Worked on window trim today. Here is how I'm doing my trim. Glue the bottom trim piece onto paper into the horizontal corner of a small Square. Then glue the side trim piece against the vertical side of the Square. Finish gluing the other side and top trim piece in place. I find that the square helps keep everything lined up nicely.
I would prefer to stone the interior walls of Hogwarts but that would b expensive and take to long. As an alternative I'm using stucco paper. I found this roll of wallpaper at Lowes home improvement store. It adds texture to the castle walls (instead of stone) and I paint it exactly the same colors and technique as the castle stone.
To create a realistic Hogwarts-style castle stone finish in dollhouse miniature (1" scale) you will need: Sandstone (or Suede) craft paint, Mudstone (or Barnwood) craft paint, Antique Gold (not metallic) craft paint, craft roller and tray, 1" craft paintbrush, 1/2" craft paint brush, small stiff paintbrush
Create depth by dry brushing on Mudstone. go lightly here and there. Then add a bit more here and there. Allow some areas to be heavy and some areas to be light. Let dry. **dry brush: lightly dab the tip of the brush in the paint. Brush and tap paintbrush on newspaper until there is very little paint on the brush. Now you r ready to 'dry brush' a small area .
*you can use the Large Castle Stone sheet as siding or use it as a mold and make your own. Here is how I use it as a mold to make my own stone. To make Hogwarts style castle stone u will need: 2 sheets of large castle stone from miniatures.com, 3 packs of super lightweight air dry clay, 1 clay rolling machine, Dish soap, Dish rag
Apply some dish soap to the dish rag and thoroughly rub soap into castle stone mold. The soap will prevent sticking. Set machine to 7. Roll about a quarter of the clay thru the machine at a time. Flatten the piece with hand first to fit into machine. Press rolled piece into Castle Stone tray. Use the heel of your palm and finger tips to press clay down into the castle stone mold. Continue rolling clay and pressing into stone mold until mold is completely filled. Let dry 24 hrs.
Roll out two castle sheets using air dry light weight clay. Prep the plastic castle stone sheet first by wiping on a thin coat of dish soap to prevent clay from sticking. Tomorrow the clay should b dry and peel right out. I would prob. Do the stone different but to finish what I have already started, I'm doing it the same for uniformity.
My goal is to just finish this Hogwarts style castle build that I started years ago. I'm using the same colors and technique to maintain uniformity. My Hogwarts is my own happy interpretation derived from the books and the movies. I have deliberately used light cheerful colors (within the vicinity of gothic castle architecture) because I wanted to have a fun inviting magical experience of the wizarding world. Cheers mate!
To create the front door cut a piece of wood to fit the door opening. Mark the center, then score with can opener. Measure from center to outer edge every half inch and score with can opener. Repeat on other side so both sides of the door have this detail. Apply to coats of Pecan Express Finish stain.
"I believe in an everyday sort of magic - the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places and people; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we're alone."
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