October 23, 2010

Castle Stonework

We have been diligently working on the exterior stonework for the castle every weekend.  It's a mix-with-water compound that you apply over a stencil with a stone pattern, sold by Bromley Craft Products in England.  The darker areas are newly applied stones that have yet to dry completely.  So far, so good though.  It's starting to look like a castle!


Shelly said...

Kierstyn is going to love it and what a special treasure it will be! I can't believe how amazing it looks and how talented you guys are. Not everyone can do that, it's very impressive...you and Dad are gifted in creating these minatures. Thank you again for making such a keepsake for her...she's one lucky girl for sure. Love, Shell

Cate and David said...

It is looking incredible!

CLARA said...

Ya se ve, ya se ve :)
Mucho trabajo tiene cada fachada. Pronto tendras un castillo todo hecho por ti.
Me encanta.
Besos Clara

Whittaker's Miniatures said...

Kierstyn, Im so excited your doing this. My daughter has just bought the castle too so we will be watching with interest! Do you have to primer the walls before doing this? I tried the stencils and compound with another house for brickwork but just couldnt get the hang of it, I think i made it too thin. Yours looks great did you find it tricky, especially the towers? Im tempted to try it as she dosnt like paper and paperclay would be too large an area to do! Kate xxx

All Things Mini said...

Thanks everyone! I sooo look forward to the day we give this to Kierstyn and to see her reaction.

Kate, to answer your questions:
1) Yes, I always use primer on a dollhouse. It helps to preserve the dollhouse and protect it from humidity (if you have a humid climate). And then, on top of the primer, I painted the grout color I wanted.
2) The compound itself hasn't been hard to work with. It's supposed to be a smoothe consistency, but not runny. Like cake frosting. And then I use plenty of stencil adhesive to keep the compound from going underneath the stencil. I've still experienced a little bit of compound underneath, but nothing a flat toothpick can't remedy. The towers are tricky and I advise having one person hold the stencil around the curve while another person applies the compound.

If you have any further questions on this, please just holler! :-)

Kim said...

It looks awesome! Does Kierstyn know this is being built? I can't remember. If she doens't this is going to be one huge wonderful surprise!