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How to make a block of water
masonre
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Posted: Tuesday, November 01, 2016 - 02:41 PM UTC
Hi there
I want to make an underwater diorama, but do not want to use a glass/plastic/acrylic tank.
I'd also prefer not to use resin because of the customary air bubbles that one gets by using resin.
I want to build the block by layering clear varnish until the required height. I realise that this will take weeks, if not months.

What I do not know is how to layer the varnish within a cube so that it does not stick to the cube. What material does varnish not stick to? Or what release agent can I apply that the varnish will not stick to?

Any ideas please?
Thanks
Richard

see the following pic for what I mean by "block of water"
HeavyArty
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Posted: Wednesday, November 02, 2016 - 06:22 PM UTC
Varnish isn't going to cut it. You have to use clear acrylic or epoxy water. This is the stuff florists and the like use for making artificial arrangements with "water" in them. Not sure what you would make the cube with, but I'm sure you could research it more. Start here, this thread has some good tips.
masonre
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Posted: Thursday, November 03, 2016 - 11:16 AM UTC
Thanks Gino. It's a start....

justsendit
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Posted: Thursday, November 03, 2016 - 11:46 PM UTC
Hi Richard,
Check this out ... 'A Dragon Wagon Odyssey.' Not a cube but it might be worth a read anyway (about halfway down page 6). Jason Lehrer gives a fairly detailed account of how things can go badly when adding a styrene model to the mix, he also explains what ultimately worked for his really cool diorama. HTH.

ómike
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Posted: Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 07:43 PM UTC
Here's another thread that has a block of water: TBM Avenger. Might be useful.

Jim
masonre
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Posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 01:22 PM UTC
thanks guys