Fantasy making : Hirst Arts mold # 41 ( Gothic Dungeon Accessories )
There are a few pieces on mold #41 that can be difficult to cast. These difficult parts are circled in red.
Be sure you use the wet water method found on the Advanced Casting Instructions page.
Make sure the "wet water" gets down into the small round knobs on the corners of this piece.
Many times a small water bubble will form over this part.
When you pour in the plaster, pour it onto the ridges between the blocks and not directly into the block cavity.
This gives time for the plaster to flow down the sides of each cavity and into the details.
Pouring in this manner gives time for the plaster to creep into the detail and flow into the small pockets.
Here is what the blocks from the mold look like.
The large corner arch is made in 2 pieces that go together as shown.
The door has no handle, so when you glue them front-to-back, you don't have to worry about the hinges and door handles.
Any length of steps can be made from the smooth blocks and step blocks on this mold.
The octagon blocks can be used for a number of things.
These photos show how they could be stacked up to make a statue stand, or used to make outer rings of pools and fountains.
You can use these to finish off the ends of stairs leading up to a doorway or platform.
When using these for an outer ring of a fountain, there are an endless number of shapes you can make when you combine these with the smooth flat tiles.
For an example of a fountain, check out the Advanced Gothic Dungeon section.
The decorative piece shown here can either be glued flat onto a wall, or be placed back-to-back with another to make a decorative top cap.
If glued to a wall, it can be used as a statue base for very small statues (10mm figures) or a wall sconce.
The round decorative base can also be glued flat onto a wall (for a statue stand), or glue 2 of them together for a round base.
The roofed arches (also shown in step 6 above), fit the door on the mold perfectly.
These can be put flat against a wall to make an alcove decoration for a statue, or be glued back-to-back to make a self standing arch.
If you sand the ends off, you can place the arches side by side for a continuous arch row.
The roof caps are used to dress up flat wall tops. You mainly see these on garden walls or self standing walls with no roofs.
The post caps help finish off the corners of these types of walls.
The roof caps can also be used in combination with the roofed arches (as in the first photo).
The roofed arches can also be used as buttresses when placed against a wall. Notice the decorative piece on the front of each buttress is from this mold also.
A different combination of the roof caps can give you different designs along a wall top.
The corner arches allow you to run the arches all the way into the corner on either the inside or outside of a building.
The roof pieces can be used in combination with the angle blocks, to add small roof sections to your monuments.
For more examples of how this mold can be used, check out the Advanced Gothic Dungeons page.