Sunday, June 10, 2012

Some Spooky Set Building

I've been keeping myself busy these past few months with loads of new projects and ideas. Today I worked on something that's going to be a pretty fun project in itself. I can't show or tell you why I'm building this teeny spooky set yet.... but I can show you how I built it.

 I am sculpting stones for a floor from the surface of a three inch thick sheet of Styrofoam. I'm using a steak knife and several different exacto or art knives and scalpels. I'm trying to keep the stone shapes irregular.

Here I'm sculpting some brick shapes for a wall.

 I cut out a rough arch window and added a sill with some hot glue.

Here the floor and wall are stuck together using hot glue and dowel. I've also added some stones to the edge of the window.

 I used some Great Stuff insulating foam in a can to fill the gap between the floor and the wall and to build up a little seating area under the window. I'll be able to sculpt this foam out into different shapes later if I need to.

Here's a shot of the can just in case you were interested in it. I suggest covering everything up that is near your work station that you do not want foam on. Wear gloves and eye protection and work outside. This stuff is sticky!

I sprayed the foam with stone effects paint

I'm pleased with the results. This is all I can show you for now. I'll make sure I keep you posted on the results of the whole project when I can finally share it. I can't wait to finish and fast forward into the future so you can see everything....


MelanieMargaret said...

Thanks! This is helpful. :)

Candy S said...

I would love to see the finished project. I was forwarding thorough your posts but ran out of time to try and find it. Perhaps you can advise me on how to find that post. I am a new follower. Thank you, Candy

Kellie Mowat said...

Hello Candy!
This set was a background for a PolymerCafe cover.
It was for our Flying Monkey doll.
You don't end up actually seeing very much of the set in the final cover shot, but it was a necessary build. The monkey wouldn't have looked at home anywhere else.
The piece is still in the rafters in our garage..... Just can't seem to throw these things out. You never know when you'll need a mini haunted castle set.
Thanks for visiting!