There is space in the roof of the Sid Cooke corner house which I have decided not to use to hide all the lighting bits and pieces. Like many of us I have a lot of pieces that I am unlikely to use or were just mistakes. So they are going in the attic in a number of different guises.
I have read in various posts about how to use tissue as a wall covering. This technique sounded ideal for the attic walls and floor.
I started with toilet roll sheet which I split and then scrunched.
I edged the attic in terracotta as the roof tiles are going to be Tudor red and I thought it would be easier to add this colour now rather than later. I primed the interior with my new pot of gesso.
Then I had great fun squidging on the crumpled toilet paper a pieces at a time, over-lapping as and when. I glued it all with a 50/50 mix of PVA and water which made it quite wet but very easy to attach to the walls and floor.
I am really pleased with the look and texture. It reminds me of the old attics of my aunts' houses that I used to explore when I was very young. Very temporary looking, as if the builder couldn't be bothered with a room that would never be used. Now I will wait for it to dry.........
......and while it dried I played with my new toy. A magnetic gluing jig from MicroMark Tools. I saw it on Casey's Minis and thought it would be a good investment as I have quite a lot of woodwork to do in Diagon Alley. The only problem being I couldn't find anything like it on any UK sites so I had to bite the bullet and pay US postage. Ouch! But at least it got through customs without all the additional charges. Phew! So please don't leave me a post telling me they have one just like it for £2.50 in Tools'R'Us or somewhere because I will cry!
Anyway....the basic idea is very simple. You put your pieces in the metal tray and then they are held together to dry by very strong magnetic pieces.
This is the unit for behind and over the 'bashed' bar of the Leaky Cauldron, and as each portion dried I added the next using the magnets to hold the main struts in place.
The shelves are quite narrow, about 1cm or a bottle width, with a few pegs to hold pewter tankards perhaps? I didn't want to make them too deep as I would like to get a jolly host to fit behind the bar, he will have to be a very thin bar man though!
They are standing up ok but I will glue them in place once I have finished the exterior decorating just in case I want to tip the house up.
I am hoping this jig will be really useful once I start making the Tudor bay windows as these were a nightmare to glue when I made the Witch House.
Last thing, does anyone know of a supplier of made to measure glass for dolls house windows?
I fancy trying out making stained glass windows.........