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Old 15-02-2014, 06:40 PM
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I've been having a go with the brick stencil and compound from Bromleys.... but it's been a disaster!

Does anyone have a rough idea on thickness of the compound? I can't work out if I had it to runny and because of that it went under the mortar lines. If anyone has any tips I'd be so grateful.

I'm also wondering if perhaps the craft glue I'm using isn't very good, it's one of the spray ones that you can peel off again and again (but no matter how much I use it still doesn't seem to work)

I've attached a couple of pics in case that helps you pass judgement!

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Old 15-02-2014, 06:48 PM
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It's hard to tell but it does look a little sloppy. You do need to play around with the consistency. It should be just thin enough to spread easily.

At least you can scrape it off and start again.

With the stencil you should be able to tell if it's stuck properly. Can you see or feel any gaps? It's worth making sure you run over the stencil with your fingers or maybe a dry sponge or roller or something to make sure it's stuck down properly.

Most of the repositionable adhesives are ok. What brand is it?
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Old 27-02-2014, 09:41 AM
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I like a consistency like frosting. I also think you put too much on. I scrape as much off with a plastic spatula as possible before lifting it off. Bromley Crafts has detailed instructions at Bromley Craft Products - Decorating a Dolls House Kit - Mail Order - Online Shop
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Old 28-02-2014, 08:54 PM
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Hi lucy, it looks like your mix is too runny. It needs to be firmer but not overly dry, almost like very thick but smooth cake icing, you shouldn't have any splodging out the sides or going over the top of the stencil. Once you get the hang of the consistency it will get easier. As for the repositional glue, I found the cleaner and dryer I kept the stencil helped the next application be as good as the first one. I always kept a basin of water handy and gave the stencil a quick dunk and pat dry after every application and a respray with the glue roughly 3 applications of compound. I went through a bit more of the glue than was recommended but I found this way worked for me. I also discovered a repositonal glue made by Plasticote which was cheaper than the recommended one and worked just as well. I had this little painters palette knife thingy like a mini brick layers trowel from an art shop which helped enormously. Its messy and a bit time consuming but its worth persevering with. Have fun!
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:38 PM
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Thanks Guys,

I've managed to crack it now, and I'm going great guns!

Just working on the best way to age it now.
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:22 PM
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That looks great Lucy, well done!
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Old 01-03-2014, 02:49 PM
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Great work Lucy, it's looking really good and very effective. Glad you got the hang of it. I've not used the compound mix myself so always really interested to see how it turns out.

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Old 01-03-2014, 05:32 PM
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Well done Lucy on getting the hang of it. It looks really good.

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Old 27-10-2014, 04:17 PM
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Thanks Guys,

I've managed to crack it now, and I'm going great guns!

Just working on the best way to age it now.
A very nice job, well done. I expect you have sorted the sticking thing out, I use 3M Craft Mount Repositionable Adhesive from Bromley's, a trick I have found is when you use the stencil a few times the glue builds up and it tends to produce poor results, I use the stencil two or three times then clean all of the old adhesive off using lighter fluid, (petrol). I put the stencil in a shallow dish and put some petrol on it and using a brush, gently wash the adhesive off drying with kitchen towel. Once this is done you end up with a stencil that is like new, but as you are using petrol keep away from flames and do not have a fag in you mouth.
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