Custom block tower segment

Well, here’s the first attempt at a tower section using the custom sculpted blocks that I made a custom mold for. So this is pretty much all me. I can’t blame anything on anyone else. Even the painting….

Well, oops, actually it’s not ALL me. I did use some of the bricks from another Hirst mold to outline the doorway and to make the window sill. Those aren’t me… But everything else is!

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5 thoughts on “Custom block tower segment

  1. Thanks mtnlurker! I have to admit that I am pretty pleased with the result. There are some caveats though. First, I deliberately threw this together as quickly as possible. I know that I am not as diligent as I should be about sanding blocks to be the perfect size. I know that some of these blocks are taller than others. That’s more or less unavoidable when you use an open ended mold where you pour and scrape the plaster. Sometimes you are going to scrape a little deeper, and sometimes the plaster will settle a little more. The end result is slight variations in the final height of the blocks. Any “serious” builder will measure each block and sand them all to the exact same height. It’s not really that hard to do, it’s just time consuming. I probably should have done that, but I decided not to.

    Secondly, any “serious” builder would set one row of blocks and allow the glue to completely dry before they moved to the next row. That’s because the act of placing blocks on top of other blocks tends to put stress on the previously set blocks and if they aren’t solidly in place, they will shift. I tend to be in too much of a hurry for that, and in this case I glued all the blocks at the same time. Except the bottom row, which I did work a bit to align and sand to make as firm a foundation as possible. Otherwise I took the blocks exactly as they came out of the mold and built the tower, gluing it all in one fell swoop and then adjusted the blocks while the glue was setting. That allowed me to build the tower in about an hour total, where the “right” way would take a couple of days.

    Painting was similar. Basically I threw a quick black base coat on the whole tower, then came back with some brown paint to give the blocks an earth-tone look, then did three drybrushes with lighter colors ending with bright white for my final drybrush.

    Total time, probably two hours.

  2. Dragon, the 3D printer would be too slow and expensive to make stuff like this tower. Plaster is far cheaper and easier. However, the 3D printer will be incredibly useful for things like doors, windows, roofing, accessories…. I think they mesh together well.

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