My version (WIP) of the "Masonic brick" as seen in National Treasure

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  1. MurdocXXL

    MurdocXXL Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I have been on the search for a nice looking and an as accurate as possible “Masonic brick” as seen in “National Treasure” for a while now and a view month ago I found a nice looking old brick/clinker in the back if my garden. At the very first time I saw this brick it immediately reminds me of the "masonic brick". So about 2 weeks ago I started to give it a try. Here’s the story about MY brick.
    1) Made a masonic logo out of FIMO (modelling clay) (as good as i could, as my sculpting skills are limited)
    2) After the FIMO sculpt dried out (hardened in an ofen) I’ve made a silicon form out of it and casted it with plaster.
    3) Used an old brick, with a nice shape and made a hole into it and placed my plaster-logo.
    4) Added some plaster around the Logo to get it look to be stamped into the brick before cured out.

    Here are 2 pics of this process
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    5) As the brick has been about 1cm to short in hight, I’ve added some plaster to get the final thickness of the brick.
    6) After that I used a “wood-glue-sand-mix” to cover the entire surface (excluded the backside)
    7) After that layer dried out, I covered it again with an spray-paint “granite stone” which has some structure itself, to smoothen the “sand-feeling” of the first layer.
    8) Then I've made the silicon-mold from the stone (pics of the mold to follow later on).
    9) To mold the brick with a hollow back, it was necessary to make a separate casting-mold. So I took some “Balsawood”, cut it in the correct shape, added a thin layer of plaster to the panels, which will be the inside of that hole, and glued it together.
    10) After everything cured and dried out, I took a silicon-mold of it. This in addition, has a wooden core, which can be pulled out, after the cast of the brick has cured, to get the silicon-form out of the brick again.

    Okay, after a lot to read here are 2 quick pics from the very first cast coming out of the mold
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    Casting is made in a special two-component material and consists of a mineral powder and a water based acrylic resin. It is called “Acrylic-One”. I used this material to get the most accurat look and feeling of a real brick.
    More pics of the final brick and the mold to follow as soon as possible.

    Hope you like how it turned out. For myself, I am really happy with it. Now I just have to paint it and store my glasses at the back ;)
     
  2. Jedifyfe

    Jedifyfe Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Love it. How about a thread in the Junkyard?
     
  3. MurdocXXL

    MurdocXXL Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Many thanks for you comment Brad.
    Glad you find it "close enough" to ask for a run :)

    Let me have some more time to finish this one first, to get a feeling
    how long it take to make a finished brick. Anyhow at least an interest
    thread is considered ;)
     
  4. Crowbot

    Crowbot New Member

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    Very nice! (and it's a start on your replica Independence Hall!)
     
  5. Sarednab

    Sarednab Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    As I said in German forum, it is really fantastic! Count in me for your interest thread!

    Congrats my friend! ;)
     
  6. tripoli

    tripoli Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Awesome, if you ever offer them up, You will have a purchaser here.
    I was contacted this week to make some more glasses, so started a small batch in the works if anyone is interested, you can pm me.
     
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  7. MurdocXXL

    MurdocXXL Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Many thanks for you feedback. I am really happy that you like it.
    Stay tuned for more pics. I am trying to finish the first one during the
    week-end.
     
  8. 137th Gebirg

    137th Gebirg Well-Known Member

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    As a member of the Craft myself, I approve! :thumbsup :)
     
  9. Jedifyfe

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    My pleasure. I have the foam rubber brick but I would love to have a more rigid brick.
     
  10. MurdocXXL

    MurdocXXL Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    @137th..many thank for your comment :)
    @Brad..be sure it will be more rigid ;)

    ok, picture time ;)

    Had some time to finish the first 2 bricks this week-end. One is going to a very special friend, very soon early next week :)

    First of all some pics from the mold an construction:

    1) The gray parts in front is the hollow-part of the stones back:
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    Next pics are taken will demolding the 3rd brick. I already added some color to the plaster as you see!

    2) Taking out the "holding construction":
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    3) Demolding the mother form (laying now on top ;) ):
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    4) Taking out the mold, building the hole in the back:
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    5) Taking out the brick itself:
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    6) all components:
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    After the casts dryed out for a mininum of 24 hours i started painting them.

    1) Left to right: bare casted brick, painted with a mix of 50:50 color and water, 100% paint (this has been the first, plain white cast)
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    2) Same as above - front view:
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    3) Left 50:50 mix., middle and right, both have a layer of brown and black "washes":
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    4) ready painted front (screenshot at the back for comparison):
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    Next pics to follow in my interest thread ;)

    Hope you like it. If you have any questions, comments or critics... feel free to post :)
     
  11. Jedifyfe

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    SWEET!!! Love it. Great job...I want one.
     
  12. Wes R

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    Save that one to throw at the mother in law when she visits :lol

    I haven't seen these movies (horrible isn't it)? My dad likes them though and sculpting something as intricate as those Masonic markings can't be easy and you did a really good job.
     
  13. MurdocXXL

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    Thanks for your Feedback :)

    I will post a pic of the final brick, as soon as the weather is getting better over here
    and i have a chance to catch some nice photos ;)

    Stay tuned for more...and again thank for you comments. Really appriciated :)
     
  14. Onkelpsycho

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    Waiting for your Interest List... :lol
     
  15. MurdocXXL

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    Ok, small update again. First finished prototype arrived with his new proudly owner :) I will let himself post his expressions here if he likes to do so. The last question is answered. Keep your eyes open at the Junkyard, during the coming week-end ;)

    But i will also post here, as soon as the Int-thread is open.
     
  16. Stefan Jones

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    okay, since I am the lucky owner I will post some first promo pictures. the brick is pictured with the glasses made by Tripoli and you can see how great these two pieces look together. the brick has some good weight, a fantastic paint job and is a great addition to my NT collection.

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  17. MurdocXXL

    MurdocXXL Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Many thanks Stefan.. for your feedback and great pics :)
     
  18. Jedifyfe

    Jedifyfe Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Of course it was Stefan that got this one! :lol

    Waiting on mine ;)
     
  19. Mydnyghte

    Mydnyghte New Member

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    Definitely keeping an eye on this, beautiful work!
     
  20. Alan Castillo

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    Beautiful indeed ! GREAT job Ralf :):thumbsup
     
  21. MurdocXXL

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    @Jedifyfe...of course it had to be Stefan ;) But be sure you will get one as well :)

    Mydnyght and Alan... many thanks for your comments. I am :) that you like the bricks.
     
  22. whoami11

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    As a Mason myself, I have thought about a project like this for the last year. Excellent work!


    -Ryan
     
  23. MurdocXXL

    MurdocXXL Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks whoami11 :) Really happy that you like it...
     
  24. justinbauler

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    i hate to be that "guy" but what is a free mason?
     
  25. Arlington Beech

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  26. MurdocXXL

    MurdocXXL Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    No need for to "hate" yourself Justin ;)

    Thanks for the link Arlington :)

    And finaly here are 2 shots of my brick...

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    (two more at Photobucket ;) )

    Thanks for watching!
     
  27. MurdocXXL

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    Hi to all... Interest thread is open ;)


    Many thanks.... :)

    Edit, 02-02-2014: Link to the interest thread removed as it doesn't exist anymore!
     
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  28. MurdocXXL

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    Due to the fact that I am working on another project, I had to order a "2 component foam-stuff" and tried to cast some
    light-weight bricks ;)

    First of all, that foam-stuff is tricky to handle :facepalm :lol

    First time, misscalculated the material, so I've casted only about half of the brick. Second try, was a little too much of the stuff. In addition
    the preasure extended as well (that foam stuff is tricky ;) ). Under the preasure of the foam the "innerside" part of the mold, moved too far to one side. The "thickness" of one side of the final brick is not thick enough. So i fixed the the mold parts. Last and third cast turned out quit nice.

    Enclose some pics. Details are a little less than the casts with "Acrylic one" (mineral powder and a water based acrylic resin) but so far I am pretty happy how the turned out :)

    Here are some pics:

    Left to right... 1 to 3rd cast (middle/2nd casts back already cleaned up a little)
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    the bricck in front is the second cast
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    Detail
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    As next I will try to paint the last casts, to see how that works.

    Thanks for watching/reading :D

    Best
    Ralf
     
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  30. miller4546

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    Is anyone making any of these out of semi dark reddish colored mortar and cement mixture? If so please email me. I need 3 for a movie
     
  31. MurdocXXL

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    miller4546... I can cast those bricks in "a special two-component material and consists of a mineral powder and a water based acrylic resin. It is called “Acrylic-One”. I used this material to get the most accurat look and feeling of a real brick".

    Does have the feel and look of real one. Strong and durable. Problem with that casting is only that they are very heavy (think we had over about 2 KG for one to be shipped).
    That makes it very expensive to be shipped overseas. Not sure, if someone did a run made in such materials or mortar / cement mixture. Sorry.

    If you are interested in casting (foam or "acrylic one")... just let me know here.... http://www.therpf.com/f75/my-versio...nal-treasure-lightweight-foam-version-207079/ or shot me a PM! Thanks.
     
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  32. LorduDesign

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    I'd love to make one :D
     
  33. MurdocXXL

    MurdocXXL Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Go ahead LorduDesign :) If you have any question let me know!!
     
  34. Joe310blk

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    Most interested in having one ,nice work let me know any loose bricks when available!!!
     
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