Continues from Part 6
Tools and materials:
– wooden base plaque
– drill or ice pick
– brass tube 3/32″
– magic smooth epoxy gel
– a piece of manzanita wood
– artificial moss
– artificial grass
– Fabritac glue
– metal lid (from a candle)
– disposable spatulas
I need that metal lid because I am planning to make faux water on the base. The lid will contain whatever “liquid” I will use.
Made a hole for the 3/32″ tube – in the metal part and in the wooden base. It fits telescopically into the leg module which is made out of 1/8″ tube.
A drill is faster, but icepick can be used if no drill available.
Mixed magic smooth. For smaller quantities of magic smooth I use toothpicks. Disposable spatulas are great for mixing larger quantities of magic smooth. Whatever tools you use to mix epoxy, be prepared that you will have to dispose of those tools, so don’t use your family silverware.
A piece of manzanita wood – I had it around, why not to use it, small stones around. Magic smooth is capable of holding all this together. Tried it with the doll – that’s about the right height for the base tube. Left it alone for the night so that magic smooth epoxy gel had time to fuse it all together.
Next day: Put the artificial moss into all nooks and crannies, the glue is Fabritac.
I want my base to look like an edge of a lake or a pond – green with a bit of water. I considered a few options of artificial water: 1. use Liquid Illusion faux water (I had a bit of for some time, might be old); 2. find online and buy clear epoxy; 3. try using Fabritac. One of my Fabritac bottles fell inside a box and leaked and dried. When I found it, I was impressed with the clarity of the piece of dried Fabritac. Well, Fabritac is right here, so now is a good time to test it for making artificial water. So here you go – I poured some right in. I did not need a lot of water, just enough to cover about half an inch deep. It looks great, I think.
Trying it with the doll. It works. She is stepping over the water, aiming for the larger yellow stone.
Update on fabritac for faux water – not a good idea, after all. Too many air bubbles when it all dried. Unless you want bubbles. I did not particularly mind them this time, but next time for “still water” effect I will look for something else, not fabritac.
Next – the costume.
Thank you for keeping me company. 🙂
Continues on Part 8