Ivy Hollow - screen door, part 3 - plus some hay

by brae  

Continuing work on the screen door. When I left the screen door last, I had tried to darken the aluminum micro mesh without success. I moved on to the wood parts.  I marked where the glue joins would be and left those unpainted as I gave the screen door boards a first coat of Woodland Green by Americana.  It's a satin paint, which means no need for a final varnish, but it goes on very thin and needs multiple coats. I painted the solid door the same color.

In the meantime, I continued my research and window shopping, happening across the best hay bales I had seen in miniature at Maple Leaf Miniatures. I wrote to the shop owner, and she got back to me with availability. Aren't they marvelous? :D

While discussing my project, she offered some black screen material. Here it is next to the micro mesh. The scale is a bit larger, but the color is great. It also doesn't get damaged just by looking at it the way the micro mesh does.

She also included some snacks for Jebediah! :D

Anyway, today I tested the two materials with the painted door.

It's a hard choice. On the one hand, the black screen will be more durable and less obvious. But, the micro mesh is better for scale, and honestly, the damaged bits here and there rather add to the realism. There will be a cross bar in the middle and likely an angled brace, too. I think I will need to see how it looks with the door in dry fit with the building to make a final decision.

7 comments

Comment from: Sheila Lester [Visitor]
I see what you mean. They both look good. I love the green.
07/29/19 @ 00:33
Comment from: Claudia Kiley [Visitor]
The micro mesh seems more realistic. It reminds me of the screen at my grandmothers house. It had tiny holes here and there from where the kids pushed on it to run through the house.The door was constantly open and the sound of it clapping shut still reminds me of summer.
07/29/19 @ 00:41
Comment from: Debora L. [Visitor]
Both look good, but I like the micro best too. It looks more realistic with the slight imperfections. Great job! Love the green. :D
07/29/19 @ 01:19
Comment from: Samantha [Visitor]
ForThe horse! How cute! Mini people are the best. :D I think the micro mesh is best too but it’s a close call.
07/29/19 @ 11:07
Comment from: Nancy [Visitor]
I must agree w others, micro mesh is best. We have screens on our French doors, used multiple times/day, looking a little “worn” less than perfect
08/02/19 @ 16:04
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you all for the input! :>>

The micro mesh is definitely the favorite overall. :yes:
08/05/19 @ 15:30
Comment from: Kamelia [Visitor]
"For the Horse" - how sweet. :) Green door looks great. Micro mesh looks very realistic.
08/11/19 @ 20:51


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