Wednesday, November 4,
Making Brick Fences - Part One
photos taken November 4, 2009
All purpose Lego has been used throughout this project.
Here it's used as an easy to take apart mold for the basic
shape of what will become the brick fences.
The artist's modeling clay, not polymer clay, was first
conditioned with extra water
to make it pliable to work with.
The clay is smooshed
into the mold, pushed into corners and against the insides
of the mold.
Here it is after being been smooshed and smoothed.
I didn't get fancy and
buy a rolling pin - I just used an unopened container of
to roll over the clay until it was smooth.
The back side was also
smoothed before the Lego mold
was carefully dismantled one side at a time.
All mold sides are off
and the clay slab is ready to be placed in the clay drier.
Yes, more Lego was
used to construct the clay drier.
Heavy painter's plastic and tape were used to enclose the
Holes were cut into the plastic to allow it to breath thus
slowly drying the clay.
Modeling clay must be slow dried over a couple of days.
It will take three days to completely dry.
These are six of the
nine slabs I made this afternoon.
They are still very wet and will have to slowly dry before
more work can be done on them.
After drying overnight to a "leather hard" stage,
I will smooth the edges, stamp them to make the brick
pattern, then finally slightly resize them.
They will probably be fully dry the day after tomorrow.
This is the second
drier on another kitchen counter.
(Gads! Half of my kitchen has been taken over by my
ever-growing Village workshop!)
This drier has larger holes and the clay has been stamped
with the brick pattern.
The slabs have hardened enough so they can stand up.
These brick fences
have been drying since yesterday.
The four fences on the top left side were made yesterday
morning and will be dry tomorrow.
The other fences were made yesterday evening and were
stamped this morning.
They will be dry either tomorrow evening or the next
As much as I am eager to move forward working on the Village
I don't want to hurry the drying process.
Out of a 10 pound box of
clay, I was able to make 21 fences
plus part of one fence that will be used to test paint and