Sunday, 11 June 2017

Gothic Manor pt 9

The exterior paint is heading in the right direction but not finished. I enjoy weathering far more than I thought I would since it doesn't seem possible to overdo the shading of natural stone (I may live to regret that comment). A little bit of grey/black/white/green, dab some off, add some. Being a messy painter is finally paying off 😀


I discovered the idea for the texture from two posts. Drora posted a link to a fabulous tutorial by 'We Love Miniatures' which describes using plaster mixed with paint to get a stone effect.


The second idea came from a tutorial by Elizabeth which describes adding drywall filler to give the appearance of stone. Both tutorials were exactly what I needed to transform the eggbox and wood. Thank you ladies 😚 In the UK, polycell make a powdered filler that mixes well with paint to produce the stone finish that I applied to the window frames


I smeared Everbuilds' ready mixed filler in patches, over the eggbox which dries to an extremely hard, rock-like surface.

  
close up of eggbox rock
In between painting I tackled the three hipped roofs above the bays and oriel window. I chose lead sheet because lets face it, all of those angles would be a flippin nightmare with tiles. The oriel window was slightly more complicated in that I had to make a cardboard template of each segment and transfer it to the lead sheet. The bay windows are straightforward strips.


In a real lead roof, the lead would be folded over battens. I knew this would be nigh impossible for something so small. Lead is very soft but a pain to fold in nice, neat creases. Instead, I cut thin strips, (with a utility knife), and laid them over the joints of each lead panel. 




They'll look more at home with a bit of weathering and I still need to add the flashing strip at the back. What else did I do...? Oh yes, I topped the facade with coping stones. These are 3 x 12 x 37mm pieces of wood. Underneath I glued a 1.5 x 8mm strip to form a gap between the wall and coping stones. This gap will be filled with mortar, or a paint/plaster mix that looks like mortar, to (hopefully) add to the realism.



And that, my friends, was what I got up to last week
Hope you're having a fabulous weekend
Pepper :0)

56 comments:

  1. It looks amazing! I wanted to see more. I especially like the green - and the lead roofs!

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  2. Hello Pepper,
    The stone is very successful! It looks marvellous and incredibly realistic. The lead roof is also fantastic. I repeat, yet again, I just love this project.
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Thank you so much Giac, praise indeed :0)

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  3. I love that touch of green to age your stone. Looks like the moss that tends to grow where moisture gathers. And those lead roofs! I'm amazed at how awesome they look.

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    1. Thanks Sheila, that's exactly what I was trying to achieve with the green :0)

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  4. The stone is looking so great! I love the texture you have achieved. The paint colors look very good. What gauge is the lead sheet? It looks really heavy. Did you buy it from a roofing company?

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    1. I actually bought it from a miniature seller but it was rolled up when I bought it. It's about 1.5mm. Quite heavy and a pain to shape. I should have gone for Richard Stacey's lead which is more expensive, but far thinner. You live and learn :0)

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  5. I love your dedication to authenticity.This is an inspiring project.

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  6. What splendid alchemy! So enjoying watching your progress; thank you for documenting so well.

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    1. Thank you Nancy. I'm getting better at stopping midway through a project and keeping a camera handy :0)

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  7. WOWEE Pepper!!!! Thanks for including the link to my blog, but I must say that YOUR stonework results are Amazingly Authentic and your weathering is LOOKIN GOOD!!! :D
    And needless to say that I am IN LOVE with your leaded roofs.♡♡♡ Your solution for adding the
    battens worked perfectly, but what type of glue did you use to adhere the metal strips?

    elizabeth

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    1. Hi Elizabeth. The lead comes with an adhesive already on it. It's very tacky like the contact adhesive you would use with veneer application :0)

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  8. I love the lead sheet - what a great finish! Your little "cheat" strips look spot on and likely more realistic than if you had attempted folding. It all looks marvelous! :D

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    1. Thanks Brae. I tried folding and it looked horrible. Far too thick to look decent :0)

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  9. The stone effect is absolutely perfect--mind blown! The lead roof is amazing, I'm having such fun watching this, thank you.

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  10. Wow! It's looking fantastic. Building in a gap for the mortar line is inspired thinking. Thanks for sharing the steps.

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    1. Thank you Keli, I really appreciate the encouragement :0)

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  11. Pepper, the stone effect is perfect, it looks just like the real stonework! The lead roof looks amazing, but what glue did you use for this job? Thanks for sharing all of the tips and the video's, they are very useful!
    It's a big pleasure to see what you've achieved last week and what you'll come up with next time ;O.
    Ilona

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    1. Hi IIona, the lead comes with an adhesive already on it. It's really tacky like contact adhesive (evostik in the UK), I don't know what it would be called in your neck of the woods. :0)

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  12. Looks absolutely great! Good work! :)

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  13. Curses Pepper. I keep saying I am on my last project and won't do another and you do this....... so, so tempted now, just itching to try a stone building. You make it look doable..... it is looking just fabulous. I prefer the leaded roofs to any tiles. If you need areference for the aging we have a bay window that I keep saying one of these days we'll clean that leaded roof!! Marilyn

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    1. I say the same thing Marilyn and then I see some new technique that someone has posted and before long I'm buying the bits for a new build. I've just accepted the fact that I'm addicted to minis and will probably be planning a new project on my death bed :0D

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  14. The stone effect and the lead roof look perfect and so realistic.

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  15. Wow! Amazing work, it looks so realistic! Great job!

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

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  16. Pepper I love the roof I cant wait to see how you age it, thanks for the tips on "rocking the joint" too

    Hugs
    Marisa :)

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    1. Thank you Marisa, glad you like it :0)

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  17. Wow, Pepper, you really are "rockin" that Manor! It looks incredibly real! I love the leaded roofs too... such a perfect touch! We don't have "polyfilla" here, and I have always wondered what the equivalent material was in our stores.... perhaps the powdered dry wall filler is what I should try on my next stone adventure! This build is inspiring so many daydreams!!!

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    1. Elizabeth did a tutorial on her stone arch in the link above. I think she mentioned dry wall filler/spackle which I guess you can get in the US and Canada. I think polyfilla is much the same thing :0)

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  18. Great work with your stonework, it's really effective and I am so impressed with your leadwork - it's spot on! I'm so enjoying this project of yours. Crown have a textured paint (suede effect) which gives a similar finish without the need for mixing - but would work out a pricey option. I agree that dotting and dabbing with paint is fun - makes you feel "arty", doesn't it? lol.

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    1. That's good to know Irene, thank you for the heads up. I've noticed a few companies are delving into textures with their paint which is good for us. I wonder if Crown do the trial pots in it. I'd be interested to try that on an interior wall.
      Yeah, dabbing paint always makes me feel arty haha :0D

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    2. Yes, Pepper, Crown do trial pots of the textured paint in a variety of shades (at least they did a wee while ago).

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    3. Oo, I feel a trip to B&Q coming on. I like to have a variety of backgrounds painted when I'm photographing single items. Thank you Irene :0)

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  19. Un gran trabajo, el efecto piedra muy bien conseguido y el tejado plomo perfecto.
    Un abrazo
    Maite

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    1. Gracias Maite. Me alegra que te guste y agradezco tus palabras de aliento :0)

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  20. The stone looks absolutely fabulous!

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  21. I had to laugh at your "messy paint" comment - Your lead roof is looking great! I really like this project. Keep up the good work.

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    1. :0D Even the worst painters in the world can manage stone walls! Thanks Troy :0)

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  22. Even for a so called messy painter the time will come... and the result is stunning. Your stonework is incredibly good both in structure and paint and the lead roof is awesome. It's for sure a pleasure to follow your progress.

    Hugs
    Birgit

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    1. Thank you so much Birgit, I really appreciate your kind comments :0)

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  23. Wow, this is seriously impressive. Very realistic. Also the stone tips and link are super helpful. This just keeps looking better and better. You might be struggling or working hard at times, but your struggles and hard work are clearly worth it!

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    1. Thank you so much. I really appreciate all of the encouragement :0)

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  24. This just gets more and more interesting with every detail you add! So fun to follow along, Pepper!

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    1. Thank you Jodi. I'm glad your back and inspiring us all with your own project :0)

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  25. Absolutely stunning. You should publish a book on how you make your miniatures they're so good!

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    1. Thanks Alice. Well I do try to expalin everything I make on the blog, that way no one has to pay for it :0)

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  26. The weathering looks like a lot of fun to do! I'm going to try and remember the polyfilla tip for my next stone project!
    I love the lead sheet on the roofs, but it does look super dangerous installing it. Was it really sharp? Worth it though, the effect is perfect! Hope your weekend is going well :)

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    1. Hi Kristine. The lead isn't sharp like rigid steel or anything like that though I guess if you ran a finger quickly along the edge, you could get a cut. It's really easy to cut with scissors or a craft knife :0)

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  27. Muy bien conseguido el efecto. Me gusta como queda el tejado de plomo. ¡Perfecto!

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