Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thomas Studio #6

The Rooftop Studio is finished, and I spent a large part of the afternoon taking pictures.

 If you compare this to earlier pictures, you will notice that the skylight has changed. My original was about 1/64th inch too small, so I made another one. That may seem like a tiny difference, but in this scale, every fraction of an inch matters, and I'm nothing if not a perfectionist!

In addtion to the garden in a box at the left, I added plants in pots in the front to add texture and color. The pots are real terracotta, and are made by Braxton Payne.

The interior is a potter's studio, with a wheel under the front window and a bench with finished pieces on the back wall.

The other exterior details (the vent pipes and the electrical lines) match the 1:12 original.

Here's the other side:

The 1:12 table is by Joanna Scarboro. I've had it for ages, and thought it looked nice with the house.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Thomas Studio #5

It's been a busy few days! The metal roof is on (but not yet weathered), the back wall is finished and the "tarpaper" (actually 320 sandpaper) is laid down. The wooden walkway is finished but won't be in place until after I weather it and the tarpaper. The skylight is so small that there was no metal thin enough for the details, so its mullions are painted on.
 The front window is ready to be painted, but won't be installed until after the interior is finished.
At the request on my client, I also am going to build a planter box for a roof garden, which will be positioned between the back wall and the skylight.
There are also lots of small details still to be added to both the roof and the building.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Thomas Studio #4

The roof is attached. I have added the rafters, non-working flourette lights, and the radiator and shelf from the 1:12 scale original. I will be adding some more interior details specific to my client, so the finished interior will be a bit different from the Thomas' version.
The roof exterior is metal, but I am going to do that later.
Next: the front window.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Thomas Studio #2

I've finished building the side and back walls and have amost finished the interior walls and floor.

The walls are 1/64" birch plywood; the battens are .010 x .020 strip styrene. Because the grain of the plywood is on the large side for my scale, I painted the walls with acrylic craft paint rather than using the famous Thomas "Bug Juice." The weathering is done with watercolor pencil - wet or dry, depending on how dense I want the color to be.  The doorknob and the exterior shelves won't be put on until later so I won't knock them off when I'm working. Here is the left exterior:
And here is the other side.  The pieces on the plastic lid at the upper left of the picture are the legs and top of a shelf that will go next to the door on the inside.
Next: the roof.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A New Project

A customer has asked me to make a 1:144 version of Noel and Pat Thomas' "Rooftop Artist's Studio". (Pictures are propped up in the back) It's going to be a fun - and challenging - project.

The original 1:12 version is quite small - the studio is only a foot across on a base that's 19.5" wide. This makes the 1:144 version very small indeed! That's the base befind the ruler in the center of the picture.

Luckily, the customer took the class from the Thomases, and has been able to provide me with the instruction sheets and samples of the materials used. This will be a big help in making my version match the original as closely as possible, although of course I will have to use different materials in the smaller scale.

I plan to start with the building itself, and then move on to the front window. 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Guild School Class 2013

I will be teaching this colorful artist's studio at the IGMA Guild School this year.

The studio is a fun project, and will offer the opportunity to learn many tecniques for adding interesting details to 1:144 scale projects, including furniture and landscaping.

There are still a couple of openings in my class. I would love to see you there!
Here's a link for more information:

P.S. If you have never been to the Guild School, be warned - it is absolutely addictive!