Saturday, 11 May 2013

The Little Cardboard Box Project....Part Two!

For those of you following this project, I am pleased to say that I have been able to do a little more and it has progressed! Am thoroughly enjoying working on it as I've complete freedom to take it into any direction that I wish as long as the concept of this scene is kept in mind.....which  if you've read the previous posting, will see that it's based on my favourite nursery rhyme - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. 

The Window
The focus of this project has to be the view of the night sky through the window. Originally I'd planned to create a large Victorian sash window but eventually decided that it would block out too much of the sky I plumped for a simple framed window with a mock opening window at the top. 
This kind of window is a simple process, particularly as  much of the construction is hidden on the rear side of the wall and remains unseen. Spare offcuts from my "bits box" were used for the construction. 
On the rear of the wall,  wooden supports were glued around each side of window edge from oddments. The sill was created from a 1/8" x 1" length cut wider than the actual hole and trimmed each end so that  it sat snugly on the bottom edge of the window, plus the front edge protruded over the front edge by approx. 1/4". The two sides and top of the window were framed with oddments of  1/16" x 1/2" wood. 

Next an interior frame made from 1/4"x 1/8" was created and fixed flush with the back of the outer frame. Then an inner frame was constructed from 1/8" x 1/8" wood pre-painted in brown which were actually leftover from a previous project.  A bar to fit across was also cut and glued into place to give the illusion of a long upper window and lower window as seen in pic above.

 The entire frame was painted in white acrylic-front, back and inside. 
 Then additional oddments of wood were added around the back of the frame in order to contain the clear plastic....(stiff plastic from any packaging will do).
The plastic is then set over the rear of the window. 
 To keep the plastic firmly in place, pre-painted long white supporting struts (made from 1/8" x 1/8" wood) are glued along the top and bottom.

 Back Wall
Next, supporting batons were glued at a depth of 1 1/4" from the back, plus additional oddments of wood were glued to top and bottom of rear wall....then the wall was glued into place. 

A strip of grey cardboard was cut the width of the box and 3 1/2" deep then glued at an angle to create a slanted ceiling...just to give a little more interest.

Interior Walls
The ceiling and walls were thoroughly covered with quick drying acrylic primer, then the walls were painted in some very pale yellow emulsion that I had knocking around my workroom. 
Here is the room with just one coat of yellow.....and that is as far as I've got. Followers of KT Miniatures will know that I'm not one for pristine walls and am itching to get cracking on the aging bit but this will have to be it for now.
Although I hope to make most of the interior furnishings myself including off to Kensington Dolls House Fair in London tomorrow as a visitor...and I may treat myself to something......we shall see.


Lucy Bloom said...

Thank you for your comment, Celia, your miniature work is just lovely!

KT Miniatures said...

Hi Lucy - thank you for taking the time to come over to KT Miniatures Journal and take a peek. You have no idea how your lifesize work and blog images have helped to inspire me in my miniature work!Celia

Giac said...

Hello Celia,
That window is ridiculously realistic. The room is coming along beautifully...what terrific work.
I cannot wait to see more.
Big hug,

Robin said...

I saw this in the early stages...and shall be able to see it as it progresses, as I live 'down the road'....and I know it will be very special!

KT Miniatures said...

Cheers Giac and Robin for your comments. This little box is progressing nicely now. Walls aged and floor is in. Hope to bring more photos later this week. Celia

Steinworks said...

your right the slant does add interest to the project, thank you for posting more photos and sorry for being such a whiner :)


KT Miniatures said...

Haha're forgiven! Just taken a peek at your latest room box creation too....absolutely brilliant! My little box room is progessing nicely but work beckons so will have more pics on here later in the week. Celia

Dave Williams said...

Just love what you have done to this scene, the window with the view is amazing.

KT Miniatures said...

Thanks Dave....however the little box has progressed somewhat further already and will show more photos very soon. Celia