The mill’s door was a fun side project, and is named for my friend who managed to be involved in its entire design process. I have to say she has good taste. Unfortunately, the door came together so quickly that I forgot to take regular pauses for pictures, other than the couple of quick iPhone shots I sent her before staining (which you get to see too).
The door began as lengths of wood, which were taped together and set against the doorway to serve as a stencil. Once marked, I gently sanded the wood until I had the round shape. I removed the tape and sanded the individual boards to make them look aged, then carefully glued them back together. Not knowing what to do next, my friend and I flitted around Pinterest, sending each other pictures of doors we liked. We discovered Pinterest holds a surprising bounty of photos of windmill doors.
When we both proposed a Z-frame design at the same time, it was going to happen. I had forgotten windmills are really agricultural buildings, and probably first cousins with barns. Additionally, this building is a mix of parallel and diagonal lines, and I was pleasantly surprised that I could repeat the angle of one of the beams on the upper floor (my geekiness has just been reaffirmed).
The bolts were punched out of a thin sheet of wood veneer, and I will be expounding on the many uses of this stuff in a later post. Since the bolts were real wood, they could be stained, and after Katie and I deliberated and I consulted my eerily multiplying library of stains (think Tribbles), a warm mix was devised for the door. It unintentionally came out close to the doorway’s color, but the consensus was to leave it. Sadly, I cannot show the finished lantern because I don’t have all of the parts yet, and because I want to finish covering the walls before I attach something so delicate. I can give a little preview of the great bead I found for the glass portion, with the light on.
I had great metal rondelle beads from a friend to use as the doorknob, and on a trip to Etsy and I found some beautiful brass findings to serve as doorplates from a very nice seller down the road. Headpins became nails, and the front door was almost ready to grace its house.
I had purchased the tiny hinges ages ago, and they were finally getting some use. Those little devils are tricky to install, and I learned some good don’t-do’s for the next time I do hinges, but thanks to some creative crafting, I finally got them to work. I am also becoming convinced that a certain percentage of a miniatures project is to be spent combing the carpet on your hands and knees, looking for parts (maybe that is why they are called “findings?”).