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Friday, May 30, 2014

Brick Problems.

Coffee stirrers cut to size, glued then a render applied. Using a  drawn line for placement.
Hello Readers,
Again I have been struggling with my decisions on which brick idea to use. So far I have tried a couple of ideas found on the internet.

The first one I tried was sandpaper bricks. I found this one to be just too complicated to cut! One suggestion was to use a shredder….it did shred….the sandpaper to bits.


Magic Bric….Looks fairly realistic, however I'm not entirely convinced about the size of the grout lines.

Coffee stirrers, gaps created using old credit card as spacer.

My first and worse attempt at using paper clay. I let it dry before I carved it, it fell to bits. Don't mind it as a render though.


So readers as you can see my experiments are not having much success. Any ideas? Help Please!
I like the stirrer idea, but it would require literally thousands to be cut up as my basement and chimney are huge.

IndyPoppy

22 comments:

  1. Hi Indy-Poppy! I feel your concern. Long ago I made bricks by carving them out of dried spackle much like the paperclay but I believe the spackle to be softer and thus easier to carve. You can achieve a lot of additional texture with spackle or wall patch compound and of course it can be sanded and then sealed to preserve it, but honestly I haven't used this method for many years. Brae at Otterine blog has done a brick chimney tutorial using egg carton and her method used for her Haunted Heritage doll's house was Beautiful. Betsy (Daydreamer blog) has carved bricks using pink wall insulation and The Glorious Twelfth blog has recently finished the exterior of an entire farmhouse using egg carton bricks. I guess it depends on how much time you want to spend. I applaud your mock up boards for testing. It is good to see just what technique best suits your individual needs! :D

    elizabeth

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    1. Thanks for the links, these are all fabulous ideas. I thought about egg cartons, but I don't have access to many. I used to when Mum had her shop.

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  2. No te preocupes que al final encontrarás la técnica que más te agrade! Yo para los ladrillos uso el cartón de huevos,que tiene una rugosidad perfecta y grosor adecuado,o bien las plantillas para usar con cemento que queda también perfecto.
    Prueba con los cartones que es más barato y comprueba si te gusta.
    Besos.

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    1. Thanks Pilar, I am trying to find a cost effective idea. Card might work.

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  3. Check out Lidi's blog for paperclay brick perfection
    http://basketcase-miniatures.blogspot.com.au
    As Elizabeth said, egg carton bricksare great.

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  4. Hola, yo he hecho la fachada de mi casa con una plantilla y una pasta de cemento. Es fácil de usar y el resultado es bastante bueno.
    No te desanimes, que esto es divertido.
    Besos
    Victoria

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    1. Cement paste sounds like a good idea. I will check it out.

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  5. No te desanimes, sigue los consejos de Pilar que es una maestra, todo lo que hace la sale perfecto y tiene mucha experiencia. Feliz fin de semana:-)

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    1. Pilar's ideas are great aren't they.

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  6. I've just been looking at Emily's blog, Architecture of Tiny DIstinction. She made bricks from egg cartons: http://tinydistinction.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/faux-brick-tutorial.html and she gives a link to Otterine's blog, who has used the same technique.

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    1. Thanks Rebecca, I like the effect of egg cartons also. I just wish I could get hold of heaps. They tend to reuse them down here for free range eggs. So people don't tend to keep them.

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  7. Yo hice ladrillos con cartón de huevos y me pareció fácil y quedan bien.El trabajo está en cortar.

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    1. Egg cartons seem to be the way to go.

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  8. Thanks for bringing it up...look at how many technique we all can try now!

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    1. I like to try things before I commit, so it has been interesting to experiment.

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  9. Hello Indy Poppy,
    I wish I could be of more help but I have not yet tried brick techniques properly. I have used the magic brick and agree that the grout and the bricks look off in scale. I plan on using the egg carton technique, but still have not tried it out. I, m sorry but I am kind of useless right now.
    I read your lovely comment o0n my blog. I am afraid I cannot help you with the ceiling. It was some leftover pieces a friend gave to me when I started the Manor. He told me they were originally used in a collaboration project with John J Hodgson. I don't know where you can find them or if there is any on the market.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Thanks Giac, your house is wonderful. I will have a search and see if I can find something similar. IndyPoppy

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  10. I've made bricks with egg carton. I like that. I don't cut them out piece by piece (like I've seen some does), I just cut out the space between them, the top layer to get the gap between them =) I just drew something up for my 1:144 scale house and wasn't that careful to make it straight and in right scale, but it was fun =) You can see how I mean here: http://hannahsminiatyrer.blogspot.se/2013/05/work-in-progress.html
    Good luck!!
    Hannah

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    1. Thanks Hannah I will check it out. IndyPoppy

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  11. Hi Indy!

    OMG, your post reminded me of when I "bricked" Merriman Park and had such a horrible time, I almost QUIT! Did you try cutting the sandpaper bricks from the wrong (smooth, paper) side? Might make it easier.

    XOXO,
    John

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    1. Hi John, I tried an idea that was recommended online that you could use a shredder…bad idea…not good for the shredder either he he.

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