Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Internals started on both Venice Canal House and Flourish & Blotts......

I have started working on the internals of the two structures I want to get finished for exhibit at the Sydney Miniatures Show in May 2017.  I need to get these finished sooner rather than later, as I also need to get stuck into my basket work, but am enjoying doing something different for the moment.  However, time is running out!!

This is the start of the internal workings in Flourish & Blotts.  I have another
1300 books I need to make, which might give me the amount
of clutter needed in the whole building.  Should keep me amused
for a little while!

The right wall of the Venice Canal House completed.  I have all the books
I need for this one!!  Also working on bits of furniture to be added.


A long shot of the room upstairs.  The lower floor is his work area and I will show that
next time.
I am happy with progress to date but need to keep going and get both structures put to bed!!

Until next time!

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Back to Flourish & Blotts...............



I finally finished claying the roof - nearly tiling in my sleep last night!!  But it's all over now!












Tomorrow I'm back to it with more layers of paint and we'll see what we end up with.



Friday, 10 November 2017

Playing with some 1:24th scale basket.............







A lidded picnic basket and a hamper.  They are so tiny - even I am amazed!

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

A basket by one of my students...............


Isn't this just beautiful work?
By Rosie Woodley, AMEA Convention Workshop, Hobart, Tasmania, October 2018






Makes my day when I can share my knowledge/experience in miniature basketmaking
and get results like this.  My time is not wasted!!

Sunday, 5 November 2017

And still more progress made on Flourish & Blotts......




Front part of roof installed along with the dormer window.



A side view showing chimney stack.





Railing/balustrade fitted.





Showing ground floor.





Showing the upper floor area.




Friday, 3 November 2017

Introducing one of my supervisors................


This is Serafina - but she has many nicknames.  Some that come to mind are:

Fatty Foofa,  Fooda,  Fatty Boomba, Fatty Arbuckle - the list goes on.  Does this give one the impression that she likes food?  It should, because she does!!  And she loves hoomans too!


I'm obviously doing it all wrong!!!!

A little more done on Flourish & Blotts.............

........installed the staircase today.  The stair rail has only been propped up to show it - but it still needs painting and distressing.  The ground floor lighting is also being worked on at the same time.  Trying to get all the little things done before the roof goes on and it becomes difficult to work in!!






Mock up of the painted railing - I think it will look ok.



Thursday, 2 November 2017

Still weaving..............

.......while waiting for stair rails to be finished and in between painting bits and pieces - just to keep my hand in so to speak!!  Played with some woven trays - for a bit of fun.






Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Flourish & Blotts update..........

The balustrade made by Peter - I did not want turned spindles for this building.


Maybe more tweaking to be done - but not until the whole thing is together!


Ground floor window and door frame installed.






Saturday, 28 October 2017

Update on Flourish & Blotts.......


The following are some pics of progress on this project to date.  I have been working steadily during the week - but lots more to be done.


All the timber framing on ready for claying



One side clayed


Other side clayed


Brickwork completed on chimney stack



Showing the completed chimney stack



Painting of the chimney stack commenced


Showing the complete chimney painted


And that has been my progress to date.   Still a lot of work to do but a great step forward.


Friday, 20 October 2017

A little progress made............

The light was not so good for taking photos - but more paintwork done on these pieces



Light Peter has made for this building.  He will be making all the lights for this - thankfully, then I can have what I want!

The front now ready for claying.  Timber framing completed so ready to move on.
The door still needs painting.











Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Progress with Flourish & Blott..........

So work is progressing slowly - there's always more wood to distress and paint, or bits to adjust before the final coming together.  But I'm now at the point where I'm ready to do the fun stuff - like claying and colouring, and, and, and..........


"Hardware" ready for painting


Ground floor fireplace - some painting commenced


Parts assembled ready for the fun stuff


The original doesn't have a chimney so I made one fit.


Do you like the clamps - very technical!!


Friday, 13 October 2017

Flourish & Blotts - the beginning...............


All the parts ready to go!!

Some of the timber, distressed and painted




Getting ready to clay!


Inside walls clayed and ready to paint.  Waiting for the clay to dry a little more!!


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

A tribal style planter..........

Just finished this today - certainly a fun one to do!



Sunday, 13 August 2017

Birdhouse of fun!

A little birdhouse - a bit of fantasy!




First pic is the project just "put together" and the second pic is the completed version.


A fun project for me!  I sculpted the "roof" out of thermo plastic and the rest is woven!



Friday, 11 August 2017

More gum nut!

This time a much larger one - but I loved the texture of the pot so decided to do something with it.......




I love the combination of gum nut, cane and thread, finished with a rolled border.