My principal inspiration was a series of photos and drawings showing what is variously described as a Mosque or a Watchtower from a site named Hampi - located in South Western India. The building has three shallow domes, an ornate window and a roof-top terrace. I decided that some or all of these features would work in miniature and the structure could be used as a guardroom (ground floor) and apartment for the big cheese (upstairs)
Thus enthused, I unpacked the materials and tools and got going.
|Nothing too unusual here...|
|Determine how much oasis you will need.|
The first thing to do was determine how many blocks of oasis I would need. I was lucky and managed to cut the basic shape from just over two - approximate cost £2.00. The beauty of my method is that you do not need one enormous and expensive block. Rather you can pin together pieces cut from the smaller and readily available "bricks" to achieve the desired effect. The readily workable nature of oasis makes the cutting and smoothing the blocks as you work a very simple process.
|Doorway, marked then cut-out.|
|Pinning the parts.|
After the pieces are aligned to your satisfaction, you can repeat the processes for the rest of the structure. Using a finger or palm you should softly smooth the oasis to both round-off straight edges and create an irregular surface. It will seem a bit odd to do this after carefully cutting the blocks to a desired shape but believe me the building will look better for it in the long-run.
|The bare bones completed - stage one ends!|
Now, details such as exposed brick and/or stone work can be scribed into the oasis with a cocktail stick or pencil. My structure is supposed to be stone so I opted for regular(ish) blocks as shown in the photos of the real structure. Adobe bricks should be a good deal smaller and far more uniform in appearance.
Once the glue is dry I can move on to stage two - the first of the messy bits my children love!