MODEL FOLIAGE MASONRY
Many period buildings, particularly in the Gothic Revival style, are festooned with intricate decorated stonework, a favourite being ‘swags’ of foliage. How is it possible to model the flowing, floral shape of carved stone in 1:76 scale? My solution? Miniature chain, as used extensively in model boat building. I found a suitably sized chain (in this case 1mm, 2mm and 3mm brass chains) and, when working around the inside of the arches, anchored one end with a pin though a small drilled hole. I ran cyanoacrylate gel along the inside of the arch and then stretched the chain away from the anchor point and into the gel. There is similar decorative ‘foliage’ around the tops of the columns. Here, I glued the chain centrally, a couple of links at a time, and let gravity drop the rest of the chain into the gel.
Above: The chain, anchored by pins, is held in situ as the cyanoacrylate gel cures.