First, I made the walls of the huts using a toilet paper roll. I cut it into thirds and slathered each with a layer of Durham's water-putty, then set them aside.
Next, using simple geometry and scrap food packaging I made a polystyrene cone. I filled this cone with water-putty and let it set as well.
|Polystyrene cone and a block of Sculpey polymer clay|
|Water-putty cone with pasta glued to it, used to make impressions|
When I was satisfied with the press-mold, I poured water-putty into the depression. After 5 minutes I set one of the hut main bodies upside down into the setting putty.
|Wet water-putty LOVES to stick to dry water-putty|
After 100 minutes I peeled the polymer clay away from the hut and, using my hobby knife, cut notches in the hut's circumference to ensure an irregular appearance.
|Cost pennies to make|
I like the roof enough to make a rough one-sided mold using silicone caulk. I may explore alternate methods of making these roofs however. For example, it took a little time and a lot of CA glue to secure the pasta to the water-putty cone. Can I just skip that step, throwing some pasta at random into the cone depression? Should I instead cut the bristles off the old brush and press those into the cone. Can I skip all these steps and just texture the clay with a stiff bristled brush? I'll figure it out and let you know.
|Hut with Rebel Minis' Modern African militia (15mm)... next time I'll make the walls shorter|