This week seems to have disappeared very quickly. Not sure why apart from the birthday of my eldest son and I have been attempting to start spring cleaning. God, I hate housework!
I think I have also been finding reasons to put off working on the windows of the Cauldron.
There are two side and two front windows that I want to look like the square, over-hanging Tudor windows you see in some remaining 17th century English High Streets. I did make some a while ago for the witch house and I remember they were a nightmare.
So balsa wood to the fore I set to. The main problem was the thickness required for the window shelves and 'roofs'. They had to be quite thin, I settled for 1/16 of an inch, but trying to distress them proved a little trying. I split at least four trying to age them, usually when I was just about to glue them in place!
Eventually I managed to get them all the pieces in place without too much glue or heart ache.
I have added beams above and below each window to increase stability and make sure the deep window sills don't warp or droop.
Ignore the mess inside, the decorators are in! I have used a walnut wood stain for the base colour of the outside wood which I have rubbed with a normal baby wipe. When all the outside wood is finished I will add a dirty colour wash mixed with PVA to seal it all.
To make sure my window panes stay in place I have cut out a square block down each main post. I am hoping that the leaded window acetate will go in nice and easy after I have given all the wood their wash. Hmmmmm, we will see!!
I am going to try and make my own 'leaded' window acetates and see if I can create a stained glass look.
The great thing about these windows are the deep sills of course, more room for mini goodies! As long as they are not too heavy of course.
Off to Miniatura on Saturday. So excited, I love looking at all the fabulous work created by such talented people. I am on strict instructions from my husband this visit with a third child about to go to university in September, I must resist impulse buying.
He is right of course, so I have promised to be good and stick to my favourite sellers and of course my list!