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Old 09-11-2008, 12:47 PM
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Will we be seeing photos? Now you know that we like our photos.
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Old 09-11-2008, 12:55 PM
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thanks holly...what would i do without you!!
Probably have peace and quiet!
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Old 09-11-2008, 01:07 PM
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good point holly!! and be a lot more bored!!
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Old 10-11-2008, 12:41 AM
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I hope to get photos soon. I spent a good amount of time last night and today shaping the river rocks for the chimney -- went thru almost one package of Paper Clay before my hands said "ENOUGH!"

Also, today, I started drawing up plans for the house. I've been procrastinating -- afraid to start -- but once I got going, I couldn't stop. The basement is pretty much drawn and I also worked on how I'm going to make the stairs. They will go up one half story to a landing (about 7 steps) and then reverse (180 degrees) and go up another seven stairs to the next floor. I will have to build five sets in all. Oh my, this is taxing my spacial AND math skills!

I think the chimney is going to be stunning. I THINK the next step -- after the clay dries thoroughly (it's taking forever!) is to build the chimney structure, paint it gray and start gluing the stones on. After they dry, I will paint them and seal them thoroughly and finally apply grout -- I think that's the proper sequence anyway.

If anyone knows of a problem with this please holler!

It feels good to finally doing something other than PLANNING!!

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Old 10-11-2008, 10:56 AM
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Good luck with it all Vermont....................even though planning is boring you get far better results for it!!
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It is taking forever for my paper clay to dry -- I wonder what would happen if I put the pieces in my food dehydrator?
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Old 10-11-2008, 10:04 PM
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I would move the objects that you have made of paper clay to somewhere warm rather than leaving them in a damp environment. They should dry quicker in a warmer place, an airing cupboard is ideal. When they look as though the top side has touch dried ( the clay will change colour) turn them over this will quicken th drying process. I'm not sure about a food dehydrator, never used one myself. As your stones arn't that big a warm room should do it, even sit them on a tray on a radiator.... An oven could be too harsh forcing an increased expulsion of water from the clay, causing cracking and dunting to occur... this could well also happen in the dehydrator resulting in it being peppered in bits of paper clay.

Somewhere warm it should only take hours to dry.

Good luck, It sounds like it will look great when it's done.
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Old 10-12-2008, 08:58 PM
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Photos are posted in "Home Sweet Home" under post "Northwoods." Take a look!
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Paperclay is easy to work with and makes excellent stucco, brick, stone, and exposed and crumbling plaster. You do not want it in a damp place, paperclay dries quickly in an even temperature, without alot of humidity. Here in teh USA, I live in the southern region in the state of Virginia, which can be extremely hot and humid, with temperatures going up each day in the summer to 100 degrees; average is 89-95 degrees. Therefore, I work with it in a cool room, with a fan or air conditioner going, and keep the clay damp, not wet, you willneed a cup of water nearby and a brush to dab it on. I use regular tacky glue to adhere it to the wood, or a pva glue.
Here is a little Adams kit I bashed and have covered inside and out with paperclay, I am stillworking on the vines for this before I adhere it to its base-

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you will wish to work in small sections rolling the clay on saran wrap or wax paper. I roll mine out between two pieces of saran wrap, to the thickness of a pie crust, then adhere it insections.

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I upgraded the doors and windows on this kit, and closed one window up. The chimnney is handmade with builder's foam, cut to two thicknesses and the paperclay is made or sculpted into stones. I adhered this onto the house first and then began adding the stones.

The interior floor is teak veneer handlaid by me, it is veneer edgebanding I purchased in rolls at woodcrafter;s. I used a series of washes to get the look of cracked and aged plaster, and dry brush methods as well.

Paperclay can dry in amatter of about three hours depending onyour climate. It DOES crack and crumble as it dries, due to shrinkage, but these cracks can be filled with paperclay and glue, and you won't be able to tell. I use some of the cracking to my advantage.

Any questions, just ask, I have done several houses in this medium, and it is time consuming, but fun!
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Hi Kingwilliamminis.... your little cottage looks gorgeous, well done on your hard work.
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