Saturday, 24 June 2017

Gothic Manor pt 10

I've been preoccupied with work for a while so I find myself behind with blog posts and reading...again. The painting has been put on hold so that I can get some floors and supporting walls in place. I need to get the Manor home and that requires getting it structually sound so that I can move it.

One of the quick jobs was cutting six chimneys, two per floor, and measuring where they will sit in the room. The job is quick because each chimney breast is the same width and will be rendered so I don't have to worry about how fine the surface looks.



These are the upmost chimneys which will rise above the roof. They're strips, cut from MDF and then glued together. They've been covered with eggbox, smeared with readymixed filler and painted in the same way as the stone on the outside of the building


These are the chimneys for the ground and first floor.  



They will be rendered to look like plaster rather than stone because I think you can have too much stone in one building (i.e. I'm sooooo over eggboxing that i could curl up in a ball and cry just thinking about it) 😄






I'll glue all of the chimneys in permanently once I've made the fireback and hearth. I managed to get the flashing done at the back of the lead roofs and paint the coping stones.


I've also started the roof at the back which will be hinged so you can see inside.

 
It feels as though hours of work have produced very little this week but all of those little jobs soon add up to big, finished bits. I think I'll spend the rest of this weekend playing with some new aquisitions.

Lovely Kat of Kitty and Kat Miniatures sent me a gift parcel filled with new treasures. I'm always thrilled when someone thinks enough of me to send a gift but I'm especially chuffed when they've made something with their own hands. Just look at the wonderful embroidery of Kat's cushions. I love them, thank you!

I've also purchased a range of kits from the lovely Nancy of  Nancy Enge Designs 


That should keep me occupied for the rest of the day. 

Have a wonderful weekend
Pepper 😊

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  1. Boah, you did quite the lot! The inside photos look great - proportions are perfect! As usual ;-)

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  2. You have really gotten a lot done. The flashing looks amazing!

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    1. Thanks Cyd, shame it will be covered in bird shite haha :0P

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  3. Pepper you were made for this! Each element is wonderfully done and a delight to look upon! Selfishly, I hope you find time to check more off the to-do list - I can't wait for the next post!

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  4. I'm surprised you haven't run out of egg cartons yet! The chimneys look like a great size for the spaces.
    The picture with the lead roof and flashing looks amazing. The weathering and aging of all the stone and roof compliments each other so well.
    It must be hard to not have the building at home. You are doing this mostly on lunch breaks right? Hopefully you can get it home soon :) Have a great weekend!

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    1. I have everyone I know saving eggboxes. I think it may take another year to get enough :0D Yeah, I get maybe two hours a day to work on it..before work and my lunch hour :0/

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  5. Your interior photos are so life-like and look like works of art even in their raw stage. Your chimneys and the stone work is Outstanding and I am looking forward to seeing the firebacks and the hearths for your fireplaces and I am in agreement that you CAN have too much stone, so I'm glad to hear that you are going to do the interior chimneys in plaster. ;)
    Meanwhile have fun playing with your new gifts from Kat and your kits from Nancy- both are TOP DRAWER (both the minis as well as their senders. :)

    elizabeth

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth. I will be trying to absorb your skills through the power of the internet and channel it into some cool rendering and weathered plaster :0)

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  6. I love your fireplaces! They look gorgeous! You're making such progress.

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  7. Well done! I'm cheering you on! :D

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    1. :0D Thanks for the support Brae. I can almost hear the pompoms rustling :0P

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  8. My sentiments are the same as those already stated above. All I can say now is I hope your eggboxing fatigue doesn't deter you from using the technique in future.

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    1. Thanks Tina. It's definately a technique for long, winter months. I'm sure I will torture myself again in the future :0P

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  9. I'm trying to avoid the nasty E-word... but with our without... eh... those you-know-what-I-mean-thingies your fireplaces and chimneys look stunning. I especially admired the interior pictures with the windows, just right to give a glimpse into the future. And you received the most wonderful miniatures, Kat's gifts are breathtaking and your purchases from Nancy are worth for a weekend's occupation... ;O)

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    Birgit

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    1. Thank you Brigit. I'll never look at egg..erm those thingies again in the same way :0D

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  10. Has hecho un trabajo fantástico con las chimeneas. Muy bonitas. Los cojines son también preciosos.

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    1. Gracias Isabel. Los cojines de Kat son realmente hermosos :0)

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  11. The fireplaces and chimney look great. All the hard work with the egg boxes has definitely paid off. I am impressed with the ready mixed process. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thank you Troy, I really appreciate the lovely comments :0)

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  12. Last thing first - I have been watching Nancy's blog as those kits evolved and thought how lovely they are - how sensible of you to snaffle a few. As for your build - just astonishing each time I see it. It is coming on leaps and bounds and beautifully you just need egging on a little! Brava. Marilyn

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    1. Haha, you crack me up Marilyn. This comment is egg-actly what I would egg-spect from you :0D

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  13. You are really making great progress on the house. The chimneys look wonderful! After this house is finished your never going to be able to look at another egg carton again. haha

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    1. Too true Catherine. I think egg sales have soared over here lately :0)

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  14. Love the interior shots. You're making great progress with this and it must be frustrating at times not to have it at home to work on.

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    1. Hopefully I will have it here soon Irene. Just hope it fits in the car otherwise it's a roof rack job haha :0)

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  15. I just LOVE the way you are doing the stone work! It looks perfect, so realistic. The cushions are beautiful---

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  16. You are getting there. The chimneys look so real, they are fantastic!

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  17. Hi Pepper! You are really making great progress on the house, the chimneys look great with the stone work!
    You've made great progress with this and I absolutely love the interior shots.
    I hope you can get the house safely at your house so you have it at home to work on.
    Keep on smiling ;O!
    Ilona

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    1. Thank you IIona, I really appreciate the supportive comments from everyone :0)

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  18. Looks just great! I'm getting a little nervous about the egg carton stones, because I think I'm going to have to use that as well. If I use backsplash stone (the kind I used for the fireplace in my mini house), the house will be too heavy. So I might have to go through a lot of what you went through = 0

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    1. It's the sort of thing best suited to cold winter nights I think. You just need some good music playing in the background and maybe a stiff drink :0D

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  19. Hi Pepper! Your chimneys and fireplaces look Wonderful! I love the view of the main room with the windows from inside.... hints of what is to come! This house is making me drool... alas, even all the egg-boxing because I Love stone buildings! (We don't have very many over here so they always seem so Romantic and "Old World" to me.) What a fantastic project this is!!! Please keep the posts coming! :):)

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    1. Hi Betsy, you know I feel the same way. I still feel like I've wandered into a time of chivalry and knights when I visit a castle over here. I just love stone and natural materials in a building :0)

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  20. Some day, I will aspire to be as awesome as you are. Until then, I feed on your vision and expertise :)

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    1. As awesome? Lady, you are already there and then some :0)

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