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Found 10 results

  1. From the album: 2014 HBS Creatin' Contest--Erabliere Aucoin, Sugar Shack and Shop

    Detail of the finished exterior stonework, showing the deep colors of the stone and the final medium-grey grout color.
  2. From the album: 2014 HBS Creatin' Contest--Erabliere Aucoin, Sugar Shack and Shop

    In this shot you see the faux-concrete chimney top (this is called "flaunching"—the things I learn for minis!!), and the "terra-cotta" chimney pots, which I molded of polymer clay. I had originally planned to put a metal "cap" over the lot (these keep out birds, squirrels, and debris), but the cute chimney pots got lost under it, so I decided it looks like the Aucoins are going to have squirrel and woodpecker damage someday, but they don't know that yet. ^_^
  3. From the album: 2014 HBS Creatin' Contest--Erabliere Aucoin, Sugar Shack and Shop

    The finished chimney. Worth mentioning that a chimney of this size (remember from the earlier pictures that the stonework goes up the inside wall as well) is VERY heavy. Easily tripled the weight of the building. I had built and attached the base-extension very strongly to take the weight, but honestly if I knew then what I know now I might have attached the extension even more sturdily. It doesn't seem to be creaking or in any way complaining, but I always like to overbuild rather than risk underbuilding. (Hopefully, that habit of mine means I did overbuild enough.)
  4. From the album: 2014 HBS Creatin' Contest--Erabliere Aucoin, Sugar Shack and Shop

    This is my first pass with "stone" colors. Beautiful, I think—but way too subtle for mini!
  5. From the album: 2014 HBS Creatin' Contest--Erabliere Aucoin, Sugar Shack and Shop

    When the roof is on, the seam is designed to be as unnoticeable as possible... but in this shot, with the lower part basecoated and the upper section naked, it's pretty obvious, ha ha!
  6. From the album: 2014 HBS Creatin' Contest--Erabliere Aucoin, Sugar Shack and Shop

    As I said, the chimney is in two sections so that the roof of the sugar shack remains removable. The is the "upper" chimney, attached permanently to the roof itself.
  7. From the album: 2014 HBS Creatin' Contest--Erabliere Aucoin, Sugar Shack and Shop

    The stonework on the outside was difficult because there was so darned much surface to cover, because I had chosen a style of stone to imitate that I don't usually do, because the chimney is in two pieces (so that the roof can lift off) and I wanted that to be as unnoticeable as possible, and because the massive structure narrows as it goes higher, meaning there's almost nowhere on the whole chimney where I felt like I was doing something I'd done before—so little repetition made the whole thing a high-wire act. I'd say "I don't recommend this to others," but hey, we all like the big challenges that look really neat when they're done, so I do recommend it! Just make sure you do work like this on a day when you're feeling patient, and you know there won't be a lot of interruptions.
  8. From the album: 2014 HBS Creatin' Contest--Erabliere Aucoin, Sugar Shack and Shop

    The chimney is entirely made of paperclay (FWIW, I'm a big fan of Das Modeling Clay, rather than Creative Paperclay brand, because it's less expensive and seems to work about the same). The stone style is intentionally different on the inside of the building and the outside, but both are (intended to be) authentic to the region where this cabane is situated.
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