Thursday, 18 May 2017

Gothic Manor pt 7

It's good to step back from a build, take a good look and try to imagine what you want it to look like when it's done. It's so easy to add either too much detail or too little and then regret it after the paint hits the wood.

I've tried to balance each decorative element so that it didn't overwhelm the building. Starting at the top, I added a plain trim to make a band of decoration which contains the laser cut panels. The panels will be painted to look like stone tracery and hopefully, will blend into the stone effect (?) I'm going to use to cover the building.

Crappy, dimly lit photos to follow -


I used the same plain trim to make the window mullions by gluing them back to back. This was a happy accident as they fit perfectly. I'd love to say that all of my builds are planned to prefection but sometimes, well actually often solutions appear out of necessity and pure luck.




The glass isn't in there yet but will sit between the two window frames after they are painted. I can't decide if the glass should be leaded, plain or stained 😕
Next step, I laser cut different widths of the arch, different widths of stripwood and stacked them together to make a 'stepped' design.


I added plain trim to the base, just to finish the edge of the wood. Again, this will look like stone when I paint it.




Looking at the pictures, I think I need to make something circular for the central peak to balance out the porthole windows. I also have to bite the bullet and try to sculpt a corbel stone to put between the door frame and oriel window support because it just looks unfinished. Maybe some finials too? Ugh, I can't decide 😕




In real time I'm just a little bit further on with the project than my posts and I still have quite a few decisions to make before I can head inside. What do you think? Too much? Not enough? Anyone want to finish it for me? 😄

Wishing you all a lovely weekend
Pepper :0)

54 comments:

  1. I love how it looks! Gorgeous details and just enough. My issue is always roof trim and how overdone that can get so quickly.

    Windows... why not a combination of stained and clear, a stained glass border or upper and then plain for the rest?

    I agree with you about the archway, but if you built it up out of different stones for your arch then the keystone would sit a bit higher and that's something you see on a lot of archways. It would fill in a bit of that empty space without making it feel too busy.

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    1. Roof trim? Now you've got me worried about roof trim :0D I was going for plain coping stones and not much else but you've got me thinking now. Hmm, a keystone would work if my corbel stone fails miserably. Thanks Sheila :0)

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  2. I'm not sure what it looks like done in your head (obviously), but this is how I see it done in my head.

    http://davidwperry.blogspot.com/2012/07/grey-towers-mansion-nunthorpe.html

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    1. okay now I want to go live in that house.

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    2. I actually have a copy of that mansion on my mood board :0) Great minds an all that :0D

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  3. What a remarkable work! A house that looks great ..
    For the windows, a yellow hue that will give a feeling of light inside? Or small windows splited into small transparent glass units?
    :-) I'm sure you'll make the right choice
    hugs

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  4. Está quedando precioso!!! Me encanta !!! Si que parece necesario colocar algo en la parte alta del edificio central. Lo estás haciendo genial, seguro que aclararás todas esas dudas rápidamente.

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    1. Gracias Isabel. Me encantan todas las sugerencias y eventualmente encontraré el look correcto para esta casa :0)

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  5. How about something roundish... Meaning, you could have some sort of heraldry/coat of arms above that second story window. I can see it crystal clear in my mind. :-)
    Personally I would just like to see the windows clear rather than stained. You have done such a great job on those window frames.

    I think it is all BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

    Sending you a picture via email.

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    1. Thank you Catherine. The emails you sent have certainly helped motivate me. I'm leaning more towards clear glass and making a modern stained glass window in the back of the building over where the stairs will be. :0)

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  6. Just lovely. I dream of such dollhouses.
    Hugs from Barbara (Canada)

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    1. Aw thank you Barbara, that's very kind of you :0)

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  7. Spectacular! I am LOVING this house :)

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  8. It looks beautiful. So exciting!

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    1. are you going to use paperclay to make the stones?

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    2. It's funny but Catherine and I have just been talking about the 'stone' and how vulnerable it can be if it gets chipped. My main motivation for the choice of material will be added weight so I may go for...gulp...torture by eggbox. I'm guessing that would take weeks to do though so the choice is still up in the air :0)

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    3. Whew! Egg carton stones... Let us know if you need any sent. Plus there's always the drink trays from fast food places and the cardboard toner holders for offices. They can be thicker and different colors but the variation could be nice.

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  9. Beautiful and spectacular house, Pepper, fantastic craftsmanship!
    I think that you will make the right choices, when the time comes.
    Hug, Ilona

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    1. Thanks IIona. One way or another, it will get done and I will have to live with my choices :0D

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  10. I am sending you some photos of some windows. Just love watching this house grow, thank you for sharing. Marilyn

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    1. Thank you for the inspiration pics Marilyn, they certainly helped :0)

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  11. Hello Pepper,
    It is turning into a real masterpiece. the window and trim detail is absolute perfection. You are such a talented builder and designer. I can't wait to see more!
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Aw thank you Giac. I'm really chuffed that you think so considering your own, fantastic skills :0)

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  12. Wow! It is really progressing. You are doing an amazing job!

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  13. That laser cutter of yours is sure getting a work out!l! What about a diamond in the middle central peak (with all equal angles)? I love the tracery so far!
    I tend to build as I go with only a general idea, and I'm super jealous of your meticulous planning. I can tell from your pencil marks haha you got this figured out!
    And I can't help but think now of how crazy awesome this place is going to be to photograph. The tall arch ways, the big windows... let's just say my camera bag is packed and ready to go ;)

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    1. Ha, you know you're welcome any time Kristine. I think that's the only thing keeping me going at the moment - the thought that it will be done...eventually and I'll be able to take photos from the front and back :0)

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  14. My only question is are you planning any side windows on this Gothic Manor?
    My only suggestions would be a heavy relief carving over the oriel window and hopefully MORE tracery plus a few gargoyles/grotesques thrown in if you can find a place for them and-
    My only observation would be that this build is fast becoming MAGNIFICENT!!!! ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

    elizabeth

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    1. You know Elizabeth, I decided not to put windows in the sides because I wanted some wall to put furniture against but I'd never considered decorating the outside. That's a great idea. I could add more decor that doesn't overwhelm the front. Thank you :0)

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  15. Esas ventanas son espectaculares !!!!!. Creo que pongas lo que pongas quedarán preciosas.
    Un trabajo magnífico.

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    1. Muchas gracias Eloisa. Es muy amable de tu parte decirlo :0)

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  16. The house is turning out beautifully. I like all of the details. The arched windows really add so much. Looking forward to your progress. Keep up the good work. My vote for the windows is leaded glass.

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    1. Thank you Troy. I really appreciate everyones input and ideas :0)

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  17. Yes, me - I would like to finish it for you! My first task would be to add a few gargoyles and dragon heads... *LOL* But without any more fooling around - as usual I am in awe with your building and its highly talented and skilled builder. Seeing it in total is breathtaking and as always the changes a little decoration make are amazing. The border and especially the windows are fantastic and I decided in my next life I will be born with healthy arms and impressive skills to work with wood... *grin* I have no doubt that you will make all the right decisions but about everything. Nevertheless for the windows I would suggest to make them leaded or in other words the ancient way, I suppose the old style facade would look a bit strange with modern glass in the windows - and it would be a good contrast to your modern furniture.

    Hugs
    Birgit

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    1. Thank you Birgit. I think it will look better to try and keep the whole building as it would have been years ago. I agree - modern windows would look odd :0)

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  18. Un trabajo maravilloso.
    Un abrazo
    Maite

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  19. Je verrais bien une ouverture de chaque côté donnant sur les ouvertures de la partie centrale. En effet les fenêtres des côtés droit et gauche, donnent sur....un mur!
    Superbe réalisation! Très bonne continuation...
    Amicalement, Dominique

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  20. Im starting to fall in love with it, Im told there is a fine line between Doris Days dont eat the daisys castle and Elke Sommers Lisa and the Devil/Baron Blood castle but Doris had 6 kids and Elke was just walking around in a nighty with heels so maybe that had something to do with it

    Hugs
    Marisa

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  21. wow! you are very fast!! to your question: no more except something at the top of the middle, above the alcove. but then - maybe you did something there in the meantime already..

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    1. Thanks Marion. It's really hard, being a modern fan and trying to do something old :0D

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  22. oh,it's gorgeous!! You're so skilled & talented in woodworking!

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  23. love it love it love it!!!!!

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  24. I just don't have words, it's going to look SO good!

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    1. I really hope so after all this work :0P

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  25. Hi Pepper! I am in love with all things Gothic.... and I am swooning already over this Manor! I would make the windows leaded but mostly clear glass. The older homes were so glad to be able to get Light indoors... it was only later that the Victorians made stained glass windows in their homes. The leading in the windows was because the glass was originally blown by mouth (spinning it as it cooled)and they could only make the "panes" a small diameter.... hence the old "bullseye" glass windows. As for the question of decorative trim.... I am a glutton for trim.... but I recognize the beautiful austere lines of the design as you have it now. A sundial on the wall or a coat of arms would not be amiss in that spot above the door..... barring that I would make the outermost arch a little heavier and perhaps include a celtic knot pattern.... See I told you I am a glutton for trim! (But you asked!)I think this is going to be simply stunning and I have great faith in your design sense! You will come up with something more magnificent than I can imagine!

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    1. Thank you Betsy. I agree a coat of arms would look good above the door. I'm trying, (emphasis on trying), to make something now :0)

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  26. Your house looks amazing and the details are perfect. Great work!

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