Hi folks! I hope this finds you all well and happy!
It's been a day or two (try nearly two weeks!) since I posted, and what I have to show you today is what has been done in 15 - 20 minutes a day over the last several weeks. Life is incredibly full nowadays and what little time I think I have, I often don't feel quite up to the thinking! But some small Progress we have, and so Progress we shall report.
|The "finished" Grand parlor Windows|
I left you with the basic wood shapes cut and formed for the Grand Parlor Windows. My efforts have been focused on both the Window Box itself and finishing up the Windows themselves. I have not installed them permanently, and won't until more has been done inside, but they are as far as they are going to go for now. I will not be finishing up the trims and covering the base windows until much later in the build.
|The unfinished Steam Punk Windows, for comparison!|
I will tell you, from the point above, to where I am now on these has again been quite a journey! My muse left me on a somewhat regular basis! Silly muse...cannot keep him on task.
These windows are actually quite complex...with many steps. I have been working on them well over a month by now. I watch all of you put whole rooms together in a month, and I somethings am "moved to despair" thinking I will never finish! I tend to "look", "stare", "mope" and "emote" my way to a final design for each step.. The whole process leaves me feeling like mush! I don't know how you all do it!
Anyhow, my first steps were of course to sand, paint and stain the windows. I used a black acrylic on the outer trims, and a beautifully red tinted wood stain from Min-Wax named Gunstock. I loved the effect, it created a "Tuxedo" effect that I find enchanting. I added the Wire Details, using 4 rods this time rather than three, since the windows are larger, and I wanted to "fill" the space visually.
I then glued the mount board pieces I used to box the window together and Spackled the edges, painting the box ends again, until I had a reasonably smooth, well covered surface, and added a layer of satin varnish to give the boxes a "metallic" sheen.
|Cast Resin Detail|
I cast the resin "wrought iron details" to match the kitchen doors and pull the two ends together from a design perspective. I purposely worked to "relate" the two ends, without duplicating the details slavishly, as I think that is one of the keys to creating interest...everything "goes together" but there is always something new around the next corner.
(Please forgive all the steel wool dust! Arghhh! I have so much to learn about Photography!)
|Hobby Lobby find! Fairy Tales line by beadtreasures|
|Those "empty spaces" below the window are very tempting... So many possibilities!|
|The Completed "Steam Punk" Window...why does it look so Nouveau?|
My next steps will be to move around to the front of the Manor, and add similar related details to the base of the windows along the front. I say "similar" but never forget...nothing happens the same way twice when I am building things! Who knows what extraordinary things are yet to come? (I'll tell you a well known secret. . . even I don't know! :0)
I'd like to welcome a few new followers on board! I am excited to share this journey with you, and to learn from you too!
Until next time!