Weathered Cardboard Siding

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Quietly measure the siding on your or a friend's house and divide by 12 to get the width for 1:12.

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On 5/30/2019, 1:17:34, SaraChimera said:

How thick are you cutting the pieces? Ive been starting with 1cm but am worried they may be a bit small.

In 1:12 scale, clapboard usually has a 1/2" or 3/8" lap. If you're overlapping the siding you should make the strips slightly larger to account for the top part that's covered up by the strip above it.

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@havanaholly
haha I love your plan, so devious. Though I would for sure need to measure someone elses. My place has old siding that doesnt overlap at all.

@fov

Thank you! I didnt even think of the overlapping as part of the measurement. 

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Well I had no idea that glue could be used in that way - fantastic idea thanks!

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This is an old topic I know, but I just can't seem to achieve this effect. I paint the cardboard (cereal box) with brown acrylic, I wait till its dry, about 10 mins. Then I apply the thin layer of white elmers glue, I only wait a minute or 2 for this step cause it seems to be starting to dry at this point. I then use this light grey acrylic paint over it. It does look slighly  weathered but not really that great or cracked. Maybe my timing is wrong or something on waiting between steps, I'm just not sure. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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2 hours ago, Chisel said:

This is an old topic I know, but I just can't seem to achieve this effect. I paint the cardboard (cereal box) with brown acrylic, I wait till its dry, about 10 mins. Then I apply the thin layer of white elmers glue, I only wait a minute or 2 for this step cause it seems to be starting to dry at this point. I then use this light grey acrylic paint over it. It does look slighly  weathered but not really that great or cracked. Maybe my timing is wrong or something on waiting between steps, I'm just not sure. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Try buying a Crackle medium. Plaid makes one and it is available at craft stores. I have used an old batch(It was 2 step) and it didn't work, so maybe you need something fresher. Just buy the  1 step crackle medium and it will save you the hassle.

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I will look into that, but I'm trying to understand how the glue causes this effect

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Did you paint over the glue when it was still wet? It has do with the glue drying with the acrylic on top of it. The drying makes the glue pull in on itself causing the cracks.

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Yes I did, sorta, I waited a couple mins and it seemed to be drying out fast so I painted on it. You think it should be completely dry before painting it?

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1 hour ago, Chisel said:

I will have to experiment more today.

I think wet. Go online and see what you think.  Or just by the medium and follow its directions.

 

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Yep wet worked, I painted the base coat let it dry, then put the layer of glue immediately followed by the layer of top coat. Cracked when it dried. I'm still gonna pick up some crackle medium tomorrow though and see which works best. Trying to make a mini Halloween village.

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On 8/17/2019, 4:17:10, Chisel said:

Yep wet worked, I painted the base coat let it dry, then put the layer of glue immediately followed by the layer of top coat. Cracked when it dried. I'm still gonna pick up some crackle medium tomorrow though and see which works best. Trying to make a mini Halloween village.

How did you get on with this?  I'm wanting to achieve the same effect now but on a tiny scale.  Did you try crackle effect medium?  Which worked best for you?

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