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Issue 61

Second Floor Staircase, Moominpappas Desk.

Building the Staircase.

In this issue, I will be building the complete staircase which the parts are supplied over three issues.
The reason behind this was to build the staircase as one issue rather than in the parts split between the three issues, allowing me to paint it in one piece.
This process is the same as I did with the ground floor and first floor staircases. Gather the staircase parts from issues 61, 62 and 63.

Pictures 1 and 2 show the parts from issues 61 and 62.

Glue the two halves of the staircase from issue 61 and 62 as shown in picture 3. Once the parts have had time to dry, attach the assemblies together using quick drying glue as before, pictures 4 and 5.

Now onto the steps, picture 6. These are a cream flat plastic and although the instructions tell you to paint these with a brown paint, I felt they needed a little more to give them the wood effect this kit deserves. So, with my little rotary and glass etching tool, I lightly carved a wood grain into each plastic step. These were then primed with white paint, using the same mixture of paint, I used on the wooden furniture. I mixed light brown and wood grain paint together. These were given two coats of paint and allowed to dry before using a diluted black wash over each step. Finally, I gave them a coat of satin varnish to finish.

Once the stair assembly has had time to fully dry, I then filled in the gaps with Bondo filler. This was allowed to dry for an hour before I sanded it smooth. Next, I primed the part with grey primer, allowing this to dry fully before giving it a light sanding. The next stage, I gave the staircase two coats of spray white primer and allowed this to dry thoroughly overnight.
Finally, I painted the whole staircase with white acrylic paint using a washing up sponge to create a stipple effect. I gave this two coats of paint, drying the first coat with a hair dryer to quicken the drying process, whilst I had the paint in the pallet. The white acrylic paint must be of a thick consistency for this effect to work, pictures 7 and 8.

Picture 9 shows the banister parts that come in issue 63. These were painted with a white paint in preparation for fitting onto the staircase.

Once all the parts had been painted and allowed to dry, I assembled them as instructed in the magazine. Each step has a number on the underside showing you where each one is positioned on the staircase. It does suggest using glue to hold them in place, however, these were a tight fit and this was not necessary.

I then completed the staircase by attaching the banisters. Picture 10 shows the staircase complete.

Pictures 11 and 12 show the staircase in place.

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