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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. 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

  5. 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"
  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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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