After the adventures with MJ and the suspense of her trip to the next hostess, I can finally start posting about my 19th century store progress. If you enjoy building your own settings, you'll probably enjoy this series of posts. If not, I'm afraid you'll be bored to death... lol. I'll try to supply as much information as possible, without lingering too much. :)
Hoje vou falar sobre uma das laterais da estrutura. Como já havia dito antes, quero fazer com tijolos, e mais tarde colocarei um anúncio, como nessa foto aqui. Ok, nesta foto não tem tijolo aparente. Mas eu acho bonito e me faz lembrar de casas antigas, das construções do séc. 19 que vi na minha infância, na cidade do interior. As fachadas eram bem acabadas, mas as laterais, não muito, principalmente porque eram coladas umas nas outras. Como se raciocinassem "o vizinho que cuide da parede do lado dele..." E, enquanto o vizinho não vem, coloca-se anúncios! :)
Today I'm talking about the finishing I gave to one of the sides of the building. As I said before, I wanted it to be made of bricks. Later I'll place some ads on it, like on this picture below. Ok, in this picture the wall is not made of visible bricks. But I like that kind of finishing and it reminds me of some 19th century buildings I saw in the countryside town I lived in my childhood. The facades were well finished, but the sides, not so much. It was as if they thought "This side of the wall should concern my neighbor, as he's the one who'll use it!". The buildings usually shared the side walls... And while there is no building next door: let's make some money by placing some ads! :)
Para fazer os tijolos, resolvi usar um material sugerido por Regina Passy, e que funciona maravilhosamente bem: EVA! Comprei uma folha mais ou menos na cor de tijolo, fiz manchas aleatórias em vários tons de sombra. Isso mesmo, sombra! Sombra de maquiagem, para os olhos. Tinha várias aqui, já vencidas e que não uso mais, mas excelentes para este fim. Colei uma tira na guilhotina para manter a folha bem na distância certa para cortar mantendo as tiras iguais. Foi a melhor maneira que descobri para cortar tiras iguais. Com régua e estilete ou tesoura não consegui bem, mas assim mantive coerência.
To make the bricks, I decided to use a material suggested by Regina Passy, and it works beautifully: EVA! I found a sheet that had approximately a brick color, made some blobs of different shadows here and there. Yes, that's right: I used eye shadows! I had several different shades. No longer usable (expired) or used, but perfect for miniature shading... :) I glued a stop on the paper-cutter (or you could use a "duplicate-it"...) to make sure I would get the same width of strips every time and cut a lot of them! It was the best way for me to get even strips. I had tried using scrapbook ruler and craft knife and also scissors, but I wasn't pleased with the result. This way, they all were almost exactly the same width.
Depois fiz um gabarito de papel paraná com um corte no lugar certo para manter os tijolos do mesmo comprimento (veja na foto). O segundo corte, que teoricamente me permitira cortar 4 tijolos por vez, logo se desfez por estar muito na beirada. Com a experiência, hoje faria um gabarito diferente, mas este funcionou! A mancha escura do papel paraná é que coloquei cola tipo 'superbonder' para tornar o papel mais duro e resistente para aguentar todos os cortes que fiz! Usei uma lâmina de um só gume para realizar os cortes.
Then I made a jig out of solid cardboard (the same kind they use to make shoe boxes), so as to make sure I'd cut all bricks the same length (see picture). The second slit, which was supposed to allow me to cut 4 bricks at a time, soon collapsed as it was too close to the edge. With the experience I had, now I'd probably make a different jig, but this one worked! The dark 'stain' on the cardboard is because I used super-glue to harden it and make it more resistant to last longer. I used a one-side shaving blade with the jig.
|Mais de 1.200 'tijolos'. Deu trabalho e levou tempo!... :)|
Over 1,200 'bricks'. That's a lot of work and time in this tray... :)
Nest I started gluing the bricks in place. I used Aileen's tacky glue. The ultimate Crafter's choice is also another good option. I eyeballed the distance between the bricks within a row. For the first row, I used a thin cardboard I had saved, which came with some packaging (cosmetics, perfume, candies, I don't remember...) to space the bricks evenly. For the second row, I just tried to keep the spaces in the middle area of each brick from the first row. For all the other ones, I just eyeballed them, trying to keep them all aligned. I only used the cardboard to keep an even space between the rows, as you can see in the picture...
O progresso foi MUITO lento, pois só conseguia fazer duas fileiras por vez. Mais do que isso, desalinhava tudo! Tinha que esperar a cola secar bem, pelo menos 15 minutos. Aí eu ia fazer outra coisa e acabava voltando só uma hora depois... rsrs...
The progress was VERY slow, it took me several days to finish this wall. I could only make two rows at a time. If I tried more, all the bricks would slide and mess up the alignment. So, I had to wait at least 15 minutes for the glue to dry and hold them in place. So, I'd go do something else, and ended up coming back only one hour (or more) later... :)
Hoje eu teria pintado a base na cor que gostaria que fosse o 'cimento', pois queria deixar os tijolos mais 'em relevo'. Mas não pensei nisso, e a parede estava verde... Então, tinha que colocar o 'cimento' entre os tijolos. Lá fui eu fazer o 'cimento': um pouco de gesso acrílico, para dar 'consistência', tintas na cor branca, ocre, caramelo e preto.
With the experience I have now, I'd probably have painted the wall with the color I wanted the mortar to be, as, at first, I was planning to leave the 'bricks' just like that, as if they were 'outstanding', lol. But as I didn't think of it before I started, the wall was green... So, I had to place some 'mortar' between the 'bricks'. I made some 'cement': some acrylic plaster (for thickness), and paint in the following colors: white, ocre, caramel and black.
Tentei primeiro aplicar com uma seringa e uma ponta que ganhei de um dentista. Mas é muito difícil manter um fluxo constante, ficou feio. Tentei espalhar com um alfinete fino, mas não resolveu, continuou desigual e feio.
At first, I tried to insert the 'mortar' with a syringe and a tip I got from a dentist. But it's hard to keep a constant flow of the 'mortar' and it didn't look good. I tried to spread using a pin, but that didn't work either, it continued to look uneven and ugly.
Não teve jeito, tive que usar rejunte! O problema é que para usar rejunte, tem que impermeabilizar bem o EVA, senão ele, sendo poroso, absorve boa parte do rejunte e fica todo esbranquiçado. E eu queria evitar isso, queria manter a textura natural dele. Mas não teve jeito: já tinha passado uma camada de verniz incolor spray para que a 'sombra' não saísse. Passei duas camadas de verniz fosco com um rolo de espuma. Depois de bem seco, espalhei o rejunte com uma espátula. Retirei o excesso com um pano úmido, sem esfregar demais para não retirar entre os 'tijolos', e passando várias vezes o pano úmido e limpo até retirar todo o excesso.
As I couldn't think of any other option, I had to go for grout. The problem is that in order to be able to use it with EVA, the 'bricks' had to be waterproofed. It's a porous material and it absorbs part of the grout, becoming 'whitish' (and ugly!). I have been trying to avoid varnishing it. I did spray some varnish on it, but the artistic kind to prevent the powder 'eye shadow' I used to make the different shades from getting off the EVA. Well, no other option left, I applied two coats of matte varnish with a foam paint roller. After dry, I spread the grout with a spatula and removed the excess, gently (so as not to remove from the spaces between the bricks too), using a moist rag. I repeated several times, cleaning the rag in between, until all excess was removed.
After the grout had dried, I applied yet another coat of matte varnish, to protect the grout itself, and voilá! In the picture take without the flash, the varnish won't show, but it becomes clear in the picture taken with the flash. Too bad... It still looks good, I suppose, but I wasn't able to leave the original texture of the EVA, as I had intended. I would have to come up with another technique where I wouldn't have to varnish it...
|sem flash - no flash.|
|com flash - with flash|
|até que ficou legal, não? It looks good, doesn't it?|