you Alexandra, that's very kind :0)

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  10. " Oh, The Places You'll Go! You have brains in your head you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”― Dr. Seuss

    elizabeth

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    1. Ha-ha, you make me laugh so much Elizabeth :0D

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  11. Really beautiful! It's a pity that I don't know anything about a laser cutter, but I see that the possibilities can be endless, these windows are marvellous!
    Ilona

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  12. Beautiful research work and nice result!
    It is a pleasure to see your project evolve
    hugs

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  13. Okay - you've convinced me! These are all gorgeous. I am now busy revising my Christmas list for this year. "Dear Santa ... I can explain..." - Marilyn D., Oromocto, NB, Canada

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    1. Ha-ha, looks like Santa is going to be very busy this year :0D

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  14. A laser cutter and a 3D printer remain on my Christmas Wish list (so long now). Seeing your fabulous designs and how they've come to life may just make me say screw waiting for Santa! I'll just whip out the credit card! Until the reality of the payments hit me and I become rational again. Please continue to share so that at least I can live vicariously through you! :O)

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    1. I got an email about a month ago from someone asking advice about a laser cutter. They were going to purchase on for under $500. The prices are falling rapidly for the desktop versions (which is all we need really). I'm so happy when technology becomes more accessible to us miniteers :0)

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  15. Looks great. Your Gothic inspirations are very cool- I will have to check out a cricut machine. A laser cutter and 3D printer are on my want list too.

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    1. Thank Troy. You never know...if you're very good this year, Santa might be generous :0D

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  16. As always I am in awe... this round window is stunning, so delicate. It's fascinating that you are able to do this all by yourself... from the design to the finished frame.

    Hugs
    Birgit

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    1. That's the great thing about the technology Birgit. The design is an SVG which have been used by hobby card makers for years. All you are doing is creating each design as a layer, cutting it out and then gluing it together :0)

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  17. Hello Pepper,
    That window is fantastic. I really must look into one of those machines. THe design and finished window are lovely.
    Big hug
    Giac

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