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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Building a building my way #2

Sorry about the delay posting more on this build.  Real life being what it is put this on hold.  Back to business. 

Once the windows are built I usually start on the floor to create the footprint for the building.  Here I am using Hirst arts tiles and blocks for parts of this build.  I glued the tiles together face down on a cutting board so I had a level floor.  Once I glued it down I reinforced the back with more glue and then some putty on the portions of the tiles that were not level for added stability.  When the floor was completely set I turned it over and filled all gaps between the tiles. 
  Next I again use the Hirst blocks to build the bottom edge of the walls and corners of the building.  After these parts dry I roughly cut foam core walls to fill the open areas and roughly set the windows.  You will notice lots of gaps here as I did not worry too much about the fit since I will be covering the walls inside and out and I was in a bit of a hurry at the time. The windows are shimmed in and leveled with coffee stirrers.  When the walls are set in place I cap them with popsicle sticks so I have a level surface to put the roof on and to edge the façade for the exterior walls.  
After gluing the popsicle sticks on I use coffee stirrers to fill any gaps between the foam core, wood and Hirst blocks. 
 When I have a good surface for the wall faces, I cover the whole wall with PVA glue and then dump clay kitty litter onto the surface.  This will appear similar to a flint nodule surface.  After the PVA sets up I use super glue dribbled over the surface to protect the kitty litter with a hard acrylic surface and to set it firmly in place. 
  Hope you like.

Snitchy sends

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Building a building my way.

Since I have finished my build something entry I have decided to show my step by step process for constructing buildings.  I generally start counter intuitively with the windows.  These are prefabricated using stencil paper that is cut to size with the individual panes cut out.  The paper is then edged with a layer of coffee stirrers around the face.  The whole structure is boxed in with larger coffee stirrers and a Popsicle stick as the window sill.  These took me about two or three hours to knock up.  The individual holes for the glass are 5mm by 5mm. 
Hope you like. Snitchy sends.