Saturday, March 14, 2020

How to make a custom base, part three

Here's part three of Grace Bogumil-Bisnath's series on making a custom stablemate-scale base. Thank you again, Grace!

Making a Custom Base, Part Three - Finishing

by Grace Bogumil-Bisnath

You will need:
• Sand
• Pebbles (if desired)
• Faux low growth/shrubs/trees (if desired)
• Faux grasses (if desired)
• Hobby/ craft spray adherent (available at Hobby Lobby in hobby section), hot glue, or Elmer's Craft Bond squeeze glue
• Sealant of choice (I use Rust-Oleum clear matte)
• Hot glue & hot glue gun
• Dremel with sanding attachment
• Sandpaper
• Acrylic paints (optional)
• Gloss medium (nail polish clear coat will work) (optional)

You can find hobby/ diorama adherent at your local hobby store, or use something like Elmer's Craft Bond squeeze glue. If using glue, apply it to the areas of your painted base where you would like sand to be, gently spreading it for a thin coating. Pour the sand onto the glue and gently press it in, working it in different directions to where you want it. Once the glue has dried, dust off the excess sand and spray with a matte sealant for some extra "holding power."
Repeat this process with the greenery you are adding. 
I used "low growth" from Hobby Lobby. You will want to spray this as well.
For faux grasses, remove pinch by pinch from the package. In stablemate scale, each "pinch" can be folded in half and twisted at the fold. With traditional scale, it can be left as-is/ not folded.
Place a blob of glue where you want your grasses. Secure the folded/twisted section into the glue blobs. Unless you use hot glue, the grass will need to be held in place or propped up until the glue dries and the grasses stand on their own.
For the water feature, I use hot glue. Start by building up an outer wall of hot glue, then fill in the middle section. It's okay if it's not perfectly smooth.
Once the hot glue dries, use a sanding attachment on your dremel to smooth out the edges. Then go over it again by hand with sandpaper. Voila, you have a water feature! 
In this particular case, I decided I wanted a "murky" water look. You can create this by mixing green, yellow, and brown acrylic, painting them on, sealing and then glossing by hand. 
Here is my finished NaMoPaiMo model. I did it!
Thank you, Grace. Your zebra is amazing, and you are a winner! If you'd like to see more of Grace's work, please check out her Instagram page.

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