Install crown moldings with loctite super glue. It will be necessary to cut the crown into pieces to allow the LED light bead to illuminate the room. For the sides, I glued the crown in front of the LED light beads. But this method allows less illumination. Always start at the back and work towards front when installing any trim work.
Use a box flap To make the turret roof. This is a great way to recycle. Mark a dot in the center of the cardboard at the edge. This will be the turret roof center. Which is also the point at the top of the turret. Measure out from that dot 4-1/2". The easiest way to do this is with a compass. Make a 4-1/2" half circle around that center dot.
Time to shingle the roof. Use hot glue to glue on shingles. If you want a warped shingle look, use tacky glue. I used tacky glue. Wild roofs are more interesting to me. I also cut a wave pattern and applied the shingles in strips. Taking advantage of the shingles already being in rows. The shingles are thin and easy to cut with scissors.
Today I finished applying the stonework. When working on the stonework, after pressing in and sculpting the stones in an area, go back with a small chisel edge art brush and smooth the mortar and stones with a damp brush. The chisel edge will allow u to get into the mortar crevices. I also decided I did not like the stippled look and smoothed that a bit with the damp brush.
To sculpt stonework, these tools will assist you. If you already have sculpting tools, that's even better! I will get sculpting tools next time I'm at craft store. For now, this is my 'make shift' kit. Tools you may need are: toothbrush or stiff bristled stencil brush, manicure stick, small paint brush, water and tacky glue.
Keep doing small sections at a time. Take your time. You are not only a mason but a sculptor. I went back and brushed on a super light brushing of water to smooth out the mortar in between the stones. I used the rounded end of my smallest paint brush to smooth out in between the stones. A ball head sculpting tool would work better though. While the clay is moist from the light brushing of water, I then stippled the stones with the toothbrush for a bit of Stoney texture.
This is all I used to create the stonework. If I don't like the stonework when I am finished, I just won't use it. The stonework is optional for this project. So I'm pretending the stonework is my practice piece. You can do the same. Relax and take your time. Play dough is supposed to be fun. Lol Have a wonderful day! ; D
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