Dear Friends,

I am trying a way to create sand stone from Fimo which is a classic doll house product. I still have to try different texture techniques, so far I used a tooth probe for sculpting. Fino hardens in the oven and can be flattened out with a pasta machine – need to get one. The first test piece looks good, I‘ll keep working on it. By the way the depot is going to be huge!

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Sarah, Stone work looks great!  I have always seen FIMO in the stores here. Wondered how it works. Hope you can send updates on this project.

-Tom

Sarah, FIMO is a clay is it not?  Like Tom Q Fan, I've seen it at Hobby Lobby and have always wanted to try it but didn't know how to use it what it was actually fore.  Your stone work looks really nice and I like the way it is coming out.  Please keep us posted and keep up the good work.

Nice work Sarah  

Another technique: This doll house chimney had a sticky back stencil.   The stencil was applied then a stucco like material mixed with white glue was applied.  Before the mixture hardened, the stencil was removed. 

Brick was done the same.  If the paste material dried too fast, it was difficult to remove the stencil.  Mortar color is paint applied before the stencil.   

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Terrific; always great to see a different medium being used. You are a real artist.

Thanks for posting this and yes by all means, please keep us in the loop... 

Mark in Oregon

Sarah, that appears to be a lot of work with the scribing and texturing but the result is so totally worth it.  It looks great.  What color are you going for with the stone?  Will you be painting the mortar or using the FIMO color?

Now that is very interesting, using a dental tool for fine working, awesome. Quite some time ago I had told one of my coworkers I saw a video of a person using ceiling tiles for shale rock layers. He was amazed and said only a model railroader would see a use for something like that(complimenting a job well done). Thumbs up Sarah.

Sarah,

Looks great.

You may want to consider making a latex mold of that piece as the original. Then, you can cast as many copies as you need with a plaster such as Hydrocal.

Jim

Thanks for the comments! We‘ll see how everything turns out at last. Meanwhile I built a skeleton for the clay starting eith a tower section of the depot.35C6E094-58DF-4EB5-A533-0970C78FAE31

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Wondering if you have worked on your depot recently.  I once had a set of leather working tools some of the texturing tools would be handy for sculpting FIMO.          j

This bridge was hand carved into plaster that was laid over the foam structure and then painted.  This is some shots of it in process.  This was all done by Harry Henning III.

Here's the finished product.

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Not unless I can get Harry to spend about a month in my basement and carve it!   He spent a lot of time detailing that monster!

My progress on the depot is on halt because of a more pressing project - need to fit a 1:1 scale roof on a building as soon as possible :-)

 

Thanks for the great pictures! I‘ll keep you guys informed. 

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Nice work on the stone sculpting. A while back, I posted some pics of an experimental stone wall project using stacked sections of dry wall. The stone texture is already there when the dry wall is scored and snapped.

Sarah posted:

My progress on the depot is on halt because of a more pressing project - need to fit a 1:1 scale roof on a building as soon as possible :-)

Well, the rainy season is coming, so a new roof seems to be a good idea!

Do you have a 1:1 locomotive to park near that building?

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Sarah posted:

My progress on the depot is on halt because of a more pressing project - need to fit a 1:1 scale roof on a building as soon as possible :-)

 

YES, I think I can just make you out, standing between trusses, with the tool belt. Come to think, tool belts are much better suited for girls than guys. Every time I put one on it slides down to my knees and causes me to trip and fall through the rafters.  Not to worry, I always land on my head.      And she has an excavator.  YOU WIN LADY. You have the best toys. I doubt if any of us guys can top that !    You need a model of your house under construction, with the excavator in the back yard, for your layout.    So, Sarah, please tell us you are married so we can all stop "Pining away" for the girl of our dreams.           j

Sarah, I guess fixing the "real" roof is legitimate excuse for not working on trains!    Keep us updated and be careful .

Tom

Gene, Absolutely First Class !!  Wow. 

Sorry I am not familiar with precision board. What is that product and where do you get it?

Tom

Tom... Sorry I haven't replied to your question about Precision  Board my computer was down. Here is an article from Garden Railway's Aug 2007.

 

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Sarah,

Great idea, your drawings are terrific!  Gene, I like the Long Island cabooses. Thanks for the step by step. 

Andy

Excellent stone work everyone!

Sarah, your work looks outstanding, but I do agree with all the 1:1 roof takes precedence!  Our petite youngest daughter (the Mendelssohn Choir soprano)  would be right in there with the tool belt and power tools.  She puts her husband and sister's husband to shame I am here to tell you!

Thanks everyone! Great projects everywhere! Thanks for that great article, Gene. I love that idea of texturing before shaping. Must try. 

 

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