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Mar 25, 2010

The day before the construction begins :)

So, as I said I needed a few days off to start buildig this office and I did take some free time - that has convinced me I could make miniatures as full time pleasure instead of going to work everyday - it is such a waist of time ...;) Anyway, I started with painting all the pieces that are going to be non-removable, so here you have my gothic window - I only painted it with acrylic paints, didn't even sand it first, as this should look like the stone window. Almost the same I did to this big Emporium's fireplace, I painted it with acrylic paints, so that everyone could think it was used some time ago(I tested it on my sister and she wondered why it is soooooo used - guess it works then;) The doors were a bit of work as I wanted them to be one wing door, so I needed to take the hingers from one wing out, glue the wings together, add small boards to strengthen the door, paint it and add a beautiful lock with a key that I bought together with the door and the window. I aged all golden metal trimmings with a bit of black paint and here you can see how the door looks now One thing I don't like about this door is....a smell of the brown paint - it is really stinky and I don't know why, because the rest of the paints don't smell at all!


Debbie said...

Looking forward to seeing the construction. The Windows, Fireplace and Door look great.

Michelle's Mad World said...

YAY! I love to see others constructing! You've done some great work here Ewa! The door furnishings are great and well aged. If you used acrylic paint on the door, then no it shouldn't smell, unless it's some other type of paint and therefore it just might. ;o)

Michelle xxx

The Old Maid said...

Thank you Ladies! Yes, it is acrylic paint....and it smells...;)

Norma said...

The fireplace looks especially great! Are you going to do a 'dirty wash' or something similar on the window to represent the collection of centuries of dust and grime? By a dirty wash I mean a mix of almost all water with a bit of black acrylic in it, paint it on and wipe it off several times until you get the build up of grime to the level you want. It will wipe of the surface but catch in the imperfections/grooves just as in the 'real thing'.

I think I'd dump that brown acrylic, maybe a contaminated batch or something, there is no reason it should smell any different to the other colours.

The Old Maid said...

Norma, actually the window and the door looked like that before I started to build the walls up. Right now they both are more dirty and aged but I want to show you the construction almost step by step so you will see them changing:)

Norma said...

Look forward to seeing the 'after' pics, hope you didn't think I was trying to tell my grandmother 'how to suck eggs' ;) NOT that you're old enough to be my grandmother of course!! LOL - I think I'd better retire before I get myself into real trouble ;)

Tallulah Belle said...

I LOVE the windows and door. Can I ask where you bought them please.

And like the others say acrylic shouldn't smell at all. I'd throw it and try another.

The Old Maid said...

Norma, I didn't think like that at all! Thank you for the advice! :) I am open to any miniature suggestions! Thank you very much! Don't retire please!(You made me laugh :D)

The Old Maid said...

Tallulah Belle - thank you so much! The door, the window and the lock with the key I found at Bromley Craft.