Some updates

Gosh, I haven’t posted on here for ages.  I am really bad at blogging!

Therefore, I will post some updated photos:

 

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Front Door
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open to see tiled floor
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Mini cushion and windows with leading
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Another new house
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Put together
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The roof
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Chimney pots pre-mossing

Chimney Pots

I finally got to go to the local arts and crafts store to buy some clay.  I went for Das terracotta air-dry clay as I thought the colour would look authentic as chimney pots.  I have never worked with clay before, well that’s not strictly true I have done some kids crafts with my daughter using it, but I’ve never made anything miniature before with it.

I used this this photo as inspiration:

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My aim was to create something mock-Tudor that was simple so the design looked perfect.  I am in love with the ornate bricked Tudor chimneys but decided something simpler would be good to start with.  I liked the elegant long thin shape and thought they would compliment my chimney stack well.

Anyway……as it turns out working with clay on a miniature scale is much more difficult than I envisaged.  My initial attempts just collapsed in on themselves as I was aiming to make a hollow pot, like a real chimney pot.  I then attempted to use the original wooden small pots as a support and built the clay around them.  This was slightly more successful but I still wasn’t happy with the end product.  Here they are so you can laugh at my wonky pots:

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The one on the right is slightly better and actually doesn’t look too bad on the house but I could not make a matching one at all!

As it was getting quite late now, I left them to dry overnight to see what they would turn out.

In the morning, still not happy with how they looked I decided to have another attempt but this time using a solid clay cylinder as a base and just hollowing out the top section.  I also went for a slightly different design and I’m a bit happier with the result.  They still aren’t perfect and they still don’t match so we’ll see……

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Chimney Stack

Today I continued with the bricked chimney.

The first job was to give it some paint.  I started with burnt sienna acrylic paint and used a stiff paintbrush to dab it on.  It needed two coats in the end to cover up the writing from the egg cartons:

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To make it look slightly aged I added small amounts of a darker brown and black:

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At this point I gave it a spray with sealant whilst I contemplated the mortar.  I was torn as I didn’t want to risk ruining what I’d done already but I did want the mortared look.  In the end, after a walk to the hardware store to think I decided to risk it.  I settled on a slightly watered down white filler material that I bought ready mixed.  I applied using my finger and washed off the excess with a damp towel.  The initial look was too new for the bricks and so I ended up adding a small amount of grey paint.

Here’s the finished effect complete with a flenching I made from an old rough cardboard box.

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For my first ever attempt at anything like this I’m really pleased.  I’m tempted to darken the grout even more as I think it still looks too pristine but I’ll see how it looks when it’s fully dried.

Now I’m just waiting for my clay to arrive so I can do the chimney pots and roof tiles!

Roof and chimney

I decided to strip the roof the house came with, I figured if I’m going to do this then I may as well do it all the way I want to.

The original roof was just a glued on slate effect sheet and so it came off pretty easily.  My plan is to redo the roof with red tiles to make it look like the original ‘Stockbroker Tudor’ houses.

These are my inspirations:

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So after stripping the roof the house now looks like this:

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I decided to work first on the chimney stack.  I sawed off the wooden chimney pots as I’m going to replace them with clay Tudor style tall narrow ones.  I also set to work ‘bricking’ the chimney using egg cartons.  You can see the method I followed here on Otterine’s miniatures.

I want to make the brick work look mock Tudor and so I researched Tudor brick patterns and sizes and scaled down to the 1/12th scale.  In the end the bricks measured 15mm x 4mm with the corner bricks being 22.5mm x 4mm to give the whole brick effect.

I’m pretty pleased with how it has turned out so far.  I just need it to dry so I can paint it next!

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It’s here…..

Today it arrived!

Julie, the lovely lady from eBay that I bought it from took the time to deliver it to me.

Here it is modelled by my number one helper:

 

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Very much a blank canvas at the moment which is what makes it exciting.

It’s a handmade replica of a Half Stockbroker house, there isn’t much known about it’s history.  I have no idea who made it but it’s very solid.  There are a couple of things done on it:

The roof:  I’m torn as I was planning on a red tiled roof but the existing one is in better condition than I anticipated from the photos.

Porch floor – is beautiful, looks far better in real life than in the photos.

Windows – are glazed but I may replace them.

Wallpaper – all the rooms are papered but a little tatty so I’ll probably replace them too.

I absolute love the shape of the house, it needs a lot of work AND furniture but that’s part of the fun 🙂