Originally Posted by killacross
man...I love your work
what tool are you using to cut the PU foam down to size...and what method do you use to apply the grout? this is absolutely amazing work
...you should open a business in the buy/sell forum and take custom orders for $$$
I cut the foam with with cut-blade knives, mostly. Sometimes smooth sharp edges with coarse sandpaper.
Grout is applied with a paint brush. If shaping the piece and thus thicker mixture is needed, then I use a painter's spatula.
Originally Posted by Tex Gal
I have to STOP looking at your artwork!! I'm sure there is a commandment that says "Thou shalt not covet."
I could glue all the pvc pipes together. I could even bend them up (maybe) and cut the edges. ...but the grout and sand to sculpt them into branches.... NO WAY!!!
Say.... do you have any sewing that you might want done? I'm great at that... Grandchild's baby blanket?... Couch throw?.. We could trade.... (just kidding!) SO LOVE your work!!
Nice blanket! You're telling me you designed all the little cars and all?
YOU should go commercial with those!
As soon as I start reproducing, I'll give you a call for one!
Originally Posted by bryson375
Your work is insipring!! I love it! I just started building a paludarium myself using expanding foam, it's good stuff (I'm a plasterer and im sick of cutting the stuff back after a joiner has fitted a door/window frame. I hated the stuff untill yesterday!) So now i have a tank full of rock shaped fame, waterfall n all. It's coming together nicely but its nothing like yours. Ha!
Any chance of some tips for colouring the grout?? I'm just using grey now but i've only got the first coat on. It's gonna need some contrast.
I had to build all mine inside the tank coz it has support braces at the top which make impossible to get anything of good size into it. After seeing yours im gonna have to get a knew tank n build another but this time do the fancy stuff outside of the tank
You are a true artist!
I know the feeling of cutting down the foam around the windows and doors, in order to make a surface for plaster to adhere to.
I am happy to hear you are inspired! With experience on handling plaster I think you have a great basis for this. Understanding the material is very handy.
Be sure to show us your work.
As for a tip for coloring, all you really need with grey is a dark shading. Get some black coloring paste or powder (non-toxic).
(If you want to have brownish shades, get a bit of red paste/powder and mix it with grey.)
When your sculpting is finished, i.e. the basic shapes are done, do this:
1. wet the piece (this helps a lot, giving more time for washing excessive color off))
2. brush on a thin mixture of grey grout + paste + water
3. "wash" all proud parts of the scape with water and paint brush, leaving the nooks and crannies dark.
Do a small bit at a time, starting from the top and moving down.
4. let dry
5. spray with a thinned mixture of acrylic polymer to fix the color.
You just need to find the right rhythm for applying the black and washing it off so that you get the desired tone.
And as in plastering, it's all in the wrist!
And thanks again, people!