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Wednesday, August 23, 2017


Here we are back at the house on Irongate Street for the last segment of the project.  Since H.G is a explorer I thought she might explore the stars as well as the planet, to this end I’ve a created telescope that sits on the roof.
In addition, I've built and elevator that will take Helena to the roof.  

On a clear night you can sit in a comfortable chipboard chair lined with burgundy suede.  Mounted on the base is a chipboard compass which comes in handy for positioning the telescope.
The lever on the side of the chair allows you to control the height of the chair.  The chair is attached to the telescope using a bangle bracelet and a brass box foot.
The controls (octagon pendant drop & fluted dangle) mounted in a brass compass are used to adjust the lens (glass marble & pocket watch cover) and telescope position.
A piece of thin ornate filigree helps to keep the telescope in position.
Both the base and the center section independently swivel
A lovely filigree spiral staircase makes it easy to climb into the chair.

On the side of the house is an elegant wrought iron (made from Gothic border trim) elevator cage.
  On the front of the cage is an entry gate.
On the top of the roof is a pulley system that raises the cage to the bottom of the roof.
Once level with the roof, you'll find chipboard filigree stairs leading up to the top of the roof.  These stairs are made using the set of extra steps for the spiral staircase.
The light inside the cage is helpful on dark nights.
In addition to the video tutorials covering the construction of the telescope and elevator, I’ve also demonstrated how to create a hidden opening in the roof that allows for access to lighting switches and batteries. 

Next up are a few Halloween projects and then on to Dr. Whatsit's Steampunk Inventor House.




17mm Raw Brass Bullet Bead Caps – Koi Fish supports
Fancy Chair 1:12 Scale
Gold Mini Dresser Handles – Chair
Symmetrical Bronze Flourish – Chair decoration & chair support
Silver Swirly Connector Charms – Chair decoration
Brass Feathery Scroll Filigree – Chair decoration
Gold Bangle Bracelet – Chair support
Brass Box Feet – Chair support
Burgundy Suede Paper - Chair
Sparrows Compass Brass Link – Control panel
Raw Brass Octagon Pendants Drops – Control panel
Thin Ornate Filigree – Telescope connector
10mm Clear Glass Marbles
Chipboard Compass Set - Base

Chesterville Keswick Scrapbook Paper
Chipboard Gothic Border Trim
Tim Holtz Mini Pulley Wheels
Hitch Fasteners
Window Pulls
Antique Gold Rope-Edged Rondelles
Raw Brass Box Feet - Rounded
10mm Antique Brass Washers
7mm Hammered Metal Disks
Brass Gate Hinge – Used to hinge window for attic access
Vintaj Metal Patinas – Aged Bronze
Vintaj Metal Patinas – Victorian Gold


claude said...


Karenliz Henderson said...

OH MY!!! These are amazing. I love the telescope and the elevator.

Plush Possum Studio said...

This is a-MAY-zing! Everything looks so refined. Wonderful work!