December 18, 2009

Christmas Village Lighting

My client who commissioned the Santa's Workshop specifically wanted a place to display a 1:12 scale ceramic Christmas village that was created by "Sylvia Mobley". They really are special little houses and there are openings in the windows that allow the light to shine through. It is difficult to see that in this photo but this really is a lighted village.

Creating a mantel piece over the fireplace was straight forward but how to do the lighting to shine out the windows? I did not want wires strung along the top of mantel, that would have been clunky looking and the houses would not have sat flat and secure. So I came up with a different idea. First I decided on a location along the mantel for the various pieces my client had purchased. Then at those locations I drilled a hole through the wood of the mantel that was the same diameter as a "Cir-Kit Concepts candle socket".  I also cut grooves in the underside of the mantel to those holes to handle the wiring for the lights. The candle sockets were mounted so that the top of the socket was flush with the mantel in case anyone should ever decide not to have a Christmas Village up there. The bulbs are replaceable which is another nice feature.


kathi said...

Wow. Another absolutely beautiful room!

Lize said...

Superb! I had to look again and again to make sure it is in mini. Love the detail in the room. The rocks you picked for the fireplace are simply perfect. It would be nice though if we could see it from more angles... where is that web cam?

Lize said...

PS. That SHOULD be STONES instead of rocks!!!

Karin Corbin said...

The room looks realistic because it is a real room made from real materials. The stone is real limestone, all the wood pieces are real. The ceiling lights are real blown glass and brass. The windows have individual panes of hand poured glass.

I shaped each one of those real stones to the perfect size.

I often wish I could get my hands on that dollhouse for a few weeks and take more photos of it. I learned my lesson, now I am taking tons of photos for fun and documentation.