Sunday, 20 November 2016

Why are all (ok almost all) miniature lights brass?

I don't like the brass colour of most miniature lights... I guess they have their place but not it's not in my San Franciscan!

I decided to test out painting some lights that i will use in the San Franciscan and later in the Heritage. I chose the two external coach lights for the "SF"and a three bulb chandelier that will most probably get used in the Heritage. I removed the bulbs and the white simulated candle covers in the case of the three bulb light and then hand painted them with black acrylic. I had moderate success but one of the coach lights turned out a bit lumpy... lol...

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Looking at this picture I will have to go back and touch up around the candle bases as you can still see the brass there. I didn't notice this in RL. Amazing what the camera picks up.

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I wanted to see what the coach lights will look like in situ so I drilled a hole in the front door wall at the appropriate height. I though I may as well go ahead and chisel out a channel for the wire now also. No time like the present!

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Probably needs to be a little deeper, because I would like to spackle and sand this so I don't have to wallpaper this wall. I prefer painted or paneled walls to paper.

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There is a corresponding hole in the second floor/first floor ceiling for the wire to go through. The wires for this house will mostly run under the second & third floor flooring and out into a chimney that I will build for one side. I would like to make it detachable so all the lighting fittings can be hidden inside it, but I'm not quite sure how I'm going to execute that at the moment.

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Here is the light on the outside wall.there are a few issues getting it to sit level due to the milled siding. I may have to pack behind them.

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This height looks about right. :)img_2139

And here is what it looks like with a door in place. This is not the door I will be using for the entry door it will be the upstairs balcony door. It's what I had on hand though because the front door is still on order. :)

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I know, I know... it looks like it's not centred on the wall. But there are windows and trim to go in that bay so that will cut down on the exposed wall space.

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I'm happy with the result. :)

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