This idea came to me randomly one night so I decided to try it out!
For the grass blocks you will need:
- A small silicone block mold (I found mine super cheap on ebay)
- Clear resin of your choice
- A container you don't mind ruining
- Preserved or fake moss
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Step 1: Mix Your Resin
All resin is different when it comes to ratios for the hardener and even curing time so just follow the instructions on your box but for this first part you won't need more than 50g of resin, we're just going to use it to sink our moss.
Stir it constantly and slowly for a few minutes until you are sure the two agents have fully combined and work quickly to complete the next step.
Step 2: Making Grass
To give the grass the right kind of consistency I ended up using preserved moss. To give the right effect I filled my mold with a tiny bit of resin in the bottom before tearing up small bits of moss to go into the mold and flattening them with the end of a stick to keep them down.
Step 3: Making Dirt
For this mix up a slightly larger 100g batch of resin and make sure the hardener is mixed in thoroughly before adding in handfuls of dirt (the only soil I had on hand contained peat so ignore the white specs, I picked them out of the final product).
It worked better to use the end of a stick to even out the flow, as this is a smaller mold it's easy to overflow. Once you've done that just leave it to cure in a warm place for as long as your resin needs and then it's time to pop them out of the mold!
Step 4: Finished!
I'm pleased with the result so I think I'll keep going, maybe fish tank stones to make a stone block or layered up matchsticks to make a wood block? Feel free to experiment! They came out looking really interesting and they work well as a little building block desk toy so please let me know if you make these or something similar, I'd love to see your Minecraft creations!