Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Thank you Simon and Giac!

Sometimes I just need a little bit of motivation to tackle the more structural elements of Daviot House...  Two recent posts really gave me that;  Giac and his post on lead glazed windows for his room-box, and Simon and his post on sandstone and exterior decoration.  Thanks guys!

You can check them out here and here.  I think the original tutorial for glazed windows comes from the Glorious Twelfth blog, and a great one it is too.

This is the sorry state of the window after I had ripped out the window frames that were supplied with the kit.  There was nothing wrong with them, but I needed to make stone surrounds.  My first try ended up with the 'stones stuck on mdf' effect, and so I needed to mould the clay around the window hole to make it look more realistic.

After the problems I had with the DAS floor in the hall, I was afraid that I would have to find another medium...but I am back in love with the stuff now, thankfully!  

I used a very hard toothbrush to stipple and pock-mark the clay.  A lolly and cocktail stick provided the other textural elements - architecture on a shoestring!  Daviot House is quite a low-budget production, but we work with what we have...

I use several washes of waterclour paint, various reds, greens, ochres, browns and blues, finished off with a light stippling of mossy green on the top.

The glazing was just an acrylic sheet, and I cut strips of adhesive lead.  I couldn't easily (or cheaply) find golf lead online, which is the recommended product, so I used lead flashing used for dollshouse rooves.  It cut fine after a couple of goes, and was less stressful to use as I had anticipated.

I still have to make a wooded casement frame for the 'glass' to go in, and use a glazing varnish for the glass, but I'm waiting for the postman!

Here you can see a 'before and after' comparison between the dining room window on the ground floor and the bedroom window above.

And so the Mimosa Bedroom is slowly taking shape... deadline (hopefully) is the end of February, so things should be quite busy around here for a couple of weeks!




  1. I love your window! You did a great job, I think it so nice that we can learn from each other in Blogland.

  2. Te ha quedado genial, Jonquil, es un efecto muy realista. ¡Enhorabuena! Estoy deseando ver el resultado final de esta maravillosa casa de muñecas, estoy seguro de que será una maravilla!

    ¡Un abrazo enorme!

  3. Very realistic, and such an improvement on the dining room window. Does that mean you are going to do all of the windows like this? Can't wait to see more of your house!

  4. Hello Jonquil,
    I am glad I could give you that little push because your window is terrific! You did an amazing job on the leading and the stonework. i love that you made the window frame. it is so unique and very well done. Bravo!
    Big hug,

  5. Great window it looks amazing! gr. AM

  6. Tis is a great window!
    Bye Faby

  7. I agree that we all sometimes need a little push in the right direction to tackle things we've been putting off, but I think the wait was worth it, your window looks very professional. How did you get the lead so thin? the stone work looks good too, very rustic, perfect for an old house!

  8. Hi Jonquil
    You took inspiration from me?? Your windows are exactly how I want my house to look !! I shall be looking and re-looking over the next few weeks.
    Thanks for the mention, sweetie pie

  9. C'est très réaliste. BRAVO.

  10. The window looks fantastic! I think low budget can work out better in the long run, sometimes it has a more organic natural feel and you have certainly created that here. I love finding funny tools to create effects, I'm sure we could all give a list of odd things we have used whilst creating miniatures.

    Fantastic job on the windows, the look so authentic.

    ML Fi xx

  11. I LOVE your "stone" windows! And the leading you have done looks perfect! I have not yet tried the lead-tape windows... but Someday I will ... and I hope I have as much success as you have achieved! One of the most wonderful things about this Blogland is how much you can learn from other people's projects! Daviot House is looking Great!

  12. The window is just perfect. A great job well done and Daviot House is going to look so good with all the windows like that. (I hope you remember how you did it when the time comes - I have problems with that one. Create a great finish then forget how I did it - maddening!)

  13. It really looks great and very realistic good job!

  14. Hi Jonquil, this post shows us your gorgeous windows, well done! I can't find the golf lead either. I've found once but it was quite expensive :(. Your method is working very well and I love the natural weathering you did in the stone surroundings, it all looks so realistic. I love that peek in the room, great picture, it makes us crazy of curiosity ;).
    I love the comment of Irene: "create a great finish then forget how I did it-maddening", it also happens to me sometimes ;)
    The comments above say all about blogging, learning of each others finds and friendship, it is all true :D!
    Warm hugs, Ilona