A new week, a new month and things are really chilled right now. My recovery is going well as I’m building up to a days work with a few breaks. It’s going well. I feel I could be back at the studio for sure before the end of the month.
Today I’ve pretty much left behind the cardboard for balsa now…finally I can get on with the detailing that cardboard just can’t really achieve. Making use of Gorilla glue that I was recommended to use when I was working for Saad Qureshi last year. It really sped up the construction process. Allowing me to get more done, not relying so much on PVA, instead having a contact adhesive that within seconds fixes two pieces together. Even working from off-cuts of balsa I’ve accumulated over the years I’ve been able to make 4 pieces today for both the apartment block and L.B. Jeffries apartment.
I began with making up a gated fence that leads into the private gardens of the apartment block. It may have to be remade partially as the entrance is a little on the narrow side. We’ll see when the other apartment building is brought in, how that affects the work.
Moving on I turned to Miss Torso’s apartment, adding the rail of the balcony, leading down with the stairs to the ground. I found the balcony an easy upgrade after some research. It was the stairs which I always find the hardest, even with the basic frame in place it allowed me to make something up that I’m happy with.
I then moved onto a chimney that sits outside the musicians apartment. I had two attempts, first working into a long strip of balsa, before settling on a hollow piece that I had more control in making. This piece marked a switch from contact adhesive to PVA, as it combined the two glues.
Staying with PVA I switched over to L.B. Jeffries apartment, setting up the window frames for the sash windows to be added in place of the casement windows in the bay. I noticed at the end of the day a side window near the kitchen. I’ll add some cardboard at the side to allow an extra frame to be added.
I’ve got some fresh material coming very soon that should allow me to continue and make a start on the windows for the rest of the apartment. Seeing balsa being added to the work, it’s taking on its own form. I’m considering what to modernise all the time. Things should start to move a lot faster now that I’m using two types of glue, considering how I can best utilise them.