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  1. sara_lee

    Side wall

    From the album: Halloween Mausoleum

  2. Mini maniac

    Kitchen Floor

    From the album: Shabby Chantilly

    This is a close up of the tiles after paint and modge podge. I am concerned if it will look to scale.
  3. What are the best ways and materials to create a plaster wall effect? Does anyone use cement or concrete mixes to create surface effects? I made an ancient Roman stove in 1/12 scale and used a mixture of spackle, water and tacky glue on the surface, tinted with a bit of acrylic paint. I am satisfied with the result but I'd like to find something that is easier to work with. I included a link to my new miniatures Facebook page where I have photos of the stove and other items I've made- I'd love any input or suggestions:) I https://m.facebook.com/Crafting-History-in-Miniature-145349899474628/
  4. Has anyone ever inkjet printed a pattern of brick or stone on paper then used embossing powder/heat gun to texture it? ...clear embossing powder could be used over a color printout. Use a grey colored paper as the mortar or whatever color you want. Create tile too? If the printed pattern is spotty or grainy I think it would create a rough texture? ...would have to use the right kind of paper & probably hi-res image for heavier ink output? You could coat it with a mat finish?
  5. From the album: 2014 HBS Creatin' Contest--Erabliere Aucoin, Sugar Shack and Shop

    Inset into the stone chimney, both on the snowy outside and on the inside of the sugar shack, are small medallions featuring the fleur-de-lis, a reminder that the Aucoins' hearts have never completely left their homeland, Québec.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. ^_^
  8. 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.)
  9. 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!
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. From the album: 2014 HBS Creatin' Contest--Erabliere Aucoin, Sugar Shack and Shop

    I always forget to sign and date pieces, but I'm trying to get better.
  14. 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.
  15. Ancient Art of Stone Yowsers! Has anyone seen this website? These are life size masterpieces! ...combine with some doors!
  16. mesp2k

    stone tile brick

    From the album: CNC

    Left to right: stone, tiles, brick - machine scaled down size by half - so more like 1/24 scale?

    © MP2013

  17. I found these two cute stencils at my scrapbook store. Big block is exactly 3 Eights of an Inch by One inch. Small block is half inch by quarter inch. I tried both for the porch foundation of my Arthur - both will fit nicely along with their grout spacings. Big block will allow 2 rows. Small block will allow 4 rows. Now my dilemma: There is only ONE step from the ground to the porch. So logically, two rows of blocks will work visually. However, my engineer husband insists that it looks horrible and he prefers the 4 rows of smaller blocks. Either way, I want to try the following: Paint the foundation black. Add blocks with stencil and spackle. After drying, paint stones different shades of gray. I do have to apply the spackle before I glue on the roof panels, so that the house can lie flat on its back while I work. And it has to lie on the front too, when I spackle the blocks onto the back portion of the house foundation. Am I missing anything crucial in my plan? And size: I cannot decide and I have no idea how the whole lot will look together. Bearing in mind the gold charm details on the trim and the crazy roof paper, which size block would look better?
  18. My Lily is probably channeling the spirit of Sarah Winchester.... now she wants an open deck outside/next to the Dining Room!!!! It looks like I have two options: 1. butting it right next to the dining room open-walled section - somehow implying either glass sliding doors or a bit of wall in-between the two "rooms" (how would this work/look?) or 2. creating a path from the kitchen door/steps around to the dining room area of the garden and making a separate deck (maybe flagstones, maybe wood planks) with a slope down to the beach. She simply cannot stand being beside the seaside without somewhere to park the beach chairs hehehehe. So, if I somehow manage to find the builder's foam board (am going to try!): * the beach will be in front, at the lowest level (with my rowboat parked somewhere), * then slightly higher up will the deck area (maybe round, maybe organic shape) * and behind it, the open facade of the house, which means the house will be raised more than the deck (since it is on a base already). Can you picture this? Do you think it will work? Not going to try and make waves or actual ocean/water, just some sand implying the shoreline. Cookie will probably hang out on the deck area anyway, since the steps may be too much and she cannot get into the house. Of course, will have to make the base only large enough to still fit through a doorway! If I leave a little bit in front of front door, I can add a small flower garden at the entrance. A little bit of extra space to the bay window side, and I can add my wooden fence and maybe a smallish tree (found a narrow wind-swept cedar bonsai at the home decor store which will be perfect).
  19. What do you recommend to seal egg carton brick, stone, etc., that isn't shiny? I tried some matte varnish that claimed to have "virtually no sheen." But when I applied it to painted egg carton brick, it dried very shiny and ruined the rough texture. Thanks for any suggestions!
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