The Brick Mercantile – Pt II

Door Header
Header_1I wanted to bring out the 3D effect with the door header. I glued in a piece of stripwood (A) and then glued the printed header on top of that.

Next the sides will be filled with stripwood colored to match the printed header and form the flange of the channel.

Backwall
BackWallHere the header is completed with stripwood etc. I left it a little long to trim tomorrow after the glue sets well.

The kit included an alternate door. The one shown in the earlier photos was a metal door but I decided to use the alternate wooden door. I used some pieces of coffee stirers to frame the opening after I glued the paper door in place.

DoorCUHere’s a close up of the door. Huh. Still need to add a door handle at the bottom (assuming the door is pivoted at the top)

You can see where I left the ends of the channel long. I’ll carefully cut that excess off once I figure out how the sides will fit .. always easier to take off more then add back.

Next the Quoins
The tools I used:

  • Straight Edge – I found IMO one of the best straight edges at WalMart. They sell X-Acto rulers made thick to guide a blade nicely
  • Scoring/Scribing Tool – Made my own using a Tapestry needle – A Simple Scribing Tool.
  • Pin – I like using a T-Pin as the ‘T-shape gives you something to hold easily”
  • Stripwood – to press glued surfaces together

Quoin_PrickLineClever Models indicates where to fold the paper with red lines extending past the printed part. In the photo below the black arrow points to this .. and to the pin hole that I made using the T-Pin. You do this at either end so when you flip the paper over you have a guide to score the bend. The small tapestry needle I used is also shown along with that ‘snazzy’ X-Acto straight edge. What we want is to crush the paper fibers where we will be bending the paper.

Quoin_foldglueHere I have scored and folded the Quoin. I then cut out a couple strips of cardstock and am gluing them to the inside of the folded Quoin to make it thicker. You do this after the paper/cardstock is folded to keep that crisp folded edge. The piece of strip wood is used to run across the glued strip to ensure a good gluing between the Quoin and the strip.
Quoin_completedNext use a SHARP X-Acto blade to cut away everything that’s not printed. It is important that you use a NEW blade – a dull blade will wander off the lines easily. To color the white cut edges I mixed up FolkArt – Coffee Latte, Terra Cotta and Perfect Purple to get the purplish brown that my bricks printed in. It doesn’t have to be an exact match since we are painting the side of the brick .. light hitting the face and side will look different anyway so ‘close’ is ‘good nuff’


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