Cobblestones were, and still are, used in many places to create a paved area on which people could walk or drive. The word "cobblestone" is derived from Old English. It is a combination of the English word "cob," which means "rounded lump." During the 15th century, "le" was added to "cob" and the cobblestone became a round smooth stone. People gathered these stones and placed them on the ground to create a paved area to prevent ruts. As time passed, manufactured rectangular bricks replaced the round stones to create cobblestone streets.
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Things you need
- Brown, black or grey polymer oven-baked clay
- Craft knife
- Baking tray
- Oven glove
- Heavy cardboard
- White glue
Cut the polymer oven-baked clay into 1/2-inch squares. Roll one 1/2-inch square into a ball. Shape the ball into a rectangle approximately 3/4-inch long by 3/8-inch thick. Shape the rectangle by pinching it between your thumb and forefingers. Repeat this process for each cobblestone. Place the completed miniature cobblestones on a baking tray.
Preheat the oven for five minutes at 121 degrees Celsius. Place the baking tray in the oven. Bake the polymer oven-bake clay for 15 minutes. Remove the baked clay from the oven and place it on the hob to cool. Turn off the oven. Allow the miniature cobblestones to cool 30 minutes before proceeding to the next step.
Place the desired size piece of cardboard on a flat work surface. Draw the outline of the cobblestone street. Leave room for the buildings and other items to create a miniature scene.
Cover a two-inch section of the road with a liberal amount of white glue. Position a cobblestone on the glue and push it into place. Butt the next cobblestone to the last cobblestone placed. Repeat the process until the desired area is covered with cobblestones. Allow the white glue to dry one hour.
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