It was way back in January of this year that FRED, plotted out the three pointed sparkling stars,and joined them up creating his polygon, and with the aid of MAYBELL, they produced the first Pattern. Others were quick to follow,and this triangle pattern was selected to be the first to be moulded in floppy silicone.
No it is not the TET,from OBLIVION it is the first for The ASTERIX VILLAGE, and will hopefully produce many helpful castings.
A roof with chimney based upon the Comic style of the Gaul Village is yet to follow.
The polystyrene Pattern broke getting it out of the mould, but with its job done it was expendable!
So the mould is a success and after a good wash in soapy water it will be ready to cast up later tonight. With the little piece of rubber I had over I pressed my smaller pattern into it so that there was no wast.
This space between the top window and the edge will need a twisted wire support pushed into the casting up mix.
The windows and doorway looks very neat.
This is the first one cast up.
Mixing Sillicone by hand does lead to dirty nails,but that is to be expected. It does however show up on photographs. So please excuse,as I have added shadow which does certainly show the grey rubber under my thumb nail even more.
After trimming the windows and top doorway out this will be set aside to dry. Over the next week I should have all the castings I need.
I will show the other moulds and castings in the next few days.
THE FIRST UPDATE
Today more work is underway.
A little cooking oil works wonders.
blu tac, holds the triangle in place.
Served up grey worms on a bed of starch.
"Is there any brown sauce Mrs B ? "
It creates Magic ______________________ at half the cost.
" O`, Boy I Just Love This Hobby! "
All are my original Patterns,Moulds and Castings.
Another Update Soon BB
Four Patterns having been made were duly cast up in Plaster of Paris, a wonderful mixture Master Masons still use today. Below are some of the results.
A Half Door,as seen on many pictures within the Asterix Comics. Like stable two part doors I guess?
Many of the comic buildings have larger type stone in their makeup, so the concept is to create the same contrasts within my work.
Each Pattern scribed out with differing design to the stone work and wooden beams. Each window on each Rubber Pattern was cut around at an angle with the old trusty craft knife with a new blade installed.This was to aid quick realise and to avoid damage to the castings. By doing this no wire reinforcement was not needed. Indeed MAGIC!
This extra flash plaster was simply trimmed off the castings while still fresh released and damp from the mould using just my old craft knife.
Above smaller press in patterns can be pushed into the top of each mould when full. This of course is the under side of the Silicone Mould. So nothing ventured and thought out,nothing extra gained at no extra cost.
Two More Patterns Scribed Stuck Down and Under Way
It took two hours to produce each Pattern,and which four hours in total is say half a working day for most workers,but the penning out and then scribing and sticking on beams cannot be rushed as if one were a small child heavy handed with a wax crayon! Relaxing and enjoying is the name of this playful art work,and what one scribes and cuts out is what one gets out of each mould in the way of lots of quick cast objects that took say only five minutes to produce. So four hours work pales into insignificance! Does it not?
They are ready to cut out from the bottom board, which they have been stuck to,and now at this stage the windows and doorways can easily be cut around the edges and popped out. This polystyrene sheet is the cheapest way that I know of making many a Pattern used in the process of repetitive casting up. One only needs a pen to scribe such things out. I only need three castings of each Pattern for the simplified Asterix Village,but could now with all the moulds made produce hundreds if I wanted to sell them,but gaining more money to pay more taxes to Caesar is never my aim,but to show simple paithways into scratch building for those interested in this hobby is.
Another Update Soon BB
MORE SCRIBING WITH THE PEN
I have thought about the footings the building will sit on, and to cut cost even further I decided upon a bold plan of action that will suit this place of fantasy! Universal paithways, that will also be used for footings too. The fronts of each building will be silicone into place come time for construction.
The pathway above splits apart into six pieces.
O`,Dear Me! The Asterix Romans seem to be flouting downstream on some invisible stream!
Designed to mould just one piece of paithway in little LEGO boxes below.
This is a smaller house for the Gaul Village, and knowing that I would have some silicone over after filling this one up.I prepared the three little boxes and oiled all the Patterns with brushed on cooking oil. This saved waste and the tiny boxes were soon rammed up as well as the Apex box of larger degrees.
It is only thumb and fingered onto each Pattern. No pounding required,and indeed no skill either. It really is preparation first,then mixing then filling. It cost £3.00 on this mix.
LEGO BRICKS is the best ever for moulding boxes.
THE BEGUILING PEGASUS
is shown above far above.
ANOTHER UPDATE REAL SOON
Thanks for taking time out to have a look see at the work.
ALL CAST UP
I cut the silicon at an angle all around each window half way,and this will make it easier to remove the castings from this mould.
Showing one Pattern above and Two moulds cast up with Plaster of Paris. The castings of the front ends were removed from the mould after 20 minutes. There are those on E Bay,that say," You have to leave the moulds for 24 hours if you use Plaster of Paris." Which as you see is certainly not the case.
The windows were trimmed easily using a craft knife!
Part Of The Pathway Puzzle
60 Pence will more than cover the cost of these six castings.
They will dry out to a perfect white and will be very light weight!
So another three off each mould will do nicely and will fit my needs,as I do not require hundreds.
Making Chimney`s Next.
Toying with the idea of a flickering light in the fireplace for extra effect after dark.
Another Update Soon. BB
Removing the crude but effective cheap pattern, and having served its purpose into the bin it goes.
The last Apex Mould for the Asterix Village will be filled tonight. There will be stuff left over and that will fill the first Corinthian mould on the left,for I waste very little in my hobby.
Thanx 4 Looking. BB