Gothic Stonework Effects

2003


October 2003 - I'm just starting to write this. Be patient !

Church door - Easton, Bristol

Unused church door

Gothic candles sconces

A wall sconce for a candle. Faked stonework with an inset mirror.

It took me pretty much a whole afternoon to make ther first one - lots of minor tweaking on sizes. Then I ran off a batch (just 4, but I could have done more) in an hour or two.

It's three layers of MDF, drilled and bandsawn to shape, then run through the router table for varying sizes of chamfer. Stack up and glue. It's a very quick and easy way for that whole Gothic Revival schtick. I was thinking about my folding chair, which is basically the same technique.

The surface as photographed is just MDF with candlelight. The final paint will be some "stucco in a jar" that I have, then stone-coloured buff.

Gothic candle sconces

Gothic candle sconces

Gothic candle sconces

Gothic candle sconces

Gothic chair

Gothic chair

Gothic chair - back closeup

Gothic chair

A portable chair for re-enactors

Gothic candles sconces

This is just a copy of some Victorian cast-iron toilet cistern support brackets ! But they've got Puginesque trefoils and they'd hold up a bookshelf. So I made half-a-dozen. They're actually faked-up plywood.


Techniques

Gothic arches
How to construct and lay out an arch shape

Routerwork

Stacked layers