A River and a Little Pond – part III

How about some water? In this last part we check how I managed to use Woodland Scenics Realistic Water. This is the step that is always a mystery. Anything can and most likely will happen when working with resins!!

When playing around with Realistic Water and similar stuff, the most important thing is to be sure that it doesn’t leak. When I was working with this project I really didn’t have a clue how to prevent this. So what did I do? I just wandered around my apartment and tried to figure out some solution. Luckily my niece had left some modelling clay at my place after the last visit so I thought that this would be the answer to my prayers!

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I thought that it would be easy to just press the river pieces against the clay and this way to create a dam for the water. So I cut some chipboard and shaped some modelling clay to the board.

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After this I placed the clay-board against a big book and pressed one river piece against the clay

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I made sure that I smoothed the edge of the clay so that the edge of the river would be sharp and even. I made one for the both sides of the piece.

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OK, it was time to mix some water stuff!!

Little note: You don’t have to use Woodland Scenics Realistic water or GW’s product. There are different kinds of resin out there that work the same and are cheaper. For example for bigger projects I have used resin that is meant to protect concrete floors. You just add water to the powder, mix it up and poor it on your project. The effect is the same as any resin and it dries rock solid! WORD OF WARNING: Some resins tend the heat up if you use large amount of them. Be sure to read the instructions carefully before use!!!

As I said earlier I used Woodland Scenics Realistic Water because it’s quite easy to use. You can pour it straight onto the project or you can, as I did, add little bit of paint to the stuff to give it a nice hue. REMEMBER, use just a little drop of paint!! I added tiny amount of blue to my resin and poured it onto the river. Here you can see a river piece and the pond after the pouring.

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Let the resin cure at least 24 hours. After one day the water looked like this compared to the piece without water

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A bit of leaking occurred but it wasn’t anything catastrophic. When the stuff was dry I started to take off the modelling clay. Precisely at that moment it came in to my mind that the stuff would probably stick to the modelling clay! With shaking hands I removed the clay and yes, the modelling clay was stuck to the Realistic Water. But fear not, with knife and some patience I did manage to remove most of the clay and nowadays you can’t even see the clay. In the next photo the thin light blue line is the modelling clay that I didn’t get off.

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Lesson learned: Don’t use modelling clay. It´s not a bad way but it´s much more easier to wrap some clear plastic tape to some chipboard piece and use clear silicon to attach it to the piece to create a dam. Resin won´t stick to the tape and you can peel of the silicon later. But if you don´t have any silicon feel free to try some clay!

So here is a final photo of the pond and a river piece.

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I also continued this project later and made few more pieces to create bigger river with a river crossing and a river curve. Here is a shot from the start of that project.

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This was one way to make a river. It´s not that difficult so grab your tools, invent your own way and let the water flow!

JCoo

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