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Posted by connorgorman, on 2007-11-10 09:19:29

How Do I Make A Chinese Temple Set

Im Trying To Make A Temple Its Very Hard Can I Have Some Information On How To Make A Chinese Temple Set

Posted by youneekusername, on 2007-11-10 14:48:45

I'd Say The Roof Would Be The Most Important Part Of The Temple Set. So Start With That And Try To Use Some Kind Of Material That Can Be Shaped, Molded, Decorated To Your Liking And Then Harden (Thinking Of Maybe Sculpey Clay, Plaster Of Paris Over Cardboard Or Whatever Else You Have That Could Be Used As The Main Structure Of The Roof.) Basicallly Just Use Materials You're Comfortable With To Get The Desired Effect. Most Chinese Temples Are Different From One Another So You Can Just Make Up Your Own Design Using The Following Pictures I Found As A Reference. The Last Picture Is Actually A Scaled Model Of A Chinese Temple. Good Luck. -Mike L.

Posted by connorgorman, on 2007-11-10 15:38:45

Thank You Thank You Thank You Just What Ive Been Looking For Thanks For Those Pictures You've Really Helped Me :-)

Posted by youneekusername, on 2007-11-10 16:03:22

No problem, I just googled "chinese temples" and got a ton of search results of all different kinds. I was thinking if you wanted to get really fancy and make it look professional, you could make it out of wood and carve those details into it. That way it might be more "sturdy" and hold up as a set better. You could also use sheet metal though and that might be easier to get that bend you see on most of the edges on the roof. -Mike L.

Posted by connorgorman, on 2007-11-11 06:19:29

Thanks I'm Making It A Ancient Chinese Temple But Still Great Ideas :-)

Posted by Nick H, on 2007-11-11 17:56:35

First step - research to see what Chinese temples look like. (Just like Youneekusername has done for you.) Second step - distill your impressions down to what is the essential, or most recognizable features of Chinese temples. As noted by uneekusername, the upward curve of the roof is important. Also having several layers of roof, one above the other, seems very typical. 3rd step - choose materials that will let you make those shapes. And materials that you have the tools to work with, and have the budget for. There are dozens of ways to make most things, some need power tools or mouldmaking skills, others don't. Cardboard can easily be bent in one direction to get that curve. Wood or MDF can be cut (on a bandsaw) to a curved profile to re-inforce it and hold the shape, or give you the roof beams and corner ridges. If you can't cut wood, use something like Foamcore you can cut with a knife. Sculpted detailing - already some good suggestions. You could maybe sculpt a section of roof tiles, make a mould, and cast several copies. Or sculpt a whole roof shape from clay, detail the tiles, make a mould, and cast it. There are a number of epoxy resins, or polyurethane casting materials that would work well, or it could be plaster re-inforced with fibreglass matting. Or make a plaster mould and cast the roof in latex. Or, if moulding and casting is too hard - cut up sections of tubing to make lots of curved tiles and build it tile by tile. Plastic and metal tubing comes in almost every size imaginable. Stick them on to the carboard base with hot glue. Either overlap each row,like real tiles, or butt them up but with a strip underneath to raise the bottom edge of the row above so it stands up higher. One-off sculptures can be done with Sculpey. (Or Model Magic, or slow setting epoxy putty like Apoxie Sculpt, if you can't bake it in an oven.) But there's another option for a lot of the sculpting: Chinese shops often have lots of things like minature chinese lanterns, folding screens, and other objects with chinese ornamentation like dragons - which might be similar to the detailing on a building. You can find cheap plastic objects and cut them up. Just find bits with the right scale and general look for your building, and use only the part that works. In general, develop an eye for shapes, never mind what the object is, it may have the shape you need in the right size. I've seen plastic coathangers with just the right curve-up at the ends to form the ridges on a temple roof.

Posted by youneekusername, on 2007-11-11 18:55:12

One last picture :P -Mike L.

Posted by JET, on 2007-11-12 09:44:25

Here is a big temple: Here is a small temple: Here is a tiny one:

Posted by connorgorman, on 2007-11-12 12:16:45

Thank Everyone For The Kind Info This Has Really Helped Me THNAK YOU