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I was doing some experimenting and made a brick sample from wood skinny sticks and stippled on paint.  These are smoother than egg carton but take a fraction of the time.  They are best suited to flat walls and floors since you can't bend them around three dimensional objects.

 

Full write-up here:

http://www.otterine.com/blog/blog1.php/the-quicker-brick

 

 

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OOOOH Brae!   I am liking this idea a lot!   I have a huge bag of skinny sticks that aren't being used!   Thanks for this one!  :D

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Now if someone could come up with a brilliantly easier way to make stone!   I cut enough stones for a small chimney and my hand was killing me.  

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This looks fantastic! Look so real.

 

I want to put a stone floor in and I was wondering if paper clay would work?????? Roll it out and put the indentions in for the tile. Maybe? I do have a question for you more experienced builders... do you put the flooring on a backer and glue that to the base or do you attach whatever the flooring is (tile, stone, hardwood, e

etc) directly onto the base? Thanks!

 

Kim

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Thank you!  :D

 

I have used templates and I have applied bricks directly to the object/surface.  It depends on the circumstance and is just a personal preference.

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I only use templates if I feel I would someday have to get to the electrical tape underneath it, like on a second floor connection to a first floor chandelier. Otherwise, I glue straight to the floor.

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I use sandpaper for bricks, but Brae's method would work perfectly for painted brickwork.  The first time I did bricks I used templates (on the Glencroft pub), but since then I paint my surface grout color and apply the sandpaper bricks directly.

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I love this idea and think I'll try it soon! :)

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This idea is just brilliant! I wish I would have had this idea for my last projects. I can think of several that I could have used this on. So simple and easy, using a product that can be found everywhere.

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Love it!

 

I use a small foam roller to get that stippled look on walls. It helps to conceal flaws and wood grain, and gives just a wee bit of texture.

 

We almost bought a house that had a massive living room with a (vintage) brick floor. I have no idea what that would have been like to live with, but it was gorgeous and so unique.

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How would one clean a brick floor?

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Looking good Brae! Now for my question...could you use these to make a sort of subway tile for a kitchen backsplash? What kind of paint would I use to get a glossy finish?

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Fantastic idea..... I don't have the skill or patience for egg carton bricks... my experience with them have been a failure. .. but this idea.... yahoooo... gonna have to give this a try.

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All of the interior brick flooring I've seen was sealed, so it's basically the same surface texture of ceramic tile, but it's a clear sealer, so you still see all of the variation of the bricks.  

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Very cool idea! Even better that it seems to be a faster approach. 

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