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 Posted: Sat Jun 21st, 2008 08:10 pm
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how to.. Or how not to :roll: make water quickly

1 Prepare the base this is the subjective bit Ive chosen a beach this time, the principals are the same light colours first darken for depth, unless you want an underwater shelf effect Id try and merge any changes of colour. I use Acrylics as they suit my style (fast drying)

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A mix of Sand blue and green (thas not really Mrs RJRs best tuperware !)


Silicone (the pics speak for themselves) the spreader is scrap balsa, apply and spread about a bit









The second layer, the first is still wet. I find the second layer easier to handle as the first one, you have to apply a reasonable amount of pressure to ensure the base it completely covered. The spreader is held along the required waves. ( I have several precut and throw them away when they get too sticky)





Once you have the general look the silicon can be teased up by touching the spreader on the surface and teasing the silicon up.





The biggest trick is to add some scenic distraction to stop people looking too closely at the water.... In this case a bikini !! At this stage the white enamel paint is gently added to the crest of the waves with an old brush (Silicon on new brushes is no fun !!)



All that is needed now is a light and a decent camera angle









This may not be the best way of making water but its fast and cheap. The beach scene took about 20mins
For still water dont ripple as much, you can smooth the surface when its wet by gently wiping a damp finger over it.
I fit bathrooms and kitchens and believe me no liquid is better for putting on your finger to smooth it out than spit, as unpleasant as that sounds (use your own !!) Dont press hard and keep your finger damp.


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PS If someone feels a need to move this to a different "How not to thread! feel free

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 Posted: Sat Jun 21st, 2008 08:16 pm
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Simple and effective, just how we like 'em. Great beach scenes. Another one for the Index.



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 Posted: Sat Jun 21st, 2008 08:17 pm
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That is very good thanks will deffo have a go on my layout sometime.
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 Posted: Sat Jun 21st, 2008 08:44 pm
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John

Very nicely done how to

Very easy to follow even i could follow hat and may give it a try myself.

thanks very much

cheers Brian.W

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that looks realy good john ,will have to have a go at that ,maybe with a glass of something handy to keep the saliva flowing , :) :) :wink:



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Nice one, John, cheap and effective.
The boss will love the "cheap part of it :!: :!:

As for the section it should be in, scenery section is good :!:
Thanks for posting the "how too" with such clear pictures. Another valuable one for the forum :!:

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This is quite brilliant! Many thanks, John.



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That looks extremely good, John. Thanks for doing that.

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John, I can only agree with the others - simple, cheap & very effective.

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Ingenious method and very realistic; I'm really looking forward to trying it out. Thanks John.
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Great stuff,RJR.
I could just get out the deckchairs,a nice book and a picnic and chill out on that beach!!! Very effective,and a great tutorial.When I tackle "the big one in the loft",and come to doing my sea,this will prove invaluable!

Cheers,John.B.

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Nicely done,
So choppy that Floatie Boy is going to be hard pressed to get his ball back unless it's a sea breeze :!:
The technique would be good for a weir I imagine, will the silicon work OK if in contact with either the epoxy "water" products or a varnished river?
I fancy the smooth varnish for the mill pond on Newcastle Emlyn and then something not so smooth for the weir?
Any thoughts anyone?



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Ground breaking stuff! Glad to see there are other people that incorporate DNA into their layouts 8)

Pure class!

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couldnt help using the sunny day !!



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Nice one John, looks a bit like Benidorm but without the concrete. :lol:



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What a good idea, I would never have thought and it looks as good as any beach scene I have scene. Additional benefit of you know it would never crack as it stays rubbery. I can only imagine the stink when doing it, that stuff smells like vinegar on chips lol

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Nothing wrong with vinegar on chips



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a beach ,the best place for vinegar on chips,,
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