Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Re-a-Symboled Cottage

Shhh, Rana is sleeping in her forming foam doll house set, which is coming together better than I thought.

All the exterior and interior walls of the cottage have been triple decker sandwiched up and fitted with pegs at their bottoms (jokes? I dare you.) to slot into holes drilled into the set today. The perimeter is divided into five removable sections that lift up and out of the way for filming and animating access. The corners where the sections meet up will be nicely concealed by wooden trim pieces, as will the window panes once they're installed.

Next step will be to rake the surface of the foam with a fork (instead of wrapping it in screening) and plaster them up.

Next challenge will be to cut the roof support beams with Clare and decide between thatching or textured balsa planks for the roofing material to put on top of them. And how to configure the roof with the wall sections so sections of it can also come apart and be removed. Hmm, maybe hinges.

Take good care, All.


  1. It's great to see the cottage coming together! Heh... with that insulation type foamboard you're using it almost looks like a real house under construction!

    Hey, I didn't think to mention it beofre, but when I want to apply something plasterlike over foam, I usually glue a layer of blurlap on first with Elmer's to give it something to grip to. But fork it if you want to. I'm sure that'll work too.

  2. Lookin' good, Shel. Rana's gonna have the killer digs once filming is complete!

  3. It does feel a bit like building a real house, except more sculptural and fun now. I resisted this part for so long and now I'm savoring the fun of each step. I don't plan on making a building this way again, but one never knows.

    Burlap is so expensive! I've always loved it and felt it should be inexpensive like water, (not that wate is inexpensive) but when I went to buy some last year I was aghast to see it at over $5/yard! Yikes. The window screening I bought for this same purpose was $6 for a 30" 8' roll and after the first wall section I thought it would take too much of that, plus I'm not diggging how the mesh texture shows through even after two coats of plaster. So today, it's fork raking. Or rork faking. Shrug.

    Killer digs killer digs, woo hoo. I can't wait to finish it up. I know that contradicts my first statement in this very comment, but both are true. I'm enjoying it in some moments and I'm anxious to get to the detailing in others.

    Thanks Guys!

  4. Hey, somebody call MTV... they need to send out a camera crew to shoot Rana's episode of Crib$$$!!

  5. Well, there is one thing that Rana's crib has in common with the celebrity houses on that show... not a single book to be found ANYWHERE in sight! ha! Rana's excuse is that Halfland exists in a land without written or verbal language. The celebrities... no comment.

  6. I probably should have started at the beginning!

    I feel a graat sense of discoonect, like I've walked into a dream!

  7. Hi Mary, This blog is so very narrow in appeal I believe. I've had people (ok, one person) who doesn't make stop motion animation, nor have any interest in it, tell me it was too inside for them to read. I completely understood that. This is a specific area of interest that I imagine only a handful of people would be into the mundane details of set construction, et al. like me and my cohorts are. But what is more broadly interesting I feel is that this blog has worked a kind of miracle. It's got my to actually work on a project that was only in my head for a decade and a half.

    So, now I'm making that dream real, with the help of people like yourself who come here to read about how.


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