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The Nintendo Entertainment System rocked the world with 8-bit goodness when it first came out, but it has faded in use as the years have gone on. I got a ton of use out of my own, but now... not so much.

Even though I don't play retro games, I still love the old box and figured that it should be honored in some way. Thus a concrete version would be great since it could live on in my garden as stepping stones. That way it would still provide a path for me to enjoy,

Here's how to make them.
 
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Step 1: Prep the NES - part 1

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All you need is the top half of the NES. Fortunately, it comes off easily with a Phillips-head screwdriver.

After you get the top off, you'll see a few plastic posts that stick out. Cut these off with a Dremel. You now have a top half that will lay flat.

Note: some people are shocked to see a NES console cut up. The machine still works and the top can be reattached if you want. But still, they sold over 60 million of these things and barely any are used these days. Relax.

Step 2: Prep the NES - step 2

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The next thing to do is to make the NES as water-tight as you can so that the mold won't be able to flow through. This means going crazy with a hot glue gun. Seal up the vent on the top, the door, and any other spot you can see.

To find more places that need glue, hold the NES up to the light. See a leak? Glue it! Repeat, repeat, repeat.
darman121 year ago
Those look sweet!
moonchylde1 year ago
I currently own two of these consoles (one's slowly becoming a computer, and the other's still in use) . Looks like I'll be purchasing another one in the near future.
moonchylde1 year ago
I currently own two of these consoles (one's slowly becoming a computer, and the other's still in use) . Looks like I'll be purchasing another one in the near future.
I don't like they are destroying old NES's in there finland them are rares
timwikander2 years ago
these are great! instantly recognizable in the concrete grey color. way to make an ordinary object more fun!
raith20063 years ago
should add some paint to these
I was thinking the same thing. Splitting the mold into 2 parts to allow the use of a black dye in the aggregate of the smaller part would make the the stones more recognisable.

Though for the time and effort a better effect might just be to instead make similar molds for the SNES, N64, and Gamecube - perhaps even a Wii if a broken one can be found cheap enough.

I think progressing along the stepping stones would make for a nice idea, but I wouldn't like trying to stand on an N64 stepping stone if its icy; plus the wii and Gamecube would be really small too. I'd hate to hear someone broke a hip on one of these.

They might work ok in a rock garden or in crazy paving though, so long as the height of each of 'em of match up.
reginaron3 years ago
hi

I didn't read anything about you adding any reinforcement bar,to this mix
Stepping stones, are usually made of Concrete, not cement.

cheers

Cement is the powdered stuff you use to make concrete. & I think rebar *might* be overkill for stepping stones... :)
hi
As my post states, stepping stones are usually made from concrete.
cement is an adhesive. Adding even something, like chicken-wire, or coathanger wire, in the form will add a little bit of (reinforcement), sturdiness to plain concrete. :)

cement: A powdery substance made by calcining lime and clay, mixed with water to form mortar or mixed with sand, gravel, and water to make concrete

concrete: A heavy, rough building material made from a mixture of broken stone or gravel, sand, cement, and water, that can be spread or poured into molds and that forms a stonelike mass on hardening
pjrpumpken3 years ago
Hi would it be cool if u put like a sentence like (nintendo entertainment stones)

thanks
pjrpumpken3 years ago
Awesome idea I love it
raith20063 years ago
this is an awesome idea, I might have to try it, though instead of just using the NES I could probably try an old xbox, or some other systems if they are the right shape
indomitable3 years ago
these are awesome, so subtle and cool.
kelseymh3 years ago
These look an awful lot like Frank Lloyd Wright's textile blocks. Was that intentional?
fungus amungus (author)  kelseymh3 years ago
By the original industrial designer? No idea.

As for me, my motivation was that the NES was a great size for a stepping stone. I was looking at molds at Home Depot and thought I should make my own instead. The NES popped up as an option right away.

After seeing the finished item, though, I really like the lines on it way more when it's monochromatic. It looks cool even if you don't know the source.
Oh, no. I meant intentional by you: They are really reminiscent of the Ennis House (see Blade Runner), for example.

The monochromatic concrete with the linear textures is great, in a very pure American A&C style. They would not look out of place at all in any of the Craftsman bungalows off of Telegraph or Solano Ave. The fact that they derive from a mass-produced plastic electronics enclosure introduces some wonderfully ironic tension for those who recognize the design.
o_O
reginaron3 years ago
hi
Wouldn't be easier, to build a wood mold for the cement,pour it in, wait until it's alomst stiff, then just press in the top of the NES ,into the cement, with mabye a layer of cellophane inbetween?
No need to take the Nes apart either.

cheers
fungus amungus (author)  reginaron3 years ago
Then you'd have an indentation of the NES, a negative instead of a positive. You would also lose a lot of the detail.
hi

u r right, detail? I don't know, I don't have an NES to do this.
That's not a bad idea, but it won't be anything like what the author is actually going to end up with. With the author's project, you'll end up with a cement replica of the NES lid. With what you describe, you'd end up with a cement block that has ridges in it, if they didn't get stuck in the top of the NES lid. Totally different end result.

Still, it's good to think about these things. :D
Hi
It all depends on how good of a finisher you are.

cheers

CropJ3 years ago
How clever. "Stepping Stone"... I get it.
fungus amungus (author)  CropJ3 years ago
You do?
kmbrmom3 years ago
I was attracted by the photo, I had no idea what NES was—not a gamer, so I never would have made the connection to nintendo if I saw these on a path. That part makes them more interesting, though. The design is very bauhaus, and the cement is perfect for the subtle lines. Clever you for seeing the potential in an old beige box.
bsgolob3 years ago
Cool.
NICE!!!
I own one too but I wont take it apart for this. I still play it in spare time over the summer.
You replied to the wrong person -_-
That was awesome
Great!!! I still own one :-)