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model water tips?

Post by spiralingcadaver » Mon Nov 02, 2015 7:37 pm

So, I'm working with a well that's boing to be 3/4"-1" deep, about 2" diameter in the bottom, flaring to about 4".

The well is made out of plaster and currently I have woodland scenics realistic water. I was thinking something murky with just a touch of paint to make the water on the nastier side.

Optimally, I'd like to put a plastic pane in the well a bit below the surface to conserve on material and, if I'm feeling gimmicky, be able to have a fun light under it.

My plan was to just paint and varnish the thing, install a pane and use some clear goop to seal it around 3/8" down, then put down a few layers of fake water, but I'm pretty inexperienced with it, having only used the stuff for a few bases. Any tips?
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Re: model water tips?

Post by 3eland » Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:38 pm

Biggest thing is to use layers. It creates a better look and it will dry faster. Thicker layers will take forever to dry.

You can use a piece of Plexiglas or even a piece from a plastic blister. If you want to show depth, mix in food colouring. I have tried washes, inks and paint and it always dirties up the water. Usually making it opaque and not usable.

Unless you want that as a base layer (say a dark purple or blue bottom) and then work up from there layer by layer.

Obviously painting the bottom of the plastic piece can show depth too.
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Re: model water tips?

Post by spiralingcadaver » Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:38 pm

Thanks! Yeah, I can get impatient about those layers... will try to hold off even though it'll take like a week to get through.
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Re: model water tips?

Post by 3eland » Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:24 pm

You can pour a heavy layer but you'll need to wait like a week. Make sure you put it in a spot where no dust will get on.

That goes for any layer you do really. Nothing worse than dust being trapped in your water.

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Post by spiralingcadaver » Tue Nov 03, 2015 1:00 am

oh, good call- will need to find a place safe from the cats and their hair
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Re: model water tips?

Post by 3eland » Tue Nov 03, 2015 1:24 am

Yes. Anything that may happen to venture in.

Needs air to cure though so even a container with holes poked in.
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Re: model water tips?

Post by Thelvin78 » Tue Nov 03, 2015 1:58 am

I have used blue ink to tint it before. Just remember a very little goes a long way. This is a fountain I use it on. Also keep it level because even mostly dry it can still shift.

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Post by spiralingcadaver » Tue Nov 03, 2015 8:48 pm

Thanks for the tips :)

Thelvin, did you mean to attach a pic?
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Re: model water tips?

Post by Thelvin78 » Wed Nov 11, 2015 12:34 pm

I did but it didn't go through.

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