Phase 10 Making Rocks and Things

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Focal Length:5mm
ISO:500
Shutter:1/20 sec
Camera:Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

With all the vertical space to fill I decided to use Woodland Scenic rock molds to make some rocks.

I found that DAP brand plaster of paris from Michaels utilizing a 50% off coupon is a much more affordable way to go over WS brand plaster. Some dixie cups & an old plastic peanut butter jar are helpful, the latter for mixing, just shake.

Step one is to support the mold, I didn’t realize this and when I first poured plaster in, I had to do some emergency bracing as the stuff sets up quick.

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I tried to get creative and cast curved rock but really, I found it easier to break the rock up after it comes out of the mold and fit it as needed.

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When it comes out, there is sometimes a bit of flashing that needs knocked off.

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I painted it initially with Tamiya acrylics in a neutral grey, then I sprayed them with Krylon clear satin. This was to create a protective coating so that when I apply washes and weathering, I can rub on the rock with a rag without going through to the white plaster.

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Then I just started sticking them on. I used hot glue for most of them but some of the larger pieces, I used a bit of shoe goo. Things won’t look great at first with some of the spacing showing through between the rock but once you put vegetation in between the rock, it looks a lot better.

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I also prepared a few trees. I used styrofoam initially which worked well. It was easy to sand and shape. Also, it didn’t react to the hot glue, paint or spray adhesive in a negative way. I painted the styrofoam green so that small spots that I missed with the clump foliage wouldn’t stand out.

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I also prepared the lake surface by painting a 1/2″ piece of plywood in varying shades of blue and then coated that with epoxy finishing resin and sanded smooth and then polished for a shiny glass lake surface.

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