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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 2:10 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Background Reply with quote

 An  easy  way  to  make  molds  is  to  fill  a  box  (of  the  size  you  want  the  background  to  be)  with  damp  sand  and  stick  rocks  and  stuff  in  the  sand.  When  you  remove  the  rocks,  the  sand  will  retain  their  shape  and  can  be  filled  with  PoP,  clay  or  whatever  and  allowed  to  dry.  You  can  then  waterproof  your  "rocks"  with  epoxy,  rubber  cement  or  your  favorite  water  proofing  material.
 
 I've  made  concrete  backgrounds  for  FW  and  SW  tanks  with  this  method  and  it  works  very  nicely.  And  no,  it  is  not  very  heavy.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 3:17 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Background Reply with quote

 http://www.fishforums.net/lofiversion/index.php/t166819.html
 
 Anyone  seen  this?  Ok  I  grant  this  is  a  special  case  not  involving  a  rocky  background  but  even  so  I  thought  I  might  share  this  just  in  case  it  provides  some  ideas.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 1:24 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Background Reply with quote

 Thanks  rahul..  nice  tip  off...  will  definitely  try  it  out..
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 1:31 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Background Reply with quote

 To  further  reduce  weight,  you  can  hollow  out  your  "rocks"  before  the  material  sets  and  pack  it  with  newspaper.  Remove  the  paper  once  the  material  has  hardened.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 1:57 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Background Reply with quote

 Hey  Rahul...  using  pop  as  the  material  of  the  background  is  the  easiest  thing  to  do..  but  how  about  the  complications  of  water  proofing  that?  and  tryin  to  make  it  as  an  harder  material  as  it  is  very  brittle  right?
 
 Any  suggestions  ?  or  are  you  telling  to  use  the  pop  as  the  mould  to  get  the  things  done  in  fibre?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 2:04 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Background Reply with quote

 Use  rubber  cement,  clay  or  paint  with  portland  cement  to  waterproof  PoP.  It  wasn't  that  brittle,  IME.  Unless  you're  talking  huge  backgrounds.  You  could  always  fortify  the  plaster  with  cloth.
 
 You  could  also  use  the  PoP  as  a  mould.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 2:18 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Background Reply with quote

 That's  a  good  idea  to  add  cloth  to  the  POP!
 
 Somewhat  like  the  orthopedic  surgeons  doing  it  in  the  POP  casts  for  fractures.  They  use  six  inch  gauze  rolls  as  the  weaving  of  the  gauze  is  loose  enought  to  allow  the  POP  to  get  into  the  substance  of  the  cloth.  If  the  weave  is  too  close  the  POP  will  not  penetrate  the  cloth  at  all.
 
 About  an  inch  thickness  (nowadays  as  less  as  half  an  inch)  is  enough  for  the  largest  of  casts  -  the  full  body  jacket  and  it  takes  a  lot  of  force  to  break  one  of  these  gauze  -  POP  constructs.
 
 One  important  thing  is  to  squeeze  out  ALL  the  excess  water  to  compact  the  layers  for  strength.
 
 deepesh
 
 By  the  way  orthopedic  plaster  comes  as  POP  impregnated  gauze.  As  the  oft  repeated  cliche  goes  -  just  add  water.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 9:48 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Background Reply with quote

 How  about  using  dental  plaster  instead  of  POP?  Just  curious!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 2:56 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Background Reply with quote

 hi  all
 as  for  the  glove  molding  compound  (latex  mold)
 
 its  available  from  a  company  called  Axson  http://www.axson.com/Front/
 they  have  a  distributer  in  Bangalore
 as  for  people  from  Gujarat  ,  since  the  plastic  manufacturing  industry  is  very  well  established  in  there,  your  neighborhood  injection  mounding  company  can  give  you  the  lead  for  the  guy  who  supplies  die  release  agents,   our  glove  molding  resin  can  be  found  with  these  people  too.
 so  far  i  have  tried  a  lot  of  different  approach  to  background  making,  the  only  thing  which  i  couldn't  source  so  far  is  ,  marine  grade  Pu  foam  [ps  marine  grade  not  refrigerations  grade]
 
 let  me  know  if  any  of  you  can  locate  the  PU  foam.
 
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 Hi  guys  .if  thermacol  placed  in  water  will  it  not  soak
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