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 Posted: Sat Dec 5th, 2015 02:28 am
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The idea behind this model was to see if I could produce the stonework as I used to about 20/30 years ago before I switched to Wills Stone sheets which is basically fire cement baked in the microwave.


However, first I had to find out if fire cement was still available and yes it was, Wicks stored it and it cost ten times as much per tub !

Next, I had to make a stonewall press using plasticene to build up the master and a resin cast made of the result. Later if anybody should be interested I can show a step-by-step of how the press was made.

Anyway, here's the model.
























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Listen Allan, enough of this passing off real photos as models :pedal

 

Truthfully, very well created...:cheers



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Brilliant modelling Allan, I think I still have a copy of your how to book somewhere, the press is really good and can be made to produce different finishes, I reckon it would be ideal for doing cobbles or sets.... hmm think I will dig it out again.

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Wooohaaa there me beauty - as Sol said Allan, this is about modelling, not photographing the real thing !!

That is truly amazing - not only do you have a wonderful eye but also the skills to commit it all to a model.  I love the broken timber in the flume and the stonework is just so perfect - "weathered" in the right places, traces of repointing and even what looks like slight bulges here and there - fantastic :thumbs:thumbs:thumbs:thumbs

Yes please, I'd love to know how you made the press and, more to the point, how in heavens name you managed to "register" what must have been mutiple imprints so that the wall still appeared natural rather than a panel with 4 or 5 similar sections of stonework - if you get my meaning.

I was a fan of yours what seems like hundreds of years ago when I first saw your work in print and you're still as good and I'm still as big a fan !!!




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Another brilliant rendering Allan. Great Work.



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Making a stone wall press.

First in answer to Petermac's question re repitition stonework just apply two or three offset pressings in the same place which will 'chop' the stonework up considerably greatly reducing the liklihood of a repeat pattern of any significance.

Allan.


























 

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 And another mill using fire cement and the tone wall press as seen above.

I  should mention that after you have spread the fire cement over a substantial card backing, dust the compound over with talc which will act as a releasing agent when lifting the press away.

For colouring you can use acrylic, enamel or emulsion paint but I far prefer Colron wood dye as it sinks into the compound as oposed to just sitting on top lifeless and without texture.

To harden I pop each section into the microwave for a minuye or two on a low setting although it will eventually harden when exposed to room temperatures but takes ages and never hardens out as firm as heat assisted - as it's designed to do.

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Well there's something to aspire to. I could sit and look at that for ages.



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Outstanding work Allan, always a pleasure to sit and admire your craftsmanship.



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Hello,
Still got it Allan, you must have been born with it. You do have an extraordinary talent.
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