Pamnaz shared this great project with us!
Here's how I did it:
1. Scored Foam Core board as the base.
2. Cut out the foam core space for the "fire logs" photo.
Using styrofoam, I cut the shape of the fireplace and glued it to the foam core
4. Next I put a coat of white glue on it and put a layer of
paperclay on it (you have to make sure to use the white glue so the paperclay
sticks to the styrofoam.) You can use any air drying clay. Let that dry (about
5. Then I took some more paper clay (air drying clay) pieces
and squished them with my palm to make the stones. I glued the "stones" onto the
fireplace randomly to look like stonework. Let them dry (about 24 hrs.).
6. Next I put a layer of gray paint on the fireplace... let it dry about
an hour then took different shades of gray acrylic paint and silver, white and
just dabbed it, brushed it, etc. to took like stone work.
7. For the
mantel I took a balsam wood piece and a carved piece (from the craft store),
glued them together and painted them with a wood stain. When dry, I glued them
to the fireplace and foam core.
8. I printed out a photo of burning
fireplace logs, taped it to the back of the foam core board so it showed through
the opening I previously cut.
That's all there is to it! I was very
pleased with the result.
Fireplace in clay-drying stage:
The end result: