Chimney outer face
Still working on the west ‘aspect’ and it’s time the chimney had some removable cladding made. The bottom half is to be stonework and the rest brick, with removable sections as it conceals a wiring run.
As there’s more spare stenciled stonework left over to do the job, I’ve decided on the egg box method to produce more – a sort of compare and contrast exercise. It will be worth the use of the morning not to have to work with the cement mix again, unless I really need to: longer to set up and brings me out in skin rash.
Finding the repeat in the stencil
Having decided on a section of the original stencil pattern that might, it took just less than one twelve egg box lid to provide coverage up to where it shoulders inwards, so I didn’t spend that much time creating mini blocks and gluing them in place.
Once the glue was dry they received a foundation all over of shades of grey using chalk pastels. Then back to the glue pot (white glue) and, with a medium stiff brush, splodging of glue over all. The non-floppy brush is to ensure that colour gets pushed in and the splodging action is to prevent damage to the delicate surface of the cardboard. Any excess glue is patted off. To this, whilst still wet, is added shavings off various other shades and colours of pastel, and with a dry brush, which needs to be wiped clean as you go along, the chalky shavings are splodged in. Can get a little muddy looking if you don’t take care. As it becomes nearly dry, fresh shades are added and rubbed in with finger tip. The whole takes very little time.
I’ve described my finger painting method in detail as it’s probably not the most orthodox or best way to do the job. For me, it works, but others may find it not their thing. I find it quick, easy and controllable whilst using very little equipment.
Shall work on, on the assumption that it will ‘do’ and make a final decision prior to fitting, I think.