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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

First Floor. Everybody Off!

Back to having eggs for breakfast for a while.  I am running out of cartons.

I do still have the trays from the theater, but they are really rough. 

I laid the bottom floor this morning.
Here's a bit more detail on how I go about it.  In the first photo you see a large piece that will be cut up and turned into this...

I started along the left wall and was doing the "one piece at a time" school of cutting....Then I decided to streamline it for a while. 

This method wastes a bit of the carton, but it is much faster.
First I trim down a larger piece of the egg carton so that it will fit exactly into a space.

Then in the first two photos, I simply cut it up into pieces and glued them in.

That way is OK if you know what you are doing and have done as many of these floors as I have, but I realized that some of you are just starting out at this.

In the  third and fourth photos, I cut the piece to fit where I wanted it.  Then I laid it in place and drew some lines where I thought it should be cut.
Notice, none of the pieces are the same size and they don't necessarily run in the same direction of the grain of the carton.  That gives it a bit more variation in the texture.

I then take it out and cut one piece at a time and glue it in place.  Once in a while you need to trim off a sliver of carton here and there to make them fit just right.
"You got EGGS on my floor!"  There's always something for Tessie to complain about. 

She knows very well that it isn't going to look like this when it's finished.  Heaven forbid that she would wait until I was done, to see what it looked like, before complaining.

Oh well....I am just going to go get a stylus and a crochet hook and start doing the seams between the stones now.  Before I do, I shall stuff a couple of chocolate peanut butter cookies in her mouth.  That will keep her amused for a while.

Back to the stylus.

See you tomorrow.


Phyllisa said...

Hi Casey. I know you have done plenty of rocks and bricks for outside, but I couldn't recall if you had done any inside. So I'm glad you are doing the "rock" floor on this cottage.
Does it show furniture indentations?

Caseymini said...

Phyllisa no indentations. If anything, it would show cracks....slate is more prone to cracking than denting. Tessie knows that and is very careful with the furniture.

12Create said...

I really must have a go at using egg cartons for floors/exteriors. I have been busy collecting the cartons.

Bird said...

I was just thinking of doing that for Kettle's house! What a great surprise when I saw you posting this on your blog. I love the way you're laying down the floor. I think it will look quite wonderful when it's done. Can't wait to see the finished product. Bird

Caseymini said...

I have done it before, but never put up a tutorial for this particular kind. I hope that it helps in what you are doing....More tomorrow.

Troy said...

Looking good Casey. It will be beautiful when you paint. Looking forward to watching your progress.

Lucille said...

I've never seen it done like this. It will look very nice once it's done!

Veronique Blommaart said...

Thank you for showing us how you do it! I am a bit puzzled about the crochet hook but I guess it will make sense tomorrow :-)

Giac said...

Hello Casey,
The floor will look superb when it is done...I know Tessie will think so as well. Happy stylus!
Big hug,