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Monday, April 4, 2011

Mock Tudor

OK.....I did some cleaning in the workroom. I got to the quarter inch scale minis.....And took a break.

I had the urge to try out an idea and couldn't wait. After all, I can now get into the room and as far as my chair. I deserve a break!

If you are wondering where Tessie is, she disappeared about the time that I said the words workroom and clean.....

You were a very bad influence. People kept poking at me and telling me that I should work on the new wall hanging shelf house. As if I don't have enough to do without starting that too....

The house is such an unusual shape. It reminded me of some of the early Tudor houses that hang out over the streets in London.

Unfortunately, the whole thing is only 1 1/2" deep. That translates to 6'.

Then I thought, why not extend the floors, just like the real houses? I decided that the left side would make a large house.

The tower section would be good for small, one room, shops.

I am thinking that the bottom of that section would make an excellent entrance.

I was already toying with the idea of putting doors at the backs of all of the rooms to indicate that there was more behind the whole thing.

I decided to build a mock up of the house with foam core.

I will probably do the actual extensions with balsa. I am not a fan of balsa usually, but in this case, I don't think that I want to do anything fancy with a house that only cost one dollar in the first place.

I built out the the second story with 3/4" strips. That gives me rooms that are 9' deep.
I went out an inch and a half on the top floor. That gives me rooms with a depth of 12'. Now all will be good sized rooms.
I am leaving the bottom rooms small. They will be kitchen, scullery and storage.
Right now, I am thinking five shops in the tower.
Now....Am I going with all Tudor? Or am I going with something more recent in a Tudor building.
Liberty of London's building is very Tudor, but was built way later. I will have to think on this part and decide.

Whatever I do, it is going to take a whole lot of furniture to fill this place.

I had better get to work and finish cleaning the workroom. I might need a place to work. I probably will have to bar the door or Tessie will be whining at me to finish the townhouse.
Hey! She has a place to sleep now and a bathroom. She has a clean workroom. That's more than I can say for myself.
Back to work.
See you tomorrow.


Wendie said...

what an amazing find for $1 !!! it's got such potential, and I know you will make it look fantastic. It will be most peculiar not listening to Tessie trying to lay claim to it as her home... unless she shrinks herself!!! It's a wonderful project and I look forard to seeing its progress :D

Katie said...

This is such an interesting project! So many rooms to fill.... and I bet you have lots of mini things hiding around there to fill it with:)

Michelle said...

You always amaze me what you do with a kit, no matter how cheap or simple!! It looks fabulous already!

I've been in Liberty's and past the shop so many times and I never noticed it was Tudor! Shame on me, probably too busy thinking what I was going to buy! lol lol

Michelle xx

Caseymini said...

Actually, I don't have a lot of quarter inch stuff that I haven't put in other houses and rooms. If I do furniture, I wonder if anybody will be interested in tutorials. I am not sure how many people want to do 1/4".

dale's dreams said...

This is cool! I would have never thought of extending it out like you have. Very interesting!

Oh, I think the tiny scales are very interesting to a lot of people, seems it's growing in it's popularity.

Kathi said...

Me me me! I'm interested in 1/4" tutorials! LOVE the little white "wicker" you show here! The upholstered pieces are wonderful too! I knew I was waiting for this for some reason! I still have that little house you sent me, remember? :D

Caseymini said...

Kathi, that house is not quarter inch. It is more like 1/8th or so....With quarter inch, the people are from 1 1/4 to 1 1/2" average. Maybe I should do a little tutorial on scale in 1/4" too.

Caseymini said...

Michelle, as I remember, Liberty is half timber Tudor style, but I don't think that the second floor sticks out over the front. Not completely sure.

Lucille said...

Amazing, Casey, how much you got accomplished in such a short period of time.

Elga said...

Casey here are some links for you, I went to Liberty's in 2006 and that was rather an experience!!!!

Caseymini said...

Elga, thank you so much for the Liberty websites! I only had one small photo that I took when we were there. It didn't show the whole building. For some reason, I didn't even think of Googling Liberty of London. Just one of those days. It does have step out stories! I think that I was more excited about what was inside at the time. Love that place!

Carmen O. said...

Ohh what a beautiful project!!
I'm sure that "Tudor or not Tudor", it will be perfect!!
Now you need a 1/4"Tessie!! LOL

Merri said...

LOL, tol ya to start on the new SF project. But this IS a cool wallhanging house shelf. And I like the way you've extended the top with foamcore. Ack, so many rooms to fill. I sure couldn't afford it. I'm having enough trouble filling up Moggie Mansion.

Gotta give you an A for effort tho..that wall thingy is going to be CUTE!