This is a continuation of the brick molds. This thread will cover ideas for the above ground buildings brick mold. The underground brick mold is on a different thread. This mold would be used for most above ground structures such as apartment buildings, banks, store fronts, houses and such.
I tried my best to keep this mold as simple as possible because above ground buildings are fairly difficult to do. To me, the difficulty lies it two factors:
1) Brick buildings are basically ugly boxes with holes in them where you put square windows and doors into.
2) To hide the fact that they are simple ugly boxes, brick is used in a wide variety of decorative ways. Most of these ways are difficult to make simple and understandable building blocks for. How many of you have used mold #43, the gothic accessory mold? This mold consists of all decorative pieces which provide you with lots of options. However, I feel that very few people using this mold know what to do with the blocks. It takes a special skill to arrange these decorative blocks in a pleasing arrangement.
Since I did need to put some decoration on the mold, the decoration of brick buildings consists of two basic elements; the footer block and the buttress.
These are the footer blocks. They are shown here upside down (the scraped side is facing upwards), so that the chiseled stone on the bottom has texture for window sills and such. When starting and above ground building, these will be placed down first.
Notice that the brick pattern on the footer blocks is uneven (half brick on one end and full brick on the other), so that when you put these blocks scraped side to scraped side, the brick pattern seems to be correct.
The main building method will be straight vertical buttresses (1/2" thick) with recessed strips of windows (1/4" thick). Since most of the building will be made from the 1/4" thick bricks, I will have and extra 1/4" thick footer block on the mold. Notice above the door I have a smooth arch filler. This will most likely be in two pieces you glue together.
I had considered adding the filler block to the arch on the mold. This means you would take a pair of pliers and break this piece out when you didn't want it. I've tried it on a test piece and it's not hard to do. However, the underside of the arch has to be cleaned up a little afterwards. What do you think? Include the filler in the arch block, or add the filler to the mold separately?
The door will be cast on it's side. Two identical pieces will fit together to make the full door. The problem with putting the door on this mold is that you will be left with a number of extra doors after casting your building. I could wait and put the door on a window accessory mold, but then it would need to be cast flat instead of fitting like what you see here (I would keep all the pieces on a window mold 1/8" thick to keep the whole mold thin). What do you think? Should I include this door on the mold?
So far, here's my arrangement of blocks on the mold. Notice that the footer blocks are cast upside down, which will make them a little tricky to remove from the mold but in my testing it has worked out fine. I also will include 1/4" thick ruined blocks that will stack together to make full blocks. This way you can make a ruined or bombed out brick house if you want to. The only piece I seem to be lacking are sloped brick blocks for a roof. I might be able to fit a small one on there.
Well, that's what I have so far for above ground buildings. All of these blocks will need to be resculpted correctly (these were just test blocks). In the meantime, feel free to offer suggestions or comments on what this mold should contain.