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Last Update: 14 Nov 2008

Making Water for Dioramas
Brian Vinceguerra

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Here is an easy and inexpensive way to make water for dioramas. I learned it from Kenny (Gator) Loup on the Model Shipwright's forum. Kenny is also the guy who makes Gator Grip Glue for photoetch which John R likes so much. The video tells it all, but here are some quick summary notes.

  • Clear Latex Caulk
  • Sponge Brushes
  • Craft Paints
  • Tongue Depressors
  • Stir Sticks
  • Future Floor Wax
  • coat base (I use sheet rock) with latex caulk
  • form waves using sponge brushes, tongue depressors, etc
    • dip sponge brush into latex and pull out/up to form waves
    • longer waves can be formed by slashing with tongue depressor or stir stick
    • dampen them so latex doesn't stick
    • if you don't like it, smooth it out and try again
  • lay on a brown base coat
  • lay on a thin blue coat; the brown will show through
  • dry brush high edges and ripples with white
  • coat with Future

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Mar 2016: Well, seems the audio on the original movie on YouTube isn't working any longer,
so we're playing it directly via HTML and whatever your browser defaults to.
You will probably see a black screen, but just hit the > play button and it should be OK.

Note: this is our first "live" article -- let us know how you like it.
We'll work on refining the technique based on your input (and our capabilities).

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