Idea for making Ponds

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  1. hminky

    hminky Member

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    A suggestion was made in my guestbook about making ponds. Using a mirror and coating it with either caulking or acrylic medium. The clear caulking didn't work but the acrylic gloss medium shows promise.

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    The initial mockup with gloss medium on a small mirror. The white spots are uncured medium.

    Thank you Fran
    Harold
  2. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Great idea!!! Looks good!
    Ralph
  3. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    I agree, that looks really good with that ripple effect.:thumb:
  4. hminky

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    This is only a crude mockup to see if the idea is feasible. It will be further developed. It is only a mirror with the gloss medium on it and gravel sprinkled around to represent the bank. I am going to try other reflective materials.

    Harold
  5. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Looks good to me the way it is Harold but I will be waiting to see what you come up with next.
  6. hminky

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    Here is metalized mylar from a Sweet and Low bag with one coat of gloss medium:


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    I let too many ripples form when gluing the mylar down. The gloss medium develops milky spots if applied too thick.

    Harold
  7. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    What about a green tint to imply some depth or a stagnet pool? I like what you're doing, some nice reflections which is what you would expect to find...
  8. hminky

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    Here is the metallic mylar pond with a smoother piece of Mylar. There is a slight ripple in the mylar in the left corner. I stippled a light coat of gloss medium on the mylar.

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    Harold
  9. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    The smoother one sure looks much better Harold. If the pond was larger maybe more ripples would be apparent.
  10. ScottyB

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    There is a good article on gloss medium in this month's (August's) Railroad Model Craftsman for anyone who is interested.

    Involves a very small application of gloss medium and dabbing with a tissue to get the ripple effect. Repeat if required.

    Good article and probably one I will use when I get to that point in my layout.

    Scott