Monday, January 2, 2017

Tutorial Mediteranean Roof

After much testing and trying other tutorials, this is what worked best for me.
But mind you: it is a luxury version because of the amount of tiles it needs!!
And I needed to make sure that the house can actually cope with the weight...

I decided NOT to have two layers of tiles (bottom and top) but to fake this only at the endings.
Reasons: the roof would have become too heavy and it is difficult to keep the tiles straight without the guidelines of the cardboard. Because there are no reverse tiles at the bottom, I had to arrange them a little closer than usual. This way, the cardboard is not visible. I covered about 1/2 to 2/3 of the underlaying tile with the next one. I needed 120 tiles for an area of 20x20cm!

The materials I used:
- Packaging cardboard (preferably not 'sandwiched' but open on one side, or peel off one side) with a 1cm wave.
- Clay roof tiles from The size I used is: length 3.5cm, width 1.6cm to 0.6cm (narrowest side). Exact description: Arab miniature tiles 35mm long. Ref. 3500771 Keranova.
1:10 scale is too large, I tried that..
- Chalky paints to color the tiles
- Wood strips for the facia, stained
- White glue
- Acrylic terracotta paint

1. I tiled the roofs before glueing them onto the house: glued the packaging cardboard onto 5mm foam board.
IMPORTANT: makes sure that you have an EVEN number of ridges.

2. Glue facia on sides, making sure it is wide enough at the front to add guttering if you want to.
Glue facia on side ensuring that the top is level with the ridges of the cardboard - to make an additional ridge on both sides.
Tip: if you want to attach guttering, the facia must be wide enough...

3. Stain or paint facia boards
4. Color the 'valleys' of the cardboard with terracotta shade crayon, feltpen or acrylic paint.

5. Color the clay tiles. I used white chalky paint, partially watered down or added other shades to create an uneven colored, lively roof.

6. If the underside of the roof is visible, best to now glue the faux roof underneath. Here one to download.

7. Lay roof tiles, using any glue. The white wood glue worked perfectly well for me.
Start at the gutter side and let them protrude minimum 1cm (try and see if the the guttering fits).
I used 17mm spacing laying these tiles.
I waited with attaching the last row of tiles in case I need to trim them.

8. Fake endings: I cut the tiles with my table saw and glued the small pieces under the first row of tiles.

9. Glue roofs onto the building. For added stability I insered wire rods through the roof into the side walls.
10. Then glue the last row of tiles onto roof and add the ridge. Ridge: make sure that both sides are level. In my case, I still could see through the roof top under the ridge - so I inserted painted strip of cardboard or wood before adding the ridge tiles.

I hope that this helps someone interested in Mediteranean mini roofing!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Bedrooms Provencal

My nativity model (last blog entry) is ready in scale 1:10 - but mary, joseph and family have not made it from the U.S. to Switzerland yet - maybe they are having too much fun in California πŸ˜‰
Well, no photoshooting for x-mas card this year. But I am ready for next Christmas πŸ‘

In the meantime I have completed the two bedrooms upstairs.

The proportions of the rooms were not cosy - so I added ceilings instead of leaving them open to the roof - worked!
I divided them with a wardrobe made with wood veneer. Gives it that country-side look.

Mum wanted hers with wallpaper and a bedside lamp from Miniarquitect (she has excellent taste...)

I did mine in a more Provencal style. The bedcover is a knitting pattern Mum started some 30 years ago, never finished it - but kept it! (This would not have happened to me: I am not a collector and things get thrown away....). Perfect color and size, just had to knit the one ending πŸ˜ƒ
Recognize the sneakers? Gift from Carol... ;-)

Electrical candle: made with Fimo, a candle light from Nalladris, and bought some of these cylinders the florists use for putting single flowers in water. There is a glass workshop for disabled persons nearby and they cut it for me into the right length. I was lucky: if the glas were Pyrex (and most of e.g. lab equipment is) they could not have have cut it! This was quite an exercise beause for them it was not routine work and it was all trial-and-error.
at the glass workshop - grinding them straight was tricky...

Busy with landscaping and roof right now...
Enjoy the Festive Season - whatever you are up to!

Regards, Marion

P.S. My tree is already done :-)

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Modern Miniature Nativity

I am so excited! Just found and bought these miniatures....


Now I will give them a different shelter and put them into a more urban environment.
How the heck can I intergrate a cow in this?? Or a sheep? mh....
My mind is just boggling with ideas!!

Only four weeks to go  - this will be fast and furious!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Garage with laundry and work bench

The addition of the garage with the workbench and the pottery studio is completed - except for the tiles on the roof and the light above the entrance of the studio.
With this addition the house is getting bigger... and intended to make something small again... haha.
I even had to make it in two pieces so that it would fit through the room door!
Definitely too many ideas I want to see in mini format πŸ˜‰

Short Video

Carol gave me lots of inspiration for the workbench with her tutorials - and even sent me a few goodies I was not able to make, such as the perfect paint tray. Thanks my friend...
And I finally could use her tool and stacking boxes - yipee!!!

The pegboard is made from stuff one needs for circuits, copper lined on the back. Got it as a electronic rummage shop nearby.

Most of the tools (and especially the vice!) are from Superior Dollhouse, and Miniatures World.
Obviously all shipped via my friend Cindy in the U.S. - thanks Cindy!!

The garage door was tricky: the house is situated in a narrow road that does not allow the garage door to protrude into the road - otherwise one can never get into it with a car.
For a minute I thought about automatic openin/closing .. but only for a minute ;-) I mean, how crazy can you get ???
here the meachnism, made it with plastic ASA

This is what the addition-to-the-house project looks like right now - I wonder whether there is actually space for the car ?!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Pottery studio en miniature

Leaning back... all done ...  :-)

For my pottery wheel...
...I used what I could lay my hands on..
making the guiding rings on the wheel itself was a bit challenging..
Every potter needs a kiln...

And every potter needs tools - no matter how fiddly they are to make...
I rummaged through electronical waste box for the some of the metal parts

Bad NEWS though: for one or the other reason my blog links, etc. have disappeared! 
I am not amused... to say the least..
But I heard that this has happened to other bloggers as well, recently.
I am in the process of getting the links in again, please let me know if your blog is not listed.
AND: if anyone knows how to get the previews to these links in - please help!
Many thanks...

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pottery Studio and landscape

Not finished inside... lured by something else than bedrooms ;-)
Great that there are no deadlines in this project... hihi

South European gardens do have Cypress trees! No question: I want...
And I found a great tutorial that works in 1:12 as well.
I used the coarsest steelwool on the market, sprayed it brown, and then added NOCH moss green. Worked like a charm :-)

Southern European gardens do have plane trees (Platane) as well... mh....
Found a piece of wood (seems to come from special oak species, maybe a bonsai..) at the local nursery that could work. Poor thing is going through a tough few months now: the wood is still a little green and I hope that I can straighten out the stem. And then I will be in for a bit of punching and gluening... eventually.

And I made a climbing plant (to cover the cracks in the wall...): using paper covered wire which I could paint and glue on, a mini punch from the punch bunch and tissue paper, which I sprayed with all sorts of greens, a bit of red and orange. Wonderful work to do when 'hearing' TV....

I thought that adding a garage and potters studio is not going to make much of a difference - the project is big anyway... might as well.

I have decided on pottery studio because I did pottery many years back and know what that should look like. The nice part: here, things do not have to be perfect...
After getting that far, I noticed that I forgot old newspapers, which are quite important for a potter to cover pieces so that they can dry slowly. 
I made some tools already - but need a different container...

and am quite ambitious now to get anywhere close to this potter's wheel...

What fun this is!