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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Lets Build a Castle out of Builders Foam

So now that you've decided on the type of stone your castle will be built of, take a look at the stonework: are the stones large or is there a combination of large & small? Granite wears less; sandstone erodes more and so will show up as very weathered.
Because I decided my castle would be sandstone, I've needed to carve each stone individually rather than just scoring the edges. Each of my walls takes approximately 5 - 6 hours to carve ...very time consuming but hopefully worth the effort! I also wrote down the stone course heights to make it easier when doing the next wall; my courses as well as each stone is irregular.
If you're doing granite, you could simply score the edges with a knife and then deepen them using a small piece of sandpaper or an emery board/nail file.

Make sure to keep the knife edge sharp to avoid pulling out foam chips. (If you look closely at my photo, you'll see that this is a case of "do as I say, not as I do".)

If you want to show quoins or crenellation, decide this before starting to carve. My walls have both; I am adding both to the walls rather than showing them carved in relief.

Gemma asked about translations. I've added a translator on the side bar of my blog although you shouldn't need it. Whether you read blogs in a reader or individually, google if set up right, should automatically translate for you. Let me know if this helps, Gemma.


  1. Wow, that's a lot of work! But it's going to look great, definitely worth it.

  2. I can't wait to see the finished castle Karin- it's so great of you to share your work on it with us! I just dug some strips of this foam out of our trash at work after seeing you working with it :)

  3. Thankyou, thankyou, for this - I need all the help I can get for my dragon den . . . :)))

  4. Yo No Tengo problemática Con El traductor de Google. Gracias a entendre puedo "El TODAS TUS explicaciones.
    Aprendiendo Estoy Mucho TUS Con Paso a Paso.
    Besos Clara

  5. Hola! Te agradezco mucho el esfuerzo porque yo pueda traducir tus interesantes paginas, Pero si entras en mi blog veras que mi traductor traduce toda la pagina a la vez, con lo cual es mucho mas facil y rapido. Perdona el trabajo que te doy y muchas gracias otra vez.
    Un saludo


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