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!