Bean Build
This is a "new" technique I saw a fellow post on the Facebook using spackle and a package of mixed beans to emulate cobblestone. Here's his original post:
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I thought it looked rather good for a small amount of effort. I've done a project in the past that involved hand-forming and hand-placing A LOT of cobblestones on a wizard's tower and I swore I would never do that again. I wish I had known about this then! So I thought I would give it a shot to see if it was as easy as it seems.

To start, I made trip to the grocery store and got a few things to use as the main structures shape.... and provide one heck of a breakfast. Tongue
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I cut the top of the cheese ball container a little bit so it wasn't as similar to the height of the Pringles can. I cut a hole in the side of it as well as the side of the Pringles can to inset the 3 pieces. They were all hot glued into place.
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The mixed bean bag comes with quite a few different varieties in it -- some larger than I think would be appropriate. So I took out a lot of the biggest beans and chickpeas out.
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I then took my spackle and spread it on to one of the towers to get started. (Note: I learned quickly that this needs to be spread on quite thick to hold the beans. Their curved shape doesn't leave much surface space to contact the tubes, so there needs to be a lot of spackle down to hold them in place.)
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Then I pressed the wet spackle down onto my plate-o-beans. Ideally, it would just look beautiful as you lift it out, but of course it doesn't. You still need to go back and straighten beans and fill in blank spots. Here's what the first shot looks like:
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Now it's just a matter of repeating across the whole piece... Apply spackle:
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Dip into beans:
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Re-arrange and add beans as you see fit:
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I have added more yesterday, and the areas that were dry from this first session started to lose beans during handling. So moving forward, I will have to do a coat of PVA after the spackle dries to keep the beans in place. I had planned to do so anyway, but I thought I could wait until all the beans were on. That seems to not be the case.
This looks great Melly. Smile

I look forward to watching you learn about and share this technique. I'm definitely interested in trying this for myself someday.

Happy building! Big Grin
Beans. Beans. The magical fruit.

The more you spackle the more you cackle.

Nice nails!
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(07-17-2016, 09:50 PM)Caleb Wrote: Beans. Beans. The magical fruit.

I will admit, this song was going through my head while I was working on "bean-ing" yesterday, I just didn't know how to finish it. Thanks for that! Big Grin
Just checking in Melly to see how this project is going.

I'm keen to see how this bean technique works out. You've got me thinking of ways to use it in my own terrain.
I'm still in it!
I've been building, just not taking the time to post the updates. I'll get caught up with you all today and plow through the next few days to finish up. Smile

So, repeating the process of spackle-beans-then PVA, I got all of the stone work done.
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The process was very quick in comparison to some other cobblestone techniques. I do think it only lends itself to larger projects. I imagine it'd make a great field stone wall. I had originally thought it would be good for cobbled roads, but now that I see it in person, it would need to be more limited to the smaller beans.

For the roof, I cut circles out of cereal (or similar Wink) box cardboard and cut a notch out to the middle so I can curl it around into a cone shape.
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These cones were hot glued to the tops of the towers to be the base of my shingles.
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My typical roofing technique would be to hand place individual shingles, but I knew there was no way I would finish in time if I did that. So instead, I took a strip of that same cardboard and cut small slits along the length of it.
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Then at each slit, I bent the cardboard to fan out each section and give a curve to the strip to help it follow the shape of the roof.
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Starting at the bottom, I glued the strip down to the roof base with PVA.
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Then it was just a manner of time layering these strips up each roof before they looked like this. You can tell the skinnier cone is a lot messier; had I hut the notches closer together it would have curved around the roof better, but I was in a rush Tongue
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And now I'm ready to paint... which is probably going to be the most time consuming thing, but I'll get there!
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I'm really liking this method. And the roof strips look wonderfully ramshackle. Consider both techniques added to my toolkit. Smile

And is that a mirror behind your work in the third pic? Big Grin
I'm a little late to the party but I wanted to see what I'd missed while I was gone. I never would have thought to use beans, but they're wonderfully organic. You seem to have a real knack for thinking of great alternatives and repurposing unexpected things for builds. Right on!

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