Saturday, June 2, 2012

Set Model - A Midsummer Night's Dream

Another project of mine from school. We were set with the task of creating a set for any scene in A Midsummer Night's Dream and making a scale model of that set.

 I had tons of fun with this project! The materials I used to build the set and stage were illustration board, foam core, and air-dry clay. I painted the clay using white acrylic, and all the cutting was done with exacto knives. My glue was Weldbond.

I have to say, despite the fact that it takes a bit to dry, Weldbond is fantastic! It holds really well, the downside is holding the pieces in place while it dries. The good thing about foam core is you can hold the pieces together using sewing pins. ;D


  1. Hi, I was looking at your amazing set designs and noticed you used foam board. I'm doing Extended Project as part of my A-Levels ( British thing) and was wondering if you had any tips on using foam board or set modeling in general? Thank you! Georgie

    1. Tip #1: Always have fresh exacto (matte knife) blades on hand. The last thing you need is to be working late at night and be stuck with a dull knife. Similarly, always have extra materials on hand. Regular white glue works pretty well for gluing pieces together, but we have a stronger glue in Canada called WeldBond that works really well. (But I don't know the UK equivalent brand.) Also, you can use sewing pins to hold pieces of foamcore together while they dry! If you want it to look really professional, finish any exposed foam edges with strips of black matte board. It is time consuming and annoying, but it is usually worth it.

      Any straight cuts you make should be lined up against a metal ruler, (metal is preferable to plastic, because your matte knife will start to wreck a plastic one). Stick to a scale, it helps if you make a little human cutout to compare things to. Also, if you are trying to make furniture, measure household items to make them the proper size.

      I think that's it for tips? Good luck with your project!