Great site i found today: http://www.ceramicstoday.com/howto/htpaperclay.htm
Not much further along, lol. I fuss over these chimineas like my life depends on it, and dont think i will ever be totally happy with them.
While the insides are almost how i imagined them to be, i just cant make the outside look right.
Plus they are so hard to take a a decent photo of. The outsides have little flecks of a rusty colour with brown, but the camera is just not picking this up. The camera also makes the surface look glossy, which annoys me more because the surface is matte.
To make the ash around the hot coals i used paperclay and pushed it in here and there in the little gaps. Kind of smushed it in if smushed is a word.
I then painted the ash with a dark blue mixed with white, followed by a light grey and then the white, and allowed the brush to sweep a little using each of these over the coals.
Putting these away now ready for Kensington and will add the cauldrons at a later date. I will of course take pictures nearer the time.