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How to Make Miniature Bricks


This method for creating miniature bricks for a diorama was created by a web visitor (Charles B.) My thanks to him for creating this method and for sharing it with stormthecastle.com! Charles has done a few different dioramas based on various Roman themes. You can check them out here: Roman Bath Diorama - Hadrian's Villa and Pompeii inspired dioramas - A roman coliseum diorama with battling warriors


The pictures below are from a couple of different dioramas made by Charles. You can see that there is a lot of flexibility in how you make the bricks and what they end up looking like. These are hand made and this is what Charles shows us how to make in this tutorial. He uses several products including Das Pronto, PLUS, and TOVI. The Das Pronto is an air dry modeling clay that comes in terra cotta or white. The terra cotta is perfect for making red bricks.

DAS clay

Das Pronto Air Dry Modeling Clay terra cotta 1.1lb



Here is how he makes the bricks:

"The material is a self hardening clay called das pronto(PLUS and TOVI are 2 other brands I use) First I roll out the clay to about 1/8 or a fraction less . It needs to dry but not 100% .just enough to keep it shape. Then I cut it into bricks  or long strips.I can notch the strips so they look like a long row of bricks. It saves a bit of time .Then I just lay them like bricks.It is very tedious but I have it organized so I can do a 3inch by 3inch square in an hour.So if you have seen or come across any less time consuming way to do this I am all ears.I also have several other buildings using a different technique almost like a 3 D puzzle."


Brick Building

Brick wall

Miniature Wall

Brick columns and wall



Medieval Ruins

The Medieval Ruins

This is a terrific little diorama made just about all out of foam. Brian shows us pics and tells us some of his techniques for making the medieval ruins diorama..


Dungeon Terrain Tiles

How to make Dungeon Terrain Tile

This is some spectacular terrain that looks great. And it is just styrofoam and two colors of paint. I show you how to make terrific terrain tiles like this for dioramas or tabletop gaming. How to make dungeon tiles