Friday, 24 May 2019

Last minute dash

I've done very little mini making over the last couple of weeks. But I thought I'd post a 'what I've been up to' before I head off to the US of A tomorrow.

The Gothic Manor is inching at glacial pace towards being weather tight. I designed a pair of double doors which incorporate the same Gothic tracery that appears on other parts of the building, in the hope that it will bring it all together.




 I can't decide how to finish them - paint, stain, weather them down. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated! As you can see, the stonework is the same as it was last year. In true miniaturist fashion, I can't work out how to make the colour more realistic so have avoided it like a plague :P

The other couple of things I've done were done a couple of months ago but again, in true miniaturist fashion, my short concentration span had me wandering off to something new.

I'm keen to experiment with mobile furniture. As such I had some simple caster wheel brackets etched at PPD Ltd who, I have to say, have been immensely patient with me. It seems every new venture means another piece of software I have to learn O-0


What I like about them is that they actually move, as long as you glue the pin and not the bracket onto the furniture.


WEEeeeeeeeeee. I spent more time pushing it across the table than I did making it :D

The second thing I tried were milk crates. I loved Kats post from the MET mini show. One of her purchases were super realistic milk crates by Keenderson Miniatures I have to say I'm in no way adverse to paying for well made miniatures. The thing that deters me from buying from abroad is the shipping you pay on top. For us Brits, anything over £15 incurs an import tax which can easily mount up. So I found the size of a regular old milk crate, resized it and made a file to cut on the laser.


Hmm, it just occured to me that many of you have Cricut machines...is there any interest in me adding SVG files to this blog to download? These crates could be made with mountboard. In fact most of the things I make could be cut since I primarily use 1.5mm materials. Let me know in the comments if it would be useful to anyone.

I'll say bye for now and see you in three weeks.

Have a lovely weekend all
Pepper :)



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  2. Something about the design on the doors suggests iron work to me. Is that what you intended?

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    1. Not quite Catherine. I was trying to link the stonework into a carved wooden door. But now that you mention it, it does look like wrought iron. Hmm, that's made me think...:)

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  3. Oh that door looks so grand! I really like all the layers of trim surrounding it. Personally I love the aged stained doors and the way it would warm up the stone so that would be my pick. Your casters are so clever! The scale and everything looks fantastic! Did you make the wheels too? This really has me thinking now... I know there is a metal laser cutting place close to me but I haven't been able to figure out how I would use them. I always worry about having to glue or solder two pieces together after.
    But etching the metal for fold lines could really open up possibilities! Wow never thought of that!
    Hope your trip (and flight!) is amazing!

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    1. Yeah, the wheels are just opaque acrylic, cut on the laser. You should definately have a go at metal etching. So many possibilities and no soldering at all if you design with fold lines and tabs. :)

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  4. The door is absolutely stunning - Great job! The other pieces are pretty cool too. Keep up the good work - Troy

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  5. Those are some beautiful doors! Have a safe and wonderful trip.

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  6. The door is fantastic! And the other items are so beautiful.

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  7. "GOD is in the details" and you definitely have those in spades! I think your Gothic doors are pretty Spectacular Pepper! but I wonder, how they would be hinged? Most of the Medieval doors I've seen, ( which admittedly, hasn't been many) have those large iron strap hinges on the face of them, which might interfere with your current design? ( don't know so just asking)

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    1. Many of them do Elizabeth. But you often find the hinges are not just functional but often extremely ornate and added to the outside of the door to beautify them. In my case, the already ornate doors don't need metalwork so I intend putting them on the inside. A good example of this is the door in St. Martin's Cathedral, Utrecht

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    2. Thanks for clarifying that for me, Pepper. I LOVE English history and its ancient culture but have never been to visit there in person, and Now I've learned something new! :D

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  8. what a magnificent door!
    the furniture is impeccable and the crates are very realistic
    hugs

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  9. I have a scan and cut and would appreciate svg files.

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    1. Thanks Natalie. I'm in the process of adding my files to share :)

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  10. La puerta es sensacional. Un gran trabajo.

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  11. Oh, please, yes on the SVG files.

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  12. I love the doors. Maybe some old worn dark wood?

    The milk crates look good. And the casters are awesome. I hope you have a wonderful time visiting all of us over here.

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    1. Thanks Sheila, I had a great time. Yeah, I'm leaning heavily towards dark and worn for the doors :)

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  13. I am part of a Facebook group, 'Miniatures made by Cricuters', and would love something like your SVG files. We are all growing our skills on these great machines! I am still learning just to cut successfully, so would love to have a design to start with!

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    1. Hi, I've just joined your group and will be sharing the files soon. Thanks for letting me know where you are on Facebook :)

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  14. This door is stunning!!! I so admire that you're able to create and make something like this yourself. And I can say the same thing about your furniture wheels and your boxes - awesome. Have a great time!

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  15. Gorgeous work ! the doors are amazing indeed and whatever you do to finish them will surely be great. I am glad to see that I am not the only one hesistating to paint or finish Something. I've just spent a week trying to get the colours of my hallway right before assembly prevents me from changing anything ! AND you are so right about the cost of buying in the US, so weird that somethign that costs 10 usd will end up adding 35 usd shipping ! I live in France and the mini Community is not as large as in the UK ( I'm Scottish ) or Holland ,, huggss Mrs M

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    1. Hi Mrs M, hesitation should be my middle name!! I think I spend more time pondering a decision than actually doing the job :P

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  16. I think the aging or not door question has to be answered along with the walls - If you are making a Gothic building, but in its own time, everything can of course be brand new - no need to paint the stonework? or age the door if we are looking back at it in time then you have aging of the stone and wood to do.... whatever you do will continue to be wonderful for sure.

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    1. You know I never thought of it that way. It would look new if I was representing the building in it's day. Thank you :)

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  17. The doors are so beautiful and I would love to see them stained, wrought ironed and stoned!!! All three would be stunning!
    The casters and the milk crates are so you = amazing! Thank you for the svg file offer. I would say I might try, but my Cricut does not like to make nice cuts that are any smaller than 1/8" apart. What I wouldn't give for a laser cutter. Oh wait, I wouldn't give $7000 and that's why I can't yet play with one, lol!
    Have a fabulous trip and bring home loads of loot!!!

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    1. Thanks Jodi...multiple doors hmm? You've got me thinking now :D I didn't realise that Cricuts had limitations on the size of cut but thinking about it, even a laser has limitations.

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  18. Those are some awesome doors, just like real ones. I like those casters under the table and the crates too. Sorry, I can't help you with the Cricut machine files, since I haven't one, moreover, I've never seen one in real life ;O.
    Have a safe and wonderful trip.

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  19. Hi Carol the doors look superb as to what you decide to do with them next well i guess that depends on if you plan to weather the stonework then weathering the doors would match perfectly using a airbrush on something this size would achieve excellent results.Have a wonderful and safe vacation Tony

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    1. You know Tony, I've deliberated so long about buying an airbrush. I've seen such amazing results from people who know how to use them properly that maybe I should take the plunge :)

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  20. What a fun post! The doors are fabulous. I'm a huge fan of weathered. Those crates are perfect and love the casters :)

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    1. Me too Linda. If I can get the weathered look right I think it will work for the doors :)

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  21. Hello Pepper, those doors are great. I love the Gothic tracery. I think a weathered stain would look best in this case, but then you should weather the stonewerk as well.
    If you aim for a revival building you could paint it dark green or burgundy with perhaps some gold lines á la Pugin.

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    1. Thanks Huibrecht. All your suggestions deserve thinking about. So many choices!! :)

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  22. Hi Pepper! I am late to comment... but I am sure that by now you have had safe and hopefully uneventful travels and now you are Here!!! I think the doors you have started are gorgeous and should be stained to look like the weathered oak they probably are made of. I feel your pain with the stones.... I have several stone projects on the go and incomplete with no idea how to make them match my imaginings.... except through endless layers of paint washes....... (Mine... still not even all glued on!) Your casters are amazing and no wonder you had fun playing with them... they work! I am hoping you have a fabulous time here in the States... and can't wait to hear about the mini highlights! :):)

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    1. Thank you sweetie, I'm back and had a fabulous time :)

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  23. Carol, I would stain the doors - metal would be too massive... just imagine opening them in real life ;-).
    Painting and finishing off is always a hassle because there are so many options to make it look worse than before... haha.
    I just bought some wax paint which is removable with a cloth or eraser (PanPastel), works on all sorts of materials. Maybe that improves my painting abilities? Enjoy USA!!

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    1. Thanks Marion. I think I'll spend a day practising with different mediums until I find the look I want. Wax paint is now added to the list :)

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  24. I was thinking about your fabulous door last night. Maybe you could make a third panel to practice on, I tend to do mock ups in scrap to test things on. Whatever you choose to do will be great ! Hope that you have a great time ,,,, hugggs

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    1. Great idea Mrs M and definitely something I will do. Painting is not my strong point so a lot of practice needed :)

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  25. La puerta es impresionante y las cajas quedan genial !!!!

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  26. Looks fabulous! I love your doors. Just perfect for a grand entrance.

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