There are many ways of using cork to make stone and brick, this is just my technique. I am by far the first person to use cork, I learned from the best and adapted to fit my needs and style.
Tools: jewelers file, tweezers, scalpel or hobby knife, balsa strip cutter, sandpaper.
Supplies: CA or wood glue, cork sheet, MDF or any other non flexible material to use as the base.
Determine the sizes of stone you want; using the balsa strip cutter, cut strips of the cork sheet.
several different sizes to give the stone variety. You will come into
spots were you will have to use either larger or smaller pieces to fill
in spots. To accommodate that simply use a larger strip size than you
need and cut it to the custom size.
Here is the basic wall section cut from the MDF board ready for stone installation.
the larges size strip of cork, this will be used to make your corner
stones. Always start from the corner and work outward. Corner stones
need to be larger as in real life its the corners that bear the weight
of the building.
the jewelers file or sandpaper, ease off the sharp cut corners on three
sides of the stone. leave one of the short sides untouched. This plays a
big part in making the corners go in seamlessly and appear to be one
Hear you will notice that only three edges were sanded. The stones are ready for installation.
give depth to the wall, remove a this section from the back of the
stone. This will "sink" the stone into the wall and sit deeper than the
rest. Be careful not to over do this step, only do it to select stones.
the corner stones so that they are placed the thickness of the cork
PAST the corner of the wall. You need this overhang to complete the
stones You also want the edge you did not sand to be the edge that is
over hanging here.
cut more corner stones for the other side of the corner. Sand the same
way as before leaving one edge sharp and square. Place the sharp and
square side tight against the previously installed stones. You want very
little if not any gap between these edges.
the file, ease over the edges of the stones and blend the two pieces of
each stone together. These stone have now become one.
blending with a wire brush, I prefer the brush pen from Eurotool. This
will add stone texture to the cork and help blend the seam lines turning
it into one stone.
up of adding texture. Notice I have also added damaged stone as if it
had been chipped away. This was all done with the wire brush.
Completed cornerstones. Notice how the blending makes it appear to be one large stone that makes up the corner.
I cut each stone individually. Place the strip of cork down and cut were you feel it is appropriate.
cutting and placing the stones, selecting and cycling through different
sizes as you go. Always stagger your joints. No more than two stones
should line up at any given area.
To give more depth to the wall, use thin cork or thick paper to "shim" the stone.
the thin stock to the same size as the stone and glue to the back of
the stone. Place the stone on the wall just as you did before. This
stone will stick out of the wall now.
placing you stone. Notice how the stones vertical joints are all
staggered, even if slightly. This is critical to a realistic wall.
to texture the stones as you go or after you are finished. Just make
sure you don't do this until the glue is dry as to not move the stones.
This is why I use CA glue, it takes seconds to dry and I can keep
The finished stone laying and texture.
Adding the mortar:
You will need wall patching compound, a stiff toothbrush, and a
disposable paintbrush for this stem. Also suggested is a palette knife
of wooden stir stick to spread the compound, but fingers also work.
Spread the filler on the stones using some pressure to press it deep into the joints.
This is what it should look like at this point. Don't worry, it will look better soon
the stiff toothbrush and light pressure, remove the excess filler by
moving the toothbrush in a circular motion. This will create a descent
mess, so be ready for that.
Once the excess filler is removed, use the cheap paintbrush to clean off all of the loose filler residue and dust.
wall should look like this now. Let the filler dry, touch up any spots
that need more, then you can prime and paint your wall.
is all there is to it folks! Very easy just time consuming and tedious
work. But there is no other way to get realistic looking hand laid stone
than to hand lay the stone in scale.
In this image you can see how removing thin sections from some stones and adding to others really adds texture to the wall.
There you have it, all the steps I take to complete my stone work. I hope you all enjoyed this article and maybe have been inspired to give it a try!