The Pringles Tower: Part 1

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Okay, so as promised, I’m going to walk you through making a pringles tower. If you follow me on Face Book you undoubtedly saw the work-in-progress pics I posted over the course of the last six weeks or so. I generally spend about an hour each day sculpting. Sometimes I remember to take WIP pics. Sometimes I forget. This step-by-step will be utilizing pics I took during the original tower build, my apologies if those pics are not complete. But I’ll do my best to explain the entire process.

This is the tower we’ll be building btw.

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Materials

First up a list of materials.

• A pringles can (be sure to wash it of grease)

• Plaster

• A large sized plastic McDonalds/Fast food soda cup

• Sharpie/Pen

• Razor blade knife

• Sculpey/Polymere clay*

Polymere Clay Press or Pasta Press (a roller pin will do in a pinch).

Sculpting tools.**

* I like to buy Sculpey in 8 pound blocks. It’s much cheaper and will last for months/years and see you through dozens of projects. I buy it off Amazon about once every two years.

** Invest in some cheap sculpting tools. I actually prefer dentist tools but the ones linked will do the job. You’ll also be making our own tools as you go – which I will explain in later steps.

Step 1: Marking off the levels.

Using a Sharpie pen (I found most everything else eventually rubs off during the building process) Mark off the pringles as shown. Each line indicates a floor level – this will be important later because when you do your stone work/sculpt it will help determine where the windows/arrow slits will go. Ignore the can at the top of the pic – that’s the carcass of an earlier failed stab at a tower. 😉 When making the lines I did the first one about two inches from the edge/bottom of the can (the end of the can that’s open btw) and spaced the others about approximately 3 inches. It doesn’t have to be exact. Now the bottom (the two inch line) is going to mark the top of the foundation you’ll be pouring in step 2.

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2. Step 2: Pouring the foundation.

I decided I wanted a wider base on my tower. Not only because it lends some realism to the piece and helps break up the fact there’s a pringles can under the surface but it adds a nice bit of weight  which will prevent the entire thing from toppling over during game play.

Place a piece of cardboard or sheeting on your workspace surface,. Take a small nail and punch a hole in the metal top of the can — this is to let air escape so the can doesn’t ‘float’ on the plaster when you pour it.

Take your plastic soda cup and but the top two inches off. This is your mold for the tower foundation. Using a glue gun, glue your new mold to your work surface. You want this to be water tight so your plaster doesn’t leak out. It’s also important that your cut line is a straight/smooth as possible – so you have a nice flat upper suface for your foundation.

Next mix up some plaster of paris and pour it into your mold = up to the top. Once you’ve done this take your Pringles can and push it down into the mold, open side down. Center the can in the mold and give it a twisting motion so the plaster oozes up inside the can. Use a flat edge or a putty knife the smooth off any excess plaster so it’s even with the top of your mold line.

Chances are the can is going to want to float and push up – just put some weight on top while the plaster cures.

When the plaster cures use a razor blade knife to peel off your mold. You should end up with something that looks like this.

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Let this dry for several hours. If you have bubbles/air holes, now worries. You’re going to start sheathing this with clay in the next step.

More in the next installment.

 

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