August 19, 2009

Tile batch show


A sample section of the tiles I have been working on. They are just loosely laid out in rows on a board. I have made no calibrated attempt to get the rows even. You know how it is, you just can't wait to see how it is all going to look someday in the future. Of course they will look different when the dollhouse roof is finished. There will be more darker tiles in the mix, I have not made any of those "kiln burnt" batches yet with the black in them. There is no moss, mildew, dirt or bird droppings on this sample either. They do have some water color washes on them bringing up various shades of the terra cotta color range.

As a side note it takes about 720 tiles to cover one square foot of dollhouse roof. I will need somewhere around 2,000 tiles for my project. One reason it takes so many is there is a required triple overlap to this kind of roof covering. That means only the bottom one third of each tile is left exposed.

Now I have to quit having fun and get back to organizing the chaos that reorganizing creates. I swear that I make a bigger mess than ever when I make changes to the workshop space and it seems like I will never reach the goal.

Company is coming tomorrow so I have to get the workshop cleaned up before midnight. Tomorrow we are going to be putting together a tutorial on aspects of wiring a dollhouse without using flat tape products. From one of my dollhouse newsgroups I rounded up a local volunteer who wanted to learn. It is much easier to shoot photos of someone else instead of using a timer to trigger the shutter.

Oh no, TV is tempting me, a show about the excavation of the fort at James Town just came on public television. What to do? Work? Play? Stay up late and be sleepy tomorrow? The show is going to win, it is fascinating.