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  1. miniarquitect

    showcase of bathrooms

    Hello to everybody After some months of silence, this is my new miniature creation. A new shop windows with a showroom of bathrooms and accessories. As always the façade follows the art-nouveau style, with an important sgraffito in two colours, stone arches and a sinuous baseboard also made of stone. the sidewall is made with a new piece of concrete. It reproduces the original design which Antonio Gaudí made for the first time in Batlló House. This house is in Barcelona, in Passeig de Gràcia (one of the most important Barcelona's avenue), and this design was also used for the pavement of this avenue, but made of green-grey concrete (those in Batlló house were of enameled ceramic).
  2. I have always admired miniaturists who build wonderful staircases in roomboxes and their dollhouses. I remember Paul Moore had (from memory) created the Winterthur Staircase and it was shown on the inside cover of the back of a Miniature Collector Magazine. In my recent quest of stairbuilding and I had a nice conversation with Peter Kendall at Guild School and he recommended a book, A Treatise on Stairbuilding & Handrailing by W&A Mowat. (Excellent Book.) I also purchased, Constructing Staircases, Balustrades & Landings by William P. Spence and Taunton's Building Stairs from the Editors of Fine Homebuilding. It is interesting that the cover of the book, Constructing Staircases, Balustrades & Landings has a Houseworks curved staircase on the cover. When I looked at the book initially, I was wondering if we were going to discuss miniature staircases. I think I have all my questions answered, now to just apply the knowledge. In Taunton's book, the chapter of Making a Curved Handrail fascinates me. There is store bought bending rail to enable the curved handrail for real life applications, and at the end of the chapter, when I asked about the compound routering for the curved handrail, (see Bill Robertson's Forum on the staircase in Twin Manors) the curved part of the handrail that sets above the Newell post at the bottom of the stairs is called a volute. It is going to be fun to try and make one of these someday. Tamra/Indiana
  3. miniarquitect


    Hello This time I want to show you some bathrooms which I have made for different miniature houses. As you know I build houses with an aesthetic of the beginning of XX century but with a contemporary feeling, this is the reason because of I use accesories and lights that, in some case, have been designed one hundred years after. So, in these bathrooms I try to reproduce the atmosphere of these rooms, I keep the ancient cast iron bathtube and the bath sink, which in many cases was made in England, as I can do in a real restoration of a flat. But the toilet and the bidet are new ones. The toilet because the original ones have high cistern and this is quite inconvenient, and also because this piece was usually separated, so you have to put a new one in the bathroom. The bidet, because was not very common. So toilet and bidet are from the same collection while bathtube and sink are the original ones. I also keep the same tiles, quite worn and no so shining, and up to a hight of 1,60 m, and I paint the rest of the wall. Although, as you can see in one of the toilets, all the wall is painted but has a varnish protection of 1,60 m also. lights, as usually, are modern. And floors, as described in one of my topics.
  4. miniarquitect

    Art nouveau shop window

    This is one of my latest miniature architecture work: an art-nouveau shop window inspired in the buildings of Domènech i Montaner, an architect who work mainly in Barcelona, the last quarter of XIX century and the first one in XX century, the same time that Gaudí, Puig i Cadafalch, Jújol... and so many others, building a new and "modern" city thanks to a very wealthy bourgeoisie who funded many important projects. It is made of stone, granite, sandstone, marble.. (obviously artificial stone). More than 30 new moulds, altmost 450 pieces. A puzzle in which none mistake bigger that 0,5 mm could be accepted not only in individual pieces but also in all its length (only 47 cms) . As usually in my work, and in fact, in any european city, the shop-window has been refurnished to show a collection of modern lights, some of them designed one hundred years after the building! some photos under the sun light
  5. Help need some opinions please! I'm reviewing floor plans from my library of structures and floor plans in books, and am wondering if members of the forum would post their opinions. I've never done a one of a kind structure / scratch build before. So should I use 3/8" plywood for the walls, or would you use miniature 2x4s and build it like a real home? I could use task board for the walls, or miniature plywood, or crescent board, but that is likely pretty expensive, vs. building with 3/8" plywood. (I've only half built 1 RGT kit in the past : - ) I'm dreaming of a scratch build based upon an art print that I found on line, unfortunately I haven't found floor plans for a similar structure in my research so I only have the front to feed my imagination. What is the preferred plywood for scratch building structures? I'm searching for 3/8" plywood, and I've found 5'x5' Russian Birch slightly less then marine grade 4'x8' underlayment about $27 per sheet 4'x8 marine grade about 2x as much as underlayment I haven't found any lumberyards who are willing to send me 3" square sample of the stuff, so I'm ordering "blindly"... I do understand cabinet grade and sanded on both sides, but since I've never scratch built a structure on my own, I would welcome your input. I am tempted to pick it up myself, when I'm in Chicago in April,,, so I can see the quality, no one stocks 4x8 sheets locally, and I really don't want to purchase $200+ worth of plywood, sight unseen and be unhappy. The 5'x5' birch that is at my local woodworkers store has been stored standing up and its is warped, and that warped plywood, would also make me grumpy to have warped walls. Tamra
  6. miniarquitect

    A piece of a city

    Hello to everybody, I want to share with you one of my latest work of miniature architecture in 1/12 scale. It is something very different, because it is inspired by Barcelona's streets, its sidewalks, its art-nouveau façades. So it is not only a room-box, it is a piece of city. I like to take photos of my miniatures outside, as they were real buildings, It is funny to watch how sun plays with the façade while draws deep shadows, or to see the effect of the miniature bulbs at night. It is my first façade made of stone, artificial stone of course, but it keeps the texture, colour and shine of the real one! I wish you enjoy
  7. In this last topic about building materials, I am going to show you some examples of wall, façades and ceiling finishing. As usually I try to reproduce as close as possible the final effect of real ones in order my miniature buildings and structures have a realistic atmosphere. In this first collage you can find head jambs, flat arches, door posts, stone wainscot and pilasters. they imitate different finishing such as mortar, stucco or stone, in many cases made of artificial stone which is polished as real ones
  8. A few years ago, a client asked me to make a 1:144 Scale version of her brother's house. The modest home, in the nearby town of Manchester, Michigan, was in what I would describe as Late 19th century Michigan Vernacular Victorian style. The work of a local builder, it was a fairly simple structure, with no gingerbread except for a tiny bit of "lace" at the gable ends, and with distinctive windows. The distinctive stone porch was created from the small boulders left all over Michigan when the glaciers retreated. The client's brother had lovingly restored the house, and planted a lovely garden, which was to be included in the model. I have often had to make copes of buildings from photos alone, but in this case I was able to photograph and measure the actual building. A friend and I spent a rainy spring day doing just that. Here is my workbench a day or so later, with my photos, notes, and the beginnings of a plan and elevation. My indispensable 30-year-old chart for converting inches to decimals is on the right I will explain why I needed it in my next post.
  9. Hello again, When I began to build miniature houses I realised that I had to start from scratch. Not only the style and the kind of architecture was different to any "kit", but also all accessories, pavements, finishes... should be reinvented. I would like to share with you some of these "building materials", and will start with carpentry. balconies this is the most common balcony window you can find in many houses of Barcelona. Made of wood and painted in two colours, normally it is in pastel white inside. You have inside shutters and outside you can find two kinds of blinds: "alicantinas" (rolling shutters made of wood) and "mallorquinas" with four leaves, normally painted with the same balcony's colour. Balcony's railings are made of wrought iron, although it is also possible to find balusters in the first floors
  10. miniarquitect

    a miniature house

    hello to everybody, this new topic is going to be very extensive, so I will need four messages due to the limit of 1 Mb when I adjoint photos. I hope it won't be heavy nor boring! I want to talk about what I call "miniature houses" or "miniature architecture" in order to distinguish from "dollhouses". a "miniature house" is the same of any other miniature, that is, if you enlarge twelve times, you could walk and live as if it was real. (well, it is not absolutely true, there is not running water nor gas, only electricity: miniature switches and miniature sockets in each room that could work in a real scale). So it means that there is a logical layout of rooms, stairs, distributors or corridors, that I have four façades (in a town house, two of them are party walls made of brick with small ventilation courtyards for secondary rooms such as batrooms, stairs, ..), that rooms have the appropiate size to their use, that the structure from groundfloor to the top is logical. As some façades must be practicables to see the inside, I divide them in those points that match with a architectural joint or with a construction material change, and never with a hinge that can be seen from outside. The geometry of the house is studied carefully because all rooms, windows, doors, floors.. can be taken apart and also because when it is lighted, light must be seen from windows, never from joints!. As nothing is glued but inserted, I must accept some little mistakes, this is quite obvious!, although I try that this mistakes will be also on scale! As well as you make a cupboard, or a chest of drawers, and you show them in detail as if they were a purpose in themselves, always empty, when they were designed to keep clothes and other private items, I also show my houses empty. Each one is free to imagine how can decorate its inside or even change the color or the pavement, as we do when we want to buy a real house!. As an example of this, I invite you to a virtual visit through one of this houses. It is a small town house in two floors, no more than one hundred square meters in total. The reason is quite simple, as well as in real scale we can find small building sites, in my case this building site was my car! because this house was shown in London and it could not be bigger! 1. the entrance, with a mahogany double door and a glassed door that gives you to the entrance hall 2. the entrance hall, a distributor and the kitchen, at the back 3. the sitting room seen from the entrance hall 4. the sitting room 5. the distributor, the first door on your left goes to the kitchen, the second, to the dining room. In front of you, the stairs 6. the kitchen
  11. From the album: Small Scales

    Thanks to an IGMA Guild School Scholarship, I was able to cross "take a Noel & Pat Thomas Class" off my bucket list. "La Fenetre" (The Window) was the building I made in class. The next year was the Thomas' last at Guild School, so I made this piece as a tribute for the annual Guild School auction. It was a cinch, as I already had the information I needed, and a twelfth scale model to work from. The table, by Mark Murphy, seemed the perfect setting. The 1:144 La Fenetre is made from 1/32" birch plywood, with acrylic gesso used on the two side walls in place of the plaster we used on the original. All the details were scratch built to match the original, using both strip styrene and N scale strip basswood. Acrylic paints were used to match the original colors. The shingles are paper. On the table are Noel's drawings and a photo of Noel and Pat in Paris, a bottle of their famous "bug juice", and various parts, tools and supplies (mostly scratch built.) One of my favorite techniques from the class was Noel's use of making tape to create plumbing joints, so that is what's going on in front of the building.

    © Nell Corkin 2011

  12. From the album: Small Scales

    Actually small castles, tower houses were originally built for defensive purposes along border regions in the British Isles. Many are still inhabited. This one would have been built in the 15th Century. Originally, a wooden ladder would have led to the second floor doorway, and could have been removed in times of danger. The staircase, a ground floor doorway (on right side, off camera) and the half-timber solar would have been added in later, more peaceful times. The tower was made from 1/16" birch plywood, with over 3500 stones cut from .015" x .125" strip stryene and applied individually, then textured with acrylic gesso. The slight variations achieved by this approch give the wall surface a slightly uneve - and therefore more realistic - appearance than would be achieved by using sheet materials. The windows are etched brass; the door was scratch built from N scale strip basswood. The half-timber solar was made from 1?32" birch plywood, with acrylic gesso to simulate plaster; the timbers are stained N scale basswood 2x8 strips. Shingles on both parts of the building are textured paper. Landscaping was done with Woodland Scenics and Plastruct materials and natural stones. Height to top of tower roof: 4 7/8"
  13. From the album: Small Scales

    Decorative plaster work, known as "pargeting" was the fashionable way to update your tired old half-timber house in 16th century England. Inspired by Henry VIII's Nonesuch Palace, designs could range from simple geometric shapes to faboulous fantasy creations, depending on the skill of the craftsman and the taste (and budget) of the homeowner. The craft of pargeting is enjoying something of a revival in England today. This house was build from 1?32" birch plywood, with gesso used to simulate plaster. The floral design is my own, but as it took me over 10 years to come up with a satisfactory technique for achieving small scale pargeting, I'm keeping the process under my hat for the present! The windows,chimney pots and column section near the door are modified N scale castings; the door and plant bench are scratch built from N scale basswood strips; the shingles are heavy textured paper. The landscaping is primarily Woodland Scenics materials and natural stones, with a rosebush made from etched brass in the same way as the Midsomer Cottage example. Height to top of roof: 2 1/4"

    © Nell Corkin 2010

  14. From the album: Small Scales

    A typical half-timber English cottage,made from 1/32" birch plywood. The timbers are stained N scale 2x8 basswood strips; gesso is used to simulate plaster, and the brick infill is printed paper. The doors,windows and chimney pots are modified N scale castings; the roof slates are textured paper. The landscaping was done with Woodland Scenics materials, except for the climbing rose, which is etched brass foliage that has been painted and carefully shaped - literally one leaf at a time. Height to top of roof: 2 1/4"

    © Nell Corkin 2010

  15. From the album: Small Scales

    This house is an example of the "Storybook Style" of architecture, popular in the U.S. after the first World War. Supposedly inspired by the villages of Europe, Storybook houses incorporate picturesque details and a variety of textures and materials. This 1:144 version was made from 1/32" birch plywood and textured with acrylic gesso to give the appearance of stucco. The chimney stones and doorway are individual pieces of .020" and .015" strip styrene, with thick gesso added to simulate stone. The shingles are paper. The landscaping utilizes model railroad materials and natural stones. Height to top of roof: 2 1/8"

    © Nell Corkin 2007

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