Create and Shape

Published: December 11th, 2013     
Create and Shape
Reviewed by: 
Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: NA
Company: Deluxe Materials
Price: $12.00
Product / Stock #: BD60

The Product

According to the manufacturer this stuff is a lightweight, non-shrinking scenic material for creating and casting realistic diorama groundwork. It dries without cracking, bonds to wood, plaster, plastic, foam and can be cut, sawn and filed to shape when dry without crumbling. There is a Youtube Demo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Cc-1xuL2mI&feature=youtu.be

The Test

After carefully viewing the on line you-tube video I began by preparing an 8X10 oval basswood base. I then tried to roll the product into log shapes and let dry overnight. I believe my sample jar was a little dehydrated, as you can see in the photos my success rate was about 70%. I'm sure this could have been avoided by simply adding a little water. I found out later while experimenting that the product requires very little water as it melts quickly with just a few drops.

Mixing the product with water based paint I spooned a portion large enough to cover the base into a mixing bowl. I then added a few drops water and paint until I had a thick soup mix and spread it onto the base. I then broke up the failed log rolls into rocks and added that into the wet mix. Next I added the logs to look like a fallen tree and blended that into the wet product, then I waited for the product to firm up so I could make track marks for my diorama subject. This proved to be the most difficult part of the process because timing is the key in making a good impression. I finished it with dry-brushing chalks after it dried.

The Bottom Line

I like it. It worked as advertised and has hundreds of applications. I also tried casting this stuff and had great success.

Thanks to Deluxe Materials and IPMS for the opportunity to present such a fine product.

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