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Lucas Gargoloff
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This week was playing with foam. I took a piece of white foam and started to carve each brick, then with a piece of baswood of the size of the brik, push in some bricks. Then a light coat of brick colour and a black wash, and drybrushed with light grey. This started as a test, but I like how it looks and turned as a basement for any future structure.



 


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Outstanding Lucas. What did the foam look like in the original form. The colors are right on.
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Hi Lucas,
Thats certainly a worth while effort. The big benefit of carving them yourself is the corner finish, which is often the downfall of many pre cast versions, with a join to tryand conceal. Your corners have come up great. The method of pushing the odd brick in or off skew adds some great texture to the wall as well.

I'm assuming it was a piece of the extruded foam, similar to the pink or blue foam as often used in the US. I have difficulties getting the pink/blue gear down here, so use a similar white/cream coloured product.

Thanks for sharing, and please keep up the updates of the brick experiments.

Cheers,
Dan Pickard

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Many thanks for the comments guys!!

danpickard escribió:
Hi Lucas,
Thats certainly a worth while effort. The big benefit of carving them yourself is the corner finish, which is often the downfall of many pre cast versions, with a join to tryand conceal. Your corners have come up great. The method of pushing the odd brick in or off skew adds some great texture to the wall as well.
Yes, corners = problems... But hand carve solves it. Only one thing I don´t like, is the texture of the corner, is more porous than the front side, may I had to sand the front for get a similar texture.

I'm assuming it was a piece of the extruded foam, similar to the pink or blue foam as often used in the US. I have difficulties getting the pink/blue gear down here, so use a similar white/cream coloured product.
This experiment was made in a white foam piece. The foam here is the same you use, white foam, I can´t find pink or blue here. I have a little piece of pink, will do a test in it for look if there are some  differences.

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Lucas.

That looks fantastic.  Please let us know how the test on the other foam works out.

I don't imagine this was a quick method.

I note that you have kept the brick courses nice and straight.

The detailing is very good.

Don

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Thanks Don! yeap, this was a really quick test, I started last sunday and took me around 20 hours to complete as you can see now. It was helped with a ruler and drew with a fine pencil, then mark the lines with a needle and push in with a piece of baswood. Now, I want to test the pink foam for look how it works... I have only a 3"x6" piece of it. Will see... L:

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That.

Is really good.

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Lucas-

When you try the denser foam, please let us know the results.

Also, the 'unevenness" of the face is a great feature, but remember that once built, the bricks cannot be individually pushed in, so the only way that they can be other than a flat surface is sloppy work on the part of the guy that did the laying, or abrasion from passing vehicles, carts etc.

So it is an eyecatching feature, just go a little lighter on the distance that you push an individual brick down.

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Hi Lucas: IM(very)HO I think you overdid the effect. Look at this: http://mayantrip.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Door3.jpg http://www.kalyani.org/Loring/Mainwebsite_html/Photos/CIMG4964.JPG which depict adobe walls, close to what you did. Regular kiln brick will be a lot smoother. Here is a very sloppy brick wall: http://static4.depositphotos.com/1028201/382/i/950/depositphotos_3827955-Old-brick-walls.jpg Note the pattern (or lack of it) and the very uneven cement work between brick layers.
Extremely damaged and weathered brickwork:
http://us.123rf.com/400wm/400/400/graf_montekristo/graf_montekristo0810/graf_montekristo081000011/3700407-old-brick-wall-defensive-construction.jpg

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Lukas i like it the way it is would keep you wondering "how did he do that"

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Well, I tried the Pink Foam, and worked much better than the White Foam, I found much dense and you can draw the bricks with no damage.

Here´s a how to...

Once I drew the bricks lightly with a fine pencil, I marked them with a knife (slow and with light pressure)



With the same pencil, I redraw each brick and get individual ones.



With a square file, pushed some bricks in here and there.



Here is steps 1-2 and 3 in the same piece of foam.

 


A couple of closeups of the final bricks



 




Hope this helps!

Regards

Last edited on Sat Dec 31st, 2011 02:29 pm by Lucas Gargoloff

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never thought of that interesting:2t:

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Lucas-extremely realistic brick work. Thanks for showing how you did it, it has inspired me to make bricks your way.
Woodie

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Try it Woodie, is very funny!! :2t:

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Another Brick In The Wall

No...
...not Pink Floyd !

PINK FOAM !

Nice job Lucas :bg:

Check it out.

:moose:

Si.

Anyone got any other 'foam advice' ?

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Si, Lucas' foam brickwork is probably the best I have seen. I tried doing that with Durham's water putty, hydrocal, etc. and none looked as nice as this way.

We don't need no edumacation...

Woodie


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