Chimney update - bricking has begun!

by brae  

Continuing to work on the lower portion of the chimney, I cut out space for the firebox and any wiring I might end up running through the house.  To do this, I scored lines in the foam core, and then lifted the pieces out with a putty knife.  I waited until after assembling the chimney since it's far easier to cut portions out in the size and shape I want than to attempt to frame the area with thin pieces of foam core board.

I added vertical bricks to the slightly recessed section at the sides by cutting the pieces to fit individually and gluing them in place between the cardboard top and bottom.  Putting the outer brick surface on the adjacent cardboard while leaving this section as is will create the indented layer.  I then glued the wood frame in place.

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For the bottommost portion of the chimney, I created a vertical row at the upper edge.  To cover the corners I cut special corner shaped bricks and glued them around the corners.  Once painted and grouted, the seams won't show.

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Sometimes when the bricks didn't want to stay put while the glue dried (I use Aleene's Quick Dry for bricking), I used sewing pins to hold them in place.

Mini masonry goes much faster (and with better results) with guidelines, though there is the time involved in making said guidelines to be considered.  ;]

Amazing but my white cutting board looks a lot like ice in this photo.  After accidentally discovering how to make burned wood in mini, I've now apparently figured out how to get the look of ice.  :D

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After completing the base, I started applying the bricks to the herringbone frame.

This part was tedious even for me, so I took a break and started to brick the rest of the lower portion from the base upward.

I think having the extra base the same height as the foundation will work out nicely.

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Comment from: rosa margarita [Visitor]
Bravo! me encanta ver fotos de tus maravillas Un abrazo
09/02/11 @ 17:51
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
So, this is what I don't can you lay out all the complex steps but make it seem effortless at the same time?
09/02/11 @ 19:37
Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]
Yeah! Huh, huh, huh? I agree with Keli. Clearly, you were once upon a time abducted by miniature loving aliens and they bestowed upon you a set of way awesome powers to use in mini making. :P Beautiful, as per usual!
09/02/11 @ 21:19
Comment from: Moonstorm [Visitor]
Beautiful - you seem to make it look so easy :)
09/03/11 @ 00:20
Comment from: Audra [Visitor]
I agree with Keli and Lyssa! It does look so simple, yet I know getting them lined up is not as easy as it looks! Wonderful work again Brae!
09/03/11 @ 05:12
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
Miniature loving aliens...Lyssa, you crack me up! :D
09/03/11 @ 16:35
Comment from: Audra [Visitor]
Just thought I would let you know that one of my twin boys (14) read my blog. I had linked you - he checked out your blog and went through your photos. I heard a lot of 'wow's and 'that is cool' and 'that is miniature?' You have a young fan!
09/03/11 @ 17:42
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks so much, everyone! :>> I guess I was just blessed with the ability to sit for hours doing the same thing! :))
09/04/11 @ 06:37

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