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    My next project is a small block of buildings for use on a 1:29 scale diorama named "Hard Times".

    Like most of my buildings they will be made from foamboard and paper with some clay added to the mix.

    I started with a very rough sketch showing the approximate dimensions of buildings, placement and the footprint size of the block.

    The intent is to build a two story tavern and a three story cheese retail building separated with a parking space in the area where a building was razed.

    I told you it was a very rough sketch!


    Early January, Bob Santos made a block of buildings with one named Guffey's Tavern and one named Magoun House of Cheese. His build gave me the bug to build a few of these businesses for "Hard Times". Thanks Bob!

    The first process is the layout and cutting of the foamcore board.

    I wanted the walls to be variable size stone blocks with three different thickness to provide texture and depth.

    I used oven bake clay to make the stone. The textured pieces in the print below are pieces of tile used to push a texture pattern into the clay.

    Roll the clay into varying thicknesses in approx. 6" x 8" sections. ( I used 1/16", 3/32" and 1/8" thicknesses)

    Use the tile stones to add pattern to the entire section of clay. After adding patterns cut length wise into varying size strips. ( I used 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2")

    The hash marks on the top three pieces are shallow and used as a gauge to cut the stones after the strips are fired.(bottom two rows) Fire clay in oven for 15 minutes at 365 degrees. The fired clay is easy to cut with a #11 blade.

    Use Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue or E6000 cement to attach stones in random patterns and thicknesses.

    After stones are attached and glue is dry use DryDex Spackling to fill the mortar joints. DryDex is neat because it goes on pink so you can see what you are doing and dries white.

    Now the fun part...coloring the stones.

    I wanted the stones to have a Scottish look so I printed a picture of British Blue Stone for a paint guide.

    The paint blotches are different colors of acrylic paints with lines drawn to the coordinating color stones in the print.

    This approach keeps me from getting mixed up on which paint to use and guides me on the amount of each color to apply.

    Next time we paint the stones!

  • #2
    Dave, what a project'. That is quite a procedure in making and painting the stones. You said, easy to cut the stones, is that after they have been baked? This is definitely a different and fascinating build'.. id="Comic Sans MS">[^]



    • #3
      Dave, Looks like a GREAT project. I will be following very closely. I once did something very

      similar but using Sculpy as the "stone". I think yours will look better.

      I also got a kick out of your names, it's wonderful to see that both Guffey and Magoun

      have prospered to the point of expanding their businesses with additional stores.




      • #4

        Thanks for the comment. Yes, cut the stones after baking. Even the 1/8" thick cuts easily. Firing little cut pieces raises too much risk in deforming the stones during the handling to bake process.


        You inspired me to build once again! The tavern will retain the Guffey name but Pete sold out to Rubino for the expansion. (Rubino is my family doctor and also loves trains) Just looked at your link...nice stone build on your spring house. Thanks for the commenting and following along!


        • #5
          Now we're ready to paint. I listed the paint manufacturer but it isn't as important as the color of the acrylic paint.

          Step 1 Use Apple Barrel Dolphin Grey to color all of the joints.

          Step 2 Use Folk Art Steel Gray and coat the

          Step 3 Add random splotches of Americana Slate Grey.

          Step 4 Add Anita's Charcoal and add Craftsmart Graphite paint in a few random locations. (less required like in original picture)

          Step 5 Add Ceramcoat Navy Blue highlights to give stone its namesake color and dry brush some white highlights.

          Step 6 Dilute Dolphin Grey with water, brushe on any white spots that may be showing and dab with a paper towel to remove most but not all from pre-painted stones.

          Comparison of painted walls to print.

          Add windows and sub-assemble walls.

          Next time ...The Roof


          • #6
            Step 2 should read....Use Folk Art Steel Gray and coat the entire stone surfaces.


            • #7

              Nicely done stone, especially the colors, which really work. Thank you for the tutorial.


              Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin


              • #8
                Nice progress Dave'...Looking good'..I like the different color windows'...[^]



                • #9
                  Very interesting!


                  • #10
                    Dave, the stone work looks great but I see one problem architecturally speaking. You don't have any lintel blocks over the windows and doors. Lintels span the opening and rest on the row of blocks at the side of the opening.


                    • #11
                      Well done on the block building and painting. :up:


                      • #12
                        Mike, Ted, Ray, Carl and Frank

                        Thank you

                        Frank...How dumb to forget the lintels but thanks for catching it. I'll put it in my memory banks for the next build. Even worse, my degree is in architectural engineering!



                        • #13
                          I often forget the lintels too, and have to add them afterwards.


                          • #14
                            Thanks Ray,

                            Crazy how we forget the obvious. This build will remain without lintels since the building will be hiding behind other buildings.



                            • #15
                              Kind of tough to install lintels in random stone.

                              Never realized they were missing until Frank mentioned it'..Ya think the windows will fall out

                              with out them'..[:-dopey] LOL...