Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Progress on Glencairn Cottage

Life has been interfering with art lately, as it sometimes does, but I'm back to work again.

I've now finished the first floors of the Glencairn Cottages.

The floors are made from a single piece of model ship decking, which I stain and varnish.To ensure a perfect fit I make cardstock patterns, which you can see in the background. By cutting off the small extension, I can use the same patterns for the upstairs floors. This way both floors will be exactly the same size, which helps to keep everything square. This is very important in small scales, because even the slightest deviation means that the walls will be crooked.

I usually wait until the building is finished to furnish it, but it's easier to do built in features, like the fireplace and kitchen cabinets and fixtures, whiile there is still access from above. All items except the sink (a casting) were scratch built from strip styrene. The pulls on the cupboards are silver micro beads. I paint them white and then dot them with silver so they look less like beads. The refrigerator was inspired by a built-in refrigerator in my grandmother's house.


  1. I am in awe! Do you get the fairies to help you build these? How else do you manage to work so small.
    How much time would you spend on such a tiny house?

  2. It's awesome, cant wait to see more!

  3. Great work Nell! Love this little cottage! It looks like so much fun to make. Someday I may try?
    They are so cute!

  4. I am so totally in awe of your work Nell. Your very talented.
    Debie xxx

  5. Fantastic!! I like your work very much, this scale is incredible! Perfect!