Saturday, April 3, 2010


This closeup gives you an idea of how the "wood look" tiles turned out.
We were experimenting to make slate tiles but thought this may be helpful for anyone who wants to make singles or shakes.
You will notice by the white showing on the tiles that we did not finish them once we realized they did not have the look we wanted.
A small wire brush was used to rake the Spackle (dry wall/sheet rock filler) surface to give the appearance of wood grain.

The photo is enlarged so the raking looks distinctive but on the roof looks very authentic. You would need to try different colours and a bit of aging as well.

Bristol board is mat board. Also I would mention that the stone floors we made using a similar technique have stayed flat without any warping or lifting and look the same as when we installed them. The house had been in storage until January since the year 2002.

We would be happy to expand if anyone has any questions.


  1. Thanks a lot for this info, and that in the previous post, really useful :)

  2. did I miss a post? How did you use the Spackle?
    Make it as a sheet then cut it into shingles when semi dry?

  3. thanks for the response left on my blog! LOL Still amazed that Spackle let itself be cut that easily without chipping or splintering. But I'm guessing spackle is slightly elastic in nature.
    Just thought I'd let you know that I posted a link of this, in my tute blog.
    hugs Karin

    BTW: have you tried commenting here the same way you did on my blog?

  4. Dear Karin, The Spakle is just a very thin layer - almost a film and cut with a sharp mat blade. We measure and pencil the lines to the size to be cut. If the Spakle splinters at all (rarely) then you can choose to use the tile for extra texture - or not. Thaks for posting the link. These tiles really look good and I am excited about how easy (but time consuming) they are to make.... but time consuming is nothing new to a miniaturist!
    Regards Janine