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By JBMALLUS - Dec. 31, 1969For this project, I wanted to create a large section of natural limestone cavern using Hirstart blocks. This proved difficult as these blocks were not designed to be stacked.
Water Cavern Wall Mold #81, Water Cavern Wall Mold #82, Cavern Accessory Mold #85, Cavern Floor Mold #281, and Cavern Floor Accessories #282 were used in the creation. These molds were cast 10-12 times.
After thinking about the problem for months, I decided to use bamboo skewers to link upper and lower portions of the terrain together. Glue and paper towel were wrapped around the sticks to make them look like stone and to bulk out the sticks. The bamboo work well due to its lightness and flexibility. See Photos 1 through 3 for construction shots.
For a fantastic feel to the terrain, I used crystals from the Cavern Accessory Mold #85 to make it feel deep underground. The crystals also help tie the three layers together. They are mostly purple. A small bridge on level 2 also adds to the feelings of fantasy and adventure.
For the painting, I began with a black and then moved on to dark gray with a highlight of light gray. I then went back and added numerous earth tones to the piece to make it look more interesting. The main columns have pink, umber, and tan added to them to make them stand out. Other areas have light greens, browns, and manilla coloration to give variety to the piece.
The crystal coloration is just a wash over the previous paint layers.
Casting debris was used to create floor rubble and a plastic skeleton was added for a bit of decor.
I designed this piece to fit with my other cavern terrain pieces. I hope that it gives a feeling of being deep underground.
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