paleoferroequine's diorama-LONG! Jul 12, 2010 22:17:32 GMT
Post by paleoferroequine on Jul 12, 2010 22:17:32 GMT
Thought I'd post a few other shots of my diorama. Basic base is pink or blue foam insulation like used in houses. Contours are made with more foam, in this case 1/4in(6mm), then a product called light weight spackle is used to smooth out the contours. The spackle is white, water base and something like thick plaster in consistency but very light weight. After it dries, a base coat of light brown latex paint is applied on the diorama base. Now, a coat of fine dirt is glued on with white glue. This provides a good base. Now, remember all stages have to dry thoroughly before going on. The water is a two part resin called Envirotex , takes 12 hours or more to dry but that allows you to add scum, duckweed, cattails and other flora without having to rush. Assorted leaf litter, ground up bark and other stuff are then glued to the ground. The bald cypress trunks are made from a product called Model Magic by Crayola. It's odd stuff, white with feeling of marshmallows! It won't stick to your hands at all but will stick to itself. A newspaper cone is rolled for the trunk and the "clay" is applied to it and shaped to what you want. The stuff doesn't take much detail but works well for this.It takes overnight to harden. It is then spray painted light gray after which a black wash of acrylic paint is applied to bring out the detail, also dry brushing grays and light browns along with more washes is done. The cycads are Phoenix palms by a railroad supplier called MRC, they come in variety of sizes. The other shrubberies are from Grand Central Gems. Mushrooms are Sculpey clay rolled into little balls, flattened, baked and painted.