Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tin Candle Sconces

     I used some tin from a tea-light candle and a biro to create these candle sconces, the sort that was usually found in most homes in the 18th century.  The shape dates to 1750, but I created the thistle pattern myself.  Try it if you have 5 minutes, it's really quick and effective!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Daviot House Front Door

   This front door, of Hamilton House in Prestonpans, Scotland, is my inspiration for Daviot House.  As I'll have to build this extension onto the front of the house, it's something that I can start with before my house arrives (and yes, I am currently in talks with the 'architect', so stay tunes!).

I love the ancient feel to the stone and the carving: it's grand, but still humble, as are most of these buildings.  They were usually very old buildings dating from the 14th and 15th centuries, that were then updated continuously as a family's fortunes increased (or decreased!).  With the 18th century, this habit of home improvement started to be replaced by building new, symmetrical, architecturally perfect buildings.  While I really admire the architecture of the Georgian period, for some reason I prefer this older style.

  Here's my sketch for the front door.  I'll make the stonework out of DAS clay, as I did for the fireplace in the parlour.  I don't want to use a standard door, as the front door is not quite to scale (people were much smaller 400 years ago!).  I'll have a go with bass wood and iron on floor boards, I think.  If anyone has any tips for hinges, I'd love to hear them!

   Here is the hardware I ordered from Sussex Crafts, the door knocker has a wonderful heavy feel.  I think I will need another hinge, though.  Now I just need to find a supplier for small brass pins, to use as studs... 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Give Away Sneak Peek

       I realised recently that I have 47 followers!  It's pretty amazing, and I'd like to thank you all...  When I had 15 followers, I decided to make something for a giveaway, but then I seemed to have more and more, and never quite got around to doing it.  This time, though, I'd like to do it regardless of numbers, but by date - I think it's a nice way to celebrate May Day, so on May 1st, I'll post a giveaway.

       In the meantime, to whet your appetites, here's a sneak preview of the work in progress...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Back From Holidays!

     Finally, I've managed to get posting again after a bit of Spring break.  Being in Spain visiting family and nowhere near any mini related things was difficult, especially as I forgot to bring my workbox with me!  But it is amazing what you can find, even in a tiny Spanish village.

I found this packet of gold sprayed wood bits. I've no idea what they were intended for, but they'll be perfect to finish the alcove when I make it in wood.  I was a little stressed about cutting a curve in wood, but here is my solution!  Found under a lot of dust in the equivalent of a dollar store (needless to say, I bought four packets for posterity!).

    Last weekend, back in Lyon, I went to a brocante (flea market), braving ice cold wind and rain, and managed to find this beauty - a fine lawn handkerchief edged with handmade lace... unfortunately it was at the end of the day, and I only had a couple of euros left, so I couldn't buy the rest of the handkerchieves that the vendor was selling!  The scale is too big for 1:12, but I think I can find a home for it as a bedspread, without it looking too out of scale - the workmanship is simply stunning!